About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing: No-one giving up hereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town midfielder Philip Billing insists no-one is giving up on Premier League survival.The 22-year-old Dane was gutted by the 1-0 defeat at Fulham which leaves Town with a massive mountain to climb to avoid relegation back to the Championship.”We can’t be too disappointed (for too long) because we have another game coming up and we have to recover and get ready for that, and hopefully the fans will stick with us and support us at home,” said Billing ahead of facing Burnley.”It’s a strain (being where we are), but nobody ever told us it was going to be easy in the Premier League.”Last season we survived and I don’t see why we can’t again, taking every game at a time we just need that one game to turn it around and get that win. Once we get that anything can happen.”Right now it seems it’s hard, but we have to show some character and just keep being positive.”I know we can’t just keep saying that, but that’s the truth, you can’t come into training and just be negative and thinking we are going to get relegated – we have to keep believing to the last game of the season and that’s what we are going to do.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Departing Bayern Munich veteran Robben flattered by Inter Milan interestby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeparting Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben is flattered by interest from Inter Milan.Robben has been linked with Inter in recent days.“Really?” joked the Dutchman, who turns 35 later this month, in response to a question about the Nerazzurri.“I’m very proud and happy [to have received offers]. The last few weeks have been quite busy, especially for my father, who’s my agent, but it’s nice to hear that clubs are interested.“For me, the future is still open, I’m still waiting. I want to wait and focus on getting fit, getting back into the team and playing my football.“I don’t know when, but of course I have to make a decision. I won’t wait until the end of the season because I have a family and I have to plan ahead a little bit.“But I repeat, I’m privileged and I feel grateful that clubs are showing interest.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal demand major fee from Juventus for Ramsey Jan moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are demanding a major fee from Juventus if they want to sign Aaron Ramsey this month.The Mirror says Arsenal have told Juventus that it will cost them £18m to sign Ramsey this month.The Gunners are refusing to allow Ramsey to leave on the cheap during the transfer window, even though the Wales star has already agreed to join perennial Serie A champions Juve when his contract expires at the end of the season.Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said there is no money for permanent buys this month only loans, but believes it will leave his squad stretched if he allows the 28-year-old to move to Italy without a replacement midfielder being brought in.And with Juventus pushing to recruit Ramsey now to boost their chances of winning an eighth successive title and lifting the Champions League again, the Gunners have slapped a high price on the player’s head.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus boss Sarri insists he believes in Dybalaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri insists he believes in Paulo Dybala.Dybala is yet to make any starts for the Bianconeri this season but did come on against Atletico Madrid for their 2-2 Champions League draw.Sarri said, “If I didn’t think he was ready, I wouldn’t brought him on at a decisive moment. Maybe he’s not yet at the top of his game, but he’s able to give us a hand.“In the future, I see (Federico) Bernardeschi becoming a specialist midfielder and not a winger.“However, right now I need him in attack. We’ll help him do his best: he’s a player with great quality.”
Real Madrid boss Zidane: Eriksen or Van de Beek?by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has hinted he expects a new midfielder to arrive in January.Before today’s clash with Sevilla, Zidane was asked about Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.”Eriksen or Van de Beek? That is something for the club,” said Zidane. “The club is the way it is. We are the ones that are here and we will compete with what we have.”On Sevilla, he added: “We play against the league leaders and you have to go to win. There is nothing else. This is what you face at Madrid. We had one tough game in Paris and now another one to improve against Sevilla.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus boss Sarri: Being top means little nowby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri feels they’re far from top gear after victory over Inter Milan.Paulo Dybala and substitute Gonzalo Higuain secured Juve victory at San Siro, despite a Lautaro Martinez equaliser from the penalty spot.“Overtaking at the top means little right now. The most significant element is that we played well, with character and determination against a side that had won every game so far,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.“We started well and had the right approach in a fiery atmosphere, so that’s a good sign.”He added: “I think this team has already made important steps forward in its passing. What we need to work on is dominating the match, having territorial supremacy, pressing better and more, taking away any attacking initiative from the opposition so that we can spend our whole time in the opposition half.“This squad is accustomed to defending much deeper, but they are adapting and we’ve seen definite improvements in that sense.“I feel we can still improve a great deal more. It’s a gradual process, the team has strong individuals and so much strength in depth. It means at the moment we can get results, even if we are not playing at 100 per cent.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Merson insists Man Utd attacker Rashford no natural strikerby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson insists Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford is no natural striker.Rashford has been told he needs to get in the box more, with United having scored just nine goals in eight Premier League matches this season, and having won only two of those games.”He is not a natural centre forward,” Paul Merson said on Sky Sports.”He hasn’t got that instinct. You need a goalscorer. He is not a natural goalscorer like Ian Wright or Gary Lineker.”You have to get in the box if you are a real centre forward.”Merson added: “You can’t sell goals. (Romelu) Lukaku was a goalscorer – he might not chase the full-back down but he puts the ball in the net and that is what it is all about.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona signing Pedri happy to focus on Las Palmasby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona signing Pedri insists his only focus is with Las Palmas.The 16 year-old first teamer signed for Barca in August, though remains on-loan with Las Palmas.”First I have to think about the Depor match before leaving with the National Team. We have to take out the three points anyway and then I’ll think about the National Team. The (U17) World Cup is a goal,” said Pedri, who is grateful to Pepe Mel for giving him his senior chance.He added: “I know it is not easy to bet on a 16 year old boy and he did it.”My father has always told me that the important thing is humility, if the head is lost, the player is lost. You have to follow that closely.”
