About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will face PSG in the Champions League last-16 after the draw was completed in Switzerland on Monday morning.Liverpool and Tottenham will play Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, avoiding the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.Max Allegri’s team drew Atletico Madrid, while Barca will play Lyon. In the other matches, defending champions Real Madrid will take on Ajax, Roma face Porto and Manchester City get their reward for finishing top of their group as they face Bundesliga side Schalke.UEFA Champions League Round of 16 drawLiverpool vs Bayern MunichAjax vs Real MadridRoma vs PortoLyon vs BarcelonaManchester United vs PSGTottenham vs Borussia DortmundManchester City vs SchalkeAtletico Madrid vs Juventus
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBEby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane is set to be awarded an OBE.The Sun says he has been notified of the award for his services to sport, which will be unveiled in the New Year’s Honours list.But like England boss Gareth Southgate, also in line for an OBE, he has been asked to keep quiet until next weekend’s official reveal.A close pal said: “Harry is overwhelmed and excited about the idea of going to Buckingham Palace.“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments of his life but to be honoured by the Queen for his achievement will top the lot.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool resultby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he does not care who wins out of Manchester City and Liverpool on Thursday night.Spurs put themselves into second place, one point ahead of City, with a win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.Despite the obvious implications of the result, Pochettino says he will be simply enjoying the “spectacle”.The Argentine said: “In this country all the people are going to watch the game.”But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.”I don’t care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Lemina: Bielsa key to leaving Marseilleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina has explained why he left Olympique Marseille.Lemina quit OM for Juventus before landing at Saints.He explained to Eurosport: “I spent only two years in Marseille. When I arrived, I thought I would stay longer. The first year, with Elie Baup was complicated but the next one with Marcelo Bielsa was magnificent. “We discovered another OM, more spectacular. With the coach, I learned a lot. It’s really very interesting to work under his orders. When he left, it was a shock for me and that’s what made me want to go.”Bielsa is now leading Leeds United in their promotion push frm the Championship.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City trainingby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentina boss Lionel Scaloni has claimed that Sergio Aguero often sits out of full training at Manchester City.Aguero has been involved in most of City’s games this season, managing eight goals in as many games this term.But he is carrying an injury, according to his international boss.Scaloni spoke about Aguero and said to reporters: “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club.”It is unclear what injury is troubling Aguero and whether he will be fit for his club’s next Premier League game after the international break.The 31-year-old is still one of the key players at the Etihad Stadium club, and will be needed if City are to catch up on the eight point deficit to Liverpool in the Premier League table.
ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?
Salomon Rondon scored twice to help Venezuela beat the United States for the first time and become his country’s all-time leading goalscorer after a 3-0 win that will send Rafael Dudamel’s side into the Copa America on a high.West Brom striker Rondon, who has been linked with a transfer away from the Baggies in recent weeks, put himself very much in the shop window with a match-winning display in which he also provided an assist for Jefferson Savarino to score Venezuela’s second as a sorry USA side were torn apart.USA coach Gregg Berhalter saw his players lose the first game of his time in charge three days earlier when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Jamaica and will have been concerned by a defensive horror show in which they conceded three goals inside 20 first-half minutes. 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? Venezuela’s opener came courtesy of calamitous USA defending as goalkeeper Zack Steffen gifted a clearance to Yangel Herrera who fed Jhon Murillo and he laid the ball back to Rondon for a bundled shot into the net.It was Rondon’s flicked header that allowed Savarino to go through on goal moments later, the Real Salt Lake winger scoring at the second time of asking after his first shot came back off the post.Rondon timed a run superbly on 36 minutes and brought Tomas Rincon’s long ball under control before composing himself and rattling a left-footed shot into the corner of the net, beating Steffen at his near post from close range.HT | Venezuela leads in the first half. 45 minutes left to battle!0:3 pic.twitter.com/L2yTNtbDKP— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 9, 2019The hosts failed to improve after half-time, mustering just four shots across the course of the game, and Berhalter will demand better when they take on Guyana in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in under two weeks’ time.Meanwhile, Venezuela will go into their Copa America opener against Peru on Saturday in high spirits after a historic win and an unforgettable night for their in-form striker. read more
He is the Barcelona star who, fighting while seemingly oblivious to pain and the strains of age, continues to show his nation the way forward. Through his goals and his shining example the forward is an inspiration, even if his enthusiasm may go too far at times.As the Copa America rolls on, it is not Lionel Messi who merits the description above. It is Luis Suarez – so often over-shadowed by the Argentine in Barca colours – who has retaken centre-stage to spearhead a strong bid for Uruguay’s 16th South American crown.Before the Copa began, the big question over Suarez’s head was whether he would be able to join his team-mates in Brazil at all. Physically worn down and mentally devastated following his club’s disastrous end to the 2018-19 season, his last game of the campaign was in Barca’s horrendous 4-0 surrender to Liverpool at the start of May. 