Chelsea midfielder Kovacic: Sarri management as you would expectby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic says he appreciates the management of Maurizio Sarri.The Croatia international is on-loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid this season.He said of Sarri: “He likes us to have possession of the ball to play and that is what we are trying to do. I think we play good football, we are playing forward and that is the most important, we are scoring goals, we do not concede so much so we are a good team but the coach is six months here so we have a lot to improve and I am sure this team can do great things.”He [Sarri] is like he should be. When he needs to be relaxed he is relaxed and when he needs to be tough and sometimes also angry, he is. He knows what to do and he knows his job and it is really great to have him with us. We train good, we are playing good football but it always can be better and I am sure it will be.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say PSG blow as Watford rule out Doucoure saleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford will block Abdoulaye Doucoure from joining PSG this month.PSG are keen on bringing the £50million-rated midfielder.However, the Evening Standard claim Watford will reject any offers during this transfer window.The Hornets are currently in ninth on the Premier League table and do not want to disrupt their progress by offloading one of their top players.When they do decide to sell Doucoure, Watford will stand to make a significant profit on the £8m they paid Rennes for him in 2015.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer happy to keep sticking with kidsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to keep sticking with the kids.Solskjaer knows it’s a tough gap to bridge to the top two.The Norwegian said: “I want to be a part of us going back to where we used to be, but of course the Premier League is now a different animal. “Manchester City and Liverpool last season were fantastic and we are in the starting phase of a new team.”Many players have been and gone and now there is some youngsters coming in. We are one or two players light at the moment because of injuries but that’s an opportunity for the kids to play and to see if I can get the best out of them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Milwaukee product Diamond Stone, a five-star center and the No. 5 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class, committed to Maryland over his home-state Badgers back in late March, and Wisconsinites are not happy about it. According to multiple tweets, Stone tried to go to Madison UW-Milwaukee to party this weekend, and was not treated well by the spurned fans.Just saw Diamond Stone get kicked out of a party. Sucks to suck man— Blake Laufenberg (@BlakeLaufenberg) April 26, 2015Well I was the bouncer at a party and kicked diamond stone out so I’m feeling pretty accomplished— Payton teDuits (@Paytonteduits) April 26, 2015Diamond stone just got kicked out of this party lmfao— Jordyn Jablonski (@Jblonks_) April 26, 2015Diamond Stone got kicked out of a party we were at.— Bucks in 7 (Shaq) (@AGruett32) April 26, 2015No one likes Diamond Stone— Blake Laufenberg (@BlakeLaufenberg) April 26, 2015Diamond stone came to UWM last night and he got kicked out of every party he went tried to go to— Alex Peterson (@APeterson32) April 26, 2015Stone probably shouldn’t be too surprised, but he’ll also have plenty of party opportunities when he makes it down to College Park. [The Victory Lap]
Twitter/@NDonNBCWhile Ohio State has received a ton of attention about how it will handle its quarterback situation, there had been rumors all off-season that Notre Dame’s Everett Golson would consider transferring, with Malik Zaire threatening to win the starting job for 2015. Back in January, reports came out that 24 schools were interested in Golson, and today, the move became official. Golson is now the biggest-named free agent on the transfer market. We’re aware that there may be some issues with Golson going to the SEC due to a conference rule that graduate transfers must have stayed academically eligible while undergraduate players. We’ll work under the assumption that any school that is interested would be able to find a way to get him on campus, considering that he was connected to multiple SEC schools when the transfer rumors first emerged.Where will the former Fighting Irish star, who led the team to a national championship berth in 2012-13, wind up? Here are eight big-time programs that could definitely use a player like Golson this season.Get Started: Florida >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy likes to try and keep up with the latest trends. Last time it was hoverboarding; today, it was Pokemon GO.The craze, which is based on the old card game Pokemon, has taken the country by storm. Pokemon GO is played on a downloadable cellphone app, and CNN has a breakdown of what it is all about. Anyway, the app, which is free to download and play, uses GPS to make a cartoony map of your neighborhood and basically anywhere you go. In this colorful, slightly Big-Brother-y version of reality, Pokémon are interspersed throughout, and when you come within range of a Pokémon you can “approach” them and they will show up on your phone.Today, Gundy posted a picture of him catching a Pokemon named Pidgey inside T. Boone Pickens Stadium.Gotta catch ’em all! #POKEmon pic.twitter.com/j0Kd5CyD7J— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) July 11, 2016Ok, who had Mike Gundy as the first coach to publicly acknowledge that he plays Pokemon Go? Our bet would have been Jim Harbaugh, because, well why not? [ Pistols Firing ]
