Month: October 2019

10 months agoSTUNNER: Australia name injured Huddersfield midfielder Mooy in Asian Cup squad

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say STUNNER: Australia name injured Huddersfield midfielder Mooy in Asian Cup squadby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAustralia have named injured Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy in their Asian Cup squad.Mooy will be assessed by the Socceroos medical staff on Friday when team physio Phil Coles travels to the U.K.Terriers supporters were shocked to hear the news considering Mooy was recently ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury. However, the Australians are checking every box in order to get one of their best players on the pitch.”Aaron Mooy’s knee injury will be assessed independently and by FFA’s High Performance Coordinator – Senior Physiotherapist, Phil Coles, in the United Kingdom on Friday, 21 December 2018,” said their statement.”FFA expects to be able to provide an additional update regarding Mooy on Monday, 24 December 2018 following consultation with Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon (UK time).”Nations competing in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 have until six (6) hours before their first match of the tournament to replace a player in their squad due to injury.” last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace striker Benteke: I’d be Liverpool star

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Benteke: I’d be Liverpool starby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has claimed he could make it into Liverpool’s first team if he was still playing at Anfield.The Belgian striker made the move to Palace in 2016 after just one season with the Reds.He told Sportbible: “Yeah. It’s easy to say now because I play for Palace and they play for Liverpool, but when you train every day with the same players and the manager believes in you, it’s easier.”People will say I’m making excuses, but everyone knows the club was going through a transition when I was there.”If you compare the team from when I was there to the current team, I think there are only three, four players still in the first XI, most of them are new.”Benteke scored 10 times in 42 appearances for Liverpool following his transfer from Aston Villa in 2015. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Arsenal stuck with overpaid Ozil as transfer window closes

first_imgAfter last week’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United, Arsenal manager Unai Emery was asked why Mesut Ozil had not started at the Emirates.The Spaniard’s response was curt: “He played.”Factually correct but also a fittingly terse summation of Ozil’s situation at Arsenal right now. 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? He played. He made an appearance. He was not a game-changer, not the first name on the teamsheet, not even guaranteed to make the squad. But, at least, he played.Since becoming Arsenal’s highest-paid player in February 2018, the German has featured in 32 Premier League games, but contributed just four goals and 11 assists. Not the kind of statistics one would associate with someone earning £350,000 ($460,000) every week.As a result, Ozil has been often surplus to requirements under new manager Emery, who has put a different stamp on Arsenal than predecessor Arsene Wenger.The new boss indicated that someone of Ozil’s ability would be needed as they compete in Europe as well as domestically, but their FA Cup exit means that their fixture list will be less hectic over the coming months.There was a strong possibility Ozil would leave in January in order to get regular game time elsewhere but his agent Dr Ekut Sogut insisted that the former Germany international was happy to stay at the Emirates Stadium.“I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football,” he told  Goal.“Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind. He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer.“Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.”He is proud to wear the shirt and honoured to represent Arsenal on and off the pitch. He takes his responsibilities – including being selected as one of the captains this season – very seriously and has a great relationship with his team-mates, the staff and fans.”Ozil agentIt always seemed as if Ozil was destined to stay at Arsenal once the transfer window closed.There was interest in the attacker, but clubs across Europe were put off by his enormous wages. Inter were in contention, but the Serie A side wanted the Gunners to foot some of the bill and pay a percentage of his salary.The contract he signed just a year ago priced the majority of clubs out of the market, with only Europe’s elite capable of affording £350,000 per week.Ozil still has the qualities to succeed at the highest level and despite criticism that saw him retire from international football, he was one of few Germany players who actually performed well at last summer’s World Cup.This season, he has often shown those playmaking abilities, but not regularly enough for Emery to start him in every game.The former Paris Saint-Germain boss wants his attacking players to defend from the front, an aspect of Alexandre Lacazette’s game that has improved sufficiently to turn him into a regular starter. Emery, though, does not have the luxury to start Ozil, despite his ability to unlock any opponent.Now, the Arsenal manager is stuck with the pressure of having his highest-paid player on the bench, a position that he cannot do anything about.Ozil is not part of his plans but Arsenal have no way of getting him off the books because of their own ill-advised decision to give him the most lucrative contract in club history.Mesut Ozil Unai Emery ArsenalThe situation sums up the systemic problems at Arsenal at the very top of the club. In recent years, the club has been run appallingly.Until he finally departed last summer, Wenger had been virtually untouchable, possessing absolute power – despite not winning the Premier League since 2004.The new management structure put in place to take Arsenal forward in the post-Wenger era has not impressed. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis left the club in November, while Sven Mislintat has announced he will also be departing this month, despite only taking over as Head of Recruitment 18 months ago.Numerous first team players have seen their contracts wind down in recent seasons. Last season’s star man Alexis Sanchez moved to Manchester United in the January 2018 transfer window six months before his deal was due to expire. This summer, Aaron Ramsey is set to join Juventus on a Bosman deal after contract talks broke down with Arsenal. Right now, Arsenal are not being run like an elite football club should be.Ozil still will get chances at Arsenal this season, especially with Europa League success important to Emery. Beyond that, though, it’s difficult to see him becoming a regular again under Emery.His current status could just as easily be summed up by the equally terse statement: “He’s paid.”last_img read more

