Month: October 2019

  • 10 months agoHughton insists Brighton didn’t deserve Bournemouth defeat

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hughton insists Brighton didn’t deserve Bournemouth defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton insists they didn’t deserve defeat at Bournemouth.The Seagulls were beaten 2-0 after David Brooks found the back of the net for the Cherries either side of half-time.Hughton said, “I thought we were good value to get something from the game. The difference between the two sides was they put their opportunities away and we didn’t.“We were good in the first half and they scored against the run of play. It was very difficult towards the end when we were down to ten men, but certainly before that I thought we were always in the game.“It was a wonderful strike by Brooks for the first goal, but I thought we created really good chances of our own.“If you don’t put your chances away, then you know that a very good Bournemouth side that play with a lot of pace, with two players up front that run in behind, are going to cause you problems.“The chances are the pinnacle moments of any game, but on the balance of play, I thought we deserved more.”On Lewis Dunk’s dismissal, he added: “Initially we had no problems with it, we thought it was two yellow cards, but seeing them again, we feel that [Yves] Bissouma made the first contact, so there’s some doubt about who should have been booked.” last_img read more

  • 10 months agoAdrien Silva closer to leaving Leicester

    first_imgAdrien Silva closer to leaving Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdrien Silva is closer to leaving Leicester City.A Bola says Silva has agreed to take a pay cut in order to move away from the King Power Stadium. The Portuguese midfielder – who wasn’t able to play for Leicester in the first half of the 2017/18 season due to his transfer going through 14 seconds past the deadline – has struggled to get into the first team and been continually linked with a move back to Sporting CP in Portugal.And a deal could now happen with Silva prepared to drop his demands to help smooth negotiations. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 10 months agoNewcastle, Burnley move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jie

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle, Burnley move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jieby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarseille forward Clinton N’Jie is being linked with a return to the Premier League.The Daily Mail says Newcastle United have asked about N’Jie. The former Tottenham forward is available on loan with view to a permanent deal but also has interest from Burnley, Cardiff and Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old was set to join Sporting CP on loan last summer but the move collapsed after the clubs failed to agree terms. The Cameroon international forward enjoyed two productive seasons after joining from Spurs but he has started only four games this season. last_img read more

  • 18 days ago​Lampard delighted with Hudson-Odoi against Southampton

    first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Lampard delighted with Hudson-Odoi against Southamptonby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard was quick to praise young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi after his side’s convincing win over Southampton.Despite an even contest in the first half, it was Chelsea who took the lead and eventually ran away with the game.While Hudson-Odoi did not get a goal, Lampard was delighted with his overall impact in the 4-1 away Premier League success.Speaking about Hudson-Odoi, Lampard said to BBC Sport: “I liked a lot of the stuff he did, there’s competition in those wide areas now. I thought it was a really good performance, really bright stuff, I’m disappointed he didn’t get his goal.” last_img read more

  • 6 days agoAIK chief Wesstrom hints offer likely for ex-Liverpool keeper Bogdan

    first_imgAIK chief Wesstrom hints offer likely for ex-Liverpool keeper Bogdanby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAIK sports chief Bjorn Wesstrom admits they’ve been pleased with trialist Adam Bogdan.Released in the summer by Liverpool, the Hungarian goalkeeper is chasing a deal with the Swedes.And Wesstrom admits they’ve been impressed.”He is training tomorrow and then we will evaluate his time here and then we will obviously talk to him about how he looks at the situation,” he told Fotbollskanalen.AIK are eager to sign a new keeper as a priority. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Suarez airs Barcelona retirement wish

    first_imgLuis Suarez is hoping to retire as a Barcelona player, with the Uruguay international admitting it would be “the greatest thing” to spend the rest of his career at Camp Nou.At 32 years of age, the prolific frontman still has plenty of competitive football left in him yet.He is, however, closer to the end of his playing days than he is the start. 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? Suarez accepts as much but is currently tied to a contract through to 2021 and intends to carry on well beyond that point.And, if he gets his wish, an extended stay in Catalunya will eventually allow him to hang up his boots while on the books of the Blaugrana.Quizzed by Sport on whether he would like to retire at Barca, Suarez said: “Yes. Obviously few ever get to believe that is possible, but I think it’s the desire of any player. “To finish at the best club in the world would be the greatest thing. But that will be difficult as very few have achieved it before.”Suarez remains a key figure for Barca at present.Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Barcelona Champions League 2018-19He has added another 16 goals to an impressive tally this season, with his overhaul collection at Camp Nou standing at 168 and counting.That mark has been reached in just 226 games, with the South American proving to be the perfect attacking partner for the mercurial Lionel Messi.Suarez’s time in La Liga has not all been plain sailing, though, with questions having been asked of him during the odd dip in form.He has been around long enough to know that criticism comes with the job and he is accustomed to performing under such pressure having arrived at Barca on the back of spells at the likes of Ajax and Liverpool. “Criticism is constantly the order of the day,” added Suarez.“And more so here in Barcelona ​​with the expectations being so high. “You know what it is. Everyone knows that the requirement is to deliver every three days. I go one game without a goal and that’s it. You already have doubters. You have to live with that all the time. “The criticism does not hurt me though because I know how old I am, I know what I have achieved. The criticism of the journalists or of other people does not hurt.“I know what I have to do in Barcelona and I know the pressure that comes with playing here. I’m used to it and I’ve always tried to respond in the best way.”last_img read more

  • Brazil claim Copa crown on home soil

    first_imgGabriel Jesus threatened to turn from hero to villain but his Brazil team-mates sealed a 3-1 win over Peru at the Maracana and a ninth Copa America title.Tite’s men beat their final opponents 5-0 during the group stage but were under pressure when Peru skipper Paolo Guerrero cancelled out Everton’s opener with a 44th-minute penalty.Jesus, whose excellent wing play laid on Brazil’s first goal, restored the advantage in first-half injury time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare That set the five-time world champions’ on course for their first major honour in 12 years, although a clumsy aerial challenge on Carlos Zambrano was enough to earn Jesus a second yellow card and set up a fraught finale – until substitute Richarlison dispatched a final-minute penalty to spark buoyant celebrations.Peru began confidently before Brazil hit the front in the 15th minute.Jesus got the jump on Miguel Trauco with a clever run before jinking around the full-back and crossing for Everton to finish gleefully on the half-volley.Everton turned provider shortly afterwards as Philippe Coutinho shot wide from 10 yards and Roberto Firmino headed narrowly over in the 36th minute.They were misses the Selecao would regret when referee Roberto Tobar upheld a harsh handball call against a prone Thiago Silva on review and Guerrero levelled from the spot.Peru’s joy was short-lived, however, as Zambrano’s ill-timed slip allowed the razor-sharp Jesus to steal in for a cool finish.GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL DO BRAAAAASIL!GABRIEL JESUS COLOCA O BRASIL NA FRENTE! 2 x 1  | #JogaBola #CopaAmérica #BRAxPER— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) July 7, 2019Coutinho fizzed a curling effort fractionally wide six minutes into the second period as Brazil pushed to increase their lead.Jesus was shown remonstrating in tears on steps inside the stadium tunnel after his fifth foul of the game strained Tobar’s patience too far.Edison Flores sent a rasping strike wide before the action became unhelpfully fractious as far as Ricardo Gareca’s men were concerned.Zambrano then erred once more, bundling Everton over, and Richarlison was on hand to land the final blow.What does it mean? Brazil finally taste glory as Neymar looks onEver since his emergence as a wonderkid at Santos, this has been the era of Neymar for world football’s most celebrated international team. However, this first Copa since 2007 comes on the back of failed 2014 and 2018 World Cup campaigns. The former humiliation on home soil has now been exorcised, albeit with the stricken Paris Saint-Germain star on the sidelines.All three final goalscorers would probably have had reduced roles had Neymar been around and how he fits into such a well-drilled and efficient outfit under Tite from this point on will be intriguing.Jesus red should not overshadow huge step forwardThe Manchester City striker was indebted to his team-mates in the end, but they kind of owed him one. Having scored one and created another in the semi-final win over Argentina, Jesus repeated the trick and looked a player reborn in international colours. The 22-year-old’s scoreless outing at Russia 2018 and an often-testing season at club level felt like distant memories.Zambrano slips up at the wrong timeThe last time Jesus saw the Peru defender on the turf it was, of course, bad news for the man in yellow. But Zambrano’s woeful error at precisely the moment Brazilian nerves were jangling could scarcely have come at a worse time. The needless foul to concede the late penalty summed up his outing.Key Opta facts- Brazil have won the Copa America on each of the five occasions they have hosted the tournament (1919, 1922, 1949, 1989 and 2019). – Tite is the first coach to win the Copa America (2019), the Copa Libertadores (with Corinthians in 2012) and the Copa Sudamericana (with Internacional in 2008)- Gabriel Jesus is the first player to score a goal and be sent off in a Copa America final- Peru’s goal ended Alisson’s streak without conceding at 889 minutes in all competitions. The previous time he was beaten was in action for Liverpool, Salomon Rondon the scorer for Newcastle United on May 4- Everton’s opener was the first goal scored in a Copa America final since 2011 (Diego Forlan, for Uruguay v Paraguay).What’s nextCONMEBOL’s scattergun approach to scheduling their flagship competition means Brazil must defend their title in Argentina and Colombia next year. read morelast_img read more

  • Michigan Announces Big Change To Football Field

    first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)The field at the Big House is going to have a big aesthetic change. Michigan is getting blue end zones for the first time in program history.To this point, Michigan’s end zones have been green, with yellow lettering. That appears to be changing today.The program posted video of the new blue turf being laid onto the field on Twitter this afternoon:Blue end zones are coming to Michigan Stadium for the first time in program history. ???#GoBlue 〽️?— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) June 15, 2018Michigan has also provided a mock-up of what the field will look like with the new end zone designs.The yellow lettering remains. It pops pretty nicely when painted on the dark blue surface.The end zones are similar to many of our bowl games, including the 1998 @rosebowlgame when Michigan won the national title.The same maize letters will spell out MICHIGAN in both end zones.#GoBlue ??— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) June 15, 2018The Rose Bowl Twitter account points out that it is pretty much the same design that has been used when the Wolverines have found themselves in Pasadena. This picture is from the 1998 win over Washington State.10 out of 10 field painters recommend this end zone. #RoseBowl— Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) June 15, 2018Personally, I like the change. Short of the full Boise State treatment, I like adding some extra color to the field.Of course, not everyone likes change. As with uniforms and basically every other aesthetic part of college football, some people are very against it.Most of the responses to Michigan’s tweet seem positive, but there is definitely a number of people against the new coloring.— Dave DeCray (@David_DeCray) June 15, 2018#Boss.— Eric Tatum (@mnwolverine) June 15, 2018Why— UM (@Michiganfan973) June 15, 2018Outstanding. Just like the old Rose Bowls. Nice change! ?— Jason Hall (@Jason_Hall73) June 15, 2018Ew— Don Brown (@NotDonBrown) June 15, 2018You’re months late for such an obvious April Fools joke, aren’t you?— Tony Turner (@wbtonyturner) June 15, 2018Lovin’ every minute of it!!!!— Thomas Kokay (@OKKokay761) June 15, 2018Most Michigan fans will get their first look on September 8. The Wolverines host Western Michigan in their home opener.last_img read more

  • What We Think The College Football Playoff Rankings Would Look Like After Week 7

    first_imgDerrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff rankings don’t come out for a few more weeks, but we’re starting to get enough data to take a solid guess as to which teams it’s going to include. During week seven, four teams ranked in the top 10 lost. That means that this week there would be a major shakeup.No. 2 Georgia, undefeated heading into the contest, fell to LSU on the road. No. 7 Washington lost to Oregon in overtime on the road. No. 8 Penn State lost its second contest of the year – to Michigan State. No. 6 West Virginia also lost to Iowa State in a stunner.At this point, it looks like Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame control their own destiny.Let’s go ahead and project what we think the top 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings would look like after week seven.AlabamaOhio StateClemsonNotre DameTexasLSUGeorgiaUCFMichiganOklahomaThe first iteration of the rankings come out on October 30.last_img read more

  • Vegas Computer Releases Score Prediction For Ohio State-Washington

    first_imgThe Rose Bowl game for Iowa vs. Stanford.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the exterior of the Rose Bowl before the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)We’ still nearly three weeks away from the Rose Bowl, but one Vegas computer is already releasing its prediction for the Granddaddy of Them All. Ohio State and Washington meet in Pasadena after winning their respective conferences.It’s a huge matchup between major programs who had College Football Playoff aspirations entering the season.In the final game for Urban Meyer as the coach of the Buckeyes, can Ohio State secure a Rose Bowl victory for its head coach.According to OddsShark, the answer is no.The Vegas computer predicts a 35.0-34.6 victory for the Huskies over the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl this year.Ohio State enters the game as a 6.5-point favorite and fields one of the most-dominant offenses in college football this year. Can Dwayne Haskins lead his team to a Rose Bowl victory after getting left out of the College Football Playoff?We’ll have to wait to find out.last_img read more