Giant killer Lozano revels in ‘best goal of my life’

first_imgWorld Cup Mexico hero Lozano revels in ‘best goal of my life’ after Germany giant-killing Chris Burton 02:41 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico The PSV winger netted the match winner for El Tri as they stunned the reigning champions in a thrilling opening Group F encounter at World Cup 2018 Hirving Lozano admits his match winner for Mexico which downed reigning champion Germany at World Cup 2018 is “the best goal I have scored in my life”.An entertaining encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium saw both sides create chances as they sought to open their Group F campaign on a positive note.It was to be El Tri who took the spoils in a stunning giant-killing performance, with ‘Chucky’ Lozano recording the only effort of the game in the 35th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move His strike sparked wild celebrations during and after the contest in Moscow – with an earthquake recorded in Mexico City – and the 22-year-old is delighted to have played the role of hero.Lozano told reporters after a memorable outing for him and his country: “We are very happy.”My teammates and I did some great work, we all ran our hearts out and this is the result of all this hard work.”I don’t know if it is the biggest victory in [Mexican] history but one of the biggest for sure. It is great to start on the right foot when you are playing against the world champions.”I would have to agree it is the best goal I have scored in my life. We all dream of playing in the World Cup.”Tears flowed at the final whistle, as the enormity of what they had just achieved dawned on the Mexico players, with few having given the CONCACAF nation much of a chance against the pre-tournament favorite.El Tri did, however, boss proceedings for long periods, with head coach Juan Carlos Osorio revealing that a tactical approach to overcome Germany was pieced together long before his side arrived in Russia.Juan Carlos Osorio Mexico 06212017He said: “We had drawn up a plan six months back but due to injuries we had to change some of our players. But we always thought of having two quick players on the wings and an offensive midfielder in Miguel Layun.“In the first half we played with intelligence defensively and caught them on the counter.“We could have scored earlier. In the first half we were the better side, in the second we knew that Germany have an outstanding team and they tried to attack more.“We prepared for their use of Mario Gomez. Yesterday we practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that’s how we almost got the second goal today.“Mexico has a bright future, with Jesus Gallardo who is 23 and Hirving Lozano even younger.“We will celebrate responsibility. I’d like to dedicate this win to all the Mexican fans that made the journey out here and to everyone that supports us.”Mexico will be back in action on Saturday when Osorio’s side faces South Korea, before wrapping up the group stage efforts and looking to make it to the last-16 following a meeting with Sweden on June 27.last_img read more

Ronaldo strikes again to see off Morocco

first_imgPortugal 1 Morocco 0: Record-breaker Ronaldo sends Renard’s men out Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 22:01 6/20/18 cristianoronaldo-cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo scored after four minutes to become the leading European international goal-scorer of all time as Portugal beat Morocco. Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that made him the top-scoring European in international football as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in Moscow to dump Herve Renard’s men out of the World Cup.One the tournament’s star performers so far picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s opening 3-3 Group B draw, heading Fernando Santos’ men into an early lead with a goal that moved him to 85 international goals – one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the all-time standings.Morocco head coach Renard came into the game having seen his players denied a point after dominating much of their opening encounter against Iran and they were largely the better side here too, keeping Portugal on the back foot and quelling the threat of Ronaldo for long periods. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Renard was involved in discussions with officials over two rejected first-half penalty claims but his side created enough chances to score from open play had they been more accurate in front of goal.Portugal once again relied upon Ronaldo to produce their best moments and the weaknesses evident throughout the rest of Santos’ team belie their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites.Morocco will have the chance to restore some pride by claiming a result from their final Group B game against Spain and will then head home disappointed not to have had more to show for two good displays in Russia, while Portugal took a huge step towards the last 16.Victory for #POR thanks to another goal from @Cristiano! #PORMOR— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Khalid Boutaib headed wide as Morocco began the match on the front foot but they were undone by the irrepressible Ronaldo before they could find their stride. Morocco defender Manuel da Costa failed to track the Real Madrid star as Joao Moutinho swung in a corner and Ronaldo stooped to power a header over goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi and into the middle of the goal. Their World Cup campaign hanging by a thread, Renard’s side rallied and Medhi Benatia brought a good low save from Rui Patricio with a downward far-post header and he was soon tested again by Hakim Ziyech’s raking drive from 20 yards. Portugal were pinned back for extended spells as Morocco attacked in waves without causing any major scares, and they might have extended their lead when Ronaldo played Goncalo Guedes into the box but Munir stood tall and made a one-handed save.Ronaldo blazed over the crossbar when Bernardo Silva’s mishit presented him with a clear shooting chance on the edge of the box early in the second half.Patricio then made a stunning save to preserve Portugal’s lead when Ziyech’s free-kick was headed towards goal by Younes Belhanda, the goalkeeper diving to palm the ball away from danger after it bounced up at him awkwardly.Ziyech whistled another set-piece just over the crossbar from 25 yards as the minutes ticked away and both Nordin Amrabat and Benatia fired over with better chances, but there was to be no last hurrah for Morocco as their hopes of making the knockout stage slipped out of reach.Key Opta stats:- Portugal have not lost against a non-European nation at the World Cup since June 2002, when they lost 1-0 to South Korea (W6 D3 since).- Morocco have lost seven of their last nine World Cup matches (W1 D1), failing to score in over half of those games (5).- Morocco have lost their opening two group games at the World Cup for the third different edition (also 1970 and 1994).- Portugal kept a clean sheet in a World Cup match for the first time since 2010, when they kept three in three group stage games – they had conceded in five consecutive games prior to today.- Ronaldo has become the first Portuguese player since Jose Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament.- Ronaldo is the first player to score five consecutive World Cup goals for his team since Oleg Salenko for Russia in 1994.  read morelast_img read more


