Newcastle defender Javi Manquillo: No way could I reject Liverpool chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Javi Manquillo says he enjoyed his experience at Liverpool.Manquillo had a spell on-loan at Anfield.And he still has fond memories of his time on Merseyside. “In hindsight, was I too young to join Liverpool? No, I don’t think so,” he told the Daily Star before yesterday’s defeat. “How many 19-year-olds get the chance to play in the Premier League for such a famous club?“Of course I wanted more game time and that’s why I eventually went to Marseille. But I loved being at Liverpool and I would not change a thing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan receive 2-match stadium banby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan have been punished with two games behind closed doors after the racial abuse aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The FIGC’s sporting judiciary ruled on Thursday that Inter’s Curva Nord would also be closed for an extra match, on the grounds of ‘offensive chants’ towards Napoli fans, ‘a great majority of which came from that stand’, as well as those of a ‘racist’ nature in Koulibaly’s direction.The committee adds ‘the aggravating circumstances related to their repetition and the climate created inside the stadium’ were taken into account.Fans will not be allowed entry for Inter’s next two home games against Benevento and Sassuolo, while the Curva Nord will not be open for the visit of Bologna on February 3.
Leicester eyeing several of Guingamp’s prospectsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are eyeing several of Guingamp’s young prospects.Foot Mercato says a number of the club’s young players are on the radar of Leicester.Mohamed Ali Gueddar (20, striker), Ryad Hachem (20, midfielder), Mehdi Boudjemaa (20, defender) and Matthias Phaeton (19, striker) are all interesting the Foxes.Ali Gueddar has already refused a professional contract offer from Guingamp.Along with Leicester, Stoke City are also interested in the youngsters. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard admits Chelsea being ‘careful’ with Kanteby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard says Chelsea are being careful with N’Golo Kante.The midfielder missed Saturday’s win over Brighton after starring against Liverpool the week before.Lampard told reporters at Stamford Bridge. “My feeling is that he has played a lot and that’s because he has been so successful and so important to the teams he has been in. At the minute, he has injuries.”This little niggle he had is a small, small injury. We just need to get it right. We are just careful and it is my duty to work with him. The medical team are working so hard with him.”I have been there as a player and, if you miss a pre-season through an injury in particular, then you are playing catch-up. At the moment he is playing catch-up and that’s no fault of his own. He has played four seasons now full-on, game after game with international tournaments.”So, it is right to be a bit careful. Let’s be happy. We got a result here, we are doing okay. With N’Golo, when we do get him to where we want him to be, we will be stronger with him.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kane reveals Spurs frustration: This is my toughest spellby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane admits this is his toughest spell at Tottenham Hotspur.Spurs have won just three times in 12 matches this season, including Saturday’s scrappy 1-1 draw with Watford.”Yeah, probably, I’d say [this is the toughest spell],” he said. “When you look at the results it’s not been easy. Of course we all want to be winning games. The manager wants to be winning games.”It’s another challenge, another challenge in my career, the club’s time and team’s career. It’s about trying to overcome that. It’s not going to be a straight path to success.”There’s going to be bumps along the way. At the moment we’re at one and we’ve got to overcome that.”I think the standards we’ve set over the last four or five years have been very high. We’ve spoken about maybe being ahead of the plan when the gaffer and myself first started.”Now when things are not going so well, people are going to wonder why of course and try to put a finger on it. This season little things haven’t gone our way which in other years might have done.We’ve got to find a way to overcome that. It’s not easy, we’re playing in a league and the Champions League with the best teams in the world. We’ve become one of them.”We’ve got to find a level back to where it has been and all we can do is work harder and take that on the pitch.”If we can win tomorrow night it will put us in a better position [in the Champions League] than last year and we ended up going to the final.”Kane added: “We have to believe and every game fight and fight for each other and who knows what’s possible.”It is important to start well, come out of the blocks with loads of energy, with and without the ball, and try and get ahead and win the game.”It is important for us as a team to stick together, keep working hard, doing our best on the pitch and hopefully we can win tomorrow and it can kick us on to another winning run.”
