Real Madrid wing-back Marcelo: Don’t go over the top about Iscoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo has no doubts about the commitment of Isco.The midfielder is being linked with a move in January.”We all know his quality,” said Marcelo when talking about Madrid’s No. 22.”For me, he is the one [in our squad] with the most quality on the pitch.”Sometimes players play more, sometimes less, there are different moments.”We should not go over it so much.”Isco is with Madrid to the death, like all the players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL? Claims Ramsey has SIGNED Juventus pre-contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has AGREED to a pre-contract with Juventus, it has been claimed.Sportmediaset says he is preparing to head to Italy after penning a four-year deal with the Serie A giants.And Ramsey, 28, will pocket £145,000-a-week at Juventus.A host of Europe’s biggest clubs have been linked with a move for the popular ace.However, it now looks certain that Ramsey will be lining-up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Lady next season.He has made over 300 appearances for the North London side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea whizkid Mount content with different England roleby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Mason Mount was content with his position in the team for his first full England international start.Mount played in the 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday in Prague, admitting that he found it a little difficult playing in a central role, as he is used to playing off the left flank for Chelsea.But the 20-year-old knows that he must adapt to different positions to be successful.He told reporters: “Obviously, I am more used to playing off the left and coming in. It was not too much different – but obviously I was a bit more central.”A couple of days before the game we were working on shape and how we wanted to play – me being central but Jadon coming in as well off the line and trying to combine. But the Czechs made it difficult for us.”It is something you learn from. We will look back on the game and take a lot of negatives which we can improve on, but we will also take some positives. We can improve on that.”
The lone loss in Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season came in Week 2 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes fell to the Hokies, 35-21. Redemption is expected on Sept. 7. Ohio State will open its national championship-defending season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. A blowout victory is predicted for Urban Meyer’s squad. The sportsbook 5Dimes released its initial odds for Week 1 and Ohio State is a huge favorite. Ohio State #Buckeyes will open the season favored by 19-points over the Virginia Tech Hokies. #OSU #OhioSt #OhioState (via 5Dimes)— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) February 12, 2015Ohio State and Virginia Tech’s kickoff time has yet to be released, but with the game occurring on Labor Day, a night game at Lane Stadium is probable.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It happened, everyone. Jim Harbaugh is taking direct shots at Nick Saban on Twitter. This afternoon, Saban went on a lengthy rant against satellite camps, which Harbaugh has been the loudest proponent of over the last two seasons. Saban mentioned Harbaugh directly during his screed, though he was fairly diplomatic when bringing up the Michigan head coach. From AL.com:“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I’m not saying anything about him,” Saban said. “I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big 10 or what’s best for the SEC, or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this.Apparently, that doesn’t matter to Harbaugh, who put an unnamed Saban on blast moments ago.“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016Jim Harbaugh won’t stop until he’s taken shots at every single rival coach in the college football world.
Whether it’s playing the opposition off the park or delivering the key decisions at the vital moment, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot seem to do any wrong right now.This wasn’t a vibrant attacking performance full of goals and showreel highlights like the trio which had preceded it, but Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday night gave further proof that Solskjaer has injected something new into his side’s make-up.In throwing on players as talented as Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez for the final half-hour, the United caretaker manager must have known there was half a chance his substitutes would deliver. 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? But the former Everton man’s immediate opener, and then the involvement of both replacements in Marcus Rashford’s clinching second, would have delighted the man who made his name as a super-sub during his 11-year playing spell at Old Trafford.In the first half, there was nowhere near as much of the sharpness or intensity of their three previous performances on display, with the occasional opportunity at one end often being offset by one calamity or another at the other.And while United initially headed out after the break with a little more vigour, it was soon the home side ramping up the pressure once more as Christian Atsu continued to cause problems for Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof.With Newcastle set up in their familiar tight block, this was always likely to be Solskjaer’s toughest test yet and so it played out for much of the first hour. But when it came to him having to make a tactical switch, the Norwegian was in the most privileged position in his four-game reign.Having brought Lukaku off the bench again Bournemouth on Sunday, this time he had both the Belgian and Alexis Sanchez to call upon. And when he threw the pair into the action in the 63rd minute, Lukaku repaid him immediately with the kind of impact Solskjaer himself would have been proud of.Rashford’s dipping free-kick caused trouble for Martin Dubravka, and Lukaku was on hand to sweep home the loose ball with his first touch of the game only 38 seconds after his arrival.Just as there had been a feeling beginning to grow that Solskjaer’s magic was about to be truly tested, the goal simply sparked even louder and more raucous renditions of the numerous songs featuring the former striker’s name.It was an inevitability that United would get opportunities on the counter as Newcastle searched for an opening, and after Lukaku made progress down the right, Sanchez took his fellow sub’s pass and played a delightful ball to the unmarked Rashford to slide home their second.United found a way to win, which in many ways had been the hallmark of what little progress they made under Jose Mourinho earlier in the season, but it was done in a very different way.There was no Marouane Fellaini and no resorting to long, aimless balls. Instead, they stuck by the principals which Solskjaer has been so keen to promote and picked off Newcastle when the chances came.The same caveat remains after this victory in that United have still to face a top-half team since the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool which spelt the end of Mourinho, but this was as big a statement as the 5-1 mauling of Cardiff in its own way.Solskjaer not only got the clean sheet he was so desperate for, but he also got his players to show their guts when necessary while also retaining a coolness about their attacking approach.It will also be a boost to see that Chelsea dropped points as United begin the long haul that is regaining an involvement in top-four talk.Four games, four wins, 14 goals, finally a clean sheet, and Solskjaer showing he still has the special touch when it comes to substitutions.So far, so good. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Virgil van Dijk believes there is a “fantastic future coming up” at Liverpool, with there “so much quality” at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.Impressive progress has been made by the Reds in recent years.They finally secured tangible reward in 2018-19, with a memorable campaign ending with a Champions League victory over domestic rivals Tottenham. 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? Klopp’s side have narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, but made amends in European competition.With their trophy duck having been broken, the expectation now is that there will be more major silverware to follow.Van Dijk believes that will prove to be the case, with there too much talent at Anfield for Liverpool not to be in contention for honours at home and abroad.The Dutch defender told the club’s official website: “I think the future looks pretty bright.“We have a fantastic team with players that want to develop, that want to give everything for the team and for the club.“[There is] so much quality in the team; sometimes you don’t even realise how good of [a group of] players we have – and also on the bench that want to play and be part of the team. So we have a fantastic future coming up.”Van Dijk has helped to raise the collective standard at Liverpool.He has been a revelation since completing a record-breaking £75 million ($95m) transfer in the winter window of 2018.The Netherlands international has seen those efforts recognised with the PFA Player of the Year award, while there is also talk of him challenging Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Van Dijk is, however, not the only man to have impressed at Anfield, and the 27-year-old acknowledges as much.He added: “I have been consistent. I’ve been feeling great, with the help – obviously – of all my teammates. But everyone has been fantastic.“If you look around the team, Robbo [Andy Robertson] has had his best season ever. Trent [Alexander-Arnold] has been amazing for such a young guy, so mature. And all the centre-backs. And obviously the rest of the team have been performing at such a high level.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: The Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)We’re still a ways away from the start of the 2018 college football season – it begins in about three months – but it’ll be here before you know it.The opening weekend is shaping up to be a good one. Several major contests are set to take place over the season’s first couple of days.TV channels and game times have yet to be set for every contest, but they have been made official for a couple of the big ones.West Virginia vs. TennesseeDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 3:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: CBSMichigan vs. Notre DameDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: NBCAlabama vs. LouisvilleDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 8 p.m. E.T.Channel: ABCMiami vs. LSUDate: Sunday, Sept. 2Game time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: ABCVirginia Tech vs. Florida StateDate: Monday, Sept. 3Game time: 8 p.m. E.T.Channel: ESPN***Week 1 can’t get here fast enough. Which game are you most looking forward to watching?
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is still on paid administrative leave while the school looks into how he handled 2015 domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, so for now, the acting head coach is still Ryan Day. Friday, he issued an update on the program.Day took to Twitter with a lengthy two-page note about how practice has gone for the Buckeyes in Meyer’s absence. He provided updates on position groups and thanked the administration for its support the past two weeks.Day did not address the obvious – whether Meyer will be keeping his job. To be honest, he may not know yet. The school should be deciding soon whether it plans to retain Meyer as its head coach.Here’s a snippet of Day’s statement. He addresses the fact that the media has mostly been banned from practices.“Camp ends tomorrow with a scrimmage and classes start on Tuesday. Our daily practice and preparation for the season will continue.The two main driving forces behind our motivation is the “brotherhood” and the standard of excellence that the former Buckeye players and teams have set before us. The “brotherhood” is the love for our teammates, which is an unbreakable bond and the standard of excellence is a responsibility we will take very seriously. We are honored to be Buckeyes and can’t wait to see and hear you in the ‘Shoe on September 1!In closing, I would like to thank members of the Ohio State University Administration and Athletics Department for their guidance and support. I would also like to thank the members of the Ohio State media corps for their patience and understanding.”Here’s the entire statement, if you’d like to read it all.pic.twitter.com/DkoupVMQRN— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime) August 17, 2018Ohio State’s original timeline regarding its decision on Meyer is up this Sunday.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Arkansas wide receiver La’Michael Pettway is moving on. Pettway announced today he is graduate transferring for his final season of eligibility.Pettway will receive his degree in the spring and then go elsewhere. He would be eligible immediately at his next stop.“Nothing personal, I just have to do what’s best for my family and I,” Pettway wrote on Twitter.Woo pig. ✌? pic.twitter.com/wgrFnuRYGv— La’Michael Pettway (@yaaapettway) January 15, 2019Pettway played in 11 games this season for the Razorbacks. He caught 30 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns.Arkansas finished 2-10 in its first season under head coach Chad Morris.While Pettway is leaving the Hogs, Arkansas got good news yesterday when SMU quarterback Ben Hicks announced he was transferring to Fayetteville.Hicks is the all-time leading passer for the Mustangs and figures to step in as Arkansas’ starter in 2019.