first_imgYOUTH WORLD CUP JUST 2 DAYS AWAY! The Australian Teams have been in camp for 3 days now and their form against the Brisbane City sides in practice matches showed positive sides for the Youth World Cup staring on Wednesday. After being presented with their uniforms by current Australian representatives Sharyn Williams, Chris Farrow and Hall of Famer Scott Notley, team spirits are high for the kick off of competition. If you’re in town, don’t miss the Opening Ceremony, 8:30am at Kings Beach amphitheatre, Caloundra. Will be a great welcome to the tournament! INFORMATION: A media alert regarding the Youth World Cup, Australian team presentation night, Youth World Cup Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony can be viewed using the following link. MEDIA ALERT YOUTH WORLD CUP The Australian Presentation Night will be held at Rydges Oasis Resort, Lansborough Parade, Caloundra on Sunday January 16. The Australian players, staff and special guests will have dinner at 6:30pm followed by the official presentations beginning around 7:30pm. While the dinner is not open to the public due to catering restrictions, family and friends wishing to watch the presentations are free to come along at 7:30pm. The Youth World Cup Opening Ceremony will begin at 8:30am on Wednesday January 19 at Kings Beach, Caloundra, with official proceedings beginning at 9:00am. The Opening Ceremony is open to the public and ATA and FIT would like to encourage everyone to attend. A local Aboriginal Dance Troupe will be performing, as well as official dignitaries opening the tournament and all Nations taking part in a parade. The Youth World Cup Closing Ceremony is being held at Aussie World, Palmview on Saturday January 22. It is only open to participants and staff, beginning at 7:00pm with an hour of free amusement rides, followed by dinner. Presentations of awards will begin around 8:30pm. YOUTH WORLD CUP STORIES AND DRAW: All Youth World Cup stories can be found on several websites. 1) ATA homepage: Stories will be on the homepage, as well as archived later under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the page. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. The ATA homepage will also contain links to the FIT (Federation of International Touch) site and to the SportingPulse draw and results site. 2) The FIT homepage will also contain Youth World Cup stories and information: 3) The SportingPulse Youth World Cup homepage can be accessed via the links on ATA’s and FIT’s homepage or the following link: SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGE This page contains a draw and results, as well as information and access to each countries individual homepage. As you can see there will be plenty of options for viewing the latest news and events at the 2005 Youth World Cup. The ATA homepage and FIT homepage will provide all the latest news, stories and happenings at the tournament, as well as photos and links to the other websites and SportingPulse results page. The SportingPulse Youth World Cup site will provide the latest results and statistics, updated following each match, as well as stories and pictures. Rachel Moyle (ATA Media Manager) and Lisa Plummer (Media Scholarship 2005) will be on the Sunshine Coast reporting on the tournament in general and the Australian sides, as well as managing local/state/national media interested in the event. For all enquiries please contact Rachel on or 0422 233 165 YOUTH WORLD CUP STATUS: Many may be aware that for a World Cup division to be sanctioned as official, it requires a minimum of four teams to be playing. This is a Federation of International Touch (FIT) tournament requirement. ATA and FIT have worked together to ensure all divisions at the 2005 Youth World Cup have been given official Youth World Cup status. This official status is despite the fact that three of the divisions only have three teams entered in the competition. FIT is aware of restrictions on countries, their finances, resources and players and want to continue to build and encourage the growth of Youth Touch internationally. To make this possible, some of the divisions will be playing cross-over matches against teams from other divisions, adding more competition and experience for the players and spectators involved. “It’s a very positive step for the development of Youth Touch internationally,” said Peter Topp, Australian Tour Leader. “To have all of the teams competing for a Youth World Cup title that has been officially sanctioned by FIT, is going to help the popularity of Touch for young players around the World grow and be an experience of a lifetime for those chosen to represent their country,” he said. “FIT want the involvement of Touch nations in the Youth World Cup to increase every tournament and we’re hoping that by giving all divisions official World Cup status we will improve the profile of Touch world wide,” said FIT Secretary-General Bill Ker. “Building growth at an international Youth level is always going to take a significant amount of work because of the restrictions faced by young Touch players in terms of their resources and finances,” he said. HERO EMAILS AND FAXES FOR YOUTH WORLD CUP TEAMS: Yes, just like the Olympics we want to give all Touchies out there the opportunity to support our Aussie athletes. If you want to send the Australian teams or players (or even the staff) a message of encouragment, congratulations or best wishes, you can email or fax: or fax (02) 6285 2820 All emails and faxes will be distributed to the players at the Youth World Cup. So keep in touch with the latest results and stories from the Youth World Cup via the websites and take the opportunity to show your support for the Aussie players with a hero email or fax. We’re sure they’ll do us all proud! By Rachel Moyle,

