Cardiff boss Warnock: Crystal Palace and Jordan very good for meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordon helped him fall back in love with the game.Warnock faces his former club today.He said, “I’m looking forward to it because I’ve got some special memories there. I’ve got some good friends there and it’s always a good atmosphere.”I enjoyed it. Simon Jordan got me that love back. I felt really let down leaving Sheffield United. I think I would’ve jacked it in had it not been for Simon.”I ended up having a fabulous relationship with him and I’m disappointed how it ended for him as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Heaton backtracks on Burnley futureby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Heaton has played down speculation of leaving Burnley.The 32-year-old goalkeeper was previously adamant about his desire to leave, as he was not getting regular game-time.But a start against West Ham, which was his first in the league, has eased his mind. Heaton kept a clean sheet as his team notched a 2-0 win at home.”I never wanted to leave the football club, it’s just the fact that I wasn’t playing that I would have had to,” said the goalkeeper after the game.”But after being back playing today it’s the last thing on my mind to be honest.”At 32 I don’t really have much time to waste. Not for one minute did I want to go anywhere but sometimes it has got to be looked at.”That probably changes now. It’s great to be back out there and I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be back out on the pitch and pull on that shirt again.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva admits he didn’t want to sell Lookmanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits he was reluctant to sell Ademola Lookman.The 21-year-old was entering the final two years of his Goodison contract and with RB Leipzig willing to pay £22.5m for the wantaway winger, Everton agreed to his sale in late July.“He spoke to me at the end of the season about what he wanted to do and what was his desire,” Silva told the Liverpool Echo.“Like you know, at the beginning of last season he spoke to me about his desire to leave the club. I said no, no and no, even if we received a very good offer to sell him, for our structure, no because I saw in him, and I keep seeing in him…(his quality).“If you are asking me about my technical point of view, if I would like to sell him, I will say no.“At the end of last season he came to see me in his office to tell me what he was thinking, about his desire, his future and what he would like to do.“I respect his opinion but I said to him ‘you are in my plans again’.“Then came an offer to the club, and like you know I don’t like to talk about this side of things, but the had just two years left on his contract with us and so then we are talking about many, many things.“It is not just a technical point of view because my opinion about Lookman is the same about as last season. I don’t have doubts. He has all the qualities to have a very good career. The quality is there, he has to change some things, but the quality is there. The most difficult thing, he has – the quality and the talent.“In football you many people with talent who don’t achieve but I believe he will achieve good things in his career.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournomouth boss Eddie Howe: Burnley spell important for meby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournomouth boss Eddie Howe says he has no regrets over his time with Burnley.Howe remains thankful for his time with the Clarets.“For my development, for my experiences. I don’t think I would be sat here in the Premier League if I hadn’t experienced what I had at Burnley,” he told the Daily Echo.“I think it did me the world of good personally. In some respects, it feels like a continuous journey from the first spell (at Cherries) through – but the spell at Burnley was so important for me.“That feels like quite a short spell away now during the two times at Bournemouth put together.”
NBA star Tomas Satoransky has labelled LeBron James as the “Cristiano Ronaldo of basketball” and compared Kobe Bryant to Lionel Messi.The Washington Wizards point guard – who is in England for the NBA London Game 2019 against the New York Knicks – also revealed that he prefers Messi to Ronaldo having previously played for Barcelona’s basketball team earlier in his career.“Am I Team Messi or Team Ronaldo? I’m Team Messi!,” Satoransky told Goal. 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? “If I had to name a ‘Messi of basketball’, it would be [former LA Lakers star] Kobe Bryant.“I would probably call LeBron James more like a Cristiano Ronaldo because of how physically dominant he is.“But I would say Messi is more like a Kobe Bryant.”Satoransky, 27, played for Barcelona’s basketball team from 2014 to 2016, prior to joining the Wizards, and he shared a humorous story from that period regarding the Barca football side.“We shared the same training centre with the football team but they were always quite hidden from us and from the media,” he explained.“I remember the fans waiting for the Barcelona soccer players. We [the basketball players] would come along and the fans would be like: ‘We don’t want them!’ So they were waiting only for the soccer players.“But it was like a real family there at Barcelona. Neymar and Pique are huge basketball fans. Pique was at a couple of games, too.”Satoransky also commented on Wayne Rooney’s move to Washington DC to play for D.C. United.The Czech giant expressed his hope that the NBA London Game can have the same positive impact on basketball in the UK as Rooney has had on soccer in the U.S.“I always pay attention to footballers who come over from Europe and I followed the career of Wayne Rooney when he was in the Premier League, before he came to Washington,” he stated.“It’s great for MLS and American soccer fans that they get to watch players like Rooney. It’s become more and more fashionable for such stars since David Beckham played for the LA Galaxy.“[To help basketball grow] is why we have had an NBA game in London for so many years in a row. They love basketball in the UK and their league is developing well.“The UK fans are great and when you see all the stars from the Premier League sitting courtside for the game, it’s clear it has a big impact. A lot of my friends from Europe are trying to come over to watch the game, too.”The game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks will take place at The 02 in London on Thursday evening.
Colombia heaped misery on Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 2-0 victory in their Copa America opener on Saturday.Runners-up in 2015 and 2016, Messi’s Argentina were looking to banish their past demons in pursuit of a first major international title since 1993.However, Argentina were upstaged by Colombia, who made a winning start in Group B thanks to Roger Martinez’s 71st-minute stunner and Duvan Zapata’s late sealer. 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? As Argentina pressed and probed, first-half substitute Martinez sent a thunderous strike past Franco Armani in Salvador and Zapata made sure of the win during the closing stages.Argentina came into the tournament off a 5-1 rout of Nicaragua and with the most Copa victories in history (119) but the South American giants did not look like winning against Colombia.Martinez – a replacement for Luis Muriel in the 14th minute – linked up with Radamel Falcao but his shot deflected just wide of the post as Colombia appeared the more likely to strike first.Overall, it was a forgettable opening 45 minutes, which did not see a single shot on target from either team, with Messi subdued.It was more of the same in the second half, though Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina was finally called into action after a vicious volley from Leandro Paredes approaching the hour mark.The match did come to life moments later when Juan Cuadrado’s tackle on Messi threatened to spark a melee as Argentina players rushed in to confront the Colombia winger.That triggered Argentina, who almost took the lead after Nicolas Otamendi’s powerful header forced Ospina into a low diving save, while Messi was unable to head home the rebound with the goal at his mercy.But Colombia broke the deadlock with 19 minutes remaining – Martinez collecting the ball on the flank and drifting inside before beating Armani from distance – and fellow substitute Zapata doubled the lead four minutes from the end courtesy of an emphatic close-range finish.71’GOOOOOOOOLLLL DE [email protected] adelanta a Colombia en el marcador.Colombia 1 vs. 0 Argentina#COLARG #VamosColombia #ElEquipoDeLaGente pic.twitter.com/m905bHTi2L— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 15, 2019What does it mean? Long road ahead for ScaloniIn the build-up to the match, head coach Lionel Scaloni joked he would retire if Argentina win the Copa America. Scaloni does not appear any closer to retirement based on Saturday’s result and performance. After last year’s World Cup last-16 exit and Messi’s brief international absence, the South American giants have a lot of work ahead.Martinez makes himself a heroWhen Muriel went down with an injury early in the first half, Carlos Queiroz turned to Martinez. And as Falcao struggled to make an impact on proceedings, 24-year-old America forward Martinez emerged a hero with his first international goal since 2016.Pressure builds on Messi and Co.The weight of a nation falls on Messi’s shoulders and the captain was helpless to prevent another poor result on the international stage. Still searching for his first senior title with Argentina, Messi was relatively subdued in the team’s first game.Key Opta Facts- Colombia’s win was their third against Argentina at the Copa America and first since 1999.- They also ended an eight-game winless run against Argentina.- Argentina lost their Copa opener for just the third time and first time since 1979.- Argentina attempted only one shot (blocked) and had just one touch in the opposition box in the first half against Colombia.- Messi has now played 22 Copa America games. Only Javier Mascherano (26) has played more for Argentina.What’s next?Argentina meet Paraguay on Wednesday, while Colombia face guests and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar. read more
“You don’t have to pore over it,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane argued after Friday night’s 7-3 loss to Atletico Madrid. “It’s a pre-season game.”They were better [than us] at everything. But there is nothing more to talk about.”Zidane must have known that thinly veiled plea would fall on deaf ears. 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 modern game specialises in hot takes and kneejerk reactions, particularly when it comes to its biggest clubs – and they don’t come any bigger than Real Madrid.Defeats – even those that occur in friendly games – never escape intense scrutiny at the Santiago Bernabeu, so it was hardly surprising that the Atleti loss has provoked a bitter backlash.Tomas Roncero of AS described it as Real’s “biggest humiliation in 50 years”. He was exaggerating, playing up to his public persona as one of the more colourful journalists in Spain, but Marca also felt compelled to gauge the feelings of the fans ahead of what is hoped to be a season of redemption for Real.The findings were certainly eyebrow-raising. Of the almost 225,000 supporters polled, 64 per cent do not believe that Zidane, the man who delivered three successive Champions League titles in his first spell in charge, is the right coach for Madrid’s makeover.However, a whopping 80% of the 215,451 fans asked about Real’s transfer window do not believe that the coach’s squad has been sufficiently strengthened this summer.That is a staggering state of affairs, given Madrid have already invested €303 million (£276m/$338m) in new players.Club president Florentino Perez has even delivered Zidane’s top target, Eden Hazard, in a transfer that was essentially a decade in the making.However, the player that Zidane arguably needs the most, Paul Pogba, has yet to arrive.From the coach’s perspective, the one potential positive from the calamitous derby defeat is that Madrid’s longstanding midfield deficiencies were exposed in the most brutal fashion yet.With Dani Ceballos having been loaned to Arsenal for the season and Marcos Llorente allowed to join Atletico, Real are painfully short on numbers – and young legs – in the middle of the park.Indeed, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco were the only first-team midfielders to make the trip to the United States for their International Champions Cup fixtures.Kroos has performed particularly poorly, most notably in the loss to Atleti, when his lack of pace and dynamism was repeatedly and ruthlessly exploited by Diego Simeone’s side.The 29-year-old German’s lethargy was merely symptomatic of a general torpidity in Madrid’s engine room, though.Granted, Casemiro’s return will aid matters in that regard, with the Brazilian having been given extra time off following his involvement in his nation’s Copa America triumph.However, it’s clear that Real’s ageing midfield needs an injection of youth, strength and enterprise.For all his flaws, Pogba ticks all three boxes, which is precisely why Zidane is so intent on bringing his compatriot to Spain.The Atletico humiliation may have been shocking but Madrid’s listlessness – particularly in the middle of the park – was hardly surprising.Zidane bemoaned his players’ total lack of “intensity” after the game but his second stint at the Bernabeu has been characterised by a worrying absence of motivation.It is worth remembering that while Madrid’s hopes of winning a major trophy this year were over by the start of March, Zidane’s return failed to prompt an upturn in the team’s fortunes.There was a lot of talk of players wanting to fight for their places in the 2019-20 squad but last season’s campaign spluttered to a sorry conclusion, with the team losing three of their last four Liga games.It was hoped the addition of fresh faces would aid the reinvigoration process but Madrid have not yet been cured of their general malaise, as we have seen not only against Atletico but also in the loss to Bayern Munich earlier this month.Physically, the Blancos are still some way off the pace, which is, to be fair, to be expected at this time of year.But it is worrying that Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic are both in danger of missing the start of the new season with minor injuries, while Marco Asensio is expected to sit out the entire campaign with ligament damage.All of a sudden, Madrid, in spite of their early-summer spending spree, look low on numbers – and quality.The collapse of Gareth Bale’s proposed move to China and Madrid’s inability to find a buyer for James Rodriguez haven’t helped matters either, particularly as the sale of both players is essential to generating sufficient funds to acquire Pogba.Time is not on Real’s side either, as the World Cup winner’s current employers, Manchester United, will not countenance a sale after the English summer transfer window closes on August 8, given they would not be able to sign a replacement.The Old Trafford outfit are keen on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but the Lazio ace is only likely to arrive if Madrid are willing to pay at least €150 million (£137m/$167m) for Pogba.The size of the fee will obviously provoke debate. After all, many United fans felt that the temperamental talent only really turned up for six weeks last season. And yet he still managed to play his way into the PFA Team of the Year, which only serves to underline just how highly he is rated by his peers – and how eye-catching a performer he can be when he is focused and firing on all cylinders.At the very least, he would bring with him a much-needed goal threat. He struck 16 times in all competitions last season; Modric, Casemiro and Kroos racked up nine between them.What Zidane covets above all else, though, is Pogba’s almost unique mix of physique and technique. He has both the skill and the stamina required to rejuvenate Madrid’s midfield.As former Blancos boss Santiago Solari recently conceded, “When [Modric and Kroos] are fit, they are the best but the truth is that they aren’t getting any younger. It’s normal that the club are thinking about other players.”They are thinking about Pogba.According to the AS poll, the majority of Real fans are also in favour of the France international’s arrival – 60% of them, to be precise – even if there is an almost total acceptance (92%) that he will not solve all of Madrid’s issues.However, Pogba says he wants a new “challenge”. Zidane can certainly offer him one.
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)We’re now one half into college football’s game of the week, as No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 24 Virginia Tech are at halftime at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.The Fighting Irish, coming off a strong win against Stanford, were looking good early, going up by double digits, however the Hokies are storming back at home.It’s Notre Dame 17, Virginia Tech 16 as we enter halftime. This has the makings of one really exciting second half.What is ESPN projecting? It still likes the Fighting Irish.ESPN’s Football Power Index is confident in Brian Kelly’s team, as it is giving Notre Dame a 61.1 percent chance to win the game.Notre Dame will need to get its running game going in the second half it it’s going to hold on for a victory. The Fighting Irish rushed for negative three yards in the first half. Thankfully for Kelly and Co., Ian Book was strong through the air, passing for 163 yards.Virginia Tech, meanwhile, totaled 139 yards through the air and 76 yards on the ground.What’s your prediction for the second half?The second half should begin momentarily. It’s being televised on ABC.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Video of a star college football quarterback greeting his mom after Tuesday night’s major bowl win is going viral.Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Longhorns pulled off a major Sugar Bowl upset, knocking off the Georgia Bulldogs.Ehlinger was arguably the best player on the field in the game, rushing for three touchdowns and totaling more than 230 yards of offense.After the game, he shared an awesome moment with his family.Check it out:ICYMI: After his Sugar Bowl win, @TexasFootball QB Sam Ehlinger shared an emotional moment with his mom in the stands. pic.twitter.com/IqcSlbMS4d— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) January 2, 2019That’s pretty awesome.Texas finished the 2018 season with a bang and will head into the 2019 season with a lot of hype.The Longhorns should enter the season ranked inside the top 10 with College Football Playoff hopes.
MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 04: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers takes the field against the Iowa State Cyclones at Mountaineer Field on November 04, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)With word leaking out that Dana Holgorsen would take the job at Houston a few days ago, athletic director Shane Lyons has wasted little time in finding West Virginia football’s next head coach.Holgorsen leaves WVU after eight seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers, finishing with a 61-41 record, and 38-32 mark in the Big 12. His Mountaineers lost in this year’s Camping World Bowl to Syracuse.While a willing move from the Big 12 to the AAC is a curious one for a coach, the Cougars are reportedly paying Holgorsen a record deal for a Group of Five coach.For those who thought his tenure at WVU had grown stagnant, this could be seen as a mutually beneficially opportunity for Holgorsen and the Mountaineers.According to a new report, we are very close to finding out who the program’s next head coach will be.Neal Brown, Luke Fickell, and Tony Gibson have reportedly been interviewed for the West Virginia football job in the last two days.Brown and Fickell are the successful young coaches at Troy and Cincinnati, respectively. Gibson is the current defensive coordinator in Morgantown. A hire could come by this weekend.From WV MetroNews:West Virginia administrators are wrapping up a 48-hour period in which they staged interviews with Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, Troy’s Neal Brown and current Mountaineers defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. The aim is to name a replacement for football coach Dana Holgorsen by the weekend.“We’re going to be thorough, but at the same time, we’re going to be swift,” athletics director Shane Lyons said Thursday.Lyons had known for several days that Holgorsen was taking the job at Houston, but Holgorsen’s reps did not give West Virginia official notice until after 2 p.m. on Wednesday. In the meantime, Lyons began vetting candidates.“We were hoping everything would happen quicker on the other end, but it wasn’t and I couldn’t slow down,” Lyons said.Brown has made waves at the Group of Five levels with his Trojans’ wins at LSU and Nebraska over the last two years. A number of analysts have called him the clear choice for the job.Fickell is familiar with WVU President Gordon Gee from both of their lengthy tenures at Ohio State. Lyons says that Gee is directly involved in the hiring process. Fickell served as the interim coach for the Buckeyes between Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer’s tenures, and coached under Meyer until he took the Cincinnati job before last season.His Bearcats went 11-2 this season with a Military Bowl win over Virginia Tech.Gibson has the players’ vote, as coaches already on staff so often do in these situations. Per the report, he is a “longshot” for the head coaching job, though.West Virginia finished 74th in total defense and 67th in scoring defense this year, surrendering 138 total points to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Syracuse during WVU’s 0-3 finish to the year.It is unclear if other coaches could get involved for the job, but Brown and Fickell are particularly solid candidates who would continue to get big-time looks going forward.[WV MetroNews]