Man City defender Laporte stands by supporting Rabiot after World Cup snubby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City centre-half Aymeric Laporte has defended his support of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot over his World Cup row.Laporte publicy backed Rabiot when he rejected a place on France’s standby list, which infuriated local fans.However, the City defender told Bein Sport: “People take it as they want. I did not necessarily support his act but the person. I spent a lot of years with him in the youth national team, I know he’s a very good boy. “I know a lot of things hurt him and I supported the person he is. This is not his gesture obviously, it’s not something I would do or applaud. I applaud the person that he is.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say SNAPPED: Rashford talks up Solskjaer’s glory days after Man Utd trainingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United mad Marcus Rashford admits he’s living a dream playing for new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Rashford snapped a moment involving teammates Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial along with Solskjaer during training in Dubai yesterday.Rashford then posted to Twitter with a reference to Solskjaer’s iconic winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.”Seconds left.. Becks whipped in a perfect corner. Teddy flicked it on. The rest is history” @ManUtdpic.twitter.com/JFGqwUHZLP— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) January 7, 2019
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Chelsea make €25M contract offer to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barellaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have offered Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella a massive contract package to move to London this month.TMW says a five-year deal worth €5m-a-season has been tabled to the Italy U21 international.Chelsea have also offered Cagliari a massive €55m for the Sardinians to sell.Barella is a specific request of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, while his No2 Gianfranco Zola has been on the phone to the player regularly about life at Cobham.However, the player is still to be convinced about leaving for abroad at this stage in his career.
Pochettino has no problems with Tottenham fans criticismby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says “the fans are right to criticise” after their poor start to the season.Spurs have eight points from six Premier League matches and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester United on Tuesday.Tottenham reached the Champions League final and finished fourth in the league last season.”If we don’t get the results that people expect, we need to accept the criticism,” said Pochettino”For nearly five years it was all praise for Tottenham. Now, if we deserve to be criticised, we need to accept that.”Sometimes critics can make you realise you need to wake up,” said Argentine Pochettino.”Damage has happened that we need to fix. We are, at the moment, fixing problems to try to be better and get the results we expect.”We’re not so far away. Our performances are not as bad as the feeling creates. I’m sure that we are going to start to win games, but we need to find the solution.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Pat Haden CollapseUpdate: Looks like Haden is fine and is headed back to California with the team. Good signs. Pat Haden checked out at local hospital and was OK. Is on his jet back to USC, per announcement.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 18, 2015Earlier: There was a very scary moment on the sidelines in South Bend just before tonight’s USC-Notre Dame game kicked off. USC AD Pat Haden took ill and collapsed on the field. NBC’s television cameras and media on the sideline captured the scary scene.Video of #USC AD Pat Haden on the sideline pregame from NBC. pic.twitter.com/J491No5BFZ— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 17, 2015#USC AD Pat Haden wasn’t feeling well on the sidelines before the game. Medical staff huddled around him. pic.twitter.com/NMzPb2R3yV— Daily Trojan Sports (@DT_Sports) October 17, 2015Reportedly, Haden is feeling better, which is a great sign. It’s unclear what exactly happened to him.Per USC- Pat Haden took a knee on sideline, felt light headed. Went with medical staff to locker area and is sitting up, appears to be OK.— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) October 17, 2015He is stable and sitting up in locker room, spokesman said.— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) October 17, 2015Haden has certainly been under a lot of stress lately. Hopefully he is okay.