2016 NSW Junior State Cup results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners of the 2016 New South Wales Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie. 10’s BoysWestern Suburbs Magpies 11 defeated Bankstown Jets 410’s GirlsNorthern Beaches Renegades 5 defeated Penrith Panthers 012’s BoysPenrith Panthers 11 defeated Western Suburbs Magpies 1012’s GirlsNorthern Beaches Renegades 4 defeated Parramatta 314’s BoysWestern Suburbs Magpies 5 defeated Peninsula Piranhas 014’s GirlsManly Warringah Sea Eagles 11 defeated Nelson Bay Neptunes 216’s Boys Newcastle City Knights 8 defeated Central Coast Dolphins 716’s Girls Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 15 defeated Wagga Wagga Vipers 018’s Boys Murwillumbah Mavericks 17 defeated Beresfield Bandits 618’s GirlsNewcastle City Knights 11 defeated Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 8Club Champion Manly Warringah Touch Association Related Links2016 JSC Resultslast_img read more

10 months agoMarcelo: Mourinho back at Real Madrid…?

first_imgMarcelo: Mourinho back at Real Madrid…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo was sorry to hear about Manchester United’s sacking of Jose Mourinho.Marcelo had some words of comfort for his old boss.”[His sacking] is a pity as he is a great coach and for him to be without a club is a pity,” said the Brazilian at a Club World Cup media conference.”It’s not for me to say if he should come to Real Madrid, but I really appreciate all he did for me at this club.”The 30-year-old emphasised the togetherness in the group when asked about the club’s success and what it stems from.”It comes from the union we have within the dressing room,” he added.”The base of team has been playing a long time together, which has brought us to where we are now.”But we still have a lot of hunger to win trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humbling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humblingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Mo Diame says the away fans deserved better after their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.Newcastle have not won at Liverpool since 1994 in the top flight but even with their side four goals down the fans still backed the players.Diame was taken aback by their support, and told the Evening Chronicle: “It showed how amazing they are and it shows how loyal the fans are.“We know as players we are at a massive club but it is massive because of them.“They are showing this week-in, week-out.“We just want to thank them and apologise for the result.” last_img

