Barcelona ace Dembele scoffs at claims of paying pal €15,000-a-monthby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Ousmane Dembele has scoffed at claims he is paying a friend to make sure he does things on time.Dembele continues to upset management and senior players with his poor timekeeping.And Radio Marca reported that Dembele is paying one of his entourage €15,000-a-month to keep him on the straight and narrow.However, Dembele has denied the story with a reaction on Twitter with several disparaging emojis.https://t.co/LP7RBIAFNp— Ousmane Dembélé (@Dembouz) December 19, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to the club.While Thomas started the match against Espanyol last week, he has often been left out of Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for the biggest matches.”Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico,” he said after the game.”To be happy you have to play in important games and feel stronger, more confident.The Ghanaian wanted to clarify his statements and went to social media in order to do so.”On Saturday after the match I made some statements that were not understood well,” he wrote.”I want to explain myself better.”Atletico is the club where I want to be and I would like to keep growing as a player, for the club and for the fans.”And it’s true that I feel like I can be even more important and that’s why I work hard every day.”I do not want to be content and that is good [as I look to become] the best player that I can be.”Merry Christmas and Aupa Atleti!”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadershipby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJulen Lopetegui urged Sevilla fans to stay calm as they sit top of the table.Sevilla lead the LaLiga Santander after a 1-0 win away at Alaves on Sunday.”Being top does not tell me anything because there’s such a long way to go,” Lopetegui said”The only thing it tells me is that the team is doing well, that we are getting stronger as a team and now we are heading into Europe.” A first-half goal from Joan Jordan was enough to give Sevilla their third win out of four matches and Lopetegui was pleased with his side’s display.”We played a good game and a very good first half against a difficult opponent who make things very challenging.”The team did very well with the aspects we had worked on.”In the second half, it was tougher. They played more direct and perhaps we needed to interpret the situation and not back down. It was a deserved and fair victory,” he added.
Liverpool fullback Robertson to miss Napoli clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrew Robertson is set to miss Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli.Robertson is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Napoli on Tuesday night.Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Robbo didn’t train today and we have to see. “It is not a major thing, it was more precautionary today, but it is not 100 per cent sure [he will be available].”We will have to test it tomorrow and then we will see.”Initially it was reported that Robertson had been cleared as he had travelled with the squad but he missed training on Monday morning with a slight knock. The Reds sold Alberto Moreno in the summer and did not sign a back-up left-back. This means James Milner or Joe Gomez is likely to play in defence if Robertson can not overcome his knock in time. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspensionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes has been given a two match ban after his referee outburst. The Barca great will not be on the sidelines for the clashes against Atletico Villacarlos and Lleida Esportiu. Valdes was sent off against Girona, for insulting the assistant referee. “F*** yourself,” said Valdes to the assistant and he was dismissed for it.The former Barcelona goalkeeper took over recently and along with Patrick Kluivert, is one of the ex-pros being brought back into the club.
Sergio Ramos scored twice as Real Madrid earned a 4-2 lead in a pulsating first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at home to Girona.Anthony Lozano gave Girona an early lead at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday, but Madrid battled back thanks to Lucas Vazquez’s equaliser and a Ramos penalty.Another spot-kick saw Girona equalise, Alex Granell stepping up to convert after Marcos Llorente needlessly handled the ball in the box, but Ramos and Karim Benzema struck late. 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? Madrid’s captain rose highest in the box to crash home a header from Marcelo’s cross and Girona’s hopes were dashed when Benzema slotted in a Vinicius Junior cross.Madrid forced a trio of early corners, but Girona took the lead with their first attack in the seventh minute, Raul Garcia given too much space on the left to deliver a cross Lozano met on the volley.The hosts soon levelled, though, Benzema sending Alvaro Odriozola clear in the right channel to pull back a low pass that Vazquez placed home.Madrid led in the 42nd minute, Ramos beating Gorka Iraizoz with a Panenka from the spot after Vinicius’s feet were too quick for Lozano on the edge of the box.PANENKA!