pac-12 tournament bracket scheduleThe 2016 Pac-12 Tournament tips off tomorrow from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.Here’s the bracket for the tournament, which features Oregon, Utah, Cal, and Arizona as the four top seeds. Here’s the schedule for tomorrow’s games:No. 8 Washington vs. No. 9 Stanford, 3 p.m. E.T. on Pac-12 NetworkNo. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Washington State, 5:30 p.m. E.T. on Pac-12 NetworkNo. 7 USC vs. No. 10 UCLA, 9 p.m. E.T. on Pac-12 NetworkNo. 6 Oregon State vs. No. 11 Arizona State, 11:30 p.m. ET on Pac-12 NetworkThe top four seeds in the tournament play their first games of the tournament on Thursday.More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard believes that his international team-mate Christian Pulisic will be a hit at Chelsea. Pulisic sealed a £58 million (€64m/$73m) move to Chelsea this week, with the 20-year-old set to stay at Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season. Howard knows what it takes to succeed in the English top flight, having spent 13 seasons in the Premier League with Manchester United and Everton. 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? And the 39-year-old, now with the Colorado Rapids in MLS, thinks that Pulisic can become another American success story in England. “The Premier League presents its own trials and tribulations, it’s a rough-and-tumble league, it’s up and down, but he’s shown to be pretty strong even though he’s not the biggest guy in the world,” Howard told ESPN FC. “I think his talents will lend themselves very well to the way Chelsea play football.”The Blues may be one of the Premier League’s most high-profile sides, but Howard believes that the experience Pulisic has gained at Dortmund will serve him well in his next career move. “It is a massive club, but he’s played for a massive club already,” the goalkeeper said. “Dortmund is no slouch, and he went there under Jurgen Klopp and he’s grown up there and learned a lot of his trade in the Bundesliga.”The amount Chelsea paid Dortmund more than tripled the largest transfer fee ever paid for an American player, which is partly due to Pulisic’s performances for the U.S. national team. Pulisic has scored nine times in 23 appearances for the United States, and carried the team through their ultimately unsuccessful campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Howard saw those performances firsthand, and insists that Pulisic is ready to live up to his huge price tag. “He’s played a big part for the U.S. national team, so as much as the price tag is massive, which it is, he’s ready to perform.”
Twitter/@picksixpreviewsSouth Dakota State may have pulled off the trick play of the year.South Dakota State is currently taking on North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship quarterfinal and the Jackrabbits are pulling out all the stops against their rival.By all the stops we mean all the stops, including a hidden ball trick play that was executed to perfection.The ol’ Hidden Player – Hidden Ball trick play by South Dakota State pic.twitter.com/0rVLPVQImG— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) December 10, 2016As you can see, the five-foot-ten Brady Mengarelli hides behind the linemen up front, the quarterback sneaks him the ball before running on a fake bootleg and Mengarelli goes in untouched.North Dakota State is currently up 29-10 over the Jackrabbits in the third quarter. You can catch the action on ESPN.