The 2015 Final Four is set to tip-off Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The first game of the night features the Duke Blue Devils, the No.. 1 seed out of the South, against the Michigan State Spartans, the No. 7 seed out of the East. Today was the first day the teams spent in Indy, and Duke released a video chronicling the players’ activities. The footage includes a team photoshoot, morning shoot-around, freshman forward Justise Winslow interviewing classmate Grayson Allen, and more. Take a look:Duke and Michigan State face off at 6:09 PM EST on Saturday, with the winner facing either Kentucky or Wisconsin in Monday’s championship game.
ESPNIn the world of college football recruiting, four websites stand out as the major services in the industry: Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. With a recent run of commitments, Ohio State had taken over the No. 1 spot on a number of the sites. Today, ESPN’s RecruitingNation bumped the Buckeyes to No. 1, giving OSU the unanimous top spot, at least for the time being.Ohio State has soared to No. 1 in our @ESPNInsider recruiting rankings. Rest of the top 40: https://t.co/vdCkCmt4b3 pic.twitter.com/JKLmYbV8jV— ESPN (@espn) January 20, 2016 There are two weeks until National Signing Day, and there will undoubtedly be a ton of movement in all four of these ranking systems. However, it is impossible to deny that the class that Ohio State is putting together is pretty special.[Eleven Warriors]
Vinicius Junior said he is happy with his role at Real Madrid, insisting he just wants the LaLiga giants to win.Madrid teenager Vinicius has impressed in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu, making 10 league appearances, though only four have been as a starter.The 18-year-old Brazilian winger was in the starting line-up for Sunday’s 4-2 victory against Espanyol. 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? Asked whether he considers himself a starter, former Flamengo star Vinicius told reporters post-match: “No, I just arrived not long ago.”I am playing more and I’m happy.”I want Real Madrid to win and whoever is the best player will play.” Heading home with the points! #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/zcFYd7jzjS— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 27, 2019On Madrid head coach Santiago Solari, Vinicius added: “The coach tells me to show personality and to play well.”He’s told me that ever since I arrived. The group helps me a lot and I’m content.”Madrid are third in the table and 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona following three consecutive wins.”We’ve started 2019 very well,” Vinicius said. “We played well once again and now we’re getting players like [Gareth] Bale and [Marco] Asensio back.”The group is getting better and we’ll keep trying to win every game and to go into the Champions League in the best possible form.”
YouTube/Marsh WesCollege football in Texas has reached a new low point, the likes of which it hasn’t seen in about two decades.What has been a pretty bad year for college football in Texas has only gotten worse.For the first time since September 14, 1997, not a single team from the Lone Star state made the AP Top 25 Poll. Depending on how the rest of the season shakes out, this could be a first for Texas college football in the 80-year history of the AP Poll’s existence. A Texas team has always finished in the Top 25 by season’s end.Houston (9-3) and Texas A&M (8-4) were ranked the week prior, but both suffered losses this past weekend to knock themselves out. It’s up to those two teams to keep the state from making history in the wrong way.Baylor, Texas and TCU have all appeared in the Top 25 at one point this season, but have since disappointed. While Baylor and TCU have bowl eligibility with 6-5 records (and UTSA will likely get in at 6-6), losses would mean that Houston and Texas A&M will probably be the only Texas teams to finish above .500 this year. Yikes.Houston was the closest Texas team to making the cut, with 98 points. Pitt and South Florida both occupied the last spot of the Top 25, with 168.[AP]
