November 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMexico Chicharito: Germany win not historic, just a step toward World Cup title Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Moscow Last updated 1 year ago 05:07 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez Chicharito Mexico Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV Mexico World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany Powerade The forward and his teammates are not going overboard after their upset win over the defending World Cup champion Mexico is enjoying its 1-0 victory over Germany in the first Group F match of the 2018 World Cup, but forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was among the players cautioning against reading too much into the first game.While El Tri now are on the path to winning the group – and potentially avoiding a clash with Brazil which is in Group E – they still have to face South Korea and Sweden to close out the group.The win over Germany is a result Mexicans won’t forget for some time, but the 29-year-old forward downplayed its importance in Mexican soccer history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I don’t think it’s historic because how’s it going to help us if we lose against Korea, against Sweden and we go home to Mexico? We’re taking it calmly,” he said. “The objective is to get to the World Cup final. So, it’s a step, a very important step, very good, a big step, an energy boost and a boost in confidence. We’ve worked for three years against everything, so we’re staying calm. It’s World Cup. Nobody comes here to just win the first game.”While Chicharito already was ready to shift the focus to the June 23 game against South Korea, other players were more open to enjoying a victory – the first time in history Mexico has toppled Germany.”I think so,” defender Jesus Gallardo said when asked if it was the most historic victory for Mexico in its World Cup history. “Today was a great game. We were able to dream and believe in ourselves and beat the champion of the world.”The jury remained out, with goal-scoring hero Hirving Lozano saying: “I don’t know if it is the biggest victory in [Mexican] history but one of the biggest for sure. It is great to start on the right foot when you are playing against the world champions.”After the match against South Korea in Rostov-on-Don, Mexico closes out group play against Sweden on June 27 in Yekaterinburg.last_img read more

November 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWorld Cup ‘I admire him very much’ – Queiroz salutes Hierro for uniting Spain at World Cup Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 23:59 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernando Hierro Spain Getty Images World Cup Spain Iran v Spain Iran The pre-World Cup sacking of Julen Lopetegui could have caused La Roja to implode, but the Iran boss has saluted Hierro’s impact Fernando Hierro has done an impressive job in keeping Spain’s squad united at the World Cup following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, according to Iran coach Carlos Queiroz.Spain got their campaign started on Friday with a 3-3 draw with European champions Portugal, who needed a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick to salvage a point at the end of an absorbing contest.That game came just days after Lopetegui had been fired as a result of accepting a future role with Real Madrid, leaving the national team’s preparations for the tournament in crisis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Yet their performance against Portugal demonstrated how they remain a formidable force and Queiroz – whose Iran side face Spain on Wednesday – thinks the former Real Madrid defender deserves praise.”I think everybody who has been playing football a long time knows football always gives surprises,” Queiroz said in his pre-match news conference at the Kazan Arena.”There’s always something new and we know things change constantly. It was quite a peculiar situation, but it’s over.”It’s sort of ironic because I fought so much and I really tried to have him as a player and I really fought so hard.”Now he will be my opponent. I admire him very much, I really admire him. These sorts of decision are always hard, I know him well, he is a very skilled person and he is the right person to unite them, a team which could’ve been divided.”I think picking him as a coach is something which shows how valuable he is as a man and coach. We saw against Portugal the team played like a united team, as if nothing happened.”Iran Morocco World Cup 2018Iran have suffered a blow, however, as Queiroz confirmed defender Rouzbeh Cheshmi will miss the rest of the tournament with a muscle injury.”Unfortunately, it’s one of those bad news,” he said. “Rouzbeh is out. It was a small accident in a training session. He is injured.”Nevertheless, midfielder Masoud Shojaei suggested the injury would spur Iran on to play better in honour of their “brother”.”He’s a key player, as he showed previously. He played well, he showed how good [he is] despite the criticism that existed,” Masoud said.”Of course we miss him but we have many good players to fill in. One thing we need to remember is that we are a team and that comes from our culture.”We are not just a team, we’re a nation, a family, and I believe we have already shown in difficult situations that we are usually united and able to achieve the best result.”I believe this helps us. Maybe it’s a bad situation for him, he helped us on the pitch, but he helps us to become stronger. We know our dear brother is not with us and we shall show what he means to us by playing better.”last_img read more

