10 months agoGenoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaro

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa president Enrico Preziosi has expressed interest in Sporting CP midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sturaro only left Juventus last summer.Preziosi said, “We need a pair of quality players in midfield, and we’ve made an offer for [Empoli’s Rade] Krunic.“Stefano Sturaro is an idea we have and I’m convinced he could come. He’ll cost us a bit, but he’s an investment.“He won’t be ready for a month or two, because he’s got a problem with his achilles, but he wants to re-launch with us. last_img read more

a month agoBrighton teen Haydon Roberts stunned by goalscoring debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton teen Haydon Roberts stunned by goalscoring debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton teen Haydon Roberts is still floating after scoring on debut in midweek.The defender, 17, headed home from a second half corner in their Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.He told brightonandhovealbion.com, “I didn’t think it was real, it’s what you dream of when you’re growing up. “To do it for my hometown club as well was just amazing and makes it even better, although we didn’t go through it’s a night I’ll never forget.“I didn’t get much sleep, I wanted to spend the time afterwards with my family – there were so many messages and I wanted to share it with them.“I still can’t really get over it now, scoring on your debut with man of the match as well is fantastic.” last_img read more

22 days agoMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liege

first_imgMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli showed Arsenal there is life after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette after an amazing performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Standard Liege.Handed his second start of the season, the Brazilian scored with a superb header after 13 minutes and then backed up the effort with another goal three minutes later.The Gunners were then 3-0 up after 22 minutes thanks to Joe Willock’s goal. Dani Ceballos rounded out the victory in the second-half with his first goal for the club. And manager Unai Emery was delighted with his team when speaking after the game.He told BT Sport: “To have six points after the two matches, it’s really important. We can take confidence. We were consistent over the 90 minutes and we can take a lot of positivity from tonight’s game. The players, when they did all they can like tonight, it is perfect. “We did a lot of good, we can analyse to continue to improve. It’s a fantastic victory.”On how things can improve, he added: “We played with intensity but then we conceded some possession but we kept the clean sheet. We can improve in how to keep the ball and make more chances but for the players today, they are very tired after playing on Monday and they still played fantastic, it’s a fantastic victory.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoReally? Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal heading in right direction

first_imgReally? Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal heading in right directionby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGranit Xhaka insists Arsenal are heading in the right direction despite Monday’s loss to Sheffield United.The Gunners were outplayed by the recently promoted side, who won the match through Lys Mousset’s first-half strike.The loss means Arsenal missed the chance to go third on the table, but Xhaka says they are staying positive about the season.Asked if the club were heading in the right direction, “Of course.”If not we are in the wrong position but we believe in our stuff.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Alabama Awarded Broadcaster Eli Gold With A 2014 SEC Championship Ring

first_imgEli Gold has been broadcasting Alabama football games since 1988. In that time, he has seen the Crimson Tide capture four national championships and six SEC titles. To many ‘Bama fans, he is an indelible part of the program. To thank him for his time broadcasting for the program, Alabama football awarded Eli Gold with a 2014 SEC Championship ring.Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to the U. Of Alabama staff and players for the SEC championship ring. pic.twitter.com/JYazNIrJTL— Eli Gold (@EliGoldBama) August 21, 2015Gold is clearly very touched by the honor, and the response from the Alabama faithful. He responded to the dozens of fans who congratulated him on Twitter.eli gold thanks Congratulations, Eli. You deserve it.last_img read more

4-Star Point Guard Cassius Winston Commits To Michigan State

first_imgCassius Winston committing to Michigan State at a press conference.Cassius Winston Michigan State CommitMichigan State head coach Tom Izzo has done it again. Friday, the Spartans officially landed the services of four-star point guard Cassius Winston. Winston chose MSU over Stanford and Pittsburgh during a ceremony at his high school – Detroit Jesuit. Cassius Winston selects @msubasketball today! pic.twitter.com/yOKAYj5q8C— Athletics (@udjesuitsports) September 18, 2015Detroit Jesuit guard Cassius Winston just committed to Michigan State. Tom Izzo may be on the verge of his best recruiting class ever.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 18, 2015Winston, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 194 pounds on 247Sports, joins five-star guard Joshua Langford and four-star power forward Nick Ward in Michigan State’s 2016 class. If the Spartans are also able to land five-star small forward Miles Bridges, they may have the top recruiting class in the entire country.last_img read more