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? A knee operation ended his season shortly after the last ball was kicked in anger at Anfield, and the chances of him returning in time to join his nation’s preparations looked slim.But there’s a reason Luis Suarez is a folk hero around the streets of Montevideo, Salto and across Uruguay. Not only did he make it back in time for the Copa; he looks like he was never away from a football pitch.Suarez netted in both of the Celeste’s opening games in Brazil, hitting the third in a 4-0 rout of Ecuador with a typically instinctive finish at the back post before slotting home from the penalty spot to level against Japan.While he may not have found the score-sheet in Monday’s Group C decider against Chile, with both sides already safely into the quarter-finals, Suarez nevertheless kept the Roja on the back foot throughout and never stopped running as he completed 90 minutes for the third consecutive Copa game.Indeed, if any criticism can be levelled at the famously exuberant striker it is that he perhaps needs to tone down his competitive spirit. So desperate was Suarez to make the difference that he resorted to pleading for a penalty due to a handball from Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, providing the tournament with one of its most hilarious moments to date.Ese momento en el que Luis Suárez pide mano del portero de Chile 🇨🇱 dentro del área 🙊 😅 #CopaAmérica pic.twitter.com/g5Hsc8COxH — DAZN España (@DAZN_ES) 24 de junio de 2019 “He has great commitment to this country’s football”, coach Oscar Tabarez underlined after Suarez’s first game back off the bench in a warm-up friendly against Panama. “Today he looked like a player who had come off playing seven or eight games.”So far in Brazil he has shared equal billing with his eternal strike partner. Suarez and Edinson Cavani have been tormenting defences together for the Celeste for over a decade, appearing together for the first time in February 2008 where both men hit the net.Cavani may have one more goal so far in the Copa, three to his fellow Salto native’s two, but the partnership is one of equals. Just the kind of relationship that his captain at Camp Nou would love to have on the other side of the Rio de la Plata. For while Messi comfortably out-performed his great friend in Blaugrana colours this term, the pair hitting 51 and 25 goals respectively, the tables have been turned in Brazil. Suarez and Cavani have thrived leading the line in a well-ordered, typically solid Uruguay side under the knowledgeable gaze of Tabarez, and go into Saturday’s quarter-final against Peru as clear favourites after finishing top and unbeaten in Group C.The Argentina standard-bearer has been a huge disappointment in comparison. Struggling to unleash his dizzying talents in a team that was thrown together at the last minute and changes on a match-by-match basis, his only tangible contribution to the Copa so far was a penalty to claw back a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.Messi was again ineffective even as Argentina squeezed past Qatar to make the next round. In stark contrast to their neighbours, Albiceleste hopes are decidedly modest as they prepare for Venezuela just 24 hours before Suarez and Co. take the field in Salvador.Even in the heat of competition, the 32-year-old Uruguayan has not forgotten about his friend, who has seen old accusations that he is more involved than he should be in team selection rise up again in the wake of Argentina’s woes.“He does not say a word,” Suarez insisted to Fox Sports.“Not about a coach, a player, nothing. And in the Argentina team I think it’s the same, there were coaches who asked him things and he would say, ‘no, don’t ask me anything, make the decision yourself.’“We speak about these things a lot and of course it hurts him as a human being… He takes great pride and satisfaction to want to keep showing he can continue in the national team and not give up. He will keep going until he wins something.”That may be so, but on the evidence of this year’s Copa so far it is Suarez, not Messi, who is more likely to return to Camp Nou with a winners’ medal hanging from around his neck. A snarling, awkward, even nasty ball of nervous energy when he walks onto the pitch, that anti-hero persona cuts a sharp contrast with the withdrawn, softly spoken man who appears when the final whistle blows.Suarez’s natural humility means that he has never had a problem with taking a supporting role behind the sparkling Argentine. His drive and fury, meanwhile, are the aspects of his character that have taken him to the top of world football – and may even ensure a second Copa win for this inveterate competitor by the time July 7’s final in the Maracana rolls around.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is set to learn his punishment stemming from Ohio State’s investigation into his handling of the domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith on Wednesday.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees are meeting at 9 a.m. E.T. on Wednesday. The board was briefed on the findings of the investigation on Monday.The Columbus Dispatch reported on Monday that Urban Meyer’s likely punishment is a suspension, not a firing. And that suspension could include time served.“Two sources connected to the investigation said the likely recommendation to university President Michael V. Drake is a suspension for Meyer. Drake and the board also could opt for a “time served” punishment since Meyer has been removed from football activities for more than two weeks,” The Dispatch reported.An Ohio State spokesman responded to The Dispatch’s report about Urban Meyer’s likely punishment late on Monday. The spokesman did not dispute it.“Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey did not dispute what the sources told The Dispatch, but he called their statements ‘reckless,’” Michelle Everhart tweeted.Update: Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey did not dispute what the sources told The Dispatch, but he called their statements “reckless.” Plus more updates: https://t.co/mZOX4QLcbU https://t.co/ev0CcQlZVm— Michelle Everhart (@meverhart26) August 21, 2018Urban Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. If he were to be reinstated tomorrow, he would’ve served what ended up being a three-week paid suspension.Ohio State is set to open its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
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)Back in January of 2013, an undefeated Notre Dame team took on Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. As we all know, it did not go well, as the Fighting Irish were dominated, 42-14.So does Brian Kelly want another shot at the Crimson Tide this year in the College Football Playoff? He had an interesting answer.In a segment with Gene Wojciechowski on College GameDay Saturday morning, Kelly didn’t shy away from the idea of playing Alabama, but he also didn’t suggest he’s longing for it.“Be careful what you wish for.””Be careful what you wish for….if [Alabama] were to get pushed out in the semifinal, we would not be unhappy.”–Brian Kelly— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 3, 2018″I came here with the expectation that we would live up to tradition. And that tradition here at Notre Dame is to win a National Championship.”Brian Kelly believes this could be the Fighting Irish’s year to win it all. pic.twitter.com/FrUZt14IDC— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 3, 2018Kelly added that if Alabama were knocked off in the national semifinal, he wouldn’t be upset about it.Kelly did note that his team went toe-to-toe with Georgia last year – and Georgia went toe-to-toe with Alabama. It was his way of suggesting that his team could possibly compete with the Crimson Tide.Either way, Notre Dame has to reach the Playoff first for any of this to matter. The Fighting Irish probably have to reach 12-0 to make that happen. They take on Northwestern this afternoon.