@SergioRamos #RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/uiENvppe58— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 24, 2019Benzema clipped the post before the break but when Llorente thrust out his hand to deflect a cross Girona made the tie all square, Granell confidently smashing his penalty beyond Thibaut Courtois.Vinicius was involved again as Madrid regained the lead in the 77th minute, getting into space on the left to tee up Marcelo for a cross Ramos was never going to miss.Madrid were not finished, however, and substitute Isco threaded a pass through for Vinicius, who slipped a low cross into the box that Benzema gobbled up to give Santiago Solari’s side a two-goal cushion. What does it mean? Madrid showing signs of improvementSantiago Solari’s side crave elusive momentum and they needed Ramos to bail them out yet again, but a clinical close to the game put them in control. Eusebio Sacristan’s Girona may have caused an even bigger shock had leading scorer Cristhian Stuani started the game, but having knocked Atletico Madrid out in the last round they will still feel they have a chance.Vinicius growing into leader of Madrid’s attackReplacing Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to be a huge challenge for Madrid, but Brazilian winger Vinicius is continually enhancing his stature at the Santiago Bernabeu. He won the penalty that saw Madrid take the lead and was a constant threat off the wing with his pace and tricks, setting up Benzema for the last goal of the game.Llorente’s moment of madness could be costlyWhat Llorente was thinking when he stuck out an arm in his own penalty box is hard to imagine, with the young midfielder fortunate his error – committed just seven minutes after coming on for Casemiro – has not cost Madrid a first-leg lead. He has been one of the major successes of Solari’s spell, but with Toni Kroos returning to fitness after over two weeks out he may be spending more time on the bench.What’s next?The second leg will be played in a week, but before then Madrid go to Espanyol on Sunday in LaLiga, with Girona hosting Catalan neighbours Barcelona earlier on the same day. read more
YouTubeColin Cowherd does not think Washington was ranked unfairly in the first CFB playoff rankings.The undefeated Huskies checked in at No. 5 in the initial rankings, released last night. Texas A&M (7-1) beat them out for the fourth and final playoff spot, while 7-1 Ohio State was behind UDub at No. 6.Cowherd said on his show today that the committee got it right keeping Washington out. In this video, he defends A&M being put ahead of them despite having a loss, based off strength of schedule and strength of record.Cowherd also says he would have put Ohio State at No. 4, even though he is fine with the Aggies being there. Then he compares Washington to viral presidential debate audience member Ken Bone.Regardless what Cowherd’s opinion is, there’s a good chance all of this will play out on the field in the next few weeks, and the committee will have an easier time with the final rankings in December.
France warmed up for a tough Euro 2020 qualifying trip to Turkey by easing to a 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia in Nantes on Sunday.Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann scored first half-goals as the world champions made light work of a side that has won just once since September 2017.The South Americans, who now head to Brazil to contest the Copa America, had goalkeeper Carlos Lampe to thank for keeping the margin down in a one-sided affair. 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? France’s frustrations going forward were compounded by the loss of Kylian Mbappe to an ankle knock late in the first half, an unwanted concern ahead of Saturday’s crunch Group H clash in Konya.The gulf in class was clear from as early as the fifth minute, Lemar collecting Griezmann’s pass and lifting a deft finish over the onrushing Lampe.Samuel Umtiti and Florian Thauvin both went close before Griezmann added the second, the seemingly outgoing Atletico Madrid man producing an intelligent finish on the turn following Bolivia’s failure to clear in the box..@AntoGriezmann spins and pokes the ball home for 2-0! #FRABOL #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/Tw8FU9tSeG— French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 2, 2019The celebrations were tempered somewhat after a clash of ankles with Raul Castro forced Mbappe to hobble out of the match at half-time.Lampe denied the Paris Saint-Germain star’s replacement, Wissam Ben Yedder, soon after the interval and then stuck out a boot to divert a goal-bound Lemar strike.Thauvin, substitute Kingsley Coman and Paul Pogba all tried in vain to give the scoreline a fairer reflection of France’s dominance but Bolivia held out with more help from their impressive 32-year-old keeper.What does it mean? Mbappe experiment needs more timeAfforded the chance to start centrally as Olivier Giroud watched from the bench, Mbappe will be disappointed that his opportunity to impress came to a premature conclusion.The 20-year-old is a known quantity as a wide player at international level and it appears as though that is where he will stay for the time being.Griezmann stands above the packIf concerned that a planned move to Barcelona appears less likely to come to fruition, Griezmann certainly did not show it in Nantes.He set up the opener and scored the second in the kind of classy performance that might just convince the LaLiga champions to take him to Camp Nou.Thauvin toils without rewardDeschamps is not short on options in wide areas and the France boss will be less inclined to hand Thauvin another start in Turkey, the Marseille man having lacked polish in promising moments.What’s next?Following their top-of-the-table clash with Turkey, France face a rather more straightforward encounter away at Andorra.Bolivia, meanwhile, have a difficult date with hosts Brazil in their Copa America opener. Peru and Venezuela are their other Group A opponents. read more
