Aston Villa, Derby chasing Chelsea defender Ethan Ampaduby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu is a target for Championship clubs ahead of the January market.The Mirror says Aston Villa and Derby County are set to go head to head to sign Ampadu on-loan in January.Both clubs made moves for the 18-year-old Welsh international during the summer but Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wouldn’t let him leave.He remains a target for Villa and Derby who already have string Chelsea links.Villa have John Terry as first-team coach and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on-loan. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’ve toughened up since Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino feels his players have become mentally stronger over the first-half of the season.Pochettino believes the temperament of his squad has improved following a dressing down at Old Trafford.He was agitated by players talking about winning the Premier League title after beating Manchester United 3-0 in August.”After our victory at Old Trafford, I was so disappointed with some of the comments, the way we assimilated the victory,” said Pochettino ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth.”After that we improved a lot and learned. In football you always have to be respectful and talk on the pitch. We’re in a very good position — last 16 of the Champions League, semi-final of the Carabao Cup and third in the Premier League table.”I remember when we arrived it always was about how? How do we reduce the gap to the top? How can we be competitive in big games? How can we be consistent? How? How? How? After four-and-a-half years I think we’re in a very good position. But now the last step is the most difficult step. It looks so close but sometimes it’s not so close. That is why it’s tough to keep going.”In our first press conference after the World Cup I told you this is going to be one of the most difficult seasons for us. When many things were negative, when all the circumstances were not the best to start with… But we fought a lot and we took a massive challenge, fighting all together, and we’re doing a fantastic job.”
Messi: Ronaldo has improved Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has no doubts Cristiano Ronaldo has improved Juventus.Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juve in August.“Being in the same League as him and competing with his team to win everything was very nice,” Messi told Marca.“Cristiano was a great player for La Liga and Real Madrid. Our clashes with them were very beautiful, but I always aim to win with my team.“Any team would miss Cristiano because he always scores lots of goals and gives you many other things on the field, but Real Madrid are still a great club with excellent players.“Juventus are a very good team. They already were before and with the arrival of Cristiano they’re much more so. They’re a great candidate for the Champions League.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Craig Cathcart says the players are to blame for Javi Gracia’s sacking.Cathcart was visiting his parents when he found out the news about Gracia’s sacking – and subsequent replacement by Quique Sanchez Flores – and said he and his team-mates could have done more to keep him at Vicarage Road.”I think as players if a manager gets sacked you do feel a sense of responsibility of not doing your job properly,” said Cathcart.”I think a few of us have to look at ourselves for that, the results weren’t going the way anybody wanted them to, as a whole group of players and staff and obviously the club have made a decision to let the manager go and bring in Quique.”We have to take responsibility, but we have to look forward now and do what the new manager wants to do and look forward to the rest of the season.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Karim Benzema: Real Madrid gradually improvingby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKarim Benzema has been named the Mahou Cinco Estrellas winner for being Real Madrid’s Player of the Month.The striker has scored six goals in Los Blancos’ first 10 games of the season, of which he has played nine.”Receiving an award from the supporters is always different because it’s your fans and you play for them, so I feel very happy,” Benzema said.”I’m doing very well right now, like the whole team.”Gradually we are going to reach a very high level where we are able to win all of our matches.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Mirallas blasts ex-Everton boss Allardyce: He doesn’t know football!by Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton winger Kevin Mirallas does not have too many good memories of Sam Allardyce.The veteran manager was in charge of Everton for a short period a few seasons ago, where he stabilised the club for a top half finish.But many fans were unhappy at Allardyce’s negative tactics, and Mirallas does not recall the period too fondly.”[Former Everton bosses Roberto] Martinez and [Ronald] Koeman wanted to play football but after, there was Allardyce,” Mirallas told The Athletic.”I don’t know if he even knew football because he only spent five minutes on the pitch in training. “Nobody knows this, but it’s true. “That’s difficult. You have to pick players at the weekend but you don’t watch training.”I only stayed for one month while he was there but I spoke to some players and they told me it was very difficult. “It’s true he won a lot of games, but they didn’t enjoy it.”
Whoops! Sheffield Utd forward Oli McBurnie caught with owl hoodieby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United forward Oli McBurnie has deleted a picture of himself on social media wearing a Drake hoodie.The former Swansea striker uploaded the picture last night wearing a black hoodie with a huge owl across the front, reports The Star.The owl is the symbol of Candian rapper Drake’s ‘October’s Very Own’ (OVO) brand but bears a striking resemblance to Sheffield Wednesday’s badge. McBurnie was quick to delete the photo after both sets of fans were quick to make the unintentional connection between McBurnie’s hoodie and Sheffield Wednesday.Wednesday have been linked with the owl since 1912. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Adrian: The Scouse link which landed Liverpool dealby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdrian admits an ex-teammate – and Scouser – at West Ham United helped secure him a move to Liverpool.Merseysider Aaron Cresswell, formerly of Tranmere Rovers, urged Reds goalkeeper coach John Achterberg to go for Adrian after Alisson broke down at the start of the season.Cresswell knows Achterberg from their time together at Prenton Park.Adrian told the Telegraph: “I only knew it after I signed. “So thank you Cress for having had a good word for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Braxton Miller Ohio State TrophiesAfter watching Ohio State’s surprising run to the national championship last year under the guidance of two backup signal-callers, college football fans often forget how much Braxton Miller accomplished when he was the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. Thursday, the OSU senior reminded us all with one Instagram post. Miller, letting the photo do the talking, posted a selfie with a number of the trophies he’s won featured in the background. Check it out: A photo posted by Columbus /O H I O (@braxtonmiller92) on Jun 11, 2015 at 9:46am PDT Miller has won a number of individual awards – including the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football twice each. He may not be done either – he very well could be the starter this fall, if things work in his favor.
Roy Williams DabWhen you beat your rival on the road and clinch the seventh ACC regular season title in your tenure as head coach, there’s only one thing you can do: dab. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams did his best Cam Newton impression and broke out his dab in the post-game locker room tonight, much to the delight of his players. Not bad, Roy. That’s one thing we can’t see coach K doing.
Instagram/@KingJamesOhio State is in overtime on the road at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes fought back from a second-half deficit to send the game to an extra session.On Wisconsin’s last drive of the game, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley made what appeared to be an incredible interception. The call was overturned and ruled incomplete, however, much to the chagrin of famous Buckeye fan LeBron James.Here’s a look at the play from Conley.Gareon Conley!!! Gareat coverage!! Gareat Interception!!! #OSUvsWIS pic.twitter.com/dWzinSnRXl— TC (@TravChina) October 16, 2016And here’s how James responded on Twitter.That’s just a bad overturn!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 16, 2016You have to love how much LeBron supports his local team. You can envision “The King” on the edge of his seat watching OSU.
Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook has fired a shot ahead of this Saturday’s big rivalry game against Oklahoma State.Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are essentially playing in a Big 12 title game on Saturday, and it looks like one Sooners star is getting a little ahead of himself regarding the eventual result. Star wideout Dede Westbrook appears to have gone on Instagram and trolled the Cowboys ahead of the game. The message was deleted, but not quickly enough:#BulletinBoard #OKState pic.twitter.com/G6aVHtxdZF— Royal John OSU (@WastedOptimism) December 2, 2016Westbrook was already likely to be a main focus for Oklahoma State’s defense on Saturday. This will ensure that.Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State still have College Football Playoff dreams, though a lot would need to happen for either to make it. Bedlam should be a great time regardless.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban celebrate thier win after the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)While it looks like he’ll be on the roster this fall, Jalen Hurts transfer rumors have been floating since the spring. Saban addressed them today, sort of, and his quote is pretty peculiar.Saban spoke at SEC Media Days this afternoon, and was prickly as ever. He didn’t want to discuss his quarterback battle at all, quipping that the media “created” the controversy.At this point, it seems very probably that Hurts will be in Tuscaloosa this fall. His competition for the job, Tua Tagovailoa, missed most of the spring due to injury.Tagovailoa, Alabama’s national championship game hero, is favored to win the job eventually. However, it doesn’t seem like a winner will be named ahead of the season.Still, when the topic of a Jalen Hurts was broached, Nick Saban had a very interesting quote about the quarterback.Saban was asked if he expected Hurts to be on the roster come Week 1. The start to his answer: “I have no idea.” From AL.com:Does he expect Jalen Hurts to be on the Crimson Tide roster when the team flies to Orlando for the season opener with Louisville?“I have no idea,” Saban said. “I expect him to be there. I think it’s our job to give both players a very fair opportunity to have a chance to win the job at their position. … We’ll create a role for one or both of those guys on our team and they’ll all have to make a decision based on what that outcome is as to what their future is at Alabama. We certainly want every player to stay at the University of Alabama and graduate. Jalen has a great opportunity to do that in December so we are hopeful he will stay there and be a graduate regardless of his circumstances as a player. But that’s not to minimize his chances of making a starter or making a great contribution to our team in some way even if he isn’t the starter.”The rest of Saban’s answer makes it seem like Hurts will be there, as is expected. However, the fact that he lead off the way he did introduces at least a bit of doubt.From there, it definitely sounds like if he doesn’t win the job, a Jalen Hurts transfer is almost guaranteed. As Saban notes, he is set to graduate in December, and from there, he’ll be one of the most sought-after graduate transfers in college football history.[AL.com]
PEBBLE BEACH, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Maury Povich reacts to making a putt on the 5th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 13, 2011 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)For some reason, ESPN tabbed talk show host Maury Povich to be its celebrity guest picker on College GameDay Saturday morning. While Povich seemed to know his college football, he made one head-scratching mistake.Povich, when picking the Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest game, told viewers that the Panthers could “make the playoff” coming out of the ACC.Pitt has a 6-4 record. While it’s looking very likely that the Panthers will get to play in the ACC title game against Clemson, there is a zero percent chance they wind up in the Playoff. Zero.Twitter found the comment interesting, to say the least.Maury Povich just said that Pitt can go to the College Football Playoff.Pitt can’t go to the College Football Playoff.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 17, 2018Maury Povich just said Pitt can make the PlayoffMaury Povich, welcome to the resistance #PutPittIn— Shutdown Fullcast, the world’s only CFB podcast (@ShutdownFullcas) November 17, 2018Look, if Maury Povich says Pitt can go to the playoff, then so it shall be!— Jack Jorgensen (@JackJorgensen14) November 17, 2018Maury Povich: “Pitt could get to the playoff from that conference”Suddenly, I don’t have the worst Pitt take— Thighnoceros (@IAmSpilly) November 17, 2018In reality, there are probably only nine teams with realistic shots at the College Football Playoff – Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Washington State. Everyone else is out.Povich’s appearance on GameDay was controversial in the first place. This comment didn’t help.That said, UCF fans brought it for GameDay on Saturday. Props to them.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)One of the top DE prospects in the Class of 2019 is Adisa Isaac of Canarsie in New York. The four-star prospect is the No. 4 WDE in the country and has terrific size for his position. Penn State wants Isaac, and just got one step closer to getting him.On Thursday afternoon, Isaac tweeted out his final options for college that included Penn State, Texas A&M, Miami (FL), and Syracuse.Isaac noted in his tweet that he would be making an official visit to Syracuse in the coming days.Fortunately for Penn State, 247Sports has the Nittany Lions as a 100% lock to join the school in the Crystal Ball Predictions.I would like to thank all the coaches and universities for their recruiting efforts. At this time I am humbled to announce that I am taking one last official visit to Syracuse University. My final four options are the ?????? pic.twitter.com/Uwri4FE6KI— Adisa Isaac1 (@A1Isaac1) November 29, 2018247Sports ranks Isaac as the No. 67 prospect in the country, and the No. 1 prospect in the state of New York.Geographically, Penn State would actually be the closer option to home for Isaac. Penn State is only a little over 120 miles from Brooklyn, while Syracuse is more than double that.Penn State were stout defensively in 2018. The team held five opponents to 10 points or less en route to a 9-3 record.
YouTubeDemariyon Houston is one of the many recruits who will make his college choice tomorrow for National Signing Day.The early signing period in December has taken some of the juice out of the February National Signing Day, with the majority of committed recruits locking themselves in with their classes.Houston, a one-time Texas commit, kept himself open, and his recruitment has shifted pretty hard towards a new school in recent weeks: Nebraska.As of last week, 247’s crystal ball gave the Huskers a 55-45 edge on Texas, in terms of percentage of analysts picking those schools.Today, it is up to 64-percent for Nebraska.We now know exactly when Demariyon Houston’s decision will come down.On Monday night, Houston says that his decision is coming tomorrow at 10 a.m., followed by a signing at 3 p.m.I WILL BE ANNOUNCING WHERE I WILL BE GOING TO SCHOOL AT ON WEDNESDAY AT 10:00AM &’ I WILL BE SIGNING AT 3:00PM THE SAME AFTERNOON .— h o l l y w o o d h o u s t o n (@demariyon5) February 5, 2019His native Oklahoma City is in the Central Time Zone, so it will likely be 11 a.m. for those of us on the East Coast.247 ranks Houston as a three-star player. He’s the No. 403 overall recruit in the 2019 class.The site has him No. 48 among wide receivers and No. 6 in Oklahoma.
“Hey, it is what it is, you know. These guys need to be kids, too,” Swinney said. “They’re just having fun and enjoying being college people and doing what college kids do.”Swinney added that intramural basketball is a huge deal right now for the football team with veteran players recruiting newcomers to join them.There are several different teams, but one in particular with Justyn Ross, Tee Higgins, Diondre Overton and others stands out.“These recruits, nobody really cares what they can do on the football field. What they really care about, what they’re really excited about, is who they’re going to put on their intramural basketball team,” Swinney said. “It’s a lot of fun to see that group. … But it’s a big deal around here. It’s a big deal.”The Trevor Lawrence situation isn’t the only basketball-related issue for Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers in recent days either.Four-star signee Bryton Constantin is set to have an MRI on his knee after an injury suffered during a high school basketball game. There is a concern that he may have a torn ACL.We’ll see if Swinney changes his tune at all given these recent incidents. So far, he has been quiet on all accounts.[The State] TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, video surfaced of Clemson superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence shoving an opponent during an intramural basketball game. The video sparked a few debates over Lawrence’s conduct, and whether such a high-caliber football prospect should be playing in intramural hoops at all.So far, Dabo Swinney hasn’t issued a statement about his quarterback’s conduct. It seems pretty unlikely that there will be any discipline, though I’m sure its been addressed in private.He has, however, recently discussed how he feels about his Tigers playing intramural hoops in general. While some coaches probably wouldn’t be thrilled with his guys playing, Swinney is publicly supportive of it.He argues that it helps the team bond, especially as new players enter the fold. From The State:
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)It’s been a little over six months since Urban Meyer retired from coaching and he’s quickly found plenty to do with his free time. He’s working in teaching, athletic administration, several TV spots and spending more time with his family now. But it looks like he’s going to try his hand at being an entrepreneur now too.According to Eleven Warriors, Meyer has partnered with Corso Venture to open a restaurant in Dublin, Ohio. Per the report, the new restaurant will be named Urban Meyer’s Pint House.Meyer explained in a press release that he was looking forward to using the restaurant to “stay attached to the central Ohio community” and use it as a hosting venue for his foundation, the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research.“Not only does Urban Meyer’s Pint House allow me to stay attached to the central Ohio community, but it will also make the perfect space to host events supporting our foundation.”The restaurant’s official website states that it will open in Fall 2019. Of course, an Ohio State great couldn’t do something like this without a shot at Michigan being involved. That’s where the private “7-0 Room” comes in: Urban Meyer’s Pint House will double the size of the Short North Pint House location, including Urban’s 7-0 room, a private event space commemorating Urban’s record against the University of Michigan. The room will feature many of the awards, trophies and special memorabilia that Meyer has acquired over his career.Meyer left the Ohio State Buckeyes and announced his retirement from college football at the end of the 2018 season.But despite announcing that he’s done with college football, he remains a popular target for struggling programs across the country, mainly USC.If nothing else, putting down stronger roots in Ohio only further supports the idea that he might actually be done with coaching for good.
Preity Zinta goofs up congratulations on India’s win in Australia. Trolls tear her apartPreity Zinta made a major gaffe while congratulating Team India for their historic Test series win in Australia.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 12:20 IST Preity ZintaCricket fans were swelling with pride when Team India led by Virat Kohli created history by winning their first-ever Test series in Australia by a margin of 2-1, after the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground ended in a draw because of inclement weather.With this feat, India became the first Asian team to win a Test series on Australian turf.Preity Zinta, who is the co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), congratulated Team India on their historic win. In a now-deleted tweet, she erroneously hailed the “boys in blue” for “being the first Asian team to win a test match down under”. Preity Zinta has now deleted the tweet from her account.The actress’s gaffe did not go unnoticed by Twitteratti, who pointed out that India was not the first Asian team to win a Test match in Australia, but a Test series. They also reminded her that in a Test series, both teams are dressed in white.Half knowledgable very dangerous not the first team to win Test match madam first team to Win Test series Test matches have been won in past also Miheer Shah (@MiheerShah79) January 7, 2019Test series not test match * karan gill (@Karangillaus) January 7, 2019@realpreityzinta-so PZ doesn’t know d difference between a test match and test series…Beauty without brains pic.twitter.com/zudpqBeaGO vijay babu (@vijayvictory19) January 7, 2019@realpreityzintaAnd another correction, boys are not in blue (this is not one day series), they are in whiteadvertisement UDay SIngh (@askuday) January 7, 2019Poor Preity.Actors are better when limit themselves to screen or at best investing in cricket teams. Let them not open their mouth and expose themselves. Bhavani Sankar M S ® (@Bhavanisms) January 8, 2019Incidentally, Preity is the co-owner of an IPL team and has a keen interest in cricket. At the India Today Conclave East 2018, she revealed how she ended up investing in a cricket team.”I met Lalit Modi at the Bravery Awards. I was the brand ambassador and his family was involved with that. We sat down for coffee later, and I told him that I want to have a sports school,” she said, adding that though she and her father dreamt of India winning more medals at the Olympics, she did not realise that having a sports academy required an investment of Rs 1000 crore.”When the IPL was being bid for, he called me and asked, ‘Why don’t you do this?’ Everyone told me don’t do this, it’s crazy, this will never happen but somehow he convinced me. I am a visual person and for me, I just looked forward and thought, ‘Can I see this happen? Yes, I can.’ I also believed that it would be my first step in sports and I could do what I wanted to do,” Preity added.ALSO READ: Preity Zinta reveals she almost died in 2004 tsunamiALSO WATCH: Preity G Zinta opens up about working with the Khans and her near-death experienceGet 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 Tags :Follow Preity Zinta