Watch: Gus Johnson Criticized For Comments About Penn State’s Win Aiding “Healing Process”

first_imgGus Johnson calling a game on FS1.Gus Johnson is facing heavy criticism for comments he made late during Penn State’s win in the Big Ten Championship about the victory aiding in the school’s “healing process.”The comments came right after mention of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, which rocked the program in 2011, resulting in the ouster of longtime head coach Joe Paterno as well as much of the school’s administration. The PSU football program was subject to a post-season ban and significant scholarship reductions by the NCAA, penalties that were lifted a few years later.Deadspin has video of Johnson’s call. He said the win was a “milestone in the healing process” for Penn State:C’mon, Gus.— Deadspin (@Deadspin) December 4, 2016The comments were not very popular among the college football community:Who is this clown of a commentator who thinks that winning a football game is part of the healing process of a sexual abuse scandal— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) December 4, 2016I will pile on Gus Johnson here, too. Healing process for PSU, get right the hell out of here with that.— Bob Lesh (@Bob_Lesh) December 4, 2016Gus Johnson called Penn State winning “a milestone in the healing process” as if children who got raped will take solace in the victory— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) December 4, 2016Gus Johnson thinks Penn State’s win is a “milestone in the healing process.”Last I checked PSU wasn’t the victim.— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) December 4, 2016Pretty unfortunate comments by Gus Johnson at the end of the game about this win helping “the healing process.”— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 4, 2016And rightfully so. Penn State football was certainly impacted by the scandal. It was in no way the “victim” of this situation. The program is on its second post-Paterno coaching staff. Every player on the roster was recruited by non-Paterno staff coaches, after the Sandusky scandal had already broken.Tonight was a great night for Penn State football, to be sure. It doesn’t have any impact on what happened decades ago.[Deadspin]last_img read more

