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first_imgTransfers ‘Bale is a Man Utd player’ – Giggs backs Mourinho move for Real Madrid star Chris Burton 01:24 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gareth Bale Real Madrid Liverpool Champions League final 260518 Getty Transfers Manchester United Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Red Devils legend would like to a see a man he now manages with the Wales international side make his way to Old Trafford if interest is shown Gareth Bale is “a Manchester United player” and would excite supporters at Old Trafford if Jose Mourinho launches a summer raid for the Real Madrid forward, says Ryan Giggs.Having been linked with a return to England for some time, the former Tottenham star has seen transfer talk resurface of the back of comments made after a Champions League final victory over Liverpool.Having netted twice off the bench in a 3-1 win over Liverpool, Bale revealed that he will be weighing up his options this summer as he seeks to find competitive football “week in, week out”. 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 United would be prepared to offer him those opportunities and Giggs – who is now the 28-year-old’s boss with Wales – believes a big-money move could be beneficial to all concerned.The Red Devils legend told the South China Morning Post: “I’d be a happy United fan, that’s for sure.“I think he’s a Man United player. I think the fans would love him. The fans would adore him but again, like I say, he’s at a club where he’s won three Champions Leagues so why would you leave?”This is not the first time that Bale has sparked exit talk in Madrid and he has opted to stay put in previous windows.He also has a change of manager to think about at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, with Julen Lopetegui having inherited the Blancos reins from Zinedine Zidane.Gareth Bale a Manchester United player Ryan GiggsThat could influence his decision, with it possible that he will once again delay a move elsewhere in favour of sticking to a contract in Spain due to run until 2022.“I think there’s been talk for the last three years of Gareth moving. I think he’s at the right club but of course he wants to play,” Giggs added.“Last season he was frustrated and I can understand that but with a new manager I’m sure that he’ll wait to see how he does and see if he’s part of the new manager’s plans.”last_img read more


first_imgIf the touch downs and score lines are any indications the Men’s and Women’s Open B Divisions are a resounding success in their inclusion in the NSWTA State Cup this year.After all Pool rounds have completed the Men’s Open B Division have played 40 games scored 182 touch downs for an average of 4.55 touchdowns per game.On a day where upsets were on the cards, the Blacktown Broncos remain the only side to go through unbeaten as shock results at the top and bottom of the Pool kept all teams on the edge of their seats as wins were at a premium. In the final wash-up 9 teams finished within 4 points of progressing into the final series but Eastern Suburbs Roosters 2, Canterbury Bulldogs and Eastern Suburbs Roosters 1 prevailed and will join the Blacktown Broncos in the finals tomorrow. There were similar results in the Women’s Open B Division where out of the 40 games, 6 were drawn results at the end of time and it took to the last round to determine the top 4 teams.Lismore, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, UNSW Bullets and Parramatta Eels sealing the top 4 stops will now front up on Sunday morning confident winning the inaugural trophy, although Lismore will be hard to beat after going through undefeated and scoring 40 touchdowns while conceding 4 against. For full details and results from Day Two click here State Cup Website and follow the links to the Men’s and Women’s Open B Division.last_img read more


first_imgResultsMen’s Open – Australia 15 defeated England 1 Women’s Open – Australia 11 defeated South Africa 1 Men’s 30’s – Australia 18 defeated Germany 2Men’s 40’s – Australia 16 defeated Scotland 2 Senior Mixed – Australia 8 defeated by New Zealand 9 Men’s 35’s – Australia 8 defeated South Africa 7 Mixed Open – Australia 14 defeated England 1Men’s 40’s – Australia 20 defeated Niue 2Men’s Open – Australia 16 defeated Cook Islands 1Mixed Open – Australia 15 defeated South Africa 2Senior Mixed – Australia 13 defeated England 0 Women’s Open – Australia 21 defeated France 0Stay tuned to the website for more information.last_img