Jordan Henderson was delighted to put a smile on his father’s face after opening up about their emotional embrace following Liverpool’s Champions League triumph.One of the lasting images of the Reds’ 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid was the sight of Henderson hugging his dad, Brian, and breaking down in tears amid the celebrations.The Liverpool captain’s father was diagnosed with throat cancer six years ago and initially hid the diagnosis from Henderson for fear it would derail his football career. 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? And Henderson was delighted to share the moment with his dad, who has since received the all-clear.”My dad has been through a lot over the past few years, not only with himself but with his family,” Henderson said. “I am sure he will be so proud to see us win the game and win the Champions League. It will mean the world to him. I am just glad I can put a smile on his face.”It’s obviously emotional. We have come a long way as a team and we have had so many knockbacks and to finally get over the line… it is an amazing feeling and one that we will remember forever. It’s so special.”Today, Liverpool Football Club is 127 years old! One hundred and twenty-seven years, 42 major trophies, thousands of magical moments, millions of passionate supporters around the world, one #LFC #YNWA pic.twitter.com/FwlEkPFOBg — Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 3, 2019 It was an almost cathartic moment for Henderson, who has often faced criticism over his role at Liverpool.And, after several near misses under boss Jurgen Klopp, the importance of winning European football’s biggest prize is not lost on the England international.Liverpool secured a sixth European crown thanks to an early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike from substitute Divock Origi.”It was nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments and finally get over the line and win a big trophy,” Henderson added. “It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future, it gives us the confidence to know we can win the Champions League and together we can move forward and hopefully win more trophies as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Jurgen Klopp taking a break at the end of his current Liverpool contract would be a “disaster” for the club, says Reds legend Steve Nicol.As things stand, the German tactician is tied to the Reds until the summer of 2022.Fresh terms have been mooted on the back of a Champions League triumph, but no deal is in place as yet. 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? That has sparked speculation regarding Klopp’s future, with a return to his homeland at Bayern Munich being mooted.It has also been suggested that the 51-year-old could look to take in a 12-month sabbatical when his current terms come to a close.Liverpool legend Nicol is hoping that both situations can be avoided, with it imperative that Klopp is kept at the Anfield helm for as long as possible.He told ESPN FC of the reports that a rest period could be approaching for one of the most intense coaches in the business: “I think it would make sense.“Unless you’ve been in the job as a head coach, and certainly at the Premier League level and elite level, it’s stressful.“You’re responsible for everything. You’re responsible for how the team plays, if they don’t turn up you’re responsible for that, your job is to get them playing.“If you lose a game, you’re responsible ultimately because you’re the one who would get the sack if you lose too many, not the players.“There are a whole load of different pressures that go with being the head coach, manager, whatever you want to call it.“And everybody who’s done it, there are times when it becomes too much and you need some sort of break while you figure out how you de-stress, if you want.“So on the face of it, it would seem like a sensible idea for Klopp.“On the other hand, it would be a disaster for Liverpool.“You can’t just turn round and say ‘I’m going to take a year off’ because the only thing you know is that your job isn’t going to be there in a year’s time.“And then of course, when you’ve got such a great manager, as we do in Klopp, you’re doing everything you can to make sure this guy stays and goes absolutely nowhere.“So I think for Klopp it’s probably a good idea to relax for a bit, charge the batteries up and calm down.“But for Liverpool it would be a disaster.”Klopp has been in charge at Anfield since succeeding Brendan Rodgers in October 2015, with a Champions League triumph seeing him break his trophy duck in England while ending Liverpool’s seven-year wait for major silverware. 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: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban celebrate thier win after the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts created a media firestorm when he commented on Alabama’s quarterback race publicly for the first time. Hurts was benched in the title game in favor of freshman phenom Tua Tagovailoa.Since then, a debate has raged on as to who will be the starting quarterback for the Tide during the 2018 season. On Saturday, Hurts revealed the Alabama coaching staff hasn’t spoken with him regarding the QB battle.“No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt,” Hurts said. “No one asked me what was on my mind. No one asked me how I felt about the things that were going on. Nobody asked me what my future held.”It was shocking to hear an Alabama player give such candid comments. Alabama’s players, namely its stars, have remained out of the media spotlight in terms of comments such as these.On Wednesday, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was asked about Hurts’ comments.Saban on Jalen Hurts’ comments: “Every player has a right to express what he thinks and he feels. … This is probably a lot more important to people outside our organization than it is on the inside.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) August 8, 2018Once again Saban downplays the quarterback battle brewing at Alabama. Who will be the starting quarterback for the Tide this season?Stay tuned to find out. Alabama opens the season against Louisville.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)One major college football coach got absolutely trashed during this morning’s College GameDay show on ESPN. It wasn’t pretty.Florida State head coach Willie Taggart is off to a brutal start in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles are 1-2, coming off a blowout loss at Syracuse.ESPN’s College GameDay host said Florida State is even worse than a “dumpster fire” right now.Dang, Rece Davis flings major shade at @FSUFootball. Says comparing ‘Noles to dumpster fire isn’t really fair, ’cause dumpster fires “at least have evidence of a flame.”— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) September 22, 2018Yikes.It didn’t help that the show is airing from Taggart’s former school, either.Oregon fans seem to be enjoying his struggles at Florida State in a major way.???? pic.twitter.com/ipzXoPqzXQ— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 22, 2018Can’t argue with facts ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/ifczdCV2YP— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 22, 2018So much shade pic.twitter.com/6VPfESkzio— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 22, 2018That’s harsh.