November 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWelcome to the post-All Nations Championships edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, there’s certainly big news in this week’s wrap!* Australia is without a doubt undisputed world champion, after grabbing 7 of the 10 titles on grand final day of the 2005 All Nations Championships in New Zealand.There were certainly tense moments as the Aussie Women took the title 4-3 over Touch NZ in a drop-off and the Womens 30’s held on for a 1-0 win, also over New Zealand. The Mens 45’s was another division that had the crowd enthralled as Australia held on 3-2. For all the results of the grand finals, check out the homepage http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1512&sID=46 * As the players, coaches and staff hit the ground back here in Australia, there will no doubt be more stories and info that makes its way to our homepage. Keep checking the website out as I try and load up more stories sharing what happened over in Christchurch, New Zealand. * In the other big news of the day…Touch Football Australia (TFA) have signed a sponsorship deal with leading athletic footwear company Azuma! It’s fantastic news for the sport, with the extent of the deal set to boost not only our National program but to also filter right through to all affiliates. Check out the website later this afternoon for the full story! * In the final big news of the day…it’s been confirmed that Touch Football Australia will be designing a new logo! Following the name change from Australian Touch Association to Touch Football Australia, we will be creating a new logo to suit the name and all that it stands for. The new logo is currently under construction and will be finalised within 3 weeks. As a result we have an abundance of merchandise and referees uniforms all containing the current logo on them. The gear is all still brand new and we’ll be selling most of it at reduced prices due to the fact that the new logo is coming in very soon. Make sure you check out LINK TO MY CLUB TOUCH SHOP for all the merchandise deals.* Referees- Important info! While TFA are bringing in a new logo, there will no worries with wearing the gear you currently have at all events. In fact, if you’re after some gear at a reduced price, you can actually buy gear with the current logo on it, as we are reducing prices to sell this all before the new logo comes in. Simply click here for the story on referees gear at reduced prices LINK TO REFEREES SALEIf you’re a local referee or affiliate, this may be a good chance for you to pick up gear at reduced prices. Make sure you check out the story. * For all interested in merchandise or referees gear containing the new logo being designed now…These items will not be available until late November at the earliest. Please understand that when the new logo has been created it may take several weeks for suppliers to fill our orders for new gear. Suppliers are busy in the lead up to Christmas and will be doing their best to have new gear with the new logo on it to us as soon as possible. Please be patient with your orders over this time, everyone will be doing their best to service you as soon as possible.* The November edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter, is due out on Thursday. Make sure you jump onto the TFA website and have a read, it’s sure to have stories from all around Australia and the world. * The Melbourne Cup is on tomorrow (no doubt you are all well aware), the office will have a short afternoon tea and sweep stakes, with everyone hoping that a certain Mr Peter Topp does not repeat his 2004 effort and clean up on the race that stops the nation. * Both the New South Wales and Queensland State Cups are coming up on December 2-4 and December 2-3 respectively. We’ll be previewing the events in this month’s Touch-e-Talk newsletter. Don’t forget to have a read on Wednesday when it comes out.* Videos for sale: We’re continuing to sell old stock and we’ve discovered some boxes of old videos that we will sell to anyone interested for $5 each. The videos include:o 1997 NTL Open grand finalso 1997 Trans Tasman serieso 2001 NTL Open and 20’s grand finalso 2001 Womens Open, 3 test series vs New Zealando 2001 Mixed Open, 3 test series vs New Zealando 2002 NTL Mens 30’s and 35’s grand finalo 2002 NTL Mens 40’s, 45’s and 50’s grand finalo 2002 NTL Womens 30’s and 35’s grand finalThese videos might be something you’re interested in because you played or refereed in them, or they may be useful for development for your junior players or introducing new players to the sport. At $5 each they’re certainly a bargain, so simply send an email to Rachel at media@austouch.com.au if you’re keen to grab some videos.* There is a new poll on the TFA homepage. We’re after people’s opinions on what slogan or catchphrase suits Touch Footy in Australia. We’ve put a couple up there for you to think about, as well as given ‘Other’ as an option. It would be great if you could place your vote, simply go to the homepage and scroll down to the right hand side, you’ll find it near the bottom.Secondly, if you have any cool catchphrases or slogans in your head, send them via email to Rachel at media@austouch.com.au* Remember, if you have any news or info for the weekly edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, make sure you email it through to Rachel at media@austouch.com.au, she’s happy to include it for you.By Rachel Grant, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSouthampton midfielder Steven Davis ready for Rangers returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Steven Davis is ready to move to Rangers next month.The Daily Express says Davis has played just twice this season for Southampton and is keen to move on and get playing again.The 33-year-old was brilliant for Rangers during a four-year spell where he captained the club.And he’s got his sights set on a return to help the Steven Gerrard revolution.Gerrard is now looking for another midfielder after cutting Ovie Ejaria’s loan deal short and sending him back to Liverpool. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lichtsteiner to be Arsenal fall-guy for Fulham clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is expected to axe Stephan Lichtsteiner for their clash with Fulham.The Sun reports Lichtsteiner looks set to drop out of the side which lost 5-1 to Liverpool on Sunday, with Hector Bellerin fit again.Laurent Koscielny is expected to start ahead of Shkodran Mustafi at centre-back.While Alexandre Lacazette may be reinstated ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles who is understood to have picked up a knock at Anfield, forcing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out to the flanks.However, Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac look set to keep their places at the back despite a horror-show performance against Liverpool. last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLiverpool youngster Ejaria close to Reading loanby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria is set to sign for Reading.The 21-year-old is going to play at the Championship side for the rest of the season, per Sky Sports News.A deal is done and he will be the first of many loan deals by Reading, as they are trying to give their new boss Jose Gomes a better team.Ejaria was at Rangers for the first half of the season, where he only managed a single goal in 14 league games.The Englishman signed a long term deal at Liverpool in the summer, but he will have to impress on loan if he wants to get anywhere near the first team. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMan Utd defender Harry Maguire determined to start scoringby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire believes he can contribute at both ends of the pitch.The 26-year-old defender has yet to score for United since his £80million move to Old Trafford in the summer and was annoyed with himself for missing a good chance to equalise in last week’s defeat at West Ham.”I see myself as a threat,” Maguire told United Review, the club’s official matchday programme, ahead of Monday’s game against Arsenal.”I’ve had a couple of headers this year up to now and I’m sure to get on the end of many more crosses and create chances in the box. It’s something I take pride in as I work on it on the training pitch.”I like to say I’ll chip in with some goals to help the team out in terms of getting some good results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Michigan has finally punched one through against Oregon State, and in the process, the Wolverines have made a little history. The first home touchdown of the Jim Harbaugh era was scored by junior running back De’Veon Smith, who wears the No. 4 jersey. We don’t need to remind of who else wore No. 4 for the program.First Michigan TD of the Jim Harbaugh Era in the Big House comes from the guy wearing No. 4. Fitting.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 12, 2015First TD for Michigan under Jim Harbaugh! pic.twitter.com/JNCYH5Ye0h— BuzzFeed CFB (@BuzzFeedCFB) September 12, 2015The Wolverines lead the Beavers just before the half, 10-7.last_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCardale Jones warming up before the game.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a ball during warm-ups before taking on the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Ohio State’s Cardale Jones will be getting the start tonight against Minnesota after J.T. Barrett’s legal snafu last week, but that doesn’t appear to be the only thing on the quarterback’s mind. Saturday morning, Jones took to Twitter to wish his daughter, Chloe, a happy first birthday. He posted a photo of her in his No. 12 jersey.Happy 1st Birthday To My Number 1 Fan, My Heart, My Everything, My Chloe. Daddy Loves You pic.twitter.com/HAPmqddXLA— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) November 7, 2015It’s an important reminder that many of these athletes have a lot more going on than football. Ohio State and Minnesota kick off at 8:00 PM ET.last_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.Jim Harbaugh has spiced up the college football world since taking over at Michigan, with his out-of-the-box recruiting tactics, pointed subtweets, and, of course, his quick restoration of the Wolverines program. After the vote to ban satellite camps, something that Harbaugh helped popularize last off-season, Harbaugh went off, slamming conferences that voted against the camps like the ACC and SEC, and rival coach Hugh Freeze. We’re definitely not complaining about Harbaugh’s constant feeding of the news cycle, but his shtick has grown old for some, including SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum. Tuesday’s #FinalThought https://t.co/EoP13tCtkU— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 13, 2016Finebaum went in on Harbaugh on his Tuesday show. Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News transcribed his statements, which include a rehash of his comparison to Donald Trump.Finebaum has said he considers Harbaugh the Donald Trump of college football, a coach who moves the needle and does so in entertaining fashion. His opinion has changed and he shared that during his final thought segment on Tuesday on “The Paul Finebaum Show”.“So once again, Jim Harbaugh has hijacked college football, “Finebaum said. “I think he has been an entertaining entrant to college football since he arrived in Michigan a year and a half ago. Entertaining. That was then. I find him growingly and increasingly annoying now.Finebaum actually praises Harbaugh’s ability to find underutilized recruiting strategies, but he doesn’t believe the satellite camp tour from last summer had a substantive effect on recruiting southern players. And now, Finebaum is out on the Michigan coach.“Jim Harbaugh is all about Jim Harbaugh, and that’s fine, but I think it’s finally caught up to him, and I think he has gone from the most entertaining person in college football to the most annoying. And I for one am really getting sick of him.”We don’t expect Harbaugh to hop one with Finebaum anytime soon, but that would be one heck of an interview.[DetroitNews.com]last_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMarco Silva could not understand why Everton turned in a “nervous” performance as they lost 1-0 at home to Leicester City on New Year’s Day.Everton have now won just one of their last eight games after Jamie Vardy struck a second-half winner at Goodison Park following Michael Keane’s error, but Silva offered no excuse for his side’s display.Bemoaning the nature of the defeat, the Everton boss promised to look into the reasons for a scrappy performance in which they made mistakes at the back and lacked fluency in attack. 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? “It’s a disappointing result and a poor performance, to be honest,” he told Sky Sports. “This is the moment for us, like always, to be honest.”From the first minute [it was clear] – and we knew before the match – what [Leicester] came here to do. It is easy to understand. They started the game 4-5-1, blocking the space, waiting for our mistake.”In the first half, we were in control. But every time we were on the ball, we were too nervous – without a reason for that. I felt our team was playing with big issues and without ambition and we were too nervous in some moments.”Every time we tried to organise or start an attack, we lost [the ball]. The game was a bit confused. We didn’t put our game there.FT | 0 – 1 #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/8mCmBMpQiu— Everton (@Everton) January 1, 2019″When you play with so many issues in the game and you’re nervous, after come the easy mistakes – like we made with the goal we conceded on the counter-attack with Vardy. It was a normal ball, normal to control [for Keane].”But we were not under the normal pressure of a football game. We will find the reasons for that.”He added of the team’s nervousness: “I told them, ‘There is not a reason’. There is no reason for that. If you look at our last results, we have not been consistent, of course, but there is no reason to be so anxious and so nervous.”Vardy was largely anonymous before pouncing on Keane’s error, but he insists he never doubted himself when bearing down on Jordan Pickford’s goal.”I don’t think you can have any doubts,” he said. “Obviously, as a striker, you want to be putting every single effort into the net.”To be in that position, it shows I’m making the right runs. [Ricardo Pereira] has played a great throughball and I’ve found the bottom corner.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMaurizio Sarri is retraining Mateo Kovacic to play the role of Jorginho’s back-up after Chelsea failed to sign a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.Fabregas joined Monaco in the January transfer window, but Chelsea were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign former Zenit man Leandro Paredes, who ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain instead .Sarri has been left looking for options to find a new deputy to his vital cog in the ‘Sarriball’ machine. Ethan Ampadu and Kovacic were both trialled in the role in Chelsea’s FA Cup win against Sheffield Wednesday. 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? Chelsea boss Sarri thinks that Kovacic is now capable of playing in that role after he came on in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield to replace Jorginho, who was substituted due to a minor groin problem.”I don’t know [if we will suffer for not signing a midfielder] but I have to try with our own players,” Sarri told reporters at Stamford Bridge. “So, I think Kovacic could be a very good option. A very good option, then we need to recover completely Loftus-Cheek, after his back problem.”Then, we can play sometimes with Kovacic as a central midfielder and then Jorginho will be able to rest. We are trying in training with two players; the first is Ampadu and the second is Kovacic. It may be that for the characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team.”As you know, Ampadu is more defensive. Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball really fast at one-touch. In the future, I think he will be able to do this position well.”Sarri’s tactical inflexibility has been the source of much criticism in a week when Chelsea lost 4-0 to Bournemouth, who utilised David Brooks to mark Jorginho in the club’s worst defeat for 22 years.However, Sarri was defiant when questioned about his lack of plan B and the predictability of his line-ups, in which Jorginho takes a central role. Sarri also defended Jorginho, who he believes is misunderstood, as the Premier League’s leading pass maker is still to register an assist this season.He came close on several occasions as he lined up alongside his former Napoli team-mate Gonzalo Higuain against Huddersfield and Sarri thinks Jorginho played much better against the bottom-of-the-table side, explaining what it takes to get the best out of his first signing.”No, Jorginho played very well,” Sarri added of his £57 million man. “I put Kante on the pitch after the fourth goal because Jorginho had a little problem with his groin. This was the only reason because, in my opinion, Jorginho had a good match.Maurizio Sarri quote GFX“Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players, because he is used to playing one-touch and it is very difficult to play one-touch without the movement of the other players.”So, if the team, like in the first 20-25 minutes, played very well with movements without the ball, then for Jorginho it is easier, I think. In the first 25 minutes we played our football because we moved the ball very fast and very well.”There was good movement without the ball. We were really very dangerous. We didn’t play with our backs to the opposing goal like in the last match, with five players doing it in the last match. We attacked the spaces and so I think that we played our football.”Chelsea are now aiming to put a run of results together after the morale-boosting hammering of the Terriers, although February will be a tough month for the Blues with two matches against Manchester City to come, as well as games against Manchester United and Tottenham.The undermining factor in Chelsea’s efforts to comfortably secure a top-four place has been consistency, as they mix high-profile wins with embarrassing defeats. Sarri admits that he has never managed a team of players who can be so good one week, and then so badly off the pace the next.”Not in the past [have I managed a team that’s so inconsistent],” he concluded. “But my target is to improve the mentality, because if we improve the mentality I think it will be easier to arrive into every match with the right level of application and determination.”It is not easy, of course, and it is a long way, but we need to try to improve in mentality. In every training, in every match, but we need to improve.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

October 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAntoine Griezmann will fit Barcelona “like a ring on a finger”, according to his former coach at Real Sociedad.Griezmann finally completed his long-awaited move from Atletico Madrid to Camp Nou on Friday having seemed set to join Barca last year before opting to stay put.Barca triggered the €120 million (£107m/$134m) release clause in his contract, although Atletico are demanding a further €80m as one of modern football’s longest transfer sagas rumbles on. 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? Griezmann will line up for Barca next term, though, bolstering the attack of the La Liga champions, who have also been linked with a deal for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.It is unclear exactly how Griezmann slots into the plans of Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, who regularly paired Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as a front two during 2018-19.But Martin Lasarte, who coached Griezmann when the France forward was breaking through at Real Sociedad, feels the adjustment to Barca will be smooth for the striker.”His signing for Barcelona – it would have happened last year, so it’s something everybody knew,” Lasarte told Omnisport. “Barcelona supporters were angry but I think staying at Atletico was the right decision for him.”Now I think it’s the right time [to move] because after Barcelona failed to win all the trophies last season – and in a bad way – so I think Griezmann could fit easily and help them to come back, because he is a happy guy and a very positive one.”I think Griezmann will fit like a ring on a finger after Barcelona’s situation last season.”Lasarte is perhaps uniquely placed to comment on Griezmann’s rise having played a key role in his development.”Well, it is difficult to be original when you define someone everybody knows,” the coach said. “I trained a very young player that obviously has grown up.”He made a giant step to become one of the best strikers in the world. Anyway, he still keeps some of the things he had when he was a child. He knows how to read the game. All of us are impressed with how he passes the ball, how he dribbles, or how he shoots the ball.”He is a very smart guy, he knows how to take decisions on the pitch. He knows when he need to speed up, when to stop, or pass the ball short or long, or when to dribble.”Griezmann will be formally presented as a Barcelona player at a news conference on Sunday.last_img read more