10 months agoLiverpool legend Babb: Lovren was Klopp’s weakest link

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Babb: Lovren was Klopp’s weakest linkby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Babb believes Liverpool till have a weakness in their rearguard.Despite an impressive record of goals conceded this season, the Reds were breached twice as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad.And Reds legend Babb believes Dejan Lovren is the problem player within the team.The former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports: “To say that Aguero specifically targeted him, I am not so sure.”But, if you look across that back line, you would probably say the weakest link is Dejan Lovren – and that proved to be [the case], pretty much last night.”He had a sketchy game at best. Some of his distribution was poor, [the] decision making.”Even towards the end, when Liverpool were pushing forwards and (Virgil) Van Dijk was up, he (Lovren) was playing straight balls into the box – and you would probably say you need to angle them, so there is a better chance for the second ball and the knock down.”But what do you say about Sergio Aguero? He is genuinely a world-class striker and a great asset for City.” last_img read more

9 months agoSarri fumes: Bayern Munich are insulting Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri fumes: Bayern Munich are insulting Chelseaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has blasted Bayern Munich over their public pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern have made no secret of their interest and Sarri doesn’t think they have acted properly.Sarri snapped: “I think that it is not professional because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea so they didn’t respect our club.”Then I don’t know what to say I don’t know the situation. I am happy with the player because he is improving, improving a lot in the defensive have.”Now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball but he is working very well at the moment so I am very happy with the player and would like to have him in the future.” last_img read more

5 days agoRedknapp: No big name player wants to join Solskjaer’s Man Utd

first_imgRedknapp: No big name player wants to join Solskjaer’s Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an “impossible” job on his hands at Manchester United.He also doubts whether big-name players will want to join the club in January due to their current state.Redknapp told Mirror: “Manchester United gave it to David Moyes who did wonderful at Everton . Then they gave it to Louis van Gaal who is one of the world’s great managers. Then they gave it to Jose Mourinho who has won everything there is to win. They couldn’t turn it around. And now Ole is struggling with it.”I think Ole has an impossible job. As I said, Van Gaal had it, Mourinho had it, Moyes had it. They are all top managers. None of them could turn it around.”People say ‘go and get five or six players’. But where are they going to get them from? Where are they? Who are they playing for? Are they going to move to Man United?”You’re not going to get Harry Kane. They’re not going to go and get Raheem Sterling. Where are they going to find them from? Easy to say they need them but where are they going to find them?”It’s easier said than done to build a new team. It’s a very long-term job they have on their hands.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Watch Miami DE Alquadin Muhammad Put A Hurricanes’ Freshman OL On His Back

first_imgA general view of the Miami Dolphins stadium.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of Sun Life Stadium prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on September 5, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Sun Life Stadium ins in the middle of a two year renovation. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Spring practice at Miami is underway, and preparation for the 2015 season has gotten off to a good start for Al-Quadin Muhammad. The Hurricanes’ sophomore defensive end, who was suspended for the 2014 season due to an altercation with a former student, spent some of his time away bulking up. His improved physique is showing on the field. Check out Muhammad absolutely destroying Miami freshman offensive lineman Jahair Jones during a pass rush drill: The new, bulked up AQM introduced himself to recent enrollee Jahair Jones today. @Qua_Nito— Canes Warning (@CanesWarningFS) February 24, 2015Better luck next time, Jahair. The Hurricanes open their season Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman.last_img read more