Petr Cech has announced that he will be retiring from professional football at the end of the season, with the Arsenal goalkeeper to bring an end of a 20-year career.The vastly-experienced keeper feels the time is right to walk away as he has “won every single trophy possible”.He will turn 37 shortly after the current Premier League campaign comes to a close and admits he continue to work hard for the Gunners, aiming to win a trophy in what is his final season. 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? Cech posted in a message on social media: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season.”Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve.”I will continue to work hard at Arsenal and hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.”Cech started his career on the books of home-town club Viktoria Plzen.It was, however, at Chmel Blsany that he would make his senior bow and begin to climb the professional ladder.He was handed a debut at just 17 years of age and required a little over 12 months in which to secure himself a switch to Sparta Prague.Cech then made his international bow with the Czech Republic in 2002, as the first signs of interest from England began to emerge.His next stop was, however, to be France, with two seasons taken in with Rennes.A Premier League transfer finally materialised in 2004, with a £7 million ($9m) deal agreed by Claudio Ranieri eventually benefitting Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.A model of consistency throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, Cech would take in 494 appearances for the Blues and achieve four Premier League title triumphs, four FA Cup wins, three League Cup successes, a Champions League crown and Europa League glory.He was eventually forced out of west London by the emergence of Thibaut Courtois, but made the short journey to Arsenal in 2015 in an effort to find a more regular role.Another FA Cup win has been secured with the Gunners, along with 129 outings to date, but he has once again found himself falling behind other goalkeeping options.Bernd Leno is now the favoured choice between the sticks for Unai Emery, with Cech prepared to accept that his race is almost run.There is still a chance that more major silverware will be secured before he bows out, with Arsenal still in the FA Cup and chasing down a potential appearance in the 2019 Europa League final which will be staged in Baku on May 29 – nine days after Cech turns 37. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Virgil van Dijk has “everything”, says former coach Pieter Huistra, with the Liverpool defender already better than Nemanja Vidic was and a serious contender for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.The Netherlands international has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence over the last 18 months.He was already established as a Premier League star during his days at Southampton, but a record-breaking £75 million ($95m) move to Anfield has seen Van Dijk join the global elite. 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? His presence is credited with having turned Liverpool into Premier League title challengers and Champions League winners, while he has also become captain of his country.Huistra, who worked with the 27-year-old at Groningen, believes Van Dijk can now be considered a more complete player than Vidic – who spent eight memorable years at Manchester United.“I’m biased anyway, so I would choose Virgil. He has more, he has a little bit more,” Huistra told talkSPORT.“Vidic, of course, without any doubt was a very good player, he played in a top team.“In my view, Virgil has everything. He has the flair, he has the technique, he has the passing, he has the defensive leadership, he has the personality that catches people’s eye.“I just admire the strengths of certain players.“There have been very good defenders in the Premier League and when you [Van Dijk] are talked about in that group of players, then it’s a good honour.”Van Dijk’s efforts across the 2018-19 campaign, which also included a Nations League final appearance with the Netherlands, have seen him become the PFA Player of the Year.There could be more prestigious individual prizes to come, with the Dutchman expected to challenge the likes of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or.“He’s one of the contenders. There are always other players as well, but he should certainly be considered,” Huistra said of Van Dijk’s claims to the title of best player on the planet.“A defender is often overlooked, but defending is a very important part of football. Attacking always starts from the defenders. Virgil is important in that, he can direct from the back.“I always said to my central defenders, ‘you’re always the playmakers of the team, you decide how the attack will start’.“So if you have a defender like Virgil, who is quick and direct and has a good diagonal pass or a pass in behind the opposition, it’s very effective and important.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