first_imgEmery: Arsenal will buy in January if these players don’t produceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’ll be active in the January market after defeat at Southampton.They slumped to a shock 3-2 loss against Southampton on Sunday.When asked if he’ll splash the cash in the coming weeks, Emery said: “I don’t know now.“We don’t have a lot of possibilities in January but maybe we can think of someone to sign to help us, but only if we think the other players can’t help us with their performance.“The club will look in January.“It’s not easy. I don’t believe a lot in this transfer window because it’s not a big possibility with the players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgChelsea youth coach Joe Cole: Liverpool title favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youth coach Joe Cole says Liverpool are title favourites.Cole says Manchester City have “weaknesses” that make Liverpool firm favourites for the Premier League title.“I said it a couple of weeks ago, I said this team’s got everything, they’re fully equipped to win the league and you’ve seen that today with the performance of [Virgil] Van Dijk and [Andy] Robertson,” Cole said on BT Sport.“More importantly I think I put them now as firm favourites because I can see little weaknesses with Man City.“With Liverpool we’ve had to trawl through to find half a weakness, maybe Trent [Alexander-Arnold] gets exposed a little bit because of the system.“They’ve got everything, they were fantastic today and if they don’t win the title this year they will probably go down as the best team not to win it, because they’re fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_img​Bulgarian Football Union president resignsby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe president of the Bulgaria Football Union, Borislav Mihaylov, has resigned, reports BBC Sport.Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for him to quit on Tuesday after the racist abuse of England players in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.Monday’s match, which England won 6-0, was stopped twice because of racist behaviour by home fans, which included Nazi salutes and monkey chants.The BFU said the move “is a consequence of the recent tensions” but did not mention racism in their statement.The statement said the tensions had created “an environment that is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian Football Union”.It added that “Mihaylov expresses his firm readiness to continue helping in the development of Bulgarian football in every possible way”.Earlier on Tuesday, the Bulgaria prime minister “strongly condemned” the fans’ behaviour and called for Mihaylov to resign “immediately”.”After yesterday’s shameful loss of the Bulgarian National Team and given the bad results of our football, I ordered to end any relationship with BFU, including financial, until the withdrawal of Borislav Mihaylov from the post,” he added. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer targeting two strikers in Januaryby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting two strikers in January.The Red Devils have struggled this season and sit down in 14th place in the Premier League table after nine games.They have scored just ten goals having let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both leave in the summer without replacing them.And now it’s been claimed that Solskjaer wants two strikers in January as he aims to get Manchester United back on track.The Sun says Solskjaer will be backed with funds to improve his side with United struggling on the pitch. last_img


first_imgAn overhead shot of Tennessee player dunking against Kentucky.KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It is no secret that Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond is major target for Tennessee. The Vols are hosting Richmond on his final official visit before signing day on Wednesday, and the student body at today’s Auburn-Tennessee basketball game was well aware of Richmond’s presence. Here’s a Vine of the UT students chanting for the big-time recruit:Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is going all out for Richmond’s visit, personally hosting the prospect himself over the weekend. Jones not-so subtly attempted to get the student section to up its intensity as he and Richmond walked by.Five-star treatment for a five-star prospect. If Richmond doesn’t end up flipping to the Vols this week, it won’t be for lack of trying on Tennessee’s part. [ RockyTopInsider ]last_img read more


first_imgNdamukong Suh visits Jim Harbaugh at Michigan.Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been getting some high-profile special guests on campus in Ann Arbor lately. The latest visitor? Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who checked out Schembechler Hall today. Great having @NdamukongSuh visit Schembechler Hall this morning! pic.twitter.com/999QaMNogR— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 19, 2015Suh played college football at Nebraska, but his presence is another win for Harbaugh. Since taking over the reins of his alma mater, Harbaugh has made good use of his NFL credentials, and having all these household names on campus can only help sell the program in recruiting.last_img


first_imgA closeup of a Nike Vapor Elite football sitting on a football field.(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The 2016 college football season kicks off two weeks from tomorrow (technically it starts earlier than that, but the first Saturday of the season is what really counts).Week 1 should be incredible.The opening weekend of the year includes the following games:Alabama vs. USC (Sept. 3)Florida State vs. Ole Miss (Sept. 5)LSU vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 3)Clemson vs. Auburn (Sept. 3)In anticipation of Week 1, Marvel has created the following comic book covers for those four games. They were tweeted out today by ESPN’s Paul Finebaum.Check them out below.Marvel’s College Football Comic Book Coverslast_img


