first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone coy over move for Chelsea striker Morataby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is coy over talk of a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Atletico are now regarded as favourites to sign Morata, though they only want to take him on-loan.Asked about the reports, Simeone stated: “Morata? I do not think about players who are not with us. “I think of those who can give me solutions before Girona, it is my only concern.”Along with Atletico, Morata is also interesting Barcelona. last_img

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-AZ striker Kenneth Perez: We can beat Man Utdby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AZ Alkmaar striker Kenneth Perez believes they can beat Europa League opponents Manchester United.AZ host United on Thursday evening.“They have a very good chance,” Perez told FOX Sports. “They are my favourite, as far as I’m concerned. “I saw Manchester United against Leicester. It was so bad. I think AZ is a favourite, but on paper it remains Manchester United, so you have the feeling that it is a tough opponent. “If AZ is not impressed by that, they have a very big chance of winning.” last_img

first_imgD'Angelo Russell's shot clark vs. Arizona is ugly.Before Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game against Arizona, Buckeyes’ star guard D’Angelo Russell was asked about the defenders he’s faced this year. “Who’s the best defender you’ve faced this season?” the reporter asked. “Nobody,” Russell replied. The question was asked because of the team Russell was about to face, a team that has a couple of great defenders in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and T.J. McConnell. Those defenders gave Russell trouble Saturday evening, as he shot a dreadful 3-for-19 from the field in the Buckeyes’ loss to the Wildcats. Russell refused to give a specific Arizona player credit following the win, though. Just asked Russell who the best defender he’s faced this year: “Nobody.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) March 22, 2015That’s obviously a bit of sour grapes from the star freshman, but he deserves to be a little frustrated following what probably is going to be his final game as a college player. Ohio State fans are certainly going to miss him.last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh hasn’t coached a game in Ann Arbor yet, and he already may be the coach with the highest approval rating with his fan base in the country. Michigan hasn’t been shy about promoting their alumnus head coach either. This morning, the program dropped a short video on Instagram discussing Harbaugh’s “energy and passion,” which senior linebacker Desmond Morgan calls “authentic.” We’re just over a month away until the season kicks off, Michigan fans. Get pumped.last_img

first_imgJuan Mata admits Manchester United “want more” after stretching a record-setting run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seven successive wins.The Red Devils were going nowhere fast prior to making a change in the dugout back in December.Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties and replaced by Solskjaer, who returned to Old Trafford on an interim basis. 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? He has enjoyed a dream start to life at the helm, and is yet to suffer a setback of any kind, but there is a desire within the squad he has inherited to achieve even more.Mata wrote on his personal blog after seeing United edge out Brighton 2-1 on home soil: “We continue on our good run of results.“To win seven games from a possible seven is not a simple task in any way, so we are proud and happy with how things have gone in recent weeks. But we want more.“We know that we are on the right track, but the most important part of the season is still ahead of us.“We have to continue in the same way if we want to achieve our targets, and we are all motivated to make the coming months very positive ones.”“As I’ve said, the win against Brighton on Saturday was our seventh in a row. We battled through at the end, to be honest, but I believe it was deserved.“When you’re on a good run, there are games that you win which otherwise, in other circumstances, you might have ended up drawing.“We played with energy and the desire to keep on improving. We started out by making it 2-0, thanks to a penalty from Paul [Pogba] and a great goal from [Marcus] Rashford.Marcus Rashford Manchester United Brighton 190119“Marcus is a truly special player. He already is, and is going to continue to be, a very important player for club and country and it is a pleasure to see his progression up close.“He’s also a great lad, with his mind focused on the important things and extraordinary physical attributes. He has everything to keep on growing without slowing down, and he deserves to.”The big games keeping on coming for United, who are now just three points adrift of the Premier League’s top four.They sit level on points with Arsenal just outside the Champions League spots, with the Gunners providing their next opposition in a heavyweight FA Cup fourth round clash.Mata added: “Now we’re looking ahead and, on Friday evening, the FA Cup returns with a very tough clash away against Arsenal.“The Emirates is a spectacular stadium, it is always tough to play there, and this time the game is important given that we are playing to go through in a competition which, as you all know, is very important to us.