If you’re watching tonight’s Notre Dame-Florida State game on NBC, you might’ve been surprised to see some snowball-like objects getting hurled at the television cameras during a break in the action.These weren’t snowballs, though. They were marshmallows.Notre Dame’s students were throwing them for a reason, too.It’s Senior Night in South Bend, Indiana.It’s a tradition for @NDFootball fans to throw marshmallows on #SeniorNight! ☘️ pic.twitter.com/8j1WCtiQVW— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) November 11, 2018Here’s more on the tradition, from College Magazine:“During the last home game of the season, all the seniors sneak bags of marshmallows into the stadium and throw them all throughout the student section during the game. The sky above is literally filled with flying marshmallows and at the end of every last home game I have they’re all over me,” Claire Magnuson, Notre Dame senior, said.So, now you know.Notre Dame is currently up on Florida State, 14-0.
The third College Football Playoff rankings for the 2018 season were revealed on Tuesday night. Although there was no change in the top-10 of the rankings, there was significant upheaval from No. 11-No. 25.After the rankings were revealed, Kirk Herbstreit and the ESPN panel of college football experts broke down the action. With little change at the top of the rankings, Herbie was asked what the nightmare scenario would be for the playoff committee.Herbstreit revealed the “Armageddon” scenario for the committee:Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC title game.This is a popular doomsday scenario when talking about the potential playoff foursome this year. Assuming Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia win-out, and Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC title game, there will be four spots for five deserving programs.Who gets in? We’ll have to wait to find out.There’s also a chance this scenario never happens. Michigan travels to Ohio State to end its regular season and a win over the Buckeyes isn’t guaranteed – despite the team’s struggles this season.These things have a way of working themselves out.Stay tuned.
Stanford was seventh in this ranking a year ago, and the Cardinal’s 2019 nonconference schedule is even more daunting, with three legitimate tests against teams that went a combined 33-7 last season. The opener is at home against Northwestern, which played in the Big Ten championship game in 2018 and has now added Clemson transfer quarterback Hunter Johnson. Two weeks later, Stanford treks across the country to take on UCF and closes the regular season at home against Notre Dame. Both teams are ranked in the top 15 in the latest ESPN preseason rankings.You can read Low’s full rankings here, though the entire list is behind a paywall.For some other looks at scheduling, here is The Spun’s compilation of the non-conference matchups for every SEC team in 2019, as well as a breakdown of Alabama’s “easy” schedule.The 2019 season will be here before you know it. GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 02: Stanford Cardinal color guard wave giant Stanford flags on the field against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Conference play is the backbone of the college football season, but non-conference matchups play an important role. At best, they are resume boosters and allow teams to test themselves against quality, unfamiliar opponents. At worst, they are ‘cupcakes’ designed to secure an easy win.Not all non-conference slates are created equal. ESPN’s Chris Low provided his ranking of the top 10 non-conference schedules in the nation this week.Stanford takes home the top spot, one of several Pac-12 teams on the list. The Cardinal only play three games outside of their league, but they sure get their money’s worth.Northwestern, UCF and Notre Dame all pose major tests in different ways.