first_imgFOX News erroneously refers to Steve Spurrier as "head game coach."Fox News probably should have double-checked before listing Steve Spurrier as “Head Game Coach” during their live interview.With college football less than a week away, former Gator quarterback and head coach Steve Spurrier is promoting his new book. The autobiography, Head Ball Coach, follows Spurrier’s childhood in Tennessee to his Heisman Trophy win, and then to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and beyond. However, Fox News made quite a gaff, listing “Head Game Coach” as the introductory graphic during the broadcast.Steve Spurrier. Universally known as “Head Ball Coach” someone should tell the nerd running graphics at Fox News. pic.twitter.com/VUvbkZskOx— Patrick Shuck (@pshuck) August 31, 2016Note: Head Ball Coach is the title of Spurrier’s new autobiography…which he talked about during this interview.Florida fans and basically any person with a firm understanding of college football were quick to mock the obvious mistake.@pshuck @BobbyBigWheel idiots, everyone knows Bobby Petrino is the Head Game coach.— Sonar Jose (@SonarJose) August 31, 2016@pshuck @BobbyBigWheel wait does he coach the game with the basket ball ring or the one with the giant tuning forks at each end of the grass— Frank Mueller (@Muellercleez) August 31, 2016@pshuck no, it’s “head game coach.” i remember because he would always tell his players to put the ball right in the basketball ring— Aaron Montgomery (@ProbablyMonty) August 31, 2016Looks like someone at Fox News needs a comprehensive history lesson.Spurrier, now an ambassador for Florida’s athletics department, was the Gators’ starting quarterback for three seasons. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1966.After an NFL stint, Spurrier coached the Gators towards six SEC championships and one national title in 12 seasons. After resigning unexpectedly in 2001, he coached the NFL Washington Redskins until 2005, when he left to coach the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2005-2015.last_img read more


first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has spoken out after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was allegedly subjected to racist chants during his side’s Boxing Day defeat at Inter.Head coach Carlo Ancelotti said after Napoli’s 1-0 loss that they tried to get the game suspended three times because of offensive chants.Koulibaly, who was sent off during the game, addressed the issue on social media after the match, which was won by Lautoro Martinez’s late goal, writing: “I’m sorry for the defeat and above all for having left my brothers! But I’m proud of the colour of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man.” 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? And Juventus striker Ronaldo offered support to Koulibaly with a social media post accompanied with a snap of himself with the defender.”I always want education and respect in life and football,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. “No to racism or any other type of offence and discrimination!!!”Mayor of Milan Beppe Sala, who supports Inter, also condemned the abuse as he issued a public apology to Koulibaly via a Facebook post.”I went to the stadium yesterday, following that passion which was passed on to me by my father,” Sala wrote on Facebook. “I celebrated Inter’s win but I came home crestfallen.”Those ‘boos’ to Koulibaly were disgraceful. It was a disgraceful act aimed at a serious sportsman like him, who shows pride in the colour of his skin.”Inter will do what they feel is the right thing to do, but I would like it if they gave the captain’s armband to [Kwadwo] Asamoah for the Empoli game.”In the meantime, I would like to apologise to Kalidou Koulibaly in my own name and in the name of the decent city of Milan.”last_img read more