Weah confirms loan move away from PSG

first_imgTimothy Weah has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain on loan in order to gain more first-team experience.The United States international broke into the PSG squad at the end of last season, but has struggled to hold down a place in the current campaign and has not been in the matchday squad since August.He has only played three games in all competitions this season and hopes a loan move will help him improve as a player and put him in a better position to be a PSG regular next season. 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? The 18-year-old forward announced his intention to leave on loan in a long Instragram post, thanking his followers and PSG’s fans for their support.”I just want to take the time to talk to everyone about the decision my family and I made about going on loan this winter,” Weah wrote.”First of all, I want to thank the fans for their constant support, as well as the coaching staff and my team-mates for making me feel part of the family. These few months were great even though I did not play much, I was always grateful for the opportunities I had at the beginning of the season because it opened many doors for me this winter.”I love you and I know you will go to the end and you will take the cup this year, God is with you all. I will miss the fans as well as the energy you bring to each game. I love you and God bless you. I hope that after these six months, I will be ready to return to the Parc des Princes and give everything to make you proud to be Parisian.”Weah has been linked with a loan move to Scottish champions Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers eager to find a replacement for striker Moussa Dembele who left at the end of the summer transfer window.Should Weah move to Scotland, the teenager would be eligible to play for Celtic in the Europa League, with the Bhoys facing Valencia in the round of 32.last_img read more

‘Beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed’ – Kompany hails City

first_imgManchester City’s performance against Liverpool on Thursday was beyond anything Vincent Komapny has ever witnessed, the defender has revealed.City claimed a 2-1 victory over the league-leaders thanks to a first-half strike from Sergio Aguero and a Leroy Sane effort after the break after Liverpool had equalised through Roberto Firmino.The win took them to within four points of the Reds on a crucial evening in the Premier League title race. Had Pep Guardiola’s side lost they would have fallen 10 points behind Liverpool, but Kompany was able to skipper the Citizens to victory and end a run of four games without a win against the Anfield club. 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? Speaking to Sky Sports after the game at the Etihad Stadium, Kompany said: “We went toe-to-toe with a very aggressive, very physical team and I think we matched them for everything if not more.”The result is the result – it’s still in their hands. But the performance was beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed today.”Liverpool had the better of the opening encounters and nearly took the lead after John Stones’ clearance deflected off of Ederson and came 11 millimetres from crossing the line, but the defender was able to scramble the ball clear.City rallied though and ended the game with nine shots to Liverpool’s seven, enjoying slightly more possession in the second half too.When asked where the performance came from, Kompany replied: “It came from the guts, that’s it.”We’ve said before we know the 12th man is more than just the fans. It’s something from within, it’s desire, it’s something you can’t describe and today it was there and it made us a better team. We’re a better team when we play with emotion.”The Belgium international unnerved some supporters with a strong tackle on Mohamed Salah during the game. He saw yellow for the challenge but said he felt it was a good tackle. “On the pitch I felt I got the ball, maybe a bit of the man but it wasn’t naughty or I didn’t try to injure him that’s for sure,” the centre-back continued. “But it was that or let him go through on goal and the decision was made very quickly in my head.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Unlucky’ Liverpool must stay confident – Wijnaldum

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum insisted Liverpool must remain confident following their first loss of the Premier League season against reigning champions Manchester City.Liverpool’s lead atop the table was cut to four points by City, who ended the Reds’ unbeaten start to the league season via Thursday’s 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool could have moved further clear in their quest for a first league crown since 1990, but the leaders succumbed to Leroy Sane’s 72nd-minute winner in Manchester. 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? Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum, however, called on his team-mates not to drop their heads after the club’s 20-match undefeated streak in the Premier League came to a halt.”I think we did enough to get a point and we could have won it also,” Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com. “We were quite unlucky with the chances but we also could lose it – like we have now. We just have to keep the confidence and try to win the next game.”They cleared well and we hit the post. They also had two or three chances so it could have gone either way; we could have won, drawn or lost. At the end, we were unlucky and they won the game.”We knew before it would be a hard game and we would have to give everything to win the game. A few games this season we were lucky we have scored goals, and tonight we were quite unlucky with the chances that we had. That’s football.”Sometimes you have games where you score a lot and score with every chance that you get – and sometimes you don’t. What we have to do now is to keep our confidence and win the next game.”A first defeat of the season for the Reds. #MCILIV https://t.co/t0Cbxahu9J — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 3, 2019 Wijnaldum added: “What we are trying to do is not look at the table – where we are standing and how much we are clear – because we can only control our own performance and we can’t control the performance of [others] and their results.”We are only concentrating on our own thing; try to win our games, try to give everything and then we will look at the end of the season where we stand. We weren’t busy looking at the table before and we are not going to do it this time.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Keita starts, Milner in defence