Spurs to stay at Wembley until at least March as WHL tests continue

first_imgTottenham’s move into their new White Hart Lane stadium has been further delayed until March at the earliest.Spurs were originally meant to move into the new ground in September but construction delays and additional safety testing have forced the north London side to push back their grand opening.The club’s latest update from the building contractors states that several issues have been rectified but that more testing is required before an opening date can be released. 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 such, the club confirmed that Premier League matches against Watford, Newcastle and Leicester, along with a Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, will all take place at Wembley.In addition, should Tottenham progress in the FA Cup and be drawn at home, that will also be played at England’s home of football.Spurs have no other home clashes in the month of February, but it remains to be seen whether fans will be able to see their club turn out at their new digs in March.Chairman Daniel Levy said: “I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience.”The response from those who attended the familiarisation event was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional matchday experience for everyone.”We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bournemouth vs Chelsea: Higuain starts, Hudson-Odoi not in squad

first_imgChelsea travel to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on Wednesday with the intention of taking a tighter grip on their top-four position.Maurizio Sarri’s men eased to a 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, but a 2-0 loss away to Arsenal in their last league outing has left their position suddenly vulnerable.They will meet a Bournemouth side who have had 10 days to prepare for this fixture, with the Cherries hungry for more success after ending a five-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory against West Ham when they last played. 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? Game Bournemouth vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, January 30 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on NBCSN and UNIVERSO. It can be streamed via NBC Sports Live and UNIVERSO NOW. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / UNIVERSO NBC Sports Live / UNIVERSO NOW In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown live. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Bournemouth squad Goalkeepers Boruc, Begovic, Travers Defenders Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels,Rico, Mings, Simpson, Clyne Midfielders Surman, Pugh, Lerma, Ibe, Stanislas, Brooks, Fraser, Ofoborh Forwards Mousset, Wilson, King Bournemouth will be forced to contend without key striker Callum Wilson after he failed to make the matchday squad, though new signings Dominic Solanke and Chris Mepham are on the bench.Former Chelsea player Nathan Ake does however line up in the starting XI with fellow former Blues man Asmir Begovic among the substitutes.Confirmed Bournemouth starting XI: Begovic; Clyne, S Cook, Ake, Smith; Brooks, Gosling, Stanislas, Surman, Fraser; King. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson Midfielders Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic Forwards Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain Callum Hudson-Odoi is absent entirely from the matchday squad as speculation continues to mount that he will exit Stamford Bridge.Gonzalo Higuain however makes his Premier League debut, and will lead the line, with Eden Hazard shifted out wide after playing much of the season as a false 9.Confirmed Chelsea starting XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, HazardBetting & Match Odds Chelsea’s odds of winning are priced at 8/13 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 10/3. A win for Bournemouth is priced at 19/4/Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Eden Hazard Chelsea 2018-19Chelsea’s position in the Champions League spots was put under greater threat on Tuesday, when Arsenal secured a 2-1 win over Cardiff on an emotional night at the Emirates. Burnley, meanwhile, did the Blues a favour by taking an unexpected point from Manchester United, but the spectre of the Old Trafford club also lies over them as they chase a return to Europe’s elite competition.Maurizio Sarri’s side, meanwhile, have looked vulnerable in recent weeks. A succession of narrow wins have been peppered with surprisingly dropped points and in their last Premier League outing they were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.Progress in both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup has been welcome, but with league fixtures against Manchester City and Tottenham to come later this month – as well as the Carabao Cup final – now is the time that Sarri’s men need to rediscover their best level.The sideshow that continues to link Eden Hazard with a move to Real Madrid has not helped their cause and it is something that the manager seems to be growing weary of.“If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” he said. “Of course, I hope for the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here with us and improve. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”The future of the Belgian surely hinges on Chelsea’s ability to play Champions League football, and if they are to achieve that then this is the type of fixture they need to win. Having punched above their weight under the guidance of Eddie Howe, the Cherries have gone through a tougher spell of late, losing nine of their last 13 games, though they did redress the balance somewhat by winning 2-0 in their last outing against West Ham.Goals from Callum Wilson and Josh King gave them the points on that occasion and a repeat performance would be heartily welcomed against one of the Premier League’s big guns. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘I was stabbed in the back’ – Totti hints to reasons behind Roma exit