first_imgMesut Ozil has “lost his motivation and desire”, according to Emmanuel Petit, with a man seeing his Arsenal future called into question on a regular basis now “waiting for his retirement”.Despite having committed to fresh terms with the Gunners less than a year ago, the World Cup-winning midfielder could soon be heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium.His agent has sought to quash talk of an imminent transfer, but Unai Emery continues to overlook him and offer little suggestion that the 30-year-old is an important part of his plans. 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? Petit believes the German playmaker has fallen out of favour because he has achieved that all he set out to in a distinguished career, with a man who once graced the very top of the game now merely going through the motions.The ex-Arsenal midfielder told the Mirror: “I think he lost his motivation and desire. He now looks as if he is just waiting for his retirement.“A player losing his motivation happens a lot. We are not robots. Sometimes you get into a new season and it’s just not the same. It’s very difficult to play at the same level all of the time.“If you earn so much money, have already won so many titles and, on top of that, if you have problems in your private life… I don’t know what’s going on in his life, but I can see what’s going on out on the pitch and his body language is not good.“It’s a great shame because I hope he can do something not just for himself but also for the club. He’s a beautiful player, but he needs to be loved.“It’s January. In two weeks’ time, the market is closed. I don’t see him leaving the club. Where would he go? To China? Honestly. Do you want to see Ozil finish his career in China?“I’ve nothing against China, but for a player like Ozil, that cannot happen.“I think the club needs Ozil. Ozil needs to understand that and he must get over his frustration and try to fight until the end. To somehow save his pride.”Mesut Ozil Germany 2018While suggesting that Ozil needs to feel wanted in north London, Petit believes the issues which led to international retirement being announced in the summer of 2018 have contributed to the struggles of a player with undoubted ability.The Frenchman added: “What happened with the national team, has had a big impact on him.“I was following the story for weeks and weeks in Germany and Turkey and I thought to myself, ‘It’s far beyond the limits.’ Some people attack Ozil as a person, not as a footballer.“This is the life of a modern sportsman, you need to do that. You need to fight.“I don’t want him to leave Arsenal, I just want him to come back on the pitch and to do what he’s being paid for.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgErik Lamela has warned that Tottenham have no time to feel sorry for themselves after Thursday’s Carabao Cup exit as they continue to fight for silverware on three fronts.Spurs’ first shot at a trophy ended at the semi-final stage as they were beaten on penalties by Chelsea after the Blues overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit at Stamford Bridge.The tie ended 2-2 on aggregate before Eric Dier and Lucas Moura both failed with their spot-kicks, handing Chelsea a place in the final against holders Manchester City. 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? And while disappointed, Lamela says Spurs should not dwell on their elimination given they are still in the Premier League title race, the FA Cup and the Champions League.”The season is long and we need to move on,” he told the club’s website..@LucasMoura7 sees his penalty saved and Luiz converts to send the home side through to the final. pic.twitter.com/KyLkAPkw3r— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2019″It’s another game in three days [in the FA Cup fourth round against Crystal Palace] and the season isn’t finished.”We’re out of this competition, that’s hard for us but we need to keep going forward, always.”Fellow teammate Jan Vertonghen is confident Spurs will bounce back from the disappointment and end their 11-year wait for silverware.”I think it was a brilliant performance from us, obviously Chelsea played well, so it’s a shame,” he told Spurs TV.”We probably both think that we deserved to win. I think that Tottenham definitely deserved to go to the final but this is life.”We have a lot of chances to come back and we will, this is what we do. We’ve had it in the past but we’re so strong mentally and physically in every single way, that is what makes us good.”Next up for Mauricio Pochettino’s men is a trip to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, before a return to Premier League duties against Watford three days later.last_img read more


first_imgBarcelona play host to Valencia at Camp Nou on Saturday in what is the Primera Division’s most eye-catching fixture of the weekend.The Catalans flexed their muscles in midweek to progress through to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a spectacular 6-1 victory over Sevilla , overturning a 2-0 first-leg loss, representing a step up in their focus.Already they lie five points clear at the top of the Spanish standings but their qualities will be put to the test against mid-table opponents who have lost only four of their 21 league fixtures this term. 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? Game Barcelona vs Valencia Date Saturday, February 2 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream BeIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast on television but is available for streaming with Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Gonzalez, Chumi, Todibo, Vermaelen, Roberto Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Boateng, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Malcom Barcelona will miss Sergio Busquets from this encounter due to a one-game ban.Samuel Umtiti remains a long-term absentee in the heart of the defence but has started training again. Jean-Clair Todibo is added to the squad in that area .An ankle problem keeps Ousmane Dembele from featuring. Confirmed Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Vermaelen, Roberto; Alena, Rakitic, Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho Position Valencia squad Goalkeepers Neto, Domenech Defenders Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Lato, Piccini, Roncaglia Midfielders Coquelin, Parejo, Carlos Soler, Torres, Wass, Lee Forwards Gameiro, Mina, Sobrino, Cheryshev, Torres, Rodrigo Mouctar Diakhaby has been handed a four-match ban following a fight in the Copa del Rey in midweek.Geoffrey Kondogbia and playmaker Goncalo Guedes are already sidelined through injury.Confirmed Valencia starting XI: Neto; Piccini, Garay, Gabriel, Lato; Wass, Coquelin, Parejo, Cheryshev; Rodrigo, GameiroBetting & Match Odds Barcelona are 2/7 favourites to win the clash at Camp Nou, according to  bet365 . Valencia can be backed at 10/1 while a draw is 19/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Coutinho Barcelona SevillaBarcelona were back to their absolute best on Wednesday as they dismantled Sevilla 6-1 to progress through to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.Having played a weakened team in previous outings, a 2-0 first-leg loss against the Andalusians prompted more serious action from Ernesto Valverde, who unleashed Lionel Messi & Co. for the return match.It proved one of the great Camp Nou nights as the attack clicked together spectacularly, with Philippe Coutinho (twice), Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and, of course, the Argentine all netting.”It was said that we threw the cup or that we didn’t want it, or maybe my message was misinterpreted at the beginning of the season,” Messi told Barca TV . “The team want to fight for the three competitions, as it is always Barcelona’s obligation every year. We do not throw anything.”Head coach Ernesto Valverde, meanwhile, was understandably heartened by what he had witnessed .“The best thing is that we have security and we confirmed that we are a team that when we have to take a step forward, we do it,” he explained after the match.Certainly, the performance was a warning shot, not only to those who would challenge for their Spanish crown, but also clubs hoping to win the Champions League.Valencia playfully took note of the formidable midweek display on social media, with a tongue-in-cheek scouting mission discovering: “Messi = good.”If Valencia lie seventh in the standings, it is largely because of their strong defensive record; they have conceded only 18 times, a tally that only Atletico Madrid can better. Going forward, though, they have struggled and this has consequently resulted in 11 draws from 21 games.Having signed attacker Ruben Sobrino from Alaves and Celta midfielder Facundo Roncaglia on Deadline Day, they will hope their offensive fortunes will improve – starting at Camp Nou.last_img read more


