October 2019

first_imgNewcastle manager Bruce: I was briefed on takeover todayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Steve Bruce is reluctant to discuss Peter Kenyon’s takeover push.Kenyon, the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive, has teamed up with US investors GACP Sports to launch a £300million bid to buy out Mike Ashley.But today Bruce said: “Honestly, until I was briefed this morning, news to me. It’s not something I can comment on. I have had no chats (with Ashley).”I can’t influence anything like that. The only thing I can influence is how I play Saturday. That is only thing I can focus on.”Of takeover speculation, he added: “You have to get used to it. It’s happened three or four times to me before, you get used to it.”This club always has speculation round it and it has never happened, so watch this space.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgNapoli president De Laurentiis: Sign Ibrahimovic? It could be my…by Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admits he’s keen on bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Serie A.Off contract at LA Galaxy in December, the Swede has expressed interest in a move to Italy.ADL said: “Ibrahimovic at Napoli is not a suggestion but could be my desire. “He is a friend, I met him not as a footballer but as a normal person because we met in the same hotel in Los Angeles. I invited him to dinner with his wife and children and we spent a nice evening. “He has been talking about it for a few months. More than a suggestion- it could be my wish.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgThe Holiday Bowl logo.Twitter/@holidaybowlLooking for a Minnesota vs. Washington State preview ahead of their matchup in the Military Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the Washington State Cougars in the Holiday Bowl. The game, to be played at Qualcomm Stadium, is slated for a 7:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Minnesota vs. Washington State preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Washington State wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Cougars favored as well.Spread: Washington State -5.5Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNMinnesota vs. Washington State preview:Minnesota (8-4) ended the regular season with a 31-17 loss at Wisconsin giving the Gophers their second loss in their final three games. Washington State (8-4) had a chance to make it to the Pac-12 Championship and possibly even the College Football Playoff, but dropped its last two games to Colorado and Washington.Washington State was out scored 83-41 in the two losses to close out the season. In the Apple Cup against the Huskies, Washington State was held to just 334 yards while giving up 510 yards to Washington. Luke Falk ended the regular season with 4,204 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Minnesota’s offense struggled in its last game of the season as well putting up just 286 yards against Wisconsin. The Gophers also had four turnovers in the loss. Running back Rodney Smith was the team’s workhorse as he rushed for 1,084 yards and 15 touchdowns on 223 carries as the brightest spot on the Gophers’ offense.Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in last year’s Quick Lane Bowl while Washington State beat Miami 20-14 last year in the Sun Bowl.Minnesota vs. Washington State Prediction:This is a game of two opposite styles. Washington State likes to get up and down the field through the air while Minnesota pounds away on the ground.The Cougars sit second in all of college football averaging 370.8 yards through the air per game. Minnesota’s defense ranks 67th in the land in allowing just over 228 yards through the air.Washington State will have a nice day through the air and grab the win.Washington State 37, Minnesota 27,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Washington State wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Cougars favored as well.Spread: Washington State -5.5Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNMinnesota vs. Washington State preview:Minnesota (8-4) ended the regular season with a 31-17 loss at Wisconsin giving the Gophers their second loss in their final three games. Washington State (8-4) had a chance to make it to the Pac-12 Championship and possibly even the College Football Playoff, but dropped its last two games to Colorado and Washington.Washington State was out scored 83-41 in the two losses to close out the season. In the Apple Cup against the Huskies, Washington State was held to just 334 yards while giving up 510 yards to Washington. Luke Falk ended the regular season with 4,204 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Minnesota’s offense struggled in its last game of the season as well putting up just 286 yards against Wisconsin. The Gophers also had four turnovers in the loss. Running back Rodney Smith was the team’s workhorse as he rushed for 1,084 yards and 15 touchdowns on 223 carries as the brightest spot on the Gophers’ offense.Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in last year’s Quick Lane Bowl while Washington State beat Miami 20-14 last year in the Sun Bowl.Minnesota vs. Washington State Prediction:This is a game of two opposite styles. Washington State likes to get up and down the field through the air while Minnesota pounds away on the ground.The Cougars sit second in all of college football averaging 370.8 yards through the air per game. Minnesota’s defense ranks 67th in the land in allowing just over 228 yards through the air.Washington State will have a nice day through the air and grab the win.Washington State 37, Minnesota 27,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Washington State wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Cougars favored as well.Spread: Washington State -5.5Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNMinnesota vs. Washington State preview:Minnesota (8-4) ended the regular season with a 31-17 loss at Wisconsin giving the Gophers their second loss in their final three games. Washington State (8-4) had a chance to make it to the Pac-12 Championship and possibly even the College Football Playoff, but dropped its last two games to Colorado and Washington.Washington State was out scored 83-41 in the two losses to close out the season. In the Apple Cup against the Huskies, Washington State was held to just 334 yards while giving up 510 yards to Washington. Luke Falk ended the regular season with 4,204 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Minnesota’s offense struggled in its last game of the season as well putting up just 286 yards against Wisconsin. The Gophers also had four turnovers in the loss. Running back Rodney Smith was the team’s workhorse as he rushed for 1,084 yards and 15 touchdowns on 223 carries as the brightest spot on the Gophers’ offense.Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in last year’s Quick Lane Bowl while Washington State beat Miami 20-14 last year in the Sun Bowl.Minnesota vs. Washington State Prediction:This is a game of two opposite styles. Washington State likes to get up and down the field through the air while Minnesota pounds away on the ground.The Cougars sit second in all of college football averaging 370.8 yards through the air per game. Minnesota’s defense ranks 67th in the land in allowing just over 228 yards through the air.Washington State will have a nice day through the air and grab the win.Washington State 37, Minnesota 27last_img read more

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first_imgJurgen Klopp has hinted that a quiet deadline day lies in store for Liverpool, with the Reds not about to respond to the dealings of others by spending for the sake of it.It has been a quiet summer at Anfield on the arrivals front, with teenagers Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg, along with back-up goalkeeper Adrian, the only additions made to a Champions League-winning squad.Several of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals have opted to invest heavily once again, with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal breaking transfer records while Manchester City have added Spain international Rodri to their ranks. 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? Klopp is aware of the questions being asked of his recruitment, with no contenders for starting berths having been snapped up, but has reiterated that he will not be forced into the market.The German tactician told Sky Sports: “You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing transfers. That makes no sense, it’s not about that. And if you sit back for a second and have a look at the squad, do we need more players? People will say, yes, we need a substitute for Sadio Mane, for Mohamed Salah, whatever.”But those players are here. So, do you get a one-for-one replacement? A big signing? People think that players from other clubs, other countries, are better than the players we have here but without really having the proof, because those players haven’t played here, or whatever else.”It’s just that what is new is seen as more exciting. It’s like with a new car. Your old car is completely reliable, but you want a new one and two weeks later it breaks down. It looks better, but obviously it’s not that good.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019-20Klopp’s stance on spending has irked Pep Guardiola, with the City boss hitting back at the suggestion that his side enjoy an unfair advantage over those who have to “pay bills”, but the Reds boss stands by his message.He added: “When I said we have to pay bills, that’s normal.”I know people took that as criticism for other clubs, but it was not the intention. I was just explaining our situation. Sorry, but we do have to pay bills. And that’s all good. We invested in the team last season. We have the team, now let’s work with the team and see what we do with it later.”New players are never the only solution. And making this team stronger, the starting line-up, that’s really difficult and very expensive and we don’t have that money. That’s how it is. You cannot go out with £150m or £200m and just say, ‘Yes, that’s the guy we need and he can make us better’.”Because, also, that would only be if one of the others cannot play. These players, you can’t really get, because they ask, ‘When will I play?’ and I have to tell them, ‘When he is ill or when he leaves.’ It makes it even more difficult.”It’s the price you pay for success and for having a good team, and it’s also why I say settle down, watch, work, improve – because we have to – and then find the solutions in the moments when you need them.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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first_imgTwo-goal Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial starred as Manchester United crushed Chelsea 4-0 in Frank Lampard’s first Premier League match as the Blues’ head coach.Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had suggested in pre-season Rashford and Martial were set to share striker responsibilities this term and they were the inspiration as United clinched an emphatic opening-day win, albeit one that somewhat flattered them.Chelsea certainly edged a first half that was arguably more entertaining for its seemingly constant stream of errors than anything else, but United led 1-0 at the break thanks to Rashford’s penalty, despite Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri hitting the post for the visitors. 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? Quality initially remained at a premium in the second half, but two fine goals – one apiece for Rashford and Martial – in the space of 95 seconds after the hour turned United’s nervy lead into a comfortable one, with debutant Daniel James completing the scoring late on.An emphatic win for @ManUtd!Rashford (x2), Martial and debutant James all find the net#MUNCHE pic.twitter.com/T5oqISFNes— Premier League (@premierleague) August 11, 2019It took Abraham – the scorer of 26 Championship goals with Aston Villa last season – just four minutes to try his luck, striking the left-hand post from 18 yards.A United team featuring new signings Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka took the lead against the run of play 14 minutes later, Rashford coolly finding the top-left corner with a penalty after being clumsily felled by the hapless Kurt Zouma.While United’s nerves settled a little with the goal, Chelsea continued to look the better side and went close twice towards the end of the first half – Ross Barkley forcing David de Gea into a vital save, before Emerson struck the post from close range.Solskjaer’s men took control just past the hour, though, as Chelsea were caught on the break and Martial bundled in Andreas Pereira’s sublime cross.It was three shortly after, Paul Pogba providing an excellent assist after an underwhelming first-half display, clipping a ball over Cesar Azpilicueta for Rashford to bring down and nonchalantly slot past Kepa Arrizabalaga.Substitute James got in on the act nine minutes from time – his deflected effort, following a super run from Pogba, beating Kepa to round off what ultimately turned into a great day for a United side that started shakily. What does it mean? Solskjaer building United in his ‘baby-faced’ imageUnited’s starting XI was the youngest named by any manager on the opening weekend of this Premier League season, with an average age of 24 years and 227 days. Solskjaer has insisted he will look to blood as much youth as possible, and he certainly appears to be living up to that.Another pledge was to play quick, attacking football. They did not do that for the entire match, but with Rashford and Martial generally among their better players, it seems Solskjaer’s plan has legs.Our new (old) no.! @AnthonyMartial #MUFC #MUNCHE pic.twitter.com/N5SPWfvPla— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 11, 2019Rashford steps upMuch has recently been said regarding Rashford’s ability to lead the line for United, particularly after Romelu Lukaku’s departure left him as the club’s senior striker. He did well on Sunday, running the channels effectively and grabbing two goals.Azpilicueta fails to lead by exampleUsually Chelsea’s most dependable defender, Azpilicueta did not meet that criteria at Old Trafford. He allowed Martial to get ahead of him for the second goal and was then caught out badly for the third.Key Opta Facts- United registered their fifth consecutive opening-day victory, their longest such run since winning six in a row between 1905-06 and 1910-11, while this was Chelsea’s heaviest opening-day defeat in what is their 104th league season.- United’s 4-0 victory was their biggest over Chelsea in a top-flight match since they won 4-0 in March 1965 under Matt Busby.- Chelsea will end the day in the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since September 30, 2000.- Since his debut, Martial has scored 49 goals in all competitions for Manchester United – more than any other player.- Lampard suffered the heaviest defeat by a Chelsea manager in his first match in charge since Danny Blanchflower oversaw a 7-2 loss to Middlesbrough in December 1978.- The last manager before Lampard to lose by four or more goals in his first Premier League match in charge was Gustavo Poyet in October 2013 (Swansea City 4-0 Sunderland). What’s next?United travel to Wolves a week on Monday for their second Premier League outing of the campaign. Chelsea play their first match at Stamford Bridge this season a day earlier against Leicester City, though they first have the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool to contest on Wednesday. read morelast_img read more