first_imgLiverpool will aim to stretch further ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League title race when they take on Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. City do not play until Sunday when they travel to Huddersfield Town, so Liverpool can reclaim their seven point lead at the top until then at least.Jurgen Klopp’s side were not at their fluent best against Brighton last time out, only beating the Seagulls 1-0 at the Amex Stadium thanks to a second-half penalty from Mohamed Salah.   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 Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Date Saturday, January 19 Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on NBCSN or livestreamed on NBC Sport Live. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be televised or livestreamed due to the 3pm Saturday blackout law. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara Defenders Clyne, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Robertson, Matip Midfielders Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Camacho, Jones, Shaqiri Forwards Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Origi Jurgen Klopp’s defensive headache received a fresh blow last week with the news that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be ruled out for up to four weeks with a knee injury.The right-back joins Dejan Lovren (hamstring) and Joe Gomez (leg) in the treatment room. That means James Milner returns to right-back at Anfield, while Joel Matip has recovered from a broken collarbone to partner Virgil van Dijk at centre-back, despite Fabinho’s impressive performance against Brighton.The ex-Monaco man returns to midfield, where he partners Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, who makes his first start since December as Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana both miss out with minor knocks.Confirmed Liverpool XI: Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Mane, Salah, Firmino.Bench: Mignolet, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Camacho. Position Crystal Palace players Goalkeepers Hennessey, Guaita, Speroni Defenders Sakho, Tomkins, Reidewald, Dann, van Aanholt, Souare, Wan-Bissaka, Ward, Kelly Midfielders Millvojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Schlupp, Meyer, Kaikai, Townsend Forwards Zaha, Benteke, Ayew, Wickham Palace’s two first-choice keepers, Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey, both picked up injuries against Watford last weekend.As neither are fit, Julian Speroni takes his place in goal in the only change to the Palace starting XI.Christian Benteke, meanwhile, is on the bench could feature against his old club after returning from injury against the Hornets. Confirmed Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt;  Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.Bench: Tupper, Kelly, Dann, Schlupp, Meyer, Wickham, Benteke.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are unsurprisingly heavy favourites at 1/6 with bet 365. Meanwhile, a draw is rated at 13/2 while Palace are 12/1 to pull off an upset.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2018-19Liverpool will be looking to lay down a marker when they take on Palace nearly 24 hours ahead of City’s clash with Huddersfield.The Reds recovered from back-to-back defeats – having lost to City and then been knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves – by beating Brighton  in what Klopp admitted was a difficult game.Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “It was a really mature performance from my side. This season that is a new skill and we have to keep that.”The second half was much better. We learned from the first half. So I like the performance.”It’s not an opera of football but it’s still a really nice song.”The Liverpool boss insisted the Reds’ cannot rest on their laurels though and wants his team to stay focussed despite their lead at the top.”It means nothing,” he added. “We take all the points we can. We have 57 now – that’s the situation and that’s cool.”Palace will hope to stall that lead, and Roy Hodgson’s side could be a tough test for the league leaders.The Croydon-based club are still in a precarious position, just four points above the drop zone, and need to bounce back after a 2-1 home defeat to Watford in their last game.Hodgson’s men have been compact and hard to break down this term, having only conceded 28 times in 22 Premier League games, and Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend provide considerable pace in attack.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Liverpool can handle title pressure – Barnes