Forlan tips Joao Felix to fulfil his potential at Atletico

first_imgJoao Felix has a “big future” ahead of him at Atletico Madrid following his record-breaking move from Benfica, according to Diego Forlan.The 19-year-old completed a switch to Wanda Metropolitano for £113 million ($139m) at the start of July, becoming the most expensive signing in Atletico’s history.Felix had attracted attention from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, but he opted to continue his development with Atletico.The 19-year-old’s vast potential has caught Diego Forlan’s eye, with the ex-Uruguay international now backing him to achieve great success in the Spanish capital.”I saw him at Benfica and he did spectacular things,” Forlan told Marca of Joao Felix.”He’s a different player and he’s lucky to now be part of a hard-working and humble team. 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? “They know that they’ve achieved what they have through effort and sacrifice and some of that is down to the coaching staff.”If he’s humble, respectful and can listen, he’ll be a player who grows up to give us a lot to talk about. He has a big future.”Forlan played for the Rojiblancos for four years, scoring 74 goals in 134 matches while picking up a Europa League winners’ medal in 2010.The 40-year-old has been impressed with the work that Diego Simeone has carried out since taking the helm at Wanda Metropolitano in 2011.The Argentine boss has guided the club to seven major trophies in total, including two Europa Leagues, one La Liga title and the Copa del Rey.Atletico have also reached two Champions League finals under Simeone only to lose both games to cross-city rivals Real Madrid, in extra time in 2014 and on penalties two years later.The Uruguayan believes that Atletico Madrid are on the right path to finally win the European Cup one day and thinks that they can now be considered one of Europe’s most feared clubs.”They came very close twice,” Forlan said.”Once leading until the 93rd minute and losing the other on penalties.”They’re on the right track but everyone prepares themselves to win the Champions League.”Nobody wants to cross Atletico because of what they’ve achieved. They’ve earned respect.”Forlan went on to praise the club’s steady progress over the last decade before singling out Simeone for his influence in the dugout, adding: “They grow year after year.”They changed the stadium and they’ve shown their development in the most important way – with results.”Simeone’s arrival has meant that year after year the players change but the requirements are the same.”last_img read more

Pogba ‘happy’ at Man Utd despite Madrid speculation

first_imgPaul Pogba says he is fully committed to Manchester United despite a summer that saw him heavily linked with an Old Trafford exit.The France international hinted during the close season that he was unhappy at the club and ready for a new challenge after three seasons back in the Premier LeagueRumours of an impending move were fuelled still further by his agent Mino Raiola, who said that he was “in the process” of ensuring Pogba would find a new club ahead of the new season. 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? The 26-year-old was the Red Devils’ top-scorer across all competitions last season, netting 16 goals from midfield in what was largely a disappointing season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.Pogba’s former club Juventus as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid were heavily linked with a move. However, a deal failed to materialise and Pogba returned to pre-season training as normal.The chances of a transfer now appear slim following the closing of the Premier League transfer window last week, as United would be unable to bring in a replacement.The 2018 World Cup winner recovered from a back spasm to take his place in the Manchester United starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League season opener against Chelsea at Old Trafford.In an eye-catching performance, Pogba laid on two of United’s four goals as Solskjaer’s side opened the campaign with a thumping victory. Speaking after the game, Pogba sought to reassure the United supporters that he was happy and enjoying his football.”I’m always happy when I play football,” Pogba told RMC Sport. “I do what I love, it’s my job.”I will give my best every time I’m on the pitch. Now, we know that there were words. The future will tell.”One always remains on this point of questioning. I am in Manchester. I’m having fun with my team-mates, I always want to win the matches.”I will always give myself thoroughly when I am on the ground.”Marcus Rashford scored twice with Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James also on target against Frank Lampard’s side, as United recorded their biggest league win over Chelsea since 1965.Next up for the Red Devils is a trip to Molineux to take on Wolves on Monday August 19.last_img read more

ESPN Reveals Where Urban Meyer Will Be Watching Today’s Ohio State Game From

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer isn’t allowed to be at Ohio Stadium for this afternoon’s Ohio State-Oregon State game. The Buckeyes’ head coach has been suspended for the first three games of the season. He’s not allowed to be at the stadium or have contact with the team within a 24-hour period of kickoff.The three-time national champion-winning head coach can return to practice on Sunday. He’s eligible to start coaching in games Week 4.What will Urban Meyer be doing today? He’ll be at home, according to ESPN.ESPN host Rece Davis reported this morning on College GameDay that Meyer will be at his Dublin, Ohio home at noon E.T. today when Ohio State kicks off against Oregon State.It’s unclear if Meyer’s family will be at Ohio Stadium.Urban’s wife, Shelley Meyer, had a message for all of Buckeye Nation:“TO ALL OF BUCKEYE NATION: Thank you , in advance, for supporting these awesome young men as they represent this GREAT university tomorrow in the Horseshoe, along w TBDBITL and the BEST FANS IN THE LAND. Love and respect, Shelley, Urban, Nicki, Gigi, and Nate GO BUCKS!” she wrote.TO ALL OF BUCKEYE NATION: Thank you ??, in advance, for supporting these awesome young men as they represent this GREAT university tomorrow in the Horseshoe, along w TBDBITL and the BEST FANS IN THE LAND. Love and respect, Shelley, Urban, Nicki, Gigi, and Nate GO BUCKS!— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) August 31, 2018Urban Meyer can return to the practice field on Sunday as per his suspension terms.Ohio State and Oregon State are set to kick off at noon on ABC.last_img read more