first_imgFrancesco Totti says he was “stabbed in the back” by someone at Roma as the fallout from his departure from the club continues.Totti joined the Roma board after retiring as a player in 2017 but differences with the club have forced him to step down, ending his 30-year association with the Serie A side.In a scathing press conference, Totti hinted that the main source his frustration was owner James Pallotta and the perceived sidelining of established Roma figures since his takeover of the club eight years ago. 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? Totti cited the case of another Roma stalwart, Daniele De Rossi, who ended his 18-year stay with the club at the end of last season when Roma opted not to offer the 35-year-old a new contract.“Did someone stab me in the back at Trigoria? Yes. I will never name names, but there are people in there who don’t want me there. These people are hurting Roma, not doing what is best for the club,” said Totti.“If I was the President of Roma and had two icons like Totti and De Rossi, I’d put them in charge of everything. They have ethics; they know everything about what it means to be Roman and Romanista.“Pallotta has surrounded himself with the wrong people and he only listens to them. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you make the same mistakes for eight years, you have to ask yourself some questions. Something clearly is going wrong.”When asked about his future, Totti insisted he would like to remain in football though he appeared to rule out a move to a rival Serie A club out of respect for his former employers.“I won’t be left unemployed,” added the 42-year-old. “I received some offers from Italian clubs, including one this morning.“I take everything into consideration, because I am free. Juve or Napoli, let’s not go wild here… No, out of respect for Roma, I wouldn’t do that. I mean stuff like FIFA or UEFA.“Some things I read first in the papers and then I found out from Roma, so imagine how much they kept me informed.”last_img read more

‘Man Utd in the pit with the rest of the sharks’

first_imgManchester United find themselves “in the pit with the rest of the sharks” when it comes to trying to lure top talents to Old Trafford, says Gary Neville.The Red Devils have already tied up a £15 million ($19m) deal for Daniel James this summer, while they are closing in on a £55m ($70m) swoop for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The hope is that there will be a few more additions to come, with United in need of inspiration from somewhere as they set about refreshing their squad once again. 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? Neville, though, has warned that landing the most coveted players in the market will not be easy, with fierce competition and inflated asking prices making life difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “It’s difficult to do business, it’s not easy.“Everyone knows Manchester United want players and price tags will go up.“You’ve got to try and encourage players to come to the club. Players don’t just jump to sign for any club – they do their homework and get their agents to get to work. They probably have 50 meetings before they sign for a club nowadays.“Manchester United will be in the pit with the rest of the sharks looking for the big signings.“It’s difficult for all clubs as they all want the same players. They all want Harry Maguire, every single club wants him. Everybody wants Christian Eriksen.“Players that are being bandied about, there are four or five clubs in for them.“They aren’t just going to sign for the first club, they’ll choose wisely and look at the different aspects.“Manchester United have got a big job to do in order to get a squad right for a championship challenge.“Hopefully that’ll start this summer but it’s not just bringing players in, it’s about getting some out.”Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are among those generating exit talk at Old Trafford, while United are still working to put fresh terms in place with David de Gea – with the Spanish goalkeeper’s current contract set to expire in the summer of 2020.last_img read more

College Football WR Leaving Team For Personal Reasons

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Washington’s football program had a tough Saturday, as the Huskies were upset on the road by Cal, losing to the Bears, 12-10, in a game in which Jake Browning was benched.The team shared some tough news after the loss, too.Washington veteran wide receiver Chico McClatcher has left the team for personal reasons.McClatcher, a junior and former three-star recruit, had been dealing with some injuries in recent seasons and hadn’t been playing a ton.“Chico just needs a break from football. That’s basically what I can share,” Chris Petersen said after the loss. “We love Chico and we’ll get him back sooner or later. He’s just taking some time.”The Seattle Times reports that he is working through a personal issue:Washington wide receiver Chico McClatcher stepped away from the team earlier this week to work through personal issues, team sources told The Seattle Times.The junior from Federal Way did not travel with No. 15 Washington for Saturday’s game at California. It is unclear if or when he might return to the team.Washington fell to 6-3 on the season with a loss on Saturday.last_img read more

Mark May Weighed In On Urban Meyer’s Retirement

first_imgMark May talks before being laid off by ESPN.Noted Ohio State hater Mark May has weighed in on Urban Meyer and the head coach’s decision to retire.Meyer, who took over the Buckeyes’ program in 2012, will be stepping down following the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl game against Washington.The three-time national champion has been dealing with some health problems and wants to spend more time with his family.May, though, believes Meyer won’t be gone for long.“Urban, heck of a run at OSU ….. See you in 2020!” he tweeted.Urban, heck of a run at OSU ….. See you in 2020!— Mark May (@mark_may) December 4, 2018May isn’t the only one who thinks Meyer will eventually return to coaching.After all, Meyer is only 54 years old. We’ve seen plenty of head coaches step away for a season or two only to return to a new job.Former Texas head coach Mack Brown is the latest to do this, taking the North Carolina job.last_img read more