October 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has reiterated he does not control Tottenham’s transfers and suggested his job title at the club should change.Pochettino, who led Spurs to the Champions League final last season, was first-team coach for his first two years at the club but when he signed a new deal in 2016 his role changed to manager, which typically includes involvement in transfer business.He has regularly shown signs of frustration at Tottenham’s activity in the market, over which chairman Daniel Levy has the final say. 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? January arrival Lucas Moura was the north London club’s only signing in 2018, although they have broken their transfer record to bring in Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.The former Lyon midfielder is the only fresh face in Tottenham’s squad for 2019-20 at this stage, with Leeds United winger Jack Clarke remaining at Elland Road on loan after joining Pochettino’s side.Despite the lack of business, Tottenham impressed in Tuesday’s 1-0 Audi Cup defeat of Real Madrid, while they have also beaten Serie A champions Juventus in pre-season.Pochettino, though, has again indicated he is dissatisfied with Tottenham’s lack of signings, with the club continuing to be linked with a move for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.”I need to repeat in the past few press conferences what I told your colleagues in England,” he told reporters. “I am not in charge and I know nothing about the situation of my players. I am only coaching them and trying to get the best from them.”These type of things will happen or not happen. Sell, buy players, sign contract, not sign contract. I think it is not in my hands, it’s in the club’s hands and in Daniel Levy’s. At the moment I am managing the team the best way possible.”The club need to change my title and description, no? My job now is to coach the team. It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for the club and maybe they change my title and description.”I told you [the media] before I am not in charge about the individual situations. Of course, I am the boss deciding the strategic play, training, mentology and philosophy are my areas, but in another area I don’t know. Today, I feel like I am the coach.”Asked if he should have more say in transfers, Pochettino added: “It’s difficult to talk like this but I think it’s not in my hands.”Only I describe the situation of what happens and I think it’s important for the players and people to know that I am going to be, like I told you before, that I will be happy with the squad that the club are going to provide to me. Of course we will give our best.”My mood is always the same and my emotional balance is always similar. I am emotional, but I am a person like everyone that thinks a lot. I only describe the situation to make clear that, if you have some question, I am not the person that is going to [be able to] answer what you want.”Spurs play Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the final of the Audi Cup on Wednesday, with the Premier League’s transfer window closing on August 8 ahead of the new season getting under way.last_img read more

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first_imgA general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A Big 12 wide receiver has been kicked off his team. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced junior wide receiver Quan Shorts will no longer be a part of the Red Raiders program.Kingsbury and the Red Raiders did not provide further comment.Shorts made three starts for Texas Tech last season. He hauled in nine catches for 109 yards and two touchdown.The rising junior was supposed to become a prominent figure in the team’s offense during the 2018 season.Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced this evening that junior wide receiver Quan Shorts has been dismissed from the program. Had 8 catches last season.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 14, 2018Shorts is a former 3-star recruit out of Humble, Tx.The wide receiver was arrested along with other players in March amid allegations of causing a disturbance at Bash Riprocks.last_img read more

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first_imgMichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh patting a player on the head.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan star quarterback Shea Patterson made a bold – but appreciated – admission following today’s blowout win at home over Penn State.The Wolverines dominated the Nittany Lions in every facet of the game, going on to win, 42-7, in a game that never really felt in doubt.This was a personal game for the Wolverines, who admitted after the game that they wanted to run up the score on James Franklin and his players.Michigan fell to Penn State, 42-13, in 2017, with the Nittany Lions scoring some late points. The Wolverines wanted payback today.“I wasn’t here last year but I understood Penn State ran up the score … if we had the chance, we were going to run it up, too,” he told reporters.Shea Patterson: ‘I wasn’t here last year but I understood Penn State ran up the score … if we had the chance, we were going to run it up, too.’— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 3, 2018Patterson added that it was “personal” and that Michigan wanted “payback.”The Wolverines’ players didn’t seem like the only ones who wanted this, either. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh called a timeout with about 3 minutes to play – and Michigan winning by 24 points – to challenge a Penn State completed pass. Nittany Lions aren’t very happy about that, either.Michigan is looking quite good right now, though. The Wolverines have won every game they’ve played since the season-opening loss to Notre Dame and are a frontrunner for the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