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first_imgkirk herbstreit looking very tan at the nfl draftWith LeBron James deciding to leave Cleveland for Los Angeles on Sunday night, all of a sudden, there are a lot more Lakers fans across the country. One them appears to be ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.Monday, following the LeBron news, Herbstreit, who covers college football for the Worldwide Leader, took to Twitter to declare that he’s now a fan of the Lakers. Fans are letting him have it.Herbstreit, who is from Ohio and played for Ohio State, went on to later explain that he’s not actually an NBA fan. He just likes rooting for superstar players – like Michael Jordan and LeBron James.Yes, there’s a word for that. It’s called being a frontrunner. The Internet has reminded Herbstreit of that fact in the aftermath.Good luck in LA @KingJames. Guess I’m a @Lakers fan now!!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) July 2, 2018Never been a NBA fan. In this sport I follow the player I like. MJ era I was a Bulls fan. Followed Lebron wherever he goes. Never been a Cavs fan except when Lebron was there. https://t.co/J22S0p3iik— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) July 2, 2018Fans from Ohio also aren’t thrilled with Herbstreit saying that he’s only been a fan since LeBron arrived.LeBron’s decision, while not a shock to those following the NBA, has sent shockwaves through the league. James will be joining a Lakers roster that has potential but not much star power. If they are able to trade for Kawhi Leonard and/or sign DeMarcus Cousins, that could change.It’ll be interesting to see how bandwagon fans – including Herbstreit – react to a Lakers team that won’t be able to compete with the Warriors (or the Rockets) in the West. LeBron’s guaranteed to play for the franchise for three seasons.last_img read more