ESPN Ranks The Country’s 10 Toughest Remaining Schedules

first_imgGeneral view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)We’re through three weeks of the college football season, but there is still plenty of action left. After three weeks of the season, we’re finally getting a picture of which teams have what it takes to compete at the highest level.Following the Week 3 slate of games, ESPN updated its Football Power Index – a computer model that measures overall team strength. Alabama remains a heavy favorite in every poll and metric after finally finding an elite quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa.While updating its FPI, ESPN’s computer model also projects win/loss, percentage chance to win a team’s respective conference, and strength of schedule.According to ESPN’s FPI, here are the 10 hardest schedules for the rest of the season.KansasArkansasKansas StatePittPurdueBaylorTexas TechNebraskaTennesseeUCLAYou can see the full results here.None of the top-10 teams are in the College Football Playoff race at this point in the season. these teams could be in for a rough final stretch.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Head Coach Is Getting Crushed For How Starting QB Was Benched

first_imgA view from the end zone of Boston College's football field.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 11: A referee watches a point after try by the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Louisville lost its fifth game of the season on Saturday, falling at Boston College, 38-20.Cardinals’ head coach Bobby Petrino was not happy with his team’s quarterback play during the game, so the head coach made a change in the fourth quarter, benching Jawon Pass. The sophomore QB was struggling, completing 17 of 31 passes for 170 yards and 1 interception.Pass, though, says he wasn’t actually told by anyone that he was being benched. He just saw his team’s backup, Jordan Travis, warming up and assumed it.This is not sitting well with Louisville fans.Jawon Pass said Petrino didn’t tell him he was out in the fourth quarter. He saw Jordan Travis and assumed.— Jake Lourim (@jakelourim) October 13, 2018If you’re going to bench your starting quarterback, you should probably let him know that he’s being benched.Louisville fans have been calling for a change in head coach for most of the season, bu Petrino has a massive buyout. A firing probably isn’t happening.Cardinals fans are left to dream.when I hit the mega millions, I’m buying petrino out……— Q (@osuseq) October 13, 2018Louisville returns to the field in two weeks against Wake Forest.last_img read more

CFB Starting QB Will Miss Rest Of Season With Injury

first_imgA general view of Wake Forest's football field.WINSTON SALEM, NC – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Florida State Seminoles at BB&T Field on September 30, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Wake Forest football lost yesterday’s game to Syracuse. In the process, they also lost starting quarterback Sam Hartman.Hartman will miss the rest of the 2018 season after injuring his leg late in yesterday’s game. Amazingly, he is the 12th Demon Deacon to suffer a season-ending injury.Head coach Dave Clawson confirmed the news a short time ago.Head coach Dave Clawson has announced that freshman Sam Hartman will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a leg injury late in Saturday’s game.MORE:— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) November 4, 2018A true freshman, Hartman has started every game for Wake Forest this season. He connected on 161 of 291 passes for 1,984 yards and 16 touchdowns.Hartman has also rushed for 275 yards and two touchdowns.Wake Forest is back in action on national TV this Thursday at NC State. They’ll face the Wolfpack at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.Jamie Newman and Kendall Hinton will likely fill in for Hartman over the final three weeks.last_img read more