“Our opponent just beat Chelsea and will, therefore, be in a good place in terms of confidence, but we intend to keep pressing on in the cup.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery says Hector Bellerin is mature enough to recover from his latest injury set back and come back a stronger player.It was revealed on Tuesday that the 23-year-old will be ruled out for up to nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament  against Chelsea last weekend.Bellerin had only just recovered from a calf strain that had kept him out of action over the festive period, but he is now set to miss the rest of the 2018-19 season at least. 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 the Gunners’ official website , Emery said: “Yes, we were sad and we are sad now after his injury. I think this year is very difficult for big injuries like Hector, Rob Holding and [Danny] Welbeck.”But football is like that. We need to treat these injuries like a normality in football, but we are very sad for that.”Hector Bellerin is very mature and I think he received this injury like a football professional can take and he is already preparing to come back stronger than before.”The right-back was stretchered off in the 70th minute at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 win during a crucial game in the race to qualify for next year’s Champions League.Both Holding and Welbeck are expected to miss the remainder of the campaign as well, and Emery admitted his side is in need of new recruits this month.The north London club is in fierce competition with Chelsea and Manchester United for a spot in the Premier League’s top four as well as well as competing in the FA Cup and Europa League.Chelsea currently occupy fourth spot in England’s top flight, with both Arsenal and the Red Devils trailing by just three points after United have bridged an eight point gap to the Gunners since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over.Emery’s side will take on United for the first time since Solskjaer’s appointment as interim boss when the two teams clash in the FA Cup fourth round at the Emirates Stadium this Friday.There are few obvious replacements for Bellerin in that game, but Nacho Monreal or Ainsley Maitland-Niles could deputise. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgChile kept their Copa America title defence alive with a penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the quarter-finals on Friday.In what was a largely scrappy and tight encounter, two-time defending champions Chile were held to a 0-0 draw at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.Chile twice thought they had found a breakthrough, but strikes from Charles Aranguiz and Arturo Vidal were ruled out after VAR reviews. 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? But they delivered in the penalty shoot-out, Alexis Sanchez converting the winner to seal a 5-4 success after William Tesillo missed for Colombia. EN VIVO | PENALES #LaRoja¡GOL DE @Alexis_Sanchez Y CHILE SE INSTALA EN SEMIFINALES DE LA #COPAAMERICA!:: #CopaAmerica #VamosChile  pic.twitter.com/h34DFCFSwO— Selección Chilena (@LaRoja) June 29, 2019Chile edged the first half and Aranguiz forced a superb save from Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina with a 12th-minute header, although the VAR would likely have ruled out the effort for offside if it had gone in.Aranguiz thought he had given his side the lead just four minutes later.Sanchez played in Jean Beausejour down the left and Ospina, along with Davinson Sanchez, made a mess of the cross, with Aranguiz netting from an angle.However, the goal was ruled out after a VAR review, with replays showing Sanchez was narrowly offside down the left.The first half lacked any real rhythm, with Guillermo Maripan heading a Beausejour cross over 10 minutes before the break and Vidal curling a Sanchez pass just wide moments later.The battle continued after the break, with efforts from distance or set-pieces appearing the most likely avenues to a goal for both teams.The VAR was again involved after Chile thought they had their opener through Vidal in the 71st minute.Vidal finished clinically from inside the area, but the goal was ruled out after Sanchez’s volley hit the arm of Maripan in the build-up.That was the last of the opportunities through 90 minutes before Chile were too good in the shoot-out.Vidal, Eduardo Vargas, Erick Pulgar and Aranguiz produced fine spot-kicks before Tesillo fired wide, Sanchez stepping up to put away the winner. What does it mean? Chile edge throughChile are still on track for a remarkable third straight Copa America title. They were the better team for longer periods against Colombia and deserved their win.Chile continue Colombia dominanceColombia just cannot get past Chile. For the fourth time in Copa America knockout games, Chile beat Colombia, while they are undefeated in their eight clashes at neutral venues.Not capitalising on Sao Paulo trafficBoth teams reportedly arrived later than expected at the ground due to traffic in Sao Paulo, but Chile particularly so, leading to kick-off being delayed. Perhaps because of that, Colombia looked dangerous in the opening 20 minutes without taking advantage and Chile settled into the contest from there.Key Opta Facts:- Chile have lost only two of their past 16 games played across the previous three Copa America tournaments.- Colombia kept a clean sheet for the fifth straight Copa America game – their second longest run in the competition.- Chile have won their past three penalty shoot-outs at the Copa America.- There were only three shots on target, the second least in a knockout game at the past four Copa America tournaments.- Vargas completed only four passes in 90 minutes against Colombia.What’s next?Chile will face either Uruguay or Peru in a semi-final in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, while Colombia look ahead to friendlies with Brazil and Venezuela in September. read morelast_img read more

first_imgbaker mayfield sweatshirt on colin cowherd's showBaker Mayfield finished up his collegiate career at Oklahoma – winning a Heisman Trophy and leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff during his senior season. But the start to his college football career was a little more complicated, and this week, he opened up about it.Mayfield, who walked on at Texas Tech as a freshman, won five games for the Red Raiders before injuring his MCL against Kansas. But he says that after the injury, head coach Kliff Kingsbury turned on him, shutting him out of meetings.TMZ reports that Mayfield explains the situation on his new FOX Sports docu-series “All The Way Up.”Mayfield was also apparently upset that at the end of the year, he was not offered a scholarship. As a result, he left the team, sat out a year and enrolled at Oklahoma. He then walked on for the Sooners and became the team’s starting quarterback in short order.“It went from being ‘the guy’ for Coach Kingsbury … and then when I got hurt, it just changed a little bit … not a little bit, a lot.”“All the sudden it was as if I hadn’t played for him, hadn’t done anything for him. It was just different after I got hurt.”Baker’s father says the coach “completely withdrew his contact” with the QB after the injury — “He didn’t talk to Baker. He didn’t include Baker in the meetings.”Mayfield, once at Oklahoma, became a college football star. He won the starting job in 2015 and put together some incredible statistics over the next three years. This past April, he was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns.It’s safe to say that Kingsbury whiffed on this one. That said, he also probably gave Mayfield more than enough motivation to become the player he is today.last_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Florida Introduces Dan MullenGAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 27: Florida Gators head football coach Dan Mullen speaks during an introductory press conference at the Bill Heavener football complex on November 27, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Florida head football coach Dan Mullen addressed this afternoon rumors of a “scuffle” in the Gators’ locker room following the loss on Saturday.It was a tough weekend for Florida, which got blown out by Missouri, 38-17,  at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.There were rumors of a “scuffle” between some players after the game, however Mullen has denied it – kind of.Mullen says nothing happened, but if it did, it was when everyone had already left and only a couple of players remained in the room.“Dan Mullen denies any scuffle in Florida locker room involving Feleipe Franks, then immediately says unless it happened later when he wasn’t around…” SEC Mike tweeted.Dan Mullen denies any scuffle in Florida locker room involving Feleipe Franks, then immediately says unless it happened later when he wasn’t around…— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) November 5, 2018Florida had a promising start to the 2018 season, but the Gators have lost two straight games, dropping to No. 19 in the latest top 25 poll.Mullen and Co. are set to host South Carolina on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgA detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField.LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 20: A detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)A former star college football running back has a new NFL home.Ameer Abdullah, a star running back at Nebraska, was released by the Detroit Lions earlier this week. It didn’t take him very long to find a new NFL home, though.The former Nebraska star is staying in the NFC North.The Minnesota Vikings announced Abdullah’s signing tonight.The #Vikings have claimed RB Ameer Abdullah off of waivers and have waived RB Roc Thomas.?: https://t.co/2dzR2YGRhi pic.twitter.com/T6MyekBTls— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 7, 2018From the Vikings:The Vikings announced on Wednesday that the club has claimed RB Ameer Abdullah off of waivers. To make room of the 55-man roster for Abdullah the Vikings released RB Roc Thomas.Abdullah (5-9, 203) joins the Vikings active roster after being waived by the Detroit Lions (11/7/18). The Homewood, Alabama native originally was drafted by Detroit in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft (54thoverall). Abdullah has played in 35 career games and earned 22 starts, notching 6 rushing and 3 receiving touchdowns. The Nebraska graduate finished 5th in the NFL and 2nd among rookies in 2015 with 1,857 all-purpose yards (597 rushing, 183 receiving and 1,077 kickoff) in his debut season. He was placed on Injured Reserve (9/21/16) following only two appearances during the 2016 season. Abdullah recorded a career-high 4 rushing touchdowns and 5 total touchdowns in 2017. The 4th-year running back has seen action in 3 contests this season, grabbing 2 receptions for 18 yards and 4 kick returns for 107 yards (averaging 26.75 yards per return).Abdullah, 25, was a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.last_img read more