first_imgAnder Herrera has dismissed the idea of Manchester United going undefeated for the remainder of the season as they prepare for a testing run of games.The Old Trafford giants have not lost – winning nine and drawing one – since interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.AdChoices广告The Norwegian’s arrival has brought a renewed positivity to the club, but midfielder Herrera, 29, has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to get carried away ahead of the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain next Tuesday and should forget about records. 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? Before then United travel to Fulham on Saturday in the Premier League with clashes against Chelsea and Liverpool in the FA Cup and league respectively coming immediately after.Herrera told Sky Sports: “Let’s go game by game because, if you lose one game, you regret. Now, for Fulham, then we will think about PSG.”The best way to prepare for the PSG game is to try and win away at Fulham and that’s the way I think.”The Spaniard has poured cold water on the idea United’s unbeaten run could extend to May.”That is impossible,” he added. “The Premier League is so tough, City is a fantastic team and they lost away at Newcastle.”In the Premier League, it’s impossible to go unbeaten from when the manager came in, to have 25 or 30 games unbeaten.”Herrera, meanwhile, says the United squad has been rejuvenated under Solskjaer, but refused to compare the current mood to the atmosphere that existed under Mourinho.”We are very happy with him at the moment, but I’m not going to do comparisons,” said Herrera, who has been a key figure in United’s unbeaten run.”I am only going to speak about what is happening now. I’m not comparing.”Everyone feels free. We’re playing with a lot of freedom, this is one of the things he is talking about every day.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Nick Saban is not quite Steve Spurrier on the mic. Alabama’s legendary coach has his moments though. One of those came today.A new NCAA rule seems to target programs with giant football staffs, like Alabama. The Crimson Tide have started hiring numerous big names as analysts and other off-field positions. The most notable is probably Lake Kiffin, but Steve Sarkisian, and most recently, Butch Jones have done the same.With a new rule, only 20 staffers will be allowed to wear headsets on game day. This probably doesn’t have a huge impact on many schools, but Alabama has a small army on its football staff.Of course, this isn’t an issue that most were looking for the NCAA to tackle. During the SEC spring meetings in Florida today, that is a point that Saban made quite colorfully.Nick Saban’s waste-based quote about the new NCAA rule is making the rounds online today.Nick Saban on new NCAA rule on limiting staff to 20 headsets: “I don’t know who is driving all this stuff, but to me it’s kind of like mouse manure when you’re up to your ears in elephant doo doo.” pic.twitter.com/QBltiA4cVe— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) May 29, 2018We’ve seen the NCAA target rules at Alabama and other big programs before. From CBS Sports:The attempt to level the playing field probably won’t slow Saban down. He evolved in 2008 when a new “bump rule” was implemented after Saban and Urban Meyer “bumped” into prospects while not on official visits to their high schools in the spring. The same thing happened during multiple offseasons of “oversigning” debates.It might be a minor annoyance for Alabama this fall. I doubt it will change much about how Saban manages a game, or how he builds out his staff.Alabama gets a Power Five program to open the season and deal with this new rule for the first time. The Crimson Tide head to Orlando for a neutral site showdown with Louisville, which will be looking to adjust to post-Lamar Jackson life.Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, and The Citadel round out a pretty easy non-conference slate for Nick Saban’s club. Missouri is the rotating crossover SEC East opponent, to go along with the annual Tennessee game and the normal SEC West games for ‘Bama this year.last_img read more


first_imgPenn State fans during whiteout game against Michigan.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 21: Penn State students cheer against the Michigan Wolverines on October 21, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)One of the top JUCO recruits in the 2019 class has announced his commitment.Anthony Whigan, the No. 3 offensive tackle recruit in the class, announced on Twitter this morning that he’s committed to Penn State.The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect out of Great Mills, Md. chose the Nittany Lions over Maryland, Louisville and Arkansas, among other programs.He announced his commitment on Twitter.Committed ??⚪️?? #weare pic.twitter.com/El7va53Cfz— Anthony Whigan (@_antboogie) August 7, 2018Whigan is ranked the No. 1 JUCO recruit in the state of Maryland.Penn State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 11 class in the country by 247Sports.last_img read more


first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Despite starting off the season with back-to-back blowout victories, Nick Saban still wants to see his team make improvements. In order to make that happen, the Alabama head coach is making a switch to one very crucial position.While the Crimson Tide continue their dominance against their competition, the reigning champions could still use consistency from their special teams unit.After having consecutive abysmal outings, Austin Jones is no longer the starting kicker for Alabama. Instead, redshirt freshman Joseph Bulovas will take his place.Saban: Joseph Bulovas will be the kicker moving forward— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) September 12, 2018Jones struggled mightily in the season opener, missing an extra point and 27-yard field goal. As for their second matchup, the senior kicker failed on two extra point attempts.On the other hand, Bulovas was perfect against Arkansas State, converting every single opportunity, which included a 39-yard field goal.It’s hard to find many flaws on Alabama’s roster, but clearly Saban believes their kicking game needs an upgrade.Bulovas will have his first chance to prove Saban right on Saturday, as they face Ole Miss on the road.last_img read more


first_imgCollege GameDay's staff all picked Michigan.College GameDay will be in Jacksonville this weekend for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party—the annual rivalry game between Florida and Georgia—for the first time since 2005.Most probably didn’t see the Gators and Bulldogs facing off as a pair of one-loss, Top 10 teams back after UF lost to Kentucky for the first time in decades. Now, the game is pivotal for the SEC East race.Based on the schedule, it was the most obvious choice for GameDay this weekend. Next weekend’s episode location probably won’t have much drama behind it either.In all likelihood, College GameDay will be in Baton Rouge for LSU vs. Alabama in Week 10.The No. 4 Tigers and No. 1 Crimson Tide are each on bye this weekend, making a virtual guarantee that we’ll have a battle of Top 5 programs on Nov. 3.For the 8th-straight season, #LSU and Alabama will meet in @CBSSports’ primetime slot. Details: https://t.co/Nuqt2JK7Ni pic.twitter.com/nYZ18fjxRL— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 22, 2018The game is slated for an 8 p.m. ET kick, making it one of those vaunted night games at Death Valley. The game is on CBS, but that won’t stop ESPN from making the call.There are a few other enticing options. West Virginia at Texas and Penn State at Michigan are both match-ups of big ranked programs. Still, they pale in comparison to the SEC West rivalry this year.Alabama-LSU was the host of GameDay two years ago, last time it was in Baton Rouge. Lee Corso made LSU his headgear pick, but Alabama won 10-0.Alabama-LSU was the third ever match-up to host College GameDay, back in 1996. Corso picked the Tide to win that game at LSU, and was correct. Overall, the match-up has played host to the show nine times. Alabama is 7-2 in those games.last_img read more