Zinedine Zidane’s comments about Gareth Bale were remarkable but by this point we should no longer be surprised.Real Madrid legends leave the club amid storm clouds time and time again and Bale is set to be the latest to depart the Santiago Bernabeu through the back door.”We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone,” said Zidane on Sunday. “I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.” 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 comments marked the end of the cold war between Bale and Real Madrid and the first shots fired in the open.They are astounding words for Zidane to speak when Bale’s overall impact at Madrid is considered – even if the club believe now it is time for him to leave.When able to play Bale has been productive, with 102 goals in 231 games, adding 65 assists.More importantly than the raw statistics though, he has delivered on the biggest occasions for Madrid, including in four Champions League finals, to help Los Blancos win the trophy they crave most.The forward headed home in extra time to net the goal which sent Real ahead against rivals Atletico Madrid in their eventual 4-1 Champions League final victory in 2014.That came after scoring a stunning individual goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Clasico final to win Madrid that trophy.In the 2016 Champions League final against Atletico, Bale set up Sergio Ramos for Madrid’s goal in a 1-1 draw and converted in the penalty shoot out as Real triumphed again.He would have loved to feature in Cardiff too but didn’t recover from injury in time to start the 2017 final against Juventus which Madrid won 4-1, instead appearing as a substitute.Thrown on from the bench in the 61st minute of the 2018 final in Kiev against Liverpool with the score tied at 1-1, Bale struck twice – with his scissor kick arguably the best ever Champions League final goal ever scored – inspiring Madrid to a 3-1 victory.Of course there have been ups and downs with Bale, with his detractors wielding his perceived failures against him.Bale’s struggles with the language and Spanish culture – including snubbing a team-meal because he wanted to stick to his bed-time – were highlighted by the media.In captain Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid fans see someone who stands for them. Bale’s standoffishness sometimes translates as a lack of passion for the team’s cause.The 30-year-old’s persistent injury problems didn’t help either, feeding the image that he could not be relied upon.But none of these reasons are strong enough for Zidane or the fans to treat Bale as harshly as they do, given what Bale has done for the club.These are areas which Bale could have done better in but not enough for his relationship with Madrid to sour completely.It is not only the Welshman who has suffered at the Santiago Bernabeu. Other club legends have also been spat out – it almost seems like tradition at Madrid that their best players depart in acrimony.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas left in tears, sitting alone on a stage as he gave his farewell press conference in 2015, no club presence alongside him.His parents blamed president Florentino Perez for Casillas’s departure, even claiming they would prefer to see him play for Barcelona, “because they are gentlemen” rather than Porto.Casillas joined Madrid’s academy at nine years old, going on to captain the team and playing for the first team for 16 years.But in an ugly denouement to his career at the Bernabeu he fell out with Jose Mourinho and was labelled a ‘mole’ by some fans, who backed the coach over the player, tainting the relationship for good.Even Cristiano Ronaldo, the club’s finest ever player, was whistled by Madrid’s supporters at times and seemed to be at war with Perez for years before he left for Juventus in 2018.Ronaldo later blamed Perez for his departure, claiming the president no longer saw him as ‘indispensable’.In his final season at Madrid, David Beckham was left out when coach Fabio Capello claimed he would never wear the shirt again, although the Italian later relented.Even legendary striker Raul Gonzalez left in unfortunate circumstances, with some sectors of the crowd whistling him for not hitting his previous heights. Despite his status, he left the club he had hoped to retire at without fanfare, later saying his send-off “could have been better”.Other heroes like Alfredo Di Stefano and Zidane himself have felt ire from supporters in the past, adding to the strangeness of the club’s relationship with their most loved players.As well as ego clashes with the president, part of it comes from being so successful for so long. Players come and go, but the club keeps winning. Anybody who seems bigger than the club itself gets cut down to size.And in a team where there have been, over the past two decades, so many changes to the coaching staff and the squad, it creates a feeling of disposability.The Galacticos era is another factor, with it seeming like if one star left, another would arrive to replace them, meaning it was less important for the fans to show their key men how much they are adored.Madrid as a club have an almost ingrained arrogance, which on the one hand makes them special, and on the other leaves them in bizarre positions that no other sides experience. Bale is the latest to feel the brunt of it.Decades down the line, some may look back and regret not treating the Welshman with a little more respect.