first_imgLiverpool can “handle the pressure” of a Premier League title race, says John Barnes, with “the Jurgen Klopp factor” set to be key as they chase down a first crown in 29 years.The Reds remain in control of their own destiny as they seek to bring an end to a wait for top-flight glory which has spanned almost three decades.They currently hold a five-point lead at the summit, although Liverpool missed the chance to pull seven clear on Wednesday after playing out a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester. 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? It has been suggested that a stalemate at Anfield, which came 24 hours after defending champions Manchester City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, showed signs of nerves.However Barnes, who won two titles with Liverpool in his playing days, does not agree.He considers the result against the Foxes to be “a point gained” and expects many more twists and turns to be taken in over the coming weeks.The Reds legend told talkSPORT: “It’s not all doom and gloom.“It was great opportunity to go seven points clear, but we’ve added another point.“It’s only January and teams, including Liverpool and Manchester City, will drop more points. We’re not going to have another situation like last year where City went so far ahead of everybody else and didn’t drop points.“Liverpool drawing against a struggling Leicester team, City losing to a struggling Newcastle team – this happens in the Premier League.“So I’d rather see this as a point gained. Yes, it’s an opportunity lost to go seven clear, but we’re one point further ahead.”Barnes added on the demands of leading a title chase: “The pressure isn’t necessary going to show now, there’s still a long way to go.“The pressure really comes into focus around March.“But I think the Jurgen Klopp factor is very important – he really takes every game as it comes, the pressure is to perform in every game, he puts demands on those players to give 100 per cent every time. So I think they’re able to handle the pressure.”Liverpool, who have suffered just one defeat in 24 Premier League games this season, will be back in action on Monday when they travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich: TV, live stream & preview

first_imgArsenal and Bayern Munich face the toughest test of their preparations for the new campaign yet as they face off in the USA to kick-start a stacked and hectic warm-up schedule.The Gunners and the Bundesliga champions will square up at Dignity Health Sports Park, the home of the LA Galaxy, in their first match of the 2019 International Champions Cup.Unai Emery’s side came through their first fixture in America on Monday in good form against the Colorado Rapids, despite the ongoing saga of captain Laurent Koscielny’s refusal to play as he attempts to force a move away from the Emirates Stadium. 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? Bayern meanwhile could very well blood their one of their new superstar signings, French World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard, following his arrival at the Allianz Arena, though international team-mate Lucas Hernandez has remained behind to continue his recovery from surgery. Game Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Date Thursday, July 18 / Wednesday, July 17 Time 4am BST / 11pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US, the match can be watched live on ESPN2 and will be streamed on ESPN Deportes+. US TV channel Online stream ESPN2 ESPN Deportes+ In the UK, the match will be shown on Premier Sports 1 and livestreamed on Premier Sports HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Sports HD Squads & Team News Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Jenkinson, Chambers, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavropanos, Medley, Monreal, Kolasinac, Thompson, Maitland-Niles Midfielders Xhaka, Burton, Olayinka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Nelson, Smith Rowe Forwards Martinelli, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, John-Jules Major names aside from Koscielny to be missing for Arsenal include Alex Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny, both of whom are on Africa Cup of Nations duty.Otherwise, Unai Emery has brought a blend of strength, experience and youth as he looks to lead the Gunners to victory. Position Bayern Munich squad Goalkeepers Neuer, Ulreich Defenders Kimmich, Pavard, Sule, Boateng, Alaba Midfielders Thiago, Goretzka, Martinez, Sanches, Tolisso, Davies  Forwards Arp, Gnabry, Coman, Lewandowski, Muller New signing Lucas Hernandez is, as mentioned, the major absentee for Niko Kovac’s side, following knee surgery, but the former Frankfurt boss has otherwise named a strong squad.Alphonso Davies, who was not originally included in the travelling party, has reversed his decision to sit out the tour following Gold Cup duty with Canada, and will link up with the rest of his team-mates in California.Match Preview Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2019-20With their pre-season campaign up and running with a convincing victory against the Colorado Rapids, Arsenal will face a much sterner test when they clash with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in their first game of the 2019 International Champions Cup.The Gunners, who have seen their preparations become embroiled in turmoil following captain Laurent Koscielny’s decision to boycott their tour of the USA as he attempts to push through an exit from the Emirates Stadium, ran out 3-0 winners in a friendly encounter at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park earlier this week.Unai Emery will hope to put the issues back in London behind his squad over the next week as they criss-cross North America to face Fiorentina in North Carolina and Real Madrid in Washington D.C.First up however is arguably the biggest threat of the three, with Niko Kovac’s side running hot after a domestic double in Germany last season.The Bavarian giants were slow to start in 2018-19 and their manager, the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss, was continuously linked with an early exit from the Allianz Arena.He subsequently delivered the goods however, and with the addition of French World Cup-winning pair Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, has set around bolstering an already fearsome side.Arsenal meanwhile are arguably yet to get seriously started on the recruitment front, save for the arrival of Gabriel Martinelli – and with deals for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha still very much in the air, a strong showing from their current crop would go some way to assuaging the fears of fans hoping for a stronger season, despite last year’s excellent Europa League exploits.last_img read more