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first_imgMark Richt puts up the U.CORAL GABLES, FL – DECEMBER 04: New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the ‘U’ sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)The Miami Hurricanes are bowl eligible for the sixth straight season after finishing the season 7-5. Miami’s final game of the regular season was a convincing 24-3 win over ACC Coastal division winner Pittsburgh.Unfortunately, the Hurricanes still finished in the middle of the ACC pack, so a return to a New Year’s Day bowl game is not in the cards.Miami’s mid-season struggles included a four-game losing streak to Virginia, Boston College, Duke, and Georgia Tech.CBS Sports projects Miami to face UAB in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, with UAB serving as a replacement team for an SEC team.Sports Illustrated also believes that the Hurricanes are destined for a showdown with the UAB Blazers in the Independence Bowl.College Football News projects that Miami will, in fact, play an SEC team. CFN has Miami slated to play Mississippi State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.Miami has just one bowl win in the last 12 seasons – a win over West Virginia in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl.last_img read more

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first_imgPenn State takes on Michigan State.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 13: Yetur Gross-Matos #99 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates against Brian Lewerke #14 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State defeated Maryland on Saturday, finishing the season with a 9-3 record. The Nittany Lions won’t learn their bowl fate until this Sunday, but there are plenty of projections out there.Assuming Penn State fans want to see their team in a New Year’s Six game, they’re going to have to root for one of their hated rivals this weekend. Nittany Lions supporters should be rooting for Ohio State on Saturday.Penn State fans not only need to root for Ohio State to beat Northwestern, but they need to root for the Buckeyes to make the College Football Playoff too.Why? Because if Ohio State goes to the playoff, Michigan will be in line for the Rose Bowl. Penn State, if it finishes in the top 12 of the College Football Playoff rankings, would then have a shot at the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl.If Northwestern beats Ohio State, the Wildcats will head to the Rose Bowl. Ohio State and Michigan would then be the conference’s next two best teams in pecking order.If Ohio State beats Northwestern but doesn’t wind up in the playoff, the Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl, and Michigan will get pushed down to a different New Year’s Six bowl.While Ohio State will be favored against Northwestern, the Buckeyes might need Oklahoma to lose to wind up in the playoff. Penn State fans will be paying attention.last_img read more

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first_imgKeanu Neal exits the field in pain after being injured.INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 22: Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons is helped off the field during the second quarter in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)Atlanta Falcons star safety Keanu Neal suffered an Achilles injury in the first half of today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.Neal was hurt in a non-contact scenario, which is never a good sign. The veteran defensive back had to be carted into the locker room.The Falcons haven’t revealed any additional info on the extent of Neal’s injury, but his reaction as he was taken into the tunnel said a lot.One look at Neal’s face and you can see he thinks it is serious. Unreal… another non-contact injury for Keanu Neal and his body language….. man… (🎥CBS) pic.twitter.com/rQ5dJXyxsy— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 22, 2019If Neal tore his Achilles, it would be an absolutely crushing development. The fourth-year pro missed almost all of last season after tearing his ACL in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.When healthy, Neal is a tremendous talent. The No. 17 overall pick in the 2016 draft, he made the Pro Bowl in his second season.We’ll keep you posted on Neal’s injury as more info becomes available.last_img read more

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first_imgKeyshawn Johnson representing his alma mater USC.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Former USC Trojan receiver Keyshawn Johnson talks on his mobile phone on the field prior to the Rose Bowl presented by Citi against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2008 in Pasadena, California. The Trojans defeated the Illini 49-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)USC fell to Washington on Saturday, and it’s fair to say that it’s starting to look like Clay Helton’s days as head coach are numbered. One of the school’s most prominent former players chimed in on the situation after the contest.Keyshawn Johnson, who starred at USC back in the 1990s, tweeted out a screenshot showing the definition of the word “tarmac.” It seems that he’s suggesting that the Trojans need to move on and find a new coach.Why? Because Lane Kiffin, back during the 2013 season, was fired on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport after a loss to Arizona State. He wasn’t even given the opportunity to travel back to campus with the team.Keyshawn’s tweet is significant. It was just a few years ago that he was in Helton’s camp. Johnson may just be implying that he thinks Helton will be fired. But USC fans seem to think he’s suggesting it as well.pic.twitter.com/p50vmsGdsh— Keyshawn Johnson (@keyshawn) September 28, 2019USC’s loss to Washington leaves the Trojans with a 3-2 record on the season.Of course, if Helton is fired, the Urban Meyer talk will start immediately. It’ll be interesting to see if the Trojans are willing to take a shot on the three-time national champion.last_img read more

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