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first_imgA general view of Louisville's football stadium.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Rivalry weekend is alive and well on Saturday. The weekend’s action kicked off on Thanksgiving Day with a matchup between Ole Miss and Mississippi State and continued with several huge matchups.Before a big rivalry game tonight, one team suspended four players. According to Brett McMurphy, Louisville suspended tight end Joran Davis and running backs Malik Staples, Dae Williams, and Javian Hawkins for the game against Kentucky.Here’s the news from McMurphy.Louisville suspends TE Joran Davis & RBs Javian Hawkins, Malik Staples & Dae Williams for Kentucky game for violating team rules— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 24, 2018It’s a tough blow for the Louisville program that is in the midst of a terrible season. The Cardinals sit at 2-9 on the season and already fired head coach Bobby Petrino.Louisville and Kentucky kick off tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.last_img read more

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first_imgAn Oklahoma Sooners football helmet on the field.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 18: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet is seen during warmups before the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats October 18, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Wildcats defeated the Sooners 31-30. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma won the Big 12 yesterday but lost star wide receiver Marcquise “Hollywood” Brown to an injury in the process.Brown suffered a leg injury on the final play of the third quarter in yesterday’s win over Texas. He was spotted on crutches and then in a walking boot post-game.All OU fans who are holding their breath can relax a little bit though. According to ESPN’s Rece Davis, the Sooners believe Brown will be ready for the playoff.Davis delivered this update on ESPN’s College Football Playoff selection show. Oklahoma earned the No. 4 spot in the field.They will play Alabama in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 at either 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET..@ESPN_ReceDavis indicates Hollywood Brown will be ready for the playoff. Big news for the Sooners after suffering the injury against Texas.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 2, 2018Brown recorded his second-straight 1,000-yard season this year. He has hauled in 70 receptions for 1,264 yards and 10 touchdowns.If the Sooners are going to want to upset Alabama, they are going to need their offense at full strength.Hopefully the rest will do Brown good and he will be 100 percent four weeks from now.last_img read more

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first_imgLSU Tigers huddle before gameBATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)LSU defensive back Grant Delpit was ejected in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl for targeting a UCF receiver. But if you thought Delpit was going to sit in the locker room in silence or not follow the game, you’re mistaken.Delpit appears to still be following the game, and he had some choice words for the officials who threw him out.Taking to Twitter during the game, Delpit ripped the decision to eject him from the game.“Impossible, this not football anymore lol,” he wrote in response to a video of the play.Impossible, this not football anymore lol https://t.co/UpM39nev6X— GrantDelpit (@showtime9_) January 1, 2019He would follow up the Tweet by retweeting a post that explained why he had a case to avoid being ejected.Absolutely nothing Delpit can do there. Receiver is getting tackled and falling while he steps into the tackle. Refs are horrible. Rules are horrible— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 1, 2019Delpit had a breakout season with the Tigers this year, recording 73 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, five interceptions, and nine passes defended. He led the team in sacks and interceptions, and was tied for the lead in passes defended.The Tigers have had their hands full with UCF in this game.The Knights opened up an 11-point lead in the first quarter before LSU stormed back with three touchdowns of their own.LSU is currently leading UCF, 34-24, at the start of the fourth quarter.last_img read more

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first_img Blessed …❤️ #LLC pic.twitter.com/OawWaxIpmz— Frank Gore Jr (@stn_2lit) June 6, 2019Gore Jr. is the 73rd-ranked running back in the 2020 recruiting class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Incredibly, the elder Gore, who was drafted out of Miami in 2005, is set to begin his 15th NFL season. He signed a one-year contract with the Bills in March after playing last season with the Miami Dolphins.Gore has rushed for over 14,000 yards and 77 touchdowns in his NFL career. Frank Gore running with the ball for the Miami Dolphins.MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 09: Frank Gore #21 of the Miami Dolphins rushes during the second half against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Miami (Fla.) Killian running back Frank Gore Jr. announced a verbal commitment to Florida Atlantic University tonight. Gore Jr. is the son of Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore.His decision to commit to the Owls comes nearly one year to the day since he earned an offer from them. FAU offered the younger Gore after he camped there on June 7, 2018.He took an unofficial visit to campus in late March and wound up choosing FAU over Kentucky, Southern Miss and Chattanooga.“I feel coach Kevin Smith will help me pursue my dreams to play on the next level,” Gore Jr. wrote on Twitter. “My dad always told me to be different, to set my own route.”last_img read more