Zouma expects Chelsea stay but leaves door ajar

first_imgKurt Zouma is expecting to remain at Chelsea after being given assurances over his future, but has not closed the door entirely on a move away from Stamford Bridge.The France international defender spent the 2018-19 campaign away from West London on loan at Everton.He impressed while at Goodison Park, with Toffees boss Marco Silva expressing a desire to take the 24-year-old back to Merseyside. 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? Zouma has, however, been informed by new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that there is a role for him with his parent club.The Blues coach has said: “I want him here, simple as that. I want him to be happy. If he competes and plays well this season, he plays.”Zouma has welcomed that show of faith and believes he will be staying put in the current transfer window, but admits he cannot rule anything out.He told reporters: “I’m happy with what the manager said about me. That means he is seeing the work I’m doing and I’m very pleased with that.“We had a chat, and he was very good with me. He is a very good manager.“I enjoyed my time at Everton but I’m a Chelsea player and we’ll see what will happen now in the future. I think it will be here at Chelsea.“This is a chance for me. I went out on loan last season but I’m a Chelsea player and I want to do well to get my chance and be here.”FIFA 17's most promising youngsters | Kurt ZoumaOn his spell at Everton, which delivered 36 appearances and two goals, Zouma added: “It was a very good season for me. It was very good for my development. After my injury I was ready to play week-in week-out.“Going there I did that and improved myself technically and tactically in every aspect with the manager there. I am a better player.“Everything has improved in my game. I still have a lot to learn and to work on but I feel I have done a lot.”Zouma is, however, aware that he faces fierce competition for places at Chelsea, with the likes of David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen also hoping to secure centre-half berths.“There is a lot of quality here,” said the Frenchman.“It depends on the manager. He can only play with two centre-backs. He has to make the choice but he is lucky because he has good players. It will be hard for him to make that choice but that is what we’re here for.”Zouma is determined to find regular football due to a desire on his part to add to the collection of five senior caps he has earned for his country.He added: “That is very important for me. It was one of my targets to get into the France team. I had been there before and wanted to come back.“I managed to do that. Now the target is to play at the Euros – but to be there you have to be playing at your club.“So I am working very hard – and let’s see what is going to happen.”last_img read more

Here Are The Announcers For Every College Football Week 8 Power Five Game

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of college gameday.Kirk Herbstreit.College Football Week 8 is underway. On Thursday Stanford dispatched Arizona State to take the lead in the Pac-12.Friday will be relatively quiet with Boise State hosting Colorado State and Air Force going to UNLV. Saturday is where we’ll see the biggest matches.Here are the announcers for every Power Five game of College Football Week 8.All times are ET:Sat. 10/20 – No. 9 Oklahoma at TCU – 12 p.m. – ABCBob Wischusen, Brock HuardNo. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State – 12 p.m. – FOXGus Johnson, Joel KlattAuburn at Ole Miss – 12 p.m. – ESPNAdam Amin, Rod GilmoreMaryland at No. 19 Iowa – 12 p.m. – ESPN2Mark Jones, Dusty DvoracekIllinois at No. 23 Wisconsin – 12 p.m. – FS1Justin Kutcher, DeMarco Murray, Petros PapadakisTulsa at Arkansas – 12 p.m. – SECNTaylor Zarzour, Matt StinchcombNorthwestern at Rutgers – 12 p.m. – BTNBrandon Gaudin, Glen MasonNorth Carolina at Syracuse – 12:20 p.m. – RaycomTom Werme, Dave ArcherVirginia at Duke – 12:30 p.m. – ACC RSNsWes Durham, James BatesNo. 18 Penn State at Indiana – 3:30 p.m. – ABCSteve Levy, Brian GrieseNo. 1 Alabama at Tennessee – 3:30 p.m. – CBSBrad Nessler, Gary DanielsonColorado at No. 15 Washington – 3:30 p.m. – FOXJoe Davis, Brady QuinnNo. 15 NC State at No. 3 Clemson – 3:30 p.m. – ESPNSean McDonough, Todd BlackledgeWake Forest at Florida State – 3:30 p.m. – ESPN2Clay Matvick, Dan OrlovskyKansas at Texas Tech – 3:30 p.m. – FS1Brian Custer, Ben LeberMinnesota at Nebraska – 3:30 p.m. – BTNKevin Kugler, James LaurinaitisMemphis at Missouri – 4 p.m. – SECNMike Morgan, DJ ShockleyCalifornia at Oregon State – 4 p.m. – PAC-12 NetworkTed Robinson, Yogi RothNo. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU – 7 p.m. – ESPNDave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom LuginbillNo. 2 Ohio State at Purdue – 7:30 p.m. – ABCChris Fowler, Kirk HerbstreitNo. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State – 7:30 p.m. – FOXTim Brando, Spencer TillmanVanderbilt at No. 14 Kentucky– 7:30 p.m. – SECNTom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole CubelicUSC at Utah – 8 p.m. – PAC-12 NetworkRoxy Bernstein, Anthony HerronArizona at UCLA– 10:30 p.m. – ESPN2Roy Philpott, Tom Ramseylast_img read more