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has offered his support to Tammy Abraham after the young striker’s penalty miss against Liverpool proved decisive on Wednesday. After the first nine players converted their penalties in a shootout in the UEFA Super Cup, Abraham saw his spot-kick saved by Adrian to seal the trophy for Liverpool. Lampard was not phased after seeing Abraham miss the crucial penalty, insisting that moments like those are part of being a top-level player. 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? “Tammy needs to keep his head up,” Lampard told BT Sport. “That’s part and parcel of being a top player. You want to take the fifth penalty but you might miss it.” The first-year Chelsea boss was proud of his side’s performance in a 2-2 draw over 120 minutes in Istanbul, a major improvement after the Blues fell 4-0 to Manchester United in their Premier League opener on Sunday. “They showed their personality. It was a tough, tough game against a fantastic Liverpool team,” Lampard said. “Talk about Jorginho, talk about that performance, talk about [N’Golo] Kante who has hardly trained, talk about Kurt Zouma, Andreas [Christensen], I could go through them all, incredible. “I’m really proud and I know we lost, but I’m confident for the season after that.” Lampard will have to rely heavily on youth this season, with the Blues in the middle of a two-window transfer ban that will see them unable to sign players until next summer. But the manager isn’t concerned about his side’s inability to bring in players, insisting that he’s got a strong group to work with. “We’ve got a real quality bunch in here,” Lampard said. “People will talk about transfer bans and all that, but I already knew this was a really good group of players and we’re working harder as a team. “We’re trying to install the way I want them to play and the way they played today had so many good things. “It’s hard, but I don’t want to just focus on youth. We’re obsessed with Chelsea and youth at the moment.” One of those young players is Christian Pulisic, who impressed on his first Chelsea start with an assist and a fantastic goal that was ruled out for offside. “Really pleased, let’s not forget Pulisic is 20. He goes and gets an assist and will only get better,” Lampard said. “He has to get used to teams like Liverpool and how they play. “Mason [Mount] and Tammy gave us another dimension when they came on. Mason almost scored, so did Tammy.”
BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)One of the top athlete recruits in college football has announced his college decision. It’s a surprising one.Cam’Ron Kelly, a four-star athlete out of Chesapeake, Va., announced on Twitter this morning that he’s committed to Virginia Tech.This comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering the top athlete was believed by most to be considering Clemson or Penn State more. Kelly had even reportedly visited Virginia more than he had VT.He’s going to be a Hokie, though.Kelly announced the news on Twitter.“110% COMMITTED!!!” he wrote.110% COMMITTED!!! pic.twitter.com/3kaEtcxrA5— Cam’Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) June 7, 2018This is a big pickup for Virginia Tech. Kelly is ranked the No. 158 overall recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The Hokies’ class is ranked No. 31 in the country.
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: A general view of play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The college football season is nearly here. In just a few weeks college football’s best programs will be taking the field on Saturdays once again.Heading into the 2018 campaign, ESPN’s FPI took at look at the easiest schedules in the game. Earlier this year, Oregon held the distinction as having the easiest schedule in the country.However, over the summer, that has changed. The easiest schedule in the country now belongs to a team in the Big Ten.Now, that might come as a surprise until you look at which division within the Big Ten the team is from. The Wisconsin Badgers enter the 2018 season with the easiest schedule thanks to its position within the Big Ten West.Wisconsin avoids the major competition from the Big Ten East – except for road games to Michigan and Penn State.Check out the Badgers 2018 schedule:Wisconsin is a heavy favorite in every 2018 contest except for the road games to Michigan and Penn State. According to ESPN’s FPI, the Badgers toughest game will come against the Nittany Lions, where Wisconsin has just a 36.6-percent chance to win.Road games to Northwestern and Purdue won’t be a cake walk either, but Wisconsin’s non-conference schedule bodes for a quick 3-0 start to the season.