Ohio State 5-Star Recruit Updates His Commitment Following Urban Meyer Decision

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Urban Meyer will coach just one more game as Ohio State’s head football coach, as the Buckeyes have announced that he’ll be retiring following the Rose Bowl.The school announced the decision today. A press conference is scheduled for later this afternoon.Ohio State has revealed that offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as head coach starting on January 2. Day, who’s turned down some head coaching jobs to stay put in Columbus, was the interim coach during Meyer’s suspension.How will all of this affect the program moving forward? We’ll find out.One five-star recruit has already shared some good news, though.Garrett Wilson, a five-star wide receiver in the 2019 class, announced on Twitter that he’s still committed to the Buckeyes.“I am 1000% committed to Ohio State University. Much love,” he wrote.I am 1000% committed to Ohio State University. Much love @OSUCoachMeyer— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) December 4, 2018Ohio State has one of the top recruiting classes in the country for 2019, so it’ll be interesting to see if most of them react like Wilson or go in a different direction.Stay tuned.last_img read more

College Football Expert Phil Steele Releases National Title Pick

first_imgJosh Jacobs running the ball for Alabama.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is wrapped up by Tre Lamar #57 of the Clemson Tigers Tidein the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football is only a few months away from starting up, which means predictions for this season’s national championship are already circulating.Last season, Clemson won in blowout fashion over Alabama to solidify its status as a dynasty. It was the fourth-straight year that both teams met in the College Football Playoff.Some fans might be longing for a different matchup next season, but there is a strong chance we’ll see another showdown between the Tigers and the Crimson Tide.In fact, Phil Steele believes Alabama and Clemson will meet for the national title again. The college football expert made this prediction in an interview on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 on Wednesday. Although Steele is predicting a rematch for the national championship, he believes the final result will be different.From“I’m going with Alabama this year,” he said. “When I look at Alabama, I see their defense being stronger than last year with six starters back. They only lost five draft picks this year. That’s light for that side of the ball.”Having continuity on defense and Tua Tagovailoa leading the offense should create a winning formula in Tuscaloosa.Steele also thinks the embarrassing loss in January will motivate the Crimson Tide for this upcoming season.Rounding out the field of four, Steele sees Georgia returning to the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years, and Michigan crashing the party for the first time. He has the Wolverines landing their first win over Ohio State since before Urban Meyer was hired in the process.“When you look at Michigan, they’ve never gotten past Ohio State,” he said. “They’ve got five starters back on defense, so it’s going to be your typical nasty Michigan defense.”Shea Patterson and the offense will be “explosive” and getting Ohio State at home gets Jim Harbaugh in the Final Four, he said.“I’ve got Michigan favored in all their games,” he said. “I think Michigan can run the table and make the playoffs.”Which team do you think will win the national championship?[]last_img read more

Fans Are Perplexed About UNC’s Decision To Kneel On 4th Down Late In Today’s Game