Nebraska, Michigan State Will Be Doing Something Special Saturday

first_imgA general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Two Big Ten programs are set to put on a pre-game ceremony that will bring tears to the eyes of fans everywhere.On Saturday afternoon when Michigan State and Nebraska take the field, the two teams will take the field together to honor two players who passed away in 2016.The Huskers and Spartans will honor Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler in the first meeting between the two teams since the players passed away on July 23, 2016. The parents of both players will join head coaches Scott Frost and Mark Dantonio on the field for a pre-game ceremony.Here’s the news from Tom Shatel of the World-Herald.Nebraska and Michigan State will honor Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday involving the head coaches, parents of Foltz and Sadler and specialists of both teams. It’s the first meeting between NU and MSU since Foltz and Sadler died on July 23, 2016.— Tom Shatel (@tomshatelOWH) November 12, 2018The ceremony will take place just over an hour before kickoff so it’s unlikely to be televised. Nebraska will also honor its seniors before the game as well, which will take place between the Foltz-Sadler ceremony and kickoff.The game kicks off from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln at 12:00 p.m. ET. It will be televised on FOX.last_img read more

Auburn’s Projected Bowl Game, Per Experts

first_imgA general view of a giant Auburn logo in the team's stadium.AUBURN – OCTOBER 16: Photo of the Auburn University logo at the top of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Auburn Tigers on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)The Auburn Tigers were hardly expected to walk into Tuscaloosa and beat the Crimson Tide on the road, but to lose 52-21 in a blowout may have taken some of the wind out of their sails.Unfortunately, with a 7-5 record on the season, they’re not going to be playing in one of the truly special bowl games like the Peach Bowl or Sugar Bowl.Luckily for the Tigers, they secured their spot in a bowl game weeks ago and now have plenty of options.The Birmingham Bowl, Texas Bowl, Music City Bowl, Independence Bowl, Belk Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Gator Bowl, and Outback Bowl are all on the table for SEC teams.CBS Sports analyst Jerry Palm thinks that we’ll see Auburn taking on Iowa State in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl.Meanwhile, Eric Single of Sports Illustrated has Auburn slated to play Big Ten title game participant Northwestern in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.Finally, College Football News has Auburn taking on Temple in the Birmingham Bowl.The Auburn Tigers are 1-4 in bowl games under current head coach Gus Malzahn. Auburn’s last bowl win came in 2015, with a Birmingham Bowl win over Memphis.last_img read more

2 New Schools Named Contenders For Georgia 5-Star QB Justin Fields

first_imgJustin Fields throws a pass for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Two new college football programs have been named potential destinations for Georgia five-star quarterback transfer Justin Fields.Fields, who is planning on playing in the Bulldogs’ Sugar Bowl contest against Texas, has been added into the NCAA’s transfer portal and is expected to transfer following the postseason.Ohio State has been mentioned as the favorite for Fields, who would reportedly like to replace Dwayne Haskins under center in Columbus.The Buckeyes reportedly are not the only contender, though.DawgNation reports that a couple of other major programs have emerged as options:A source with direct knowledge of the situation said Fields is strongly considering Ohio State, but also has interest in Oklahoma, UCF and UCLA.Oklahoma has been mentioned along with Ohio State in multiple reports, but this is the first we’re hearing about UCLA and UCF.Fields is expected to petition the NCAA to get immediate eligibility in 2019.last_img read more

Penn State To Host Miami WR Grad Transfer Lawrence Cager

first_imgPenn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)With Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley on his way to the NFL, head coach James Franklin and McSorley’s successor could use some veterans at wide receiver to make the transition easier. Fortunately, one such veteran could become available in a few days.According to 247Sports, Miami (FL) graduate transfer Lawrence Cager is slated to visit the Penn State campus next weekend.Cager has a year of eligibility left after playing the past three seasons for the Hurricanes.The 6-foot-5, 218-pound receiver has been used only sparingly at Miami over the past few years, but has made the most out of the touches he’s received.In 2018, he averaged 17.8 yards per reception on 21 catches with six touchdowns.Since 2016, he has 45 receptions for 681 yards and ten touchdown catches, with a 15.1 yards per reception average.Per the report, Penn State’s opponents for Cager’s signature will be Iowa State, where he is visiting this weekend, along with Kentucky, Ole Miss, Oregon and Virginia.Penn State as I have said is looking for a wide receiver. Lawrence Cager is 6-5 and both sides have mutual interests. This kid at 6-5 could turn into star in Penn States offense, had 6 touchdowns for Hurricanes.— Leader Johnson (@WriterLeader247) January 24, 2019Penn State will have its leading receiver from 2018, K.J. Hamler, back with the team next season. But beyond Hamler, the Nittany Lions have only limited experience or impact players at the receiver position.Cager’s 374 receiving yards last year would have been second on the team.last_img read more

Michigan Offers Scholarship To Son Of NFL Legend

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: General view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 20-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh competed against Deion Sanders in the NFL. Could he be the man to coach his son Shedeur Sanders in college?Based on Sanders’ latest offer, Harbaugh wants to be. On Monday, Sanders announced that he has received a scholarship offer from Michigan, adding to the growing list of top schools seeking his services.Per 247Sports, Sanders has outstanding offers from Florida State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Oregon, among others.Very thankful to receive an offer from University of MICHIGAN. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me get to where I am now. @TCCHFootball @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/AvcNw2KPtd— Shedeur Sanders (@ShedeurSanders) January 29, 2019247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions currently give Sanders a 50-percent chance of choosing Florida State – his father’s alma mater – and another 50-percent chance of selecting Georgia.However, he’s a 2021 prospect, so he has plenty of time to make a decision.Sanders is a pro-style quarterback playing at Trinity Christian School in Texas.His brother Shilo Sanders, a defensive back, has already committed to South Carolina, while his other brother, Deion Sanders Jr.,  played wide receiver at SMU.last_img read more

Georgia Football Is Making A Major SEC Schedule Change

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldogs football stadium.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia’s football program is set to have a major scheduling change in the coming years, with a rivalry game being moved.The Bulldogs’ president, Jere Morehead, confirmed today that the plan is for Georgia’s football games with Auburn are flipping with Tennessee on the schedule.“UGA president Jere Morehead said the plan is for Georgia’s football games with Auburn to flip with Tennessee on the schedule starting in 2020.”UGA president Jere Morehead said the plan is for Georgia’s football games with Auburn to flip with Tennessee on the schedule starting in 2020.— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) February 20, 2019This was first reported by 247Sports on Tuesday.“Confirms what we broke yesterday. Get ready for Auburn vs. Georgia in October instead of mid-November.”Confirms what we broke yesterday. Get ready for Auburn vs. Georgia in October instead of mid-November. https://t.co/Gmoxuj7Z5A— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) February 20, 2019Dawg Nation had more details on the decision:Auburn has been vocal about moving the Georgia game due to the fact that it has traditionally played Alabama two weeks after Georgia. In even-numbered years, the Tigers have had to play at both Georgia and Alabama, while the Tigers get both teams at home in odd-numbered years.Kirby Smart had previously voiced that he wanted Auburn to return the favor and give Georgia a second-consecutive home game against the Tigers.Georgia is set to play at both Auburn and Tennessee in 2019.last_img read more