Out of all the matchups set for this weekend, the Red River Rivalry should be one of the best. With the No. 19 Texas Longhorns and No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners both playing excellent football, it could be heading for a nail-biting finish.This game will have major implications on the Big 12, as the Sooners try to keep their undefeated season alive. For the Longhorns, defeating their biggest rival would prove they are back in business.While several predictions for this game already in, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum finally revealed his winner on SportsCenter.From 247sports.com: “Texas is not back yet, but they’re looking better and better,” Finebaum said. “C’mon, Kyler Murray taking over for Baker Mayfield, OU wins in Dallas.”Clearly, Finebaum likes how Kyler Murray is playing for Oklahoma. Last weekend, the dual-threat quarterback had over 400 passing yards and seven total touchdowns.Although Texas continues to play solid defense this season, the Sooners present many challenges on offense.Oklahoma and Texas are set to kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET from Dallas.Do you think the Longhorns can shock the Sooners?
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines picked up another statement victory over the weekend, but it didn’t come without controversy. Before they defeated the Michigan State Spartans on the road, Jim Harbaugh’s players found themselves making headlines for all the wrong reasons.During warmups, linebacker Devin Bush unleashed his hatred for Michigan State by scraping the Spartan logo. It’s possible that his emotions got caught up in the rivalry, yet it was still unsettling to watch.After two days since the situation occurred, Harbaugh has finally opened up about the situation.“I don’t blame Devin. I liked the way our guys handled it. That would be like going back and saying, “Oh, look at Devin Bush, look at him out there. He’s out at midfield scraping up the logo.” After what just took place, that’s straight out of the Pistons’ playbook. Do something to them, say something to them, elbow them and when somebody else does something back, then flop.”Harbaugh on Devin Bush and scraping the Spartan logo pic.twitter.com/t8ONJZBpNq— angelique (@chengelis) October 22, 2018Regardless of everyone else’s opinion on the topic, Michigan’s head coach isn’t furious with Bush’s pre-game antics.It probably wasn’t the wisest decision in the world, but at least his actions weren’t harmful.Harbaugh normally sides with players, and once again he’s proving that he won’t throw his guys under the bus. Perhaps, that is the reason behind Michigan’s success of late.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers already had a top recruiting class heading into National Signing Day, but Dabo Swinney’s team got a surprise boost on Wednesday with one player’s unexpected decision.Three-star OL Kaleb Boateng raised some eyebrows when he revealed he was committing to Clemson, despite previously having Maryland, Arizona, and FAU in his top three schools list.Boateng revealed in an interview with 247Sports that a recent conversation with Dabo Swinney on FaceTime was followed by an offer from Clemson.“Coach (Brent) Venables called me and told me to send him my transcripts and test scores,” Boateng said. “Later that night when I landed, I FaceTimed with coach Swinney and coach Venables, and they said they wanted to offer me.”Even though Boateng had not visited Clemson since March, he admitted that it reminded him of his high school.“In all honesty, Clemson kind of reminds me of my high school,” Boateng said. “Not in the winning aspect but more like the morals and standards of the school and football program. There’s a great emphasis on academics and the coaches are genuine. Everyone on the team is really treated as equals.”Boateng did not allow a sack in 13 games with Fort Lauderdale this past season.[247Sports]
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Sporting News reported that Fox Sports is close to a deal with former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to make him its star college football analyst. According to the report, Meyer would have his choice to work either “as a color commentator in the game booth or as a studio analyst at Fox.”It’s an interesting development regarding the former Buckeyes head coach who cited health concerns as his reason to step down from coaching Ohio State. If he lands this new job, he’ll be working long hours and traveling a significant amount.Meyer still has his job working with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith in addition to teaching a class this semester.If Meyer does land the Fox Sports gig, there’s a real possibility he would call Michigan games. Fox primarily airs coverage of the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, and airs “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State.To be a fly on the wall if/when someone at Fox calls Michigan and says:”Urban Meyer’s part of the broadcast team this week, he’d like to watch practice.” https://t.co/zhdEVAOanL— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 17, 2019We’re sure Michigan fans would be thrilled with listening to Urban Meyer break down the action between his former Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines.Mark your calendars for November 30 when Michigan travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State in the final regular season game.