first_imgNew UNC head coach Mack Brown addresses the crowd at North Carolina.CHAPEL HILL, NC – DECEMBER 15: Head coach Mack Brown of North Carolina football is introduced with staff at halftime during a basketball game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on December 15, 2018 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 90-103. (Photo by Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images)UNC’s second Mack Brown era got off to a nice start today, with a big upset win over South Carolina. The Tar Heels were pretty big underdogs, with lines hovering around 11 points entering the game.Nothing should tarnish what was an impressive debut for Brown and his staff, coming off of back-to-back nine-loss seasons under Larry Fedora. South Carolina has been a solid bowl team for a few years now under Will Muschamp.Still, one of the team’s decisions late in the game raised a lot of eyebrows, and could have been a total disaster. Luckily for Tar Heel fans, UNC held on for a 24-20 win.With under two minutes left in the game, UNC picked off Gamecock quarterback Jake Bentley. South Carolina only had one timeout left, so the game should’ve been essentially over.The Tar Heels elected to kneel things out. The only problem: on fourth down, there were still 11 seconds left on the clock. UNC took a knee rather than punt, giving South Carolina the ball at midfield. There was potential for two plays, or at least one heave to the end zone for a game winning touchdown.UNC TOOK A KNEE AT MIDFIELD AND GAVE THE BALL BACK?!— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) August 31, 2019UNC took knee? Wouldn’t it be crazy if South Carolina………😬— Anthony Becht (@Anthony_Becht) August 31, 2019I can’t even think right now. I know UNC won, but what in the world were they doing taking a knee on 4th? I need an explanation.— Dr. Brett (@Bacyardwrestler) August 31, 2019The Gamecocks couldn’t capitalize at all, though. Bentley was sacked on the next play, and UNC ran back what appeared to be a fumble for a touchdown. The play was instead ruled dead, but the result was the same: a win for the Tar Heels.Game One. Win One. #BeTheOne— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) August 31, 2019Again, that decision wound up being inconsequential, but I definitely want to hear from Mack Brown about whatever was going on there, because it could have been an all-time mistake if things had gone differently on that final play.last_img read more

Ravi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank Agarwal

first_imgRavi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank AgarwalIndia head coach Ravi Shastri heaped praise on debutant opener Mayank Agarwal and had a cheeky response to Australian commentator Kerry O’Keeffe.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 23:07 IST Ravi Shastri also heaped praise on ‘old-fashioned’ Cheteshwar Pujara after the experienced campaigner brought up his second century of the series on Thursday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKerry O’Keeffe made a deplorable comment against India’s debutant opener Mayank AgarwalRavi Shastri hit back at the comments after the second day’s play in MelbourneO’Keeffe had apologised for his comment, saying it was nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek remarkIndia head coach Ravi Shastri has come up with a response to former Australia cricketer-turned commentator Kerry O’Keeffe’s comments that were seemingly insulting debutant opener, Mayank Agarwal.Ravi Shastri, who was known for sharp one-liners during his stint as a commentator over the years, made a cheeky comment after the second day’s play of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia.Speaking to Fox Cricket, Shastri said: “He [Mayank] has got a message for Kerry… ‘when you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. He wants to compare it to the ones back in India…coffee here’s better or the ones back home’.”Shastri’s timely response comes after O’Keeffe ridiculed Mayank Agarwal’s triple century in the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic tournament.The senior commentator, who had played 24 Tests and two ODIs for Australia, said Agarwal “apparently got his triple hundred against railway canteen staff” and that the bowlers from the said team were “chefs and waiters”.Shastri heaps praise on Agarwal, PujaraMeanwhile, Shastri also heaped praise on Mayank Agarwal, who scored 76 on debut after fending off the new ball threat from Australian pacers on Wednesday.The Karnataka opener, who broke into the playing XI after scoring tons of runs over the last few seasons in Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments in India, stitched a 40-run stand with Hanuma Vihari as the two openers played out 18.5 overs after Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat on a docile Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch.advertisementAgarwal joined hands with Cheteshwar Pujara and the duo added 82 runs for the second wicket. While the debutant opener missed out on a century by 24 runs, his senior partner went on to get his second century of the series on Thursday.”He [Pujara] has not had enough. He is going to take that bat and sleep with that bat. That’s Puji for you. He is a good old-fashioned cricketer. He might not be the ideal player that crowds want to see but my word when the conditions become like this, he is the one who digs deep. Puts a price tag on his wicket. He played magnificently especially after the platform he was given yesterday,” Shastri said.”Mayank Agarwal…let’s not take it from him. We could have easily been three down for 80 and then it would have been a different ball game. He dug deep.”India declared on 443 for 7 towards the end of the second day’s play even as the MCG wicket showed signs of deterioration. Virat Kohli’s bold declaration allowed India bowlers to have a crack at Australian openers in the last 20 minutes of the final session.Nonetheless, Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived the tricky period of play as Australia collected eight runs without losing a wicket at stumps on Thursday.Also Read | Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundredAlso Read | Aussie commentator apologises after insulting Mayank Agarwal on airAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow Kerry O’KeefeFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow MCG Testlast_img read more