Pep Guardiola described Jurgen Klopp as “an incredible manager” on the eve of Liverpool’s trip to Premier League title rivals Manchester City.The reigning champions face a seven-point deficit to Klopp’s Reds, who are yet to taste a top-flight defeat this season ahead of Thursday’s crunch clash at the Etihad Stadium.Last October’s showdown between the two sides at Anfield ended in a goalless draw, but Liverpool prevailed in three of last season’s four meetings. 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? If that recent record suggests Klopp may have got the measure of Guardiola’s City, the former Barcelona coach did not appear too concerned and freely offered up warm praise for his German counterpart.”First of all, he’s an incredible manager,” said Guardiola, who saw his side beat Southampton last time out to put back-to-back losses behind them.”I have a good relationship with him and his team always plays good.”I don’t count the number of times I beat managers and think I am special.”Our teams play, I beat him, he beat me, I win cups and he won some. I congratulate him when he beats me and I move forward.”32 – Jurgen Klopp has now defeated all 32 of the British clubs he’s faced as Liverpool boss in all competitions – before tonight, Wolves were the only side he’d failed to beat, losing in the FA Cup in January 2017 in their only previous meeting. Rule. pic.twitter.com/96gjJaIaXs— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 21 December 2018Having won major domestic and European honours with Barca, Bayern Munich and now City, Guardiola has lost none of his enthusiasm for the big matches and he is relishing this one.Asked what it meant to him to be involved in such games, he replied: “[It is an] incredible pleasure. I’m a manager and to play these games, to see what we can do on the big stage with people in these stadiums, it’s a dream to play these games.”It’s when I’m most calm. The players will try to do the performance they can do.”City will have to wait on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne, who trained on Wednesday following a persistent knee problem. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Gabriel Jesus grabbed four goals as Manchester City all but secured their place in the EFL Cup final with a crushing 9-0 first-leg victory over Burton Albion on Wednesday.The Premier League champions have now put 16 goals past lower-league opposition in the past four days, Pep Guardiola’s men having thrashed Rotherham United 7-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday.Kevin De Bruyne’s first headed goal in English football set the hosts on their way, with Jesus adding a quickfire double before Oleksandr Zinchenko fortuitously opened his City account. 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? Jesus took his tally to four either side of Phil Foden’s tap-in, before Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez completed a miserable night for Burton’s cup heroes.7 – Manchester City are the first English league side to score at least seven goals in consecutive games in all competitions since Don Revie’s Leeds United back in October 1967. Heaven. #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/vniTiD8jQm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019It took City five minutes to unlock the Burton defence, David Silva’s pinpoint pass picking out De Bruyne’s run and the Belgium international made no mistake with his header.Despite falling behind Burton rallied and Marcus Harness should have equalised in the 12th minute, but Saturday’s hat-trick hero blazed Lucas Akins’ cross over the bar.City’s control of proceedings was never under threat, though, and in the space of seven minutes the hosts were four goals ahead as Jesus and Zinchenko struck.Having pounced on a loose ball after Leroy Sane’s shot was saved by Bradley Collins, Jesus doubled his tally from Silva’s pass – the striker taking his time before slotting it in off the post.GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL @gabrieljesus33! 3-0 #cityvbafc #mancity pic.twitter.com/Fok9JEtXOd— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2019City’s fourth was harsh on the visitors as Zinchenko’s attempted cross looped over Collins, but there was no doubting the quality of Jesus’ hat-trick goal as he converted Mahrez’s cross to the back post.Four minutes after replacing the impressive De Bruyne, Foden had his second Etihad goal in as many games, the youngster profiting after Jesus had been held up by Burton’s defenders.Jesus would not be denied a fourth moments later, though, as Sane beautifully controlled Mahrez’s pass on his chest before finding the striker, who applied the finishing touch.After setting up Walker for City’s eighth, Mahrez completed Burton’s misery with a goal of his own, the Algeria international poking the ball past Collins to round out a one-sided semi-final encounter. What does it mean? Seventh final awaits CityCity’s 11th EFL Cup semi-final could not have started any better with Guardiola’s side already planning for next month’s showpiece, which would be their seventh appearance in the showpiece. For Burton boss Nigel Clough – who won the competition twice as a player – he will just hope the aggregate score does not bring further embarrassment in the second leg.Joy for JesusAfter struggling in front of goal at times this season, Jesus was in fine form as Burton were easily brushed aside. His second treble at the Etihad Stadium means he has now scored 11 goals in his last seven starts for City in all competitions.Harness rues missed opportunityWhile it may not have stopped the City juggernaut, Harness’ miss at 1-0 could have at least slowed the hosts down and brought a moment of celebration for the travelling Burton fans. As it was he cleared the crossbar and City ran riot afterwards.Key Opta Facts1986 – Burton Albion’s 9-0 defeat is the heaviest League Cup defeat by any side since Liverpool beat Fulham 10-0 back in September 1986, and is the largest ever margin of defeat in the semi-final of the competition. Gap. #CarabaoCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019- City have won 13 of their last 15 EFL Cup matches against sides from a lower division (D2), scoring 50 goals.