Conte call the biggest decision of Roman’s reign

first_imgChelsea Abramovich facing biggest decision of Chelsea tenure – but world-class Conte has nothing to lose Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent 16:00 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Arsenal Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion Premier League Opinion The Premier League champions are at a crossroads and are one game away from a crisis point – but what should the owner’s considerations be? Antonio Conte surprised many by calmly watching on as Chelsea were pummeled 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday but he may be content in the knowledge that he has a bright future, whatever happens to him this season. The 47-year-old is known for ranting and raving on the touchline but he looked serene in the face of an ugly situation that appears to extend beyond the pitch. Being sacked by Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea is no longer a sign of failure, with world class coaching talent let go biennially. Two years is generous, in fact: Blues boss average less than 500 days at the helm.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea’s next opponents are West Brom and the club is on a brink of yet another crisis, with the disastrous prospect of missing out on the Champions League twice in three years looming large on the horizon. Andre Villas-Boas was sacked after a loss to West Brom. Champions League winner Roberto Di Matteo suffered the same fate. Is Conte set to follow suit?Chelsea should avoid losing at home to the Premier League’s basement boys but with games away to both Manchester clubs and Barcelona coming up, Conte could be a poor run of results away from the sack. That is a remarkable situation for the man who led the Blues to the title last season but it is hard to feel too sorry for the former Juventus boss, who will be the first name on the shortlist of any major Serie A side in need of a manager this summer.The Italy national team would also love to have him back, while Goal understands that he would also be in the frame to succeed Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain, should the Spaniard fail to land the Champions League this season. Chelsea, on the other-hand, are crying out for stability. Yes, they have been England’s most successful team since Abramovich bought the club in 2003 after bagging 14 major honours, but there’s no guarantee that this cycle of hiring and firing will continue to reap dividends.Abramovich and his representatives on the board have begun to reduce spending at the club as they aim to achieve the impossible and make a profit from football.Roman AbramovichThis has resulted in a failure to keep up with the likes of Manchester City in terms of net spend on players. The club’s most recent annual report showed they actually made a profit from player sales but lagged behind several clubs in terms of player investment, despite having been able to spend lavishly in the past.  Chelsea are already missing out on transfer targets in the face of fierce competition from the two Manchester clubs, but they could miss out on more if they fail to finish in the top four this season. A failure to achieve a Champions League spot may see players start choosing other destinations ahead of the west London club.Furthermore, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois’s contracts are up for renewal. Courtois will have talks this month on a new deal but he might want to wait to see who his manager is and how the club performs over the remaining few months of the 2017-18 campaign, while his friend and countryman Hazard is likely to be thinking the same way. Courtois has 17 months left on his contract and will likely be sold in the summer if he fails to renew and pushes for a move, with the goalkeeper having once again admitted this week that his heart remains in Madrid along with his family.Thibaut Courtois Eden Hazard Michy Batshuayi ChelseaChelsea need to find a way of bringing people together and although the club’s players no longer have a direct line to the board since the club legends John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic left, they risk being part of the problem if they can’t rally around their manager. Luis Enrique is thought to be the frontrunner should Conte leave but these claims have been repeatedly denied by club officials. Ex-Chelsea and Barcelona star Juliano Belletti may also get a director of football-type role, with Michael Emenalo having departed after 10 years at the club. However, the jury is out on whether they would survive the problems that Conte has faced or even whether they will be better than their predecessors. Abramovich is faced with big decisions with a new £1 billion stadium on the way but it isn’t looking like Conte will be there to break it in, as he did for Juve when they moved into the Juventus Stadium. Chelsea need stability not only now but in the mid- to long- term future, with trophies getting harder and harder to win on comparatively smaller budgets to some of their rivals. For Conte’s part, he will continue to stand calmly on the sidelines, safe in the knowledge that his future is much clearer than that of his employers.last_img read more

Neuer fit for Bayern but will not start cup final

first_imgBayern München Neuer fully fit but Bayern boss Heynckes won’t start keeper in cup final Ben Spratt 20:15 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) manuel neuer - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Eintracht Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt DFB Pokal The World Cup winner has shaken off a long-standing injury in time for international duty, but he will not start the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday Jupp Heynckes has confirmed Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer is fully fit but will not play in Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt.Neuer, out of action since September due to a foot injury, returns to the Bayern squad days after he was named in a provisional Germany group for the World Cup in Russia.But Sven Ulreich has deputised ably for Neuer this season and will keep his place for the weekend’s clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Manu has no complaints at all – he has taken part in a full training session and I am very pleased with how he is,” Heynckes told a news conference.”He is in fantastic physical shape and he is in the squad, an option, but he will not play from the start.”Manu has a presence, an authority in goal, he cannot be compared to anyone. The nation can be reassured, he will be a great option at the World Cup.”Heynckes will be replaced by opposite number Niko Kovac after Saturday’s match and he expressed his sadness to depart after a successful fourth stint as Bayern boss.”I’m looking forward to it – there will be plenty of emotions,” he said.”The stadium in Berlin is like the German Wembley and it’s special for me to go with Bayern, with my players. I’ve rarely had a relationship like this with any team.”Meanwhile, Frankfurt coach Kovac wants to go out on a high and defeat his future employers.”The final is a nice farewell gift from my team,” he said. “If you have worked successfully for over two years and experienced a great time here, you already have sadness about leaving.”I hope for a positive experience [on Saturday], so that we can all go home with joy.”last_img read more

Vertonghen becomes Belgium’s first centurion

first_imgBelgium Vertonghen becomes first Belgium player to reach 100 caps Jamie Smith 05:48 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jan Vertonghen Belgium Portugal international friendly 2018 JOHN THYS Belgium Belgium v Portugal Portugal Friendlies Having become Belgium’s most-capped player last year, the Tottenham defender has now reached 100 appearances for his country Jan Vertonghen has made history by becoming the first Belgium international to win 100 caps.The Tottenham defender became his country’s most-capped player last year and reached three figures when he started Saturday’s friendly against Portugal.Vertonghen took the record from Jan Ceulemans, an attacking midfielder who made 96 appearances for Belgium between 1977 and 1991. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 31-year-old centre-back will have a chance to add to his tally at the World Cup, with Belgium drawn alongside Panama, Tunisia and England in Group G.Despite setting the record, the defender could not help his side to a warm-up win over a Portugal side playing without Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. He did help Belgium keep a clean sheet in a dull 0-0 draw, but saw fellow defensive stalwart Vincent Kompany injured in the match. The Belgians will face Egypt and Costa Rica before opening their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18.last_img read more

10 months agoThey’re OUT! Greenwood hat-trick sees Man Utd shock Chelsea in FYC

first_imgThey’re OUT! Greenwood hat-trick sees Man Utd shock Chelsea in FYCby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Greenwood hit a hat-trick as Manchester United shocked holders Chelsea to win tonight’s FA Youth Cup third round tie 4-3.United faced a stern test against the current holders, who matched the Busby Babes’ record of winning five consecutive titles last season.United beat Chelsea in the U18 Premier League Cup earlier this month and enjoyed another superb victory at Leigh Sports Village where they ran out 4-3 winners.Greenwood and James Garner, who were both called up to Jose Mourinho’s first team for last week’s Champions League trip to Valencia, were part of an exciting United line-up and Greenwood grabbed the headlines, scoring a deserved hat-trick.Greenwood, 17, has now netted 22 times in all competitions this season after signing his first professional deal at Old Trafford at the beginning of October. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoAaron Mooy staying with Huddersfield after Australia admit defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aaron Mooy staying with Huddersfield after Australia admit defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Mooy is out of Australia’s Asian Cup campaign and will remain in England with Huddersfield Town during January.The 28-year-old had been ruled out until February by Town after suffering medial ligament damage in his right knee.Australia decided to carry out their own assessment – as they are perfectly entitled to do – and decided to name him in their 23-man squad for the tournament which starts in the UAE on January 5.Now, following a report by the Socceroos’ senior physio Phil Coles, which was carried out on Friday, Mooy will be left to continue his rehab at PPG Canalside and Australia will call up a replacement to their squad.Terriers boss David Wagner told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy that, together with the FFA, we have reached the mutual decision for Aaron to continue his rehabilitation in Huddersfield.” last_img read more

10 months agoLazio launch bid for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazio launch bid for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacostaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are launching a bid for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.Il Messaggero says Lazio want to set up a six month loan arrangement with a permanent option for June.The Romans would be willing to part with €10-12m to sign Zappacosta outright.The only stumbling block would be the player’s current salary of €2.2m.However, there’s a confidence inside Lazio that Zappacosta would be willing to take a pay-cut to see the move happen. last_img

a month agoCrystal Palace eyeing Shakhtar Donetsk ace Taras Stepanenko

first_imgCrystal Palace eyeing Shakhtar Donetsk ace Taras Stepanenkoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are eyeing Ukraine international Taras Stepanenko for the January transfer window.The Eagles missed the chance to sign the Shakhtar Donetsk hardman, 30, for around £8million in the summer, says The Sun.But Palace have now been informed that he will be allowed to leave the Ukrainian Premier League side in January.Agent Barry O’Connor said: “There has been plenty of interest, good, experienced players will always attract attention.”He has been playing for Shakhtar since he completed a switch from Metalurh Zaporizhya in 2010. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

23 days agoArsenal manager Emery coy on Ozil rumours: He’s our player now…

first_imgArsenal manager Emery coy on Ozil rumours: He’s our player now…by Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has given a blunt response when asked about the future of Mesut Ozil.The German was left out of the match-day squad for Monday’s draw with Manchester United.Emery confirmed injury was not the cause of Ozil’s omission, with reports suggesting the club were looking to move the playmaker out on loan in January.And the Spaniard was short when asked about the rumour prior to Thursday’s Europa League clash with Standard Liege.Quizzed on whether Ozil leave in January, Emery said: “He’s our player now.”The 30-year-old’s enormous wages could prove to be a stumbling block if the club do look to move him on January. TagsArsenalAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoChelsea boss Lampard delighted for Tomori over England call

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard delighted for Tomori over England callby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted for Fikayo Tomori over his England call.The defender has been a revelation for the Blues this season.Lampard said, “I’m absolutely delighted for (Fikayo) Tomori because I think Mason [Mount] and Tammy (Abraham) are taking a lot of the headlines this season and rightly so, but Tomori from seeing him at Derby last year, quite quiet, loads of great talent in him but slightly raw in a way.”He had a loan at Hull which went so-so before and then to see him play the full season last year when I relied on him hugely and then to come here and I think some people would have easily doubted whether he could step up to the Premier League because he’s young.”But what he’s done is shown that he’s got great qualities so again another natural progression and I’m really pleased for him. He deserves it because he’s been a dream to work with, day in and day out for the last 15 months or so.” last_img read more

Xavier vs. Wisconsin – Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers, Betting Line, Predictions

first_imgXavier basketball players take a selfie together.Twitter/@XavierMBB xavier basketballTwitter/@XavierMBBOn a day that saw a number of crazy upsets, including a 15-seed knocking off one of the Tournament’s biggest favorites, Xavier took care of business. The East Region two-seed had little trouble casting aside Weber State, winning 71-53 behind a balanced scoring effort led by big man James Farr, who led all players with 18 points. Farr and the Musketeers effectively neutralized Weber State star Joel Bolomboy, who only scored 14 points on 15 shots. Wisconsin’s first round win was more of a struggle. The Badgers pulled out a 47-43 win over Pitt, in the first round’s ugliest game. Ethan Happ was very impressive, scoring 15 points on eight shots for the Badgers, but the team did not get much outside of him, Nigel Hayes, and Vitto Brown. Wisconsin’s bench only scored two total points–a basket by freshman Charlie Thomas. They’ll need more out of the role players to upset a very steady Xavier team.Date: Sunday, March 20Time: 8:40 p.m. E.T. TV Channel: TNTLocation: St. Louis, MOAnnouncers: Brian Anderson, Steve Smith and Dana JacobsonOpening Betting Line: Xavier -5xavierPrediction: Entering the Tournament, Wisconsin looked like a team that could make a run. The Badgers have plenty of Tournament experience, coming off of two straight Final Fours, and it took a little while, but the team really melded under new head coach Greg Gard in Big Ten play. As the Pitt game proved, this does seem to be closer to a pre-Kaminsky/Dekker Wisconsin team, which was a successful era for the program, but didn’t find that next level success. The Badgers play low-scoring games, and look to outlast teams. Xavier had a fantastic regular season, and if the Badgers come out slow, the Musketeers offense is good enough to bury them. Chris Mack’s program is no Tournament slouch either, with two trips to the second weekend in the last four years. The Musketeers feel like the best bet here.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

Blackpool vs Arsenal: Koscielny pulls out in warm-up

first_imgArsenal fans will hope the Gunners are starting their march to Wembley on Saturday, when they travel to Blackpool for their FA Cup third-round tie.Along with the Europa League, which the north London club have reached the last 32, and will play BATE Borisov, the FA Cup presents Arsenal with a real chance of silverware this season.As for the hosts Blackpool , they will be hoping to enact one of the third round’s big upsets in 2019. 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? A win for the Tangerines would undoubtedly be one of the biggest cup scalping of the weekend, and would present a disastrous start for Unai Emery in football’s oldest competition. Game Blackpool v Arsenal Date Saturday, January 5 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Blackpool squad Goalkeepers Howard, Boney, Sims Defenders Daniels, Wilmer-Anderton, O’Connor, Heneghan, Nottingham, McLoughlin, Bola, Bunney Midfielders Spearing, Dodoo, Pritchard, O’Sullivan, Taylor, Feeney, Guy Forwards Delfouneso, Gnanduillet, Davies, Roach, Shaw Blackpool starting XI: Howard, Nottingham, Daniels, O’Connor, Bola, Spearing, Guy, Taylor, Feeney, Delfouneso, Gnanduillet. Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Cech, Leno, Martinez Defenders Sokratis, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Kolasinac, Medley, Pleguezuelo Midfielders Elneny, Ramsey, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Smith-Rowe, Willock Forwards Iwobi, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah Laurent Koscielny was a late scratch from the starting XI, with Carl Jenkinson taking the Frenchman’s place. Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Elneny, Willock; Maitland-Niles; Ramsey, Iwobi; Nketiah.Betting & Match Odds Usurpingly, the visitors are huge favourites for this one, and are priced at just 1/4 with bet365 . A massive cup upset can be backed at 15/1, while an unlikely draw is 5/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Emile Smith-Rowe Arsenal Carabao Cup 31102018The FA Cup represents a real opportunity for Emery to win a trophy in his first year at the Emirates. The Spaniard has won a cup competition in each of his last five seasons, while managing Sevilla and PSG respectively.Emery also knows Blackpool well given that Arsenal hosted the League One side in League Cup easier this campaign, when the Gunners emerged as narrow 2-1 winners .“When we played here against them in the Carabao Cup, we knew this history of this club, said Emery. “They aren’t in the best moment for that. But here against us at the Emirates they played very competitively and gave us a lot of difficult moments.“I have a big respect for each team and I know they are one team now not in the best moment but the respect is there because it’s a very big opportunity for them to play against us.”Last season Arsenal failed to make it past the third round for the first time in 22 years, when they were beaten 4-2 by Nottingham Forest .The London outfit will be hoping to continue their impressive record in the FA Cup – no side have won the old trophy more often than the Gunners.”The first idea when I arrived here was to play for all the titles,” said Emery. “Arsenal is in the history the best team in this competition, played 20 finals, won 13 times. This respect for our supporters and the competition I took quickly. I want to do something important and this is a big opportunity for us.”Arsenal have not lost to Blackpool in their last nine attempts (winning seven and drawing two). In fact, the last victory for the Seasiders in this fixture came in the third round of the FA Cup in 1970.However, McPhillips will have drawn inspiration from Blackpool’s dogged performance at the Emirates in October and will be hoping the home advantage gives them a slight edge on this occasion.“It’s brilliant for all of us who are involved,” said the Tangerines boss. “We take some confidence from the previous game because we gave them a game at their place and we limited them to two shots on target, although they scored both, but we are playing Arsenal so we’ll need a bit of luck“We’ll need to play really well and maybe they’ll need to be off it a little bit. I think if you’ve ever got a chance against Arsenal, we’ve got more of a chance at Bloomfield. We’ve already played them away so it’s great that we’ve got them at home.”Blackpool last qualified for the FA Cup fourth round in 2017, when they eliminated Barnsley, who were two divisions higher than the Seasiders at the time.However, they were on the wrong side of a cup upset last season when non-league side Boreham Wood knocked them out in the first round .last_img read more

Messi needs to have more respect – Tite

first_imgAfter Lionel Messi recently claimed the Copa America was set up for Brazil , Selecao coach Tite has hit out at the Barcelona star, claiming he needs to show more respect and accept when he is beaten. Having seen Argentina lose to Brazil in the semi-finals, before being sent off against Chile in a third-placed play-off, Messi suggested the officials have been favouring the tournament hosts throughout. Brazil ultimately did claim their first Copa America since 2007 after beating Peru 3-1 in the final with their coach declaring Messi was wrong to cast any doubt over their triumph.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “The one I treated as extraordinary, as extraterrestrial, needs to have more respect and accept when he is beaten,” Tite said of Messi post-match.”We were harmed [by referees] in several games. We played fair against Argentina the whole time.  “I am being honest. He put huge pressure [on] because of his reputation.” While unhappy with Messi’s conduct, Tite did concede the Argentine captain shouldn’t have been sent off against Chile.  The 32-year-old was involved in a physical exchange with Gary Medel in the first-half with both show straight red cards.  “He was expelled in an unfair way. It was Medel,” Tite said. “For him, it was a yellow card, at max.” Brazil midfielder Casemiro was also asked about Messi but played down the Argentine’s comments.  “Those who have a mouth speak what they want,” the midfielder told reporters. “It’s not my turn to speak. It’s a delicate issue. After guiding Brazil to silverware on home soil, Tite is the first manager ever to win the Copa America, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. Dani Alves, who was voted player of the tournament, was full of praise for the Selecao coach. “The captain of our boat is Tite,” Alves said. “Congratulations to us and to our people. I repeat, congratulations to our staff . “Playing in the Maracana is always very special. It is our house.” Alves also spoke up on Messi, telling reporters: “I don’t agree with what Messi said, we have worked hard to be champions.”We sweat a lot. I can understand that Messi is upset, but I don’t agree that it was set up because we sweat a lot to get this.”Messi meanwhile had another tournament to forget with Argentina with  CONMEBOL also claiming his accusations of favouritism lacked respect . The Barcelona legend refused to accept his third-place medal on Saturday as he declared the Copa America was corrupt.last_img read more

Lallana relishing ‘Jorginho role’ at Liverpool

first_imgAdam Lallana is relishing relearning his trade in a new deeper role at Liverpool, and believes it is a position where he can help make a difference for Jurgen Klopp’s side.The Reds boss has spoken this pre-season about his faith in the 31-year-old’s ability to dictate possession and control the game from deep, only half-joking in making comparisons with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho .The Italy international’s deep-lying role was key to Maurizio Sarri’s thrilling Napoli team and, while his system didn’t get the same plaudits at Chelsea , Klopp is keen to see Lallana fill in in a similar role. 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? “It’s nice,” Lallana told the club’s official website. “I found myself playing there a few times this pre-season and I’m happy to play anywhere. I’ve enjoyed it, obviously getting on the ball.“There are still aspects of the game I need to improve on and I’m sure I’ll learn the more I play there. I’m delighted to get some more minutes and build my fitness.“[The manager] has mentioned I can play there, that I’ve got the ability to play there. There’s not been any formal chat but I’m happy playing there. I see a lot of the ball and I’m the type of player that wants to be on the ball; I feel I can get us moving, get us out of tight situations and bring a different aspect to Liverpool.“As long as I can stay fit – and I’ve been working hard on my fitness – then I think I can bring quality to this Liverpool team.”Lallana played the first hour in this deeper role in Liverpool’s final friendly of pre-season, a 3-1 win after coming from behind against Ligue 1 side Lyon in Geneva.Former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay opened the scoring from the spot after a foul from goalkeeper Alisson but goals from Roberto Firmino and Harry Wilson, plus a Joachim Anderson own goal, helped Liverpool sign off in style.They will get the English domestic season underway with the Community Shield against Manchester City on August 4, and Lallana was pleased with the victory having previously gone four friendly games without a win.“It was obviously nice to get back to winning ways,” he said. “It’s not the be-all and end-all in pre-season but it’s good to get into good habits. I thought all round everyone played a good part and it was a good runout for us.“It was a little bit of a dodgy start but a good reaction. We’re going to go behind in games this season, I’m sure, so I thought the boys showed good character to get back into it against a good Lyon side.“The young lads played well as well when they came on. [It was] a different format, some changes after half an hour.“The manager said he wanted to use this game to get everyone up to scratch and give everyone the minutes they needed to have depending on what level they’re at, and I thought we coped with that really well as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

This Ohio State Fan Is Getting Absolutely Crushed For His Sign At Urban Meyer Rally

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer in an Ohio State windbreaker.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)A crowd of Ohio State fans have gathered outside Ohio Stadium tonight. They are there to support Urban Meyer.The rally in support of Meyer comes as he is under investigation for his handling of the Zach Smith situation. Smith, a former Buckeye assistant, was accused of domestic violence multiple times during his stints on Meyer’s staff at Florida and Ohio State.Meyer is currently on administrative leave as he awaits his punishment. He could be suspended, or he could even be fired.Many fans at tonight’s rally have brought signs. One fan’s sign is making waves on the internet, and not in a good way.This dude apparently thought making and holding up a sign referencing the “Me Too” movement would be a wise move.Yikes pic.twitter.com/WkmLTbkFas— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) August 6, 2018How about my guy who was like, I’m gonna make my own me too sign to defend my coach from allegations he helped cover up domestic abuse? Like, who even thinks to do this? I do, however, love putting faces to go with all the people Tweeting “your gay” at me all football season. pic.twitter.com/hzWohLNhTX— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 6, 2018? pic.twitter.com/Ccpm2JXxbC— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 6, 2018Cancel Ohio State https://t.co/TyD8diQsCQ— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 6, 2018So… pic.twitter.com/DizVQE0E1y— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) August 6, 2018No matter your feelings on Meyer, this sign is a bad look. It makes light of a very serious topic.This guy doesn’t represent the entire OSU fan base, but this is still incredibly dumb on his part.last_img read more

Report: Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook Visiting Florida State

first_imgOhio State's Nick Bosa sacking Wisconsin's QB Alex Hornibrook during Big Ten game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Alex Hornibrook #12 of the Wisconsin Badgers is sacked by Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season wrapped up over two months ago as the Clemson Tigers brought home their second national title in three years. Since then, rosters have undergone significant change, with eligible players leaving for the NFL draft, seniors graduating and the addition of the 2019 recruiting class.The year of the transfer quarterback took over the national spotlight over the past two months as well. Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields and Tate Martell headlined the transfer market, but others have joined their ranks.Former Wisconsin starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook announced his plans to transfer from the badgers in late February. Now he’s reportedly taking a visit to an ACC program.According to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat, Hornibrook is visiting Florida State.Wisconsin grad transfer candidate QB Alex Hornibrook gets a ride back to the coaches’ offices after taking in FSU practice on Monday. pic.twitter.com/m5LrE7m5TN— Warchant.com (@Warchant) March 8, 2019Despite leading the team in passing, Hornibrook missed significant time near the end of the regular season with a head injury.Sophomore quarterback Jack Coan stepped in and performed admirably for the Badgers in Hornibrook’s absence.A likely significant factor in Hornibrook’s decision is Wisconsin’s incoming quarterback recruit. Graham Mertz, a four-star recruit, lit up the All-American Bowl en route to setting a game-record with five passing touchdowns.Former Florida State starting quarterback Deondre Francois was kicked off the team earlier this year. Willie Taggart and company then failed to land a quarterback recruit in the 2019 class, opening a need at the position.last_img read more

Nick Saban Issues Injury Update For 5-Star LaBryan Ray

first_img “I would say LaBryan Ray is probably going to be out for at least 6 weeks,” Saban told the media.The deciding factor in whether or not Ray will return is how he responds to his rehab.Saban on LaBryan Ray’s timetable: “I would say LaBryan Ray is probably going to be out for at least 6 weeks.”Then it comes down to how he responds to therapy.— Brett Hudson (@Brett_Hudson) September 18, 2019It’s actually better off that Ray had surgery since this foot injury has lingered since the offseason. Now, he’ll get the chance to make a full recovery and potentially join the team for a postseason run.Ray, the No. 28 overall recruit in the 2017 class, had nine tackles and a sack through three games for the Crimson Tide.Alabama shouldn’t have any trouble this weekend when it hosts Southern Miss. Nick Saban crossing his arms.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama didn’t leave South Carolina unscathed last weekend as five-star defensive lineman LaBryan Ray suffered a severe foot injury. The former top recruit underwent surgery on Tuesday.Ray tweeted out a message to his followers after the surgery, saying “Thanks to everyone that reached out and for the prayers! Surgery went well and I promise you I will only get stronger from this. God got me.”The Crimson Tide initially feared that Ray would be out for the season, but that is not actually the case.Nick Saban had an encouraging update for his talented defensive lineman. It’s actually possible that he can return later in the season.last_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni find a unique way to celebrate India’s victory over New Zealand

first_imgWatch: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni find a unique way to celebrate India’s victory over New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni hopped on to a Segway, used by the production crew, and rode on the McLean Park turf after India’s eight-wicket win on Wednesday. Brief score – India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) by DLS method.advertisement India Today Web Desk January 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 16:50 IST India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Virat Kohli enjoyed a ride on the production crew’s segway on Wednesday (Screengrab from Twitter video)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli and MS Dhoni enjoyed riding a Segway, used by the production crew, in NapierIndia beat New Zealand by 8 wickets (DLS) to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match seriesMohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up nine wickets between themIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Brief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Full ScorecardIndia captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni had fun while riding a Segway at the McLean Park in Napier after the first ODI between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.The duo were spotted riding the two-wheel, self-balancing transporter after the post-match presentation. India thrashed New Zealand by eight wickets after a brilliant show by the bowling unit as it restricted an explosive Black Caps batting line-up to a paltry total of 157 in 38 overs.Virat Kohli, in a video circulating on social media, can be seen enjoying his ride on the Segway, which is used by the production crew. MS Dhoni waits for his turn and hops on to the machine after Kohli.Virat Kohli wasn’t lucky at the toss as New Zealand opted to bat first and looked to put early pressure on the visiting team. However, pacer Mohammed Shami rattled the Black Caps top-order by removing their dangerous openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro for single-digit scores.Skipper Kane Williamson waged a lone battle as he made 64 before falling to left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who finished with impressive figures of 4/39 in his 10-over quota. In fact, India’s wrist spin duo of Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal joined hands after not playing together in Australia earlier this month and made an immediate impact, picking up six wickets between them.advertisementPost-game shenanigans courtesy @msdhoni & @imVkohliThis looks fun #TeamIndia #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/0EXXHYh2v7 BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019India, who got off to a cautious start, lost Rohit Sharma after the dinner break. However, Shikhar Dhawan (75*) and captain Kohli (45) braved a bizarre stoppage in play due to sharp sunlight and stitched a 91-run stand to put the game beyond New Zealand’s control.Shikhar Dhawan, who became the second fastest Indian to reach 5,000 ODI runs earlier in the day, remained unbeaten as India crossed the finish line with 14.1 overs and eight wickets to spare after DLS system reduced the target by two runs.Also Read | Never experienced this: Virat Kohli on sun stoppage in NapierAlso Read | Trained really hard, says Mohammed Shami after breaking Irfan Pathan’s recordAlso Read | Virat Kohli overtakes Brian Lara, storms into top 10 of leading ODI run-scorersAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Rameshlast_img read more

Did Delhi Capitals pitch coordinator ‘mislead’ Ricky Ponting on Kotla track?

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 5, 2019 17:35 IST Ricky Ponting slammed Feroz Shah Kotla pitch after Delhi Capitals lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals (129/8) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad (131/5) by 5 wickets in New DelhiDC head coach Ricky Ponting said that he was led to believe that it was the “best pitch”DDCA groundsmen claim they ever told Ponting that the pitch will aid fast bowlersDelhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting might have blamed the Feroz Shah Kotla groundsmen for providing the team with the “worst pitch” but the head coach may not have been properly briefed about the nature of the track by his team’s support staff.Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by five wickets on a low and slow Kotla track, which suited the visiting team’s slow bowlers more than the home attack, prompting criticism from Ponting.”I think it is fair to say that the wicket surprised us a lot. Talking to the groundsmen before the match, we thought this would be the best pitch that we had by far but it was the worst. You saw how little it bounced and how slow it was,” an angry Ponting told reporters after the match.However, a senior Delhi & Districts Cricket Association Official (DDCA) official said that neither did Ponting speak to any of the groundsmen, nor was he promised a fast and fast track.”To the best of my knowledge, Ricky Ponting only takes inputs from Delhi Capitals’ designated pitch coordinator. Therefore none of the DDCA groundsmen ever told Ponting that the pitch will aid fast bowlers. I feel Ponting was completely misled by their pitch co-ordinator, the gentleman, who probably is not a qualified curator,” a senior DDCA official, privy to the development, told PTI on Friday.After the match on Thursday night, DC advisor Sourav Ganguly was seen talking to Kotla pitch curator Ankit Datta for close to half an hour.advertisementRepeated calls to Datta went unanswered, but the senior DDCA official said that DC have been assured that they will try and do some “recovery work” as the next match is on April 18, against Mumbai Indians.”We have two weeks’ time and we would try to provide a firm, even bounce wicket but we can’t promise anything. This year, Kotla hosted an ODI, four Ranji games, Deodhar Trophy games, U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy matches, BCCI women’s matches. In any case, Kotla track is slow and bald in nature. IT is a tired track at the end of the season,” the official said.However, the official also admitted that this year the new management wanted Kotla to host most of the BCCI games whenever it was available.”Roshanara is no longer on DDCA roster. The junior matches earlier used to be played at the Stephen’s ground but this year bulk of it was played at Kotla. Ditto for so many women’s games. You can’t blame the curators,” he added.Also Read | Coach Ricky Ponting slams Feroz Shah Kotla pitch after DC lose to SRHFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Ricky PontingFollow Feroz Shah KotlaFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Pitch Did Delhi Capitals pitch coordinator ‘mislead’ Ricky Ponting on Kotla track?Ricky Ponting, head coach of the Delhi Capitals, had lashed out at the Feroz Shah Kotla groundsmen for providing the team with the “worst pitch” after their loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursdayadvertisementlast_img read more

Ravi Shastri wanted 16-man World Cup squad, says excluded shouldn’t lose heart

first_imgRavi Shastri wanted 16-man World Cup squad, says excluded shouldn’t lose heartHead coach of India cricket team, Ravi Shastri, would have liked a 16-member world cup squad better than the mandated 15-man team.advertisement Press Trust of India DubaiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 18:57 IST Ravi Shastri said he doesn’t have a selection opinion and he lets the captain know of any doubts (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri urged those who missed out to be part of the World Cup squad to “not lose heart”He said he doesn’t have a selection opinion and he lets the captain know of any doubtsHe said since there was always a chance of injuries, anyone could be called up suddenlyIndia cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said he would have preferred a 16-member World Cup squad of India instead of the mandated 15 and urged those who missed out to “not lose heart”.India on Monday announced a 15-member squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom, and the omissions of young keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and veteran Ambati Rayudu triggered a debate on the choices made by the selectors. Ravi Shastri steered clear of commenting on the furore.”I don’t get involved in selection. If we have any opinion, we let the captain know,” Shastri was quoted as saying by the ‘Sport360′ website here.”When you only have 15 to pick, there is bound to be someone or the other who misses out, which is very unfortunate. I would have preferred 16 players. We had mentioned to the ICC that in a tournament that long, 16 players makes sense. But the diktat was 15,” he added.Shastri said those who missed the final 15 should look ahead as opportunity can knock anytime.”They (who missed out) shouldn’t lose heart. It’s a funny game. There could be injuries. So you never know when you could be called up,” he said.When pressed on Vijay Shankar’s selection for the No.4 slot months after captain Virat Kohli declared Rayudu as the front-runner for the position, Shastri said the spot remains a flexible one.”Total flexibility (on No4 position) depending on conditions, opposition. I would say the top three but after that you can be very flexible,” he said.advertisementShastri also brushed aside criticism that India seem to be too reliant on Kohli to carry them through.”If you look at the last five years, the way the Indian team has performed, they have always been in the top two or three. To be in top two or three for five years in a row, No1 in Tests, again top three in T20 cricket you can’t depend on one player,” he asserted.”You have that kind of consistent record, you need a bunch of players performing all the time. Due credit to the team,” he said.Speaking in general about the marquee tournament in the UK, Shastri gave the favourites’ tag to England.”England have been the most consistent team over the last two years. They have multi-dimensional players. They have depth in bowling and batting. And they are playing at home. So they would start as favourites,” Shastri said.”But there are so many teams that can beat any team on a given day. In a tournament like the World Cup, you have got to be on top of your game every game,” he added.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow CricketFollow World Cup squadFollow Ravi Shashtrilast_img read more

Had to convince everyone in team to let me bat at three, says Shakib Al Hasan

first_img Press Trust of India CardiffJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 14:16 IST Had to convince everyone in team to let me bat at three, says Shakib Al Hasan. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShakib admits he had to convince the squad that he was worthy of the batting promotionShakib admitted that Bangladesh lost to England because of their poor bowling performanceEngland beat Bangladesh by 106 runs in Cardiff on June 8Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan says he is relishing his promotion to number three in the batting order, having scored half-centuries in his last four ODIs.Shakib has now passed 50 in all three matches of the World Cup so far and the promotion from number five to number three in the batting order is clearly paying dividends.The all-rounder, who also opened the bowling against England here on Saturday, admits he had to convince everyone else in the squad he was worthy of the batting promotion.”Yeah, (I needed to convince) everyone. Because if I don’t score runs in a single match, they would think he should be batting at number five he’s better down there. It is different. You need to face some different challenges.”But I’m enjoying at this moment, but having said that, it’s just the start, I need to contribute as much as I can with both bat and ball,” said Shakib whose 121 against went in vain as Bangladesh lost by 106 runs.Shakib is in fine form with the bat but he knows it is with the ball that Bangladesh came unstuck against England who amassed 386.”We are disappointed with the result, and the manner we actually bowled. I thought we bowled really, really well against South Africa and against New Zealand,” he said.”We were expecting a better bowling performance in this match. But obviously, England played brilliantly. Credit goes to their batsmen. The way their openers started, and the way (Jos) Buttler finished the innings was the turning point of the match I think.”advertisementWith the bat, the twin threats of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood gave Shakib a proper examination.”They are quick. It was a difficult challenge, but I enjoyed it. Obviously, they are the two quickest bowlers in this World Cup, so I knew that it’s going to be tough, but I felt very happy with the way I played them,” he added.Also Read | We righted our wrongs: Jason Roy after England beat Bangladesh in World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Jason Roy intimidates opposition, says Eoin Morgan after Bangladesh winAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow shakib al hasanFollow Bangladesh vs EnglandFollow team bangladesh Had to convince everyone in team to let me bat at three, says Shakib Al HasanHaving scored half-centuries in his last four ODI’s, Shakib Al Hasan is enjoying being promoted to number three in the batting order. Shakib has passed 50 in all three matches of the World Cup so far.advertisement Nextlast_img read more