Coquelin on the verge of Arsenal exit

first_imgTransfers Valencia lead chase for Coquelin as he nears Arsenal exit Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coquelin Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League The combative midfielder wants to leave the Gunners in the January transfer window in search of regular first team football Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin could leave the club this month with Valencia and several Premier League clubs interested in signing the French midfielder.The 26-year-old has made just one league start this season and remains behind the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka in the midfield pecking order at Emirates Stadium.Coquelin featured regularly for Arsenal three seasons ago alongside Santi Cazorla where he formed an impressive midfield partnership after being recalled from a loan spell at Charlton. 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 La Liga outfit Valencia remain the most likely to side to sign the Frenchman although it’s understood Los Che would prefer a loan agreement with an buy-out clause inserted.Crystal Palace and West Ham have also been linked although Wenger insisted on Tuesday that he has received no contact from the latter.“[Coquelin leaving is] a possibility but nothing is decided. It would not be for West Ham,” he told reporters.“We have no contact with West Ham.”Wenger on Coquelin leaving: “It’s a possibility but nothing is decided.”— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) January 9, 2018Coquelin, who has previously spent time on loan at Lorient and Freiburg, was left out of Wenger’s 18-man squad for their FA Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.He’s expected to be the first of several playing staff departures in the next six months with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mathieu Debuchy all hoping to seal moves away from the club.last_img read more

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Life after Alexis? Arsenal hold firm at Chelsea

first_imgArsenal Ozil out, Alexis benched & Wilshere injured again but Arsenal show spirit at Chelsea Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:39 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Chelsea Getty Images Arsenal League Cup Arsène Wenger A. Sánchez Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea Premier League Opinion The under-strength Gunners dug in for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final showdown with Chelea at Stamford Bridge Arsene Wenger made his debut in the press box at Stamford Bridge for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg and he certainly would have given his squad better player ratings for an improved performance, just days after going out of the FA Cup third round to Championship side Nottingham Forest.Wenger recently urged the media in his press conference to write more about the “coincidental” refereeing decisions that have been awarded against his Arsenal team over the past few weeks.Fortunately for the Frenchman, there were few decisions to moan about on Wednesday night, with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) making its debut in the Carabao Cup for the first time. 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 Arsenal came up against a full-strength Chelsea side and while they leaked several chances to the Blues frontline, an improved performance from the likes of Rob Holding, who had his confidence shattered at the weekend, will certainly have done the Englishman and many of his team-mates the power of good.Alvaro Morata Chelsea ArsenalWithout their main creative hub in Mesut Ozil, chances were few and far between for Wenger’s men in west London, and matters worsened in the second half as Jack Wilshere limped off with an injury.The Carabao Cup is the only domestic trophy Wenger has never won and it’s a piece of silverware he’ll be keen on picking up come February.However, the decision to leave wantaway Alexis Sanchez on the substitutes bench is one that will spark further questions regarding the Chilean’s Arsenal future, with Goal of the understanding that a transfer to Manchester City remains likely to happen this month.Alexis was laughing and joking with former Barcelona team-mates Cesc Fabregas and Pedro before and during the match. The Chilean appeared relaxed throughout and even offered words of encouragement to Holding when the defender misplaced a pass out of play in the latter stages of the game.Alexandre Lacazette Alexis Sanchez Chelsea ArsenalJack Wilshere Chelsea ArsenalWenger was agitated throughout and could be seen jumping up in dismay when a foul was given against Ainsley Maitland-Niles towards the end of the first half. However, he was rightly proud of his players for digging out a 0-0 draw. “You want first to be solid,” he mused. “Ideally, you want to score as well. We were close a few times.”But I felt there was great togetherness. We didn’t give many chances away. I am pleased with the spirit and determination.”Wenger will be even happier if Ozil and Co. return in time to turn it on in the second leg at the Emirates later this month, when the same level of discipline and determination will be essential.For now, though, while Wenger’s touchline ban continues, Arsenal’s search for self-belief and solidity might just be over.last_img read more

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Giroud handed first Chelsea start as Morata makes bench

first_imgChelsea v West Bromwich Albion Chelsea team news: Giroud handed first Blues start as Morata makes bench against West Brom Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:06 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Olivier Giroud Chelsea Bournemouth Getty Images Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion