About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say France coach Deschamps: Chelsea striker Giroud no surpriseby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps is full of praise for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.The veteran proved the matchwinner in the Euro qualifying win over Iceland.Deschamps enthused: “I’m not surprised by Olivier. He is a hard worker.”The danger is playing two close games, but he has recovered well. He is a very important player for us. “A rock.”
Spurs striker Kane happy to be England leaderby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane doesn’t mind taking on the responsibility of being England’s leader and star player.The Tottenham striker has the task of picking up his teammates after Friday’s shock loss to Czech Republic in Euro2020 qualifying.Accepting the pressure is definitely on, he said: “I kind of just take that responsibility. I have been doing it for a while now. It doesn’t help when you don’t win like the game on Friday night because it feels like you carry those losses with you and as players you want to win every game.”From my point of view, I’m with the captain role at England and take that responsibility on, obviously I will be captain at Spurs for however long Hugo is out.”But I have said before that my game doesn’t change, my personality doesn’t change. I am still the same person, I still try and lead by example on and off the pitch and I will continue to do that.”I have been in high pressure situations before in my career, whether that is going through goal droughts, playing in high-pressure games or not playing well as a team.”It is something I will take in my stride and improve on.”It is a long, old season for club and country ahead – a lot of games to be played so there are going to be tough periods. We are also in one now as a club. Hopefully we can win Monday night for England and that will put Friday night less impactful and then I will go back to Spurs and take that in my stride and see how that progresses.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal noticed groin weakness in summer signing Salibaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have one small concern about summer signing William Saliba, according to reports.The 18-year-old was instantly loaned back to Saint-Etienne after the two clubs agreed upon a transfer.The Athletic says the Gunners were concerned about the centre-back’s ‘groin strength’ when he first arrived at London Colney.Despite those qualms, the club are generally happy with Saliba as a prospect and are looking forward to his return next season.The two clubs are in constant contact over the £27m signing, who has made three appearances for the Ligue 1 club this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@_MarcusD_Oklahoma advanced to the Final Four with a win over Oregon earlier tonight. Awaiting the Sooners is a matchup with the winner of Villanova-Kansas.The Sooners have played both teams this season, thrashing Villanova but losing twice to Kansas in Big 12 play. Oklahoma senior star Buddy Hield knows which team he wants to see again.According to CBSSports’ Sam Vecenie, Hield is hoping the third time is the charm against the Jayhawks. Buddy Hield: “I want Kansas to win.”— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 27, 2016Kansas beat writer Scott Chasen says Hield has had his eyes on another meeting with KU since Oklahoma lost to West Virginia in the Big 12 semifinals.I spoke to Buddy Hield after OU lost to WVU in the Big 12 Tournament. Said he was disappointed not to get another shot at KU this year [1/2]— Scott Chasen (@SChasenKU) March 27, 2016He was obviously downtrodden from the game, but said this: “Hopefully, we get a drawing in the NCAA tournament against them.” [2/2]— Scott Chasen (@SChasenKU) March 27, 2016Will Hield’s wish come true? The Jayhawks still have to beat Villanova, and they trail by three early in the second half.
Instagram/antonio_williams34Antonio Williams was committed to Wisconsin before ultimately flipping to Ohio State in October 2015, and that move was totally fine with Badgers running backs coach John Settle.A few weeks before the flip, Williams took to Twitter to criticize then-Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave, saying that the program wouldn’t be “elite” until Stave was gone. The tweet was deleted soon thereafter, but it made its way to the Wisconsin locker room.4-Star RB recruit who committed to Wisconsin last weekend. pic.twitter.com/qfgUefEwdK— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) October 3, 2015Williams sent the tweet after a rough afternoon for Stave in a 10-6 loss to Iowa. Stave was 21-for-32 for 234 yards, and two critical interceptions in the game.247Sports‘ Evan Flood spoke to Settle about the flip, and the coach said that after that Antonio Williams tweet, Wisconsin players did not want him on the team.“There’s a reason he’s not here,” running backs coach John Settle said. “We talk about smart, tough dependable. If a guy doesn’t fit that criteria, he wouldn’t do well in this environment.”[…] “We didn’t chase him,” Settle said. “After he made some comments about one of our family members, I think it was a forgone conclusion that he was welcome to go look at other places.“The players didn’t want him here.”To make things worse, the tweet was sent while Williams was on his official visit to Madison. While he deleted the tweet quickly, star running back Corey Clement saw the tweet while it was up, and brought it to the attention of the staff.“It speaks volumes,” Settle explained. “There’s a culture and an environment here that the players have created. You don’t go out in public and try and criticize a family member. If something happens, you do it in house, especially when you’re not even a part of the family yet.“I’m proud of Corey for stepping up. The other plays backed him. I think things happen for a reason.”Antonio Williams was a four-star recruit out of North Carolina, and was ranked as the No. 7 running back in the nation by 247. He has six carries for 28 yards this season, all in the Buckeyes’ 58-0 win over Rutgers.[247Sports]
Raheem Sterling admits to having experienced a career low at Manchester City, with the “golden boy” of English football being written off for club and country shortly after his big-money move.The England international swapped the red of Liverpool for the blue of the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2015.A £44 million ($55m) deal took him from one giant in the north west to another, with big things expected of an emerging talent. 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 Sterling was, however, to make slow start at City before enduring a testing run through Euro 2016 with the Three Lions.He concedes that he found the going tough, telling British GQ of his lowest ebb: “Probably my first season at City, purely because I came in excited for my move here and then it went from ‘This kid is going to be the next whatever’ and before making a mark I was written off.”I was the golden boy six, seven, eight months before that, a big-money move, and it’s kind of switched without even hitting a ball. Before I’ve even done anything it’s just ‘He’s not good enough’. I was like, what’s going on?”Sterling has learned from that experience, saying when asked if the criticism had got to him: “At first it did because I was 19, it was my first time as a professional football player and it’s a learning curve.”Now you can say or do what you want and I wouldn’t take it in.”.@sterling7 is our August cover star.Download the digital edition and read the full interview with @campbellclaret now: https://t.co/MwgAGSfh89 #SubscribersEdition pic.twitter.com/mspAEGMoRI— British GQ (@BritishGQ) July 2, 2019Detractors have been silenced in style by Sterling, with 48 goals recorded for City across the last two seasons and Premier League titles having been secured in each of them.He has flourished under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, with the Catalan coach considered to have been key in unlocking consistency in Sterling’s game.The England star said of his club boss: “He’s demanding, but it’s good.”It makes you want to do better and – I don’t know how to explain this – makes you want to prove to him and show him every time you go on the field you’re playing for your position in his team, because of the numbers we have and the quality we have as well.”Sterling is also benefitting from having so-called leaders around him at City, adding: “On the pitch, we’re not a shouting team, like, ‘Come on, guys’.”The team is super relaxed in the dressing room, so chilled. There’s not a lot of shouting. Vinny, of course, the skipper, Fernandinho. But not everyone in the dressing room is shouting. We’re more chilled and when we get out on the pitch we do the talking.”City certainly did that last season, with Guardiola’s side securing an historic clean sweep of domestic honours as they collected a Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup treble.Full interview in August’s British GQ, available on newsstands and digital download on Friday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Bologna head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has been diagnosed with leukaemia, the club and manager have confirmed.The 50-year-old has been confirmed however to remain in charge of the Serie A outfit while he undergoes treatment.The former Milan boss, who is currently in his second spell with the Rossoblu after succeeding Filippo Inzaghi in January, made the announcement at a press conference alongside director Walter Sabatini, and vowed that he will “win this challenge”. 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? “Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we did some tests and discovered some anomalies that weren’t there four months ago,” Mihajlovic stated.”We said I had a fever and the hardest thing was to convince my wife that it was true: I have leukaemia.”I spent the night crying and I still have tears now, but I’m not afraid. I’ll go to hospital and I can’t wait to start fighting. I explained to my players that I will fight to win, as I’ve taught them to do on the pitch.”I’ll win this challenge, no doubt about it. I want to thank all of Bologna for making me understand that I’m a member of the family, and I’ll also need them to win this battle. But I’ll also need to see people not crying for me. I don’t want pity.”My father died of cancer, so I always get tested regularly. If we hadn’t performed these tests, I wouldn’t have shown any symptoms for a year.”None of us must think we are indestructible. All of us think, ‘It won’t happen to me’, but when it does, it’s a big shock. Your only hope then is to anticipate it, because if you discover it after two months or after a year, that makes a big difference.”So, if I, as a famous person, can go through this, I hope it can help others to get themselves checked, to prepare and to realise that it can happen to anyone. I was perfectly healthy in every way and yet here I am.”It changes your life in a moment. Everything changes in a moment. When you sleep and have a nightmare, you wake up, but for days you wake up and realise this isn’t a nightmare, this is real.”I hope, after winning this battle, I’ll be able to talk it over with you all and look back on this period. Nothing has been given to me in life – I’ve had to fight for everything. I’ll fight this, too.”Speaking alongside Mihajlovic, Sabatini added: “Sinisa will hold Bologna in his hands, and Bologna will hold Sinisa, until the end of his contract.”Whatever happens in the coming days, Mihajlovic will remain the coach of Bologna.”
Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his belief that his Liverpool side have had a tough pre-season, but said he saw plenty of positives in today’s Community Shield performance, despite the outcome.The Reds lost the curtain-raiser to the English season on penalties to Manchester City after a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes.Klopp’s team trailed for much of the game after Alisson’s uncharacteristic error led to Raheem Sterling’s shot squeezing through in the 12th minute. An unlikely pair combined for the Reds’ equaliser as Virgil van Dijk’s cross was headed home by Joel Matip with 13 minutes to play. 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? Although Claudio Bravo’s penalty save on Georginio Wijnaldum handed his side the win, Klopp thought Liverpool’s performance was important in a game that was anything but meaningless.”I thought they looked pretty hungry. That doesn’t mean it will work out but we fought today,” the German said after the game.”After all the things that were said about the competition, both teams wanted to win it desperately, I saw that.”My team is not in doubt about being satisfied or whatever, to stop working or stop running. The character of the team is still incredibly good.”We had a difficult pre-season but the boys did what they had to do and were affected by it. We played football games against really good teams and that didn’t feel too good.”It was very important we all gave ourselves and our supporters a sign of the performance today. Now let’s carry on.”Liverpool suffered losses at the hands of Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla before the game at City.Last week Klopp said key absences made it hard to judge where his team were in terms of preparation for the new season.The former Mainz and Dortmund boss said an opponent confessed his own team were perplexed too, and that he was glad to see the Champions League winners can still play “proper football.””It was a really good performance, a powerful one in the second half,” he continued. “Both teams had a similar pre-season – I spoke to Kevin De Bruyne after the game and we both said we don’t really know where we are yet.”The least we deserved was the equaliser. One save decided it and I cannot be disappointed. The performance was much more important today than a win. We know we are still here; we can still play proper football.”Liverpool’s first Premier League game is on August 9 against Norwich City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)We’ve reached October, and College Football is in full swing. We are starting to get a pretty clear picture of which teams are for real.As we enter the heart of conference play, there are plenty of huge games coming up.This weekend, we have a giant Big 12 rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas, which is 4-1 after the shocking Week 1 loss at Maryland. Notre Dame also travels to Virginia Tech, fresh off of a win over ranked Duke to bounce back from the shocking loss at Old Dominion.Using ESPN’s FPI system, here are the win predictions for the biggest games left in this college football season.From this upcoming weekend:Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns – Week 6FPI gives Oklahoma a 73-percent chance to win. Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Week 6FPI gives Notre Dame a 64.6-percent chance to win in Blacksburg. LSU Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Week 7FPI gives Georgia a 69.5-percent chance for a huge road win. Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies – Week 7Washington is another road favorite via FPI, with 67.4-percent. Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans – Week 7Penn State is a big favorite at home, with an 84.7-percent chance to win. Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers – Week 7Jim Harbaugh needs a big win, and FPI thinks he’ll get it in Ann Arbor against Big Ten West power Wisconsin. Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines – Week 8FPI gives Michigan about a slightly less-than 2/3s chance to take down MSU in East Lansing. LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide – Week 10Alabama looks pretty unstoppable, and FPI doesn’t see LSU getting the home upset, with a 79.9-percent chance to win. Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Week 10Kentucky is the surprise of the SEC so far this year, but Georgia is a strong favorite to win in Lexington. Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers – Week 11The Dawgs are a big home favorite in a rematch of last year’s two big games. Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Week 11Ohio State is the favorite in the Big Ten East, and FPI thinks they’ll get by Michigan State, which has often been a thorn in its side. West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma Sooners – Week 13One of the closest match-ups here could decide a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. Oklahoma is a slight road favorite. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Auburn Tigers – Week 13The Iron Bowl is always intense, but Alabama is at home and looks like the clear stronger team. Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines – Week 13As expected, Ohio State is once again a big favorite to win The Game.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU students inside Tiger Stadium celebrated last weekend’s big win over Georgia in NSFW-fashion. During the second half, the student section could be heard engaging in a vulgar chant that has been a bugaboo for LSU administrators for years.The five-word chant–we’ll let you look it up on your own if you don’t know what it is–traditionally accompanies the LSU band’s playing of Cameo and Dem Franchize Boyz’s “Talkin’ Out Da Side of Ya Neck.” The song was banned in 2010, but the band still mixes it in on occasion, and the students didn’t even need the song to be played to do the chant last weekend.All of this lead to LSU AD Joe Alleva sending a message to fans to “keep it clean” before this weekend’s game against Mississippi State. Alleva delivered this edict in an open letter to the Tiger faithful.Our goal is to create a competitive advantage for our team and to inspire our players and each other. Chants and cheers that blatantly offend rather than inspire do not represent what LSU is all about. Be relentless. Be loud. But, I’m asking our fans, and particularly our student section, to keep it clean. We have a diverse group of fans in the stadium and every week we represent the entire LSU family on national television. Let’s represent LSU with the pride and class it deserves.A Message from Joe Alleva: https://t.co/MiYcRtH8Dz #LSU pic.twitter.com/wPs5g2fMV1— LSU Tigers (@LSUsports) October 18, 2018Will fans still do the chant? Maybe not this weekend, but we wouldn’t doubt that it will come back at some point.LSU and Mississippi State will face off at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. ESPN will broadcast the game.If the Tigers win, they will maintain a top-five ranking heading into their bye week. After the bye, No. 1 Alabama will come to Baton Rouge.