Man City boss Guardiola dismisses Klopp title claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed the claims of title rival Jurgen Klopp in their battle with Liverpool.Guardiola has rejected his suggestion that City are infallible and that the only threat to them comes from within.”Any team has strong points and weak points of course we have weaknesses, of course we have, but that’s normal,” Guardiola said. “These kind of comments have to be put into perspective.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Boca Juniors chief Anro insists Ibrahimovic wants moveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBoca Juniors chief Jorge Anro insists ex-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is interested in a move to the club.Previous reports linking the 37-year-old LA Galaxy star with a switch to the Argentine giants had been denied by Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola, although the club’s chief has now insisted they would be able to afford the financial package.Speaking to Mundo Boca Radio, Anro said: “It is true that Ibrahimovic wants to play for Boca and it is true that we are in a position to bring him in.”The club is in a very good moment institutionally. It is so good financially that it can afford those luxuries. We would be able to pay Zlatan’s contract.”
West Ham fullback Ryan Fredericks: Top ten not good enoughby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham fullback Ryan Fredericks insists they must not settle for a top-10 finish.The Hammers missed the chance to go third when they lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. Fredericks said: “We are a confident bunch and have as good a squad as the top six. That is where we want to be, we have a lot of good players who are way too good to just be happy in the top 10.“We are a massive club with a massive fanbase and we need to be kicking on now. I think we have the players and the manager to do that. “We have started well, but Saturday was a big opportunity missed. We know how intense this league is and when you get chances like that, you have to take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tallahassee.comTwo weeks ago, reports emerged that suspended Florida State freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson was accused of punching a woman at a Tallahassee bar. Tallahassee.com has obtained video of the incident, which took place at Yiannis on West Tennessee Street, and things look very bad for Johnson. Warning: the attack, which occurs just after the two minute mark, is quite violent. If Tallahassee.com’s version does not work, here is another version of the video:Johnson, a former four-star recruit in the 2015 class, was suspended for an unnamed “a violation of athletic department policy” on June 25. Tallahassee.com describes the incident in more detail.The incident occurred while the woman was waiting in line for a drink at Yianni’s nightclub and felt Johnson push past her aggressively, court records say.When she addressed him at the bar, she raised her arm to defend herself, and he grabbed her arm and began pushing her. She raised her knee into his midsection to push him away and attempted to punch him, court records say, before Johnson punched her on the left side of her face.The woman suffered bruising near her left eye, swelling of the left cheek and upper lip, and a small cut near the bridge of her nose, according to court records.We’ll keep you updated on this story as we learn more.[Tallahassee.com]
arkansas golf team reenacts playAt this point, you’ve probably seen Arkansas’ 4th-and-25 conversion against Ole Miss, which allowed the Razorbacks to extend (and eventually win) the game in overtime. But have you seen it done with a golf ball instead of a football? Yeah, probably not.Arkansas’ golf team pulled it off this week and posted video as proof. Enjoy, Razorbacks fans:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Marouane Fellaini is facing up to four weeks on the sidelines, but Alexis Sanchez is ready to come back into contention for Manchester United.The interim Red Devils boss has seen a versatile Belgium international pick up a calf complaint.That issue is likely to keep Fellaini on the sidelines until into February and could bring an end to the speculation which has surrounded his future in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford. 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? Not that Solskjaer has offered any indication that he is seeking to part with a stricken performer who continues to offer an “X factor” to the United squad when fit.The Norwegian said of Fellaini ahead of a home date against Brighton on Saturday: “He’ll probably be at least three or four weeks, he’s got a calf problem and that’s sad.“There’s X factor in different players and we all know Felli’s X factor and he’ll be working hard to get back in when all the big games are coming as well.”Solskjaer added on the overall fitness levels of his squad: “There’s not many issues, I think just small niggles as there always is at this point of the season.“Chris [Smalling], Marcos [Rojo] just started running lightly so not fit yet.“Alexis has trained all week so hopefully he’ll be available and Felli is the long-term one that’s out. He’ll be out for a few weeks.”Sanchez has taken in just two appearances under Solskjaer so far, with the Chilean forward continuing to nurse niggling knocks.He is still searching for the spark which persuaded United to snap him up from Arsenal 12 months ago.Questions have been asked of him on a regular basis since his arrival, but his current boss believes a proven performer will come good once clear of injury issues and full of confidence.Solskjaer said on what can be expected from Sanchez: “You have to ask him, a player loves to play football, doesn’t matter who you are and he’s been hindered by injury.“I know how frustrating that can be and how eager you are to get back.“Maybe in the Reading game at half-time he should have told me to come off because the next 15 or 20 minutes were a setback.“But he’s champing at the bit in training. His attitude has been fantastic in training and I’m looking forward to seeing him, I’ve got loads of good players to choose from.”United, who have collected six successive victories under Solskjaer so far, will welcome Brighton to Old Trafford this weekend sat six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four and seeking to force their way ever closer to the Champions League spots. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@steven_davis23That’s a bold strategy, Butch Jones.Tennessee destroyed Tennessee Tech during its homecoming game on Saturday, 55-0, but head coach Butch Jones still didn’t please Vols fans from start to finish.Up 35-o, Jones elected to send his field goal unit out just before halftime, but the fans didn’t like that decision as the boos rained down. Jones wasn’t happy with the fans in Neyland Stadium.Thanks @UTCoachJones pic.twitter.com/gOzSpPQ1hW— Steven Davis (@Steven_Davis23) November 5, 2016It’s pretty obvious what Jones says in the video towards those booing the Vols’ decision to kick the field goal.Sure, Tennessee is up 35-0, but can you really blame the fans? The Vol faithful have watched Tennessee drop three straight games and they’re hungry for a massive win.Tennessee could’ve won the game by 80 if it wanted to, but Vol fans will have to be happy with a 55-point shutout.
ESPN College GameDay personality Kirk Herbstreit is probably one of the most unbiased analysts in college football, but of course, there are some who think he’s always out to get their team. Herbstreit often spars with fans on Twitter who think he holds grudges against certain schools.This week, Herbstreit was asked by a Nebraska fan why he hates the Cornhuskers so much. Herbstreit had a sarcastic answer – it’s because of fans like him.Herbstreit, obviously, is joking. But he probably does hate portions of every fan base – the ones who come at him on Twitter the second he says anything negative about a program.Former Nebraska star Eric Crouch commented on Herbstreit’s tweet. Herbstreit replied, calling the 5% of fans in a given fan base who go after him the “lunatic fringe.”Because of dudes like you. https://t.co/dJLxqRM0Om— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 6, 2018You and I are. Just having some fun with one of your 5%ers aka “lunatic fringe” https://t.co/P8IY0SRFfP— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 9, 2018Herbstreit played at Ohio State, and as such, many college football fans think he’s biased when it comes to the Buckeyes. Ironically, Ohio State fans often rip him for going too far in the other direction at times. He can’t really win.That said, he’s still the major personality on the top college football program every fall. So he’s got that going for him.College GameDay will open up at South Bend this year for Notre Dame vs. Michigan. It should be a good one.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)At 4-7, Nebraska football will fall short of the six wins typically required for bowl eligibility. However, there is still a remote chance of the Huskers cracking the post-season.In fact, it wasn’t long ago that Nebraska football was a beneficiary of the inflated bowl game schedule.In 2015, the team’s first year under Mike Riley, Nebraska went 5-7 but still managed to make the Foster Farms Bowl. There, it beat UCLA to move to 6-7 on the season.That year, there were not enough teams at 6-6 or better to fill the 80 spots. Entering the final week of the season, 72 teams are at that magic number with 78 total spots available.Thanks to that math, Nebraska football remains alive for a bowl, but it needs a lot to go right to make it there.Obviously the first step is beating Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. That game is set to kick off in a few minutes.Three games this weekend will decide bowl spots automatically.Indiana-Purdue, Tennessee-Vanderbilt, and Baylor-Texas Tech each pit 5-6 teams against each other. That will fll three of the remaining slots.From there, 15 teams are playing for win No. 6 this weekend. Omaha World-Herald writer Sam McKewon went through the trouble of compiling the full list of schools on the verge of eligibility.Florida Atlantic (-17) over Charlotte Southern Mississippi (-13) over UTEP Wyoming (-7) over New Mexico Tulane (-7) over Navy SMU (-2.5) over Tulsa Coastal Carolina (+1.5) over South Alabama Arizona (+2) over Arizona State TCU (+5) over Oklahoma State Florida State (+7) over Florida Wake Forest (+11) over Duke Minnesota (+11) over Wisconsin USC (+11) over Notre Dame Colorado (+12.5) over California Maryland (+13) over Penn State Kansas State (+13) over Iowa StateAs he notes, Akron and Virginia Tech both have two games remaining thanks to late additions to the schedule after early season cancellations, and could clinch bowl eligibility by sweeping those games.Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Minnesota, and Maryland have higher APR scores and would thus edge out Nebraska in a tiebreaker scenario at 5-7. Three of those teams are double-digit underdogs, which is good news for the Huskers. However, fans should actually root for a Vanderbilt win, since a loss could make both the Commodores and Tennessee Volunteers bowl eligible if things shake out correctly.Overall, it is a real long shot, but Nebraska fans may have a bowl destination in year one of the Scott Frost era yet.[Omaha World-Herald]
EVANSTON, IL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Pat Fitzgerald of the Northwestern Wildcats watches as his team takes on the Purdue Boilermakers at Ryan Field on November 11, 2017 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)News of Urban Meyer’s retirement has been the story of the college football world today. Meyer is supposed to make it official during a press conference that will begin shortly.Plenty of former and current Ohio State players have already weighed in on Meyer’s decision. Some former adversaries have done so as well.Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is the last head coach to square off against Meyer in a Big Ten game. His Wildcats lost the conference championship on Saturday night to Ohio State.Today, Fitzgerald shared his thoughts on Meyer with ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.“He’s a great guy and an amazing football coach. Obviously, any time someone of his success leaves our game, it’s disappointing, so we wish him nothing but the best health-wise, and the best in his future endeavors.”Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald just now on Urban Meyer’s retirement: “He’s a great guy and an amazing football coach. Obviously, any time someone of his success leaves our game, it’s disappointing, so we wish him nothing but the best health-wise, and… https://t.co/S5vbDylTrP— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 4, 2018It is expected that every statement you see from opposing coaches will be a respectful one. Even Jim Harbaugh will have nice things to say.Meyer will coach one more game for Ohio State, against Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over full-time after that.For some details on Day’s contract with OSU, click here.