COLUMBUS – NOVEMBER 10: The Ohio State Buckeyes run onto the field before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio Stadium November 10, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. Illinois defeated Ohio State 28-21. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)Ohio State is in the market for a new wide receivers coach. The Buckeyes dismissed Zach Smith earlier tonight in the wake of domestic violence allegations.While losing Smith isn’t ideal, and his legal troubles could be a black eye for the program, the Buckeyes are well-positioned to replace him. They appear to have the ideal candidate already on staff.Brian Hartline was a star wide receiver at OSU from 2005-08 before embarking on a productive NFL career. His playing career ended in 2015, but he was on OSU’s staff last year in a quality control role.Many expect Hartline will be promoted to wide receivers coach full-time now. In fact, Austin Ward of Lettermen Row reports that he has been named to the position on an interim basis.I’m told by sources informed of Ohio State’s plans that Brian Hartline will, in fact, be the interim wide receivers coach.— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) July 23, 2018Former Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner weighed in with his support for Hartline on Twitter.… @brianhartline has to be next in line. Perfect fit for this situation. Got my vote! https://t.co/9gfJcjDIW7— jake stoneburner (@jake_STONEYY) July 23, 2018Hartline appears to make perfect sense for several reasons. We’ll keep you posted on if he winds up being hired.For some other potential candidates for the job, 11W has put together a quality list here.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide n the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Clemson and Texas A&M will battle later today in what might be the best game of the weekend. It’ll be a rematch of last year’s showdown, which nearly went into overtime.Texas A&M fell short against Clemson at home in 2018. This time around, the SEC program is looking to upset the top team in the country.Earlier in the week, offensive lineman Jared Hocker guaranteed that the Aggies will pull off the upset over the Tigers. He’ll get the chance to make good on his word very soon.Regardless of all the talk about the Aggies shocking the Tigers on the road, the most recent projection from ESPN has the defending champions coming out on top. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Clemson has an 87.5 percent chance of defeating Texas A&M.This is actually the game that Clemson is most likely to lose – based off FPI projections.Clemson took care of business against Georgia Tech in its season opener, but Trevor Lawrence didn’t look sharp. The sophomore quarterback threw two interceptions last Thursday.As for Texas A&M, the program is coming off an easy win over Texas State. Kellen Mond threw for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in that contest.Kickoff for the Clemson-Texas A&M game is at 3:30 p.m. ET from Memorial Stadium.
Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK Prasad2019 ICC World Cup: India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said Ajinkya Rahane was seen as the third opener while Vijay Shankar’s impressive outing with the bat kept him in contention for all-rounder’s berth in the squad.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 09:54 IST Ajinkya Rahane has been in decent form in List A cricket (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMSK Prasad said Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Ajinkya Rahane remained in contention for a place in India’s World Cup squadRahane has been in good form in List A, scoring 597 runs in 11 inningsShankar’s decent outing with the bat in New Zealand kept him in contention for all-rounder’s berthIndia’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has revealed that along with Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Ajinkya Rahane were also in contention for a place in the 2019 ICC World Cup squad. The deadline to announce the 15-member squad for the World Cup in England and Wales is April 23.Pant, who is tipped to succeed MS Dhoni behind stumps once the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman retires, has already impressed with his skills in Test cricket. In handful of Test matches that he has played, Pant has smashed a couple of centuries and also created a record by an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia. More importantly, both his hundreds have come in overseas conditions — England and Australia.Vijay Shankar, though, is yet to impress with his bowling but has performed reasonably well with the bat. Recently, he was promoted to bat at No.3 in couple of matches in the T20I series in New Zealand and he proved his worth with the bat.In Sunday’s four-run defeat in the series decider vs New Zealand, Shankar hit a 28-ball 43 and also showcased his big-hitting prowess.”In whatever opportunities he has got, Vijay Shankar has shown the skillsets required at this level. We have been grooming him through India A tours in the last two years. But we will have to see where he can fit in the dynamics of this team,” Prasad told ESPNCricinfo.Prasad further hinted that Ajinkya Rahane, who last played for India in an ODI in South Africa in February last year, could be India’s third opener at the World Cup.advertisementRahane has been in decent form in List A cricket, scoring 597 runs in 11 innings at an average of 74.62. He has also hit two hundreds and three half-centuries.”In domestic cricket he [Rahane] has been in form. He is very much in contention for the World Cup,” Prasad said.Prasad once again said that wicketkeeper Pant remained in contention for a berth.”Undoubtedly he [Pant] is in contention. A healthy headache. The progression of Rishabh in the last one year is phenomenal across the formats. What we actually felt is he needs a bit of maturity now, gain more experience. That is reason we have included him in India A series wherever possible,” he said.India start their World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 5.Also Read | MS Dhoni has done a lot for India, says Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Pandya brothers are only 2-over bowlers in T20Is: Sanjay ManjrekarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow MSK PrasadFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Vijay ShankarFollow Rishabh Pant