- City are the first side in the top four tiers of English football to score at least seven goals in back-to-back matches in all competitions since Leeds United did so in October 1967 (9-0 versus Spora Luxembourg in the Fairs Cup and 7-0 against Chelsea in the top flight).- The 9-0 victory is Guardiola’s joint-largest margin of victory as a manager, alongside Barcelona’s thrashing of L’Hospitalet by the same scoreline during a Copa del Rey match in December 2011.- Jesus has now scored two hat-tricks at the Etihad Stadium, only Carlos Tevez (four) and Sergio Aguero (10) have netted more home trebles for City since their move away from Maine Road.What’s next?City’s attention turns back to the Premier League title when they face Wolves on Monday, while two days earlier Burton will hope for more joy against Gillingham. read more
Wrestling star Hulk Hogan took to Twitter on Friday to offer words of encouragement to the U.S. women’s national team ahead of this weekend’s World Cup clash with Chile.The USWNT put together a record-breaking start to their World Cup campaign on Tuesday, thumping Thailand 13-0 behind five goals from striker Alex Morgan.Morgan was joined on the scoresheet by the likes of Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd, with Lavelle and Mewis firing braces. 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? Next up for the USWNT is a match against Chile, who fell 2-0 to Sweden in their opening match in their first ever World Cup appearance.And the former WWF champion says that he expects the USWNT to make short work of Chile when the two collide on Sunday as he took to Twitter to cut a promo in typical Hulk Hogan style.#Hulkhogan and the whole #WWEuniverse are cheering on our #USAwomenssoccer team for the big victory this Sunday brother!!!!HH pic.twitter.com/lGfHNKGDhu— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) June 14, 2019″I can feel the power brothers, and I can smell victory also,” he said in the video.”I’m used to being around champions, and I’m used to winning championship belts, brother, but the way I see it, this Sunday the USA Women’s World Cup team is going to be victorious when they wipe Chile off the face of the map.”That Women’s World Cup team, they’re a bunch of Hulkamaniacs, with the lead Hulkamaniac Ashlyn Harris, training, saying their prayers and eating their vitamins.”So this Sunday, whatcha gonna do when the USA Women’s World Cup team runs wild on you, brother?”The USWNT were certainly victorious in their opening match, but they were still the subject of heavy criticism with regards to the manner in which they won.Pundits from around the world criticized the USWNT’s decision to run up the score and the ensuing celebrations that followed each goal.Former Canadian national team stars Clare Rustad and Kaylyn Kyle were among the more vocal, saying the U.S. should be “‘disgusted and embarrassed” by their actions.Hogan, a six-time WWF champions and six-time WCW champion, has previously offered similar messages of support for the U.S. men’s national team.The 65-year-old wrestler recently returned to WWE after departing the company in 2015 following a racism scandal.
Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji has revealed that Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo were two of his childhood idols and that he supported Real Madrid and Manchester United as a boy.Akanji was talking to Goal and SPOX ahead of the German Super Cup where his team will take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Saturday.Despite now being one of Dortmund’s top central defenders, Akanji started off as a forward player and that prompted him to initially look up to the likes of Raul and Ronaldo. 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? “In my childhood I had football in my head,” the 24-year-old said.”My role models were related to my respective positions. My first role model was Raul. At the time I was still playing as an attacking player and was a fan of Real Madrid.”Aside from Real, Manchester United were my favourite club. So at some point it [his idol] was Cristiano Ronaldo. He impressed me with his performances.”I only became a defender at the age of about 17. Of course there were a lot of good defenders at that time, but I didn’t have a clear role model then. Sergio Ramos would be the most likely to come to mind.”The Switzerland international also revealed that now, at 24, he looks to other sports to find inspiration, believing he can learn from the mentality of other athletes.”As a footballer, I don’t really have any role models anymore,” he added.”But there are athletes who fascinate me in terms of their attitude. For example, it’s incredible what Roger Federer has done in his career.”I also watch basketball often. Russell Westbrook is my favourite player, his mentality is impressive. He gives more than 100 percent in every game, always fighting until the end.”I see these types of athletes as role models today.”Akanji and Dortmund will be hoping to put a marker down against Bayern on Saturday after the Bavarian club pipped them to the Bundesliga title last season.Lucien Favre’s side kick-off their 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign Augsburg on August 17 before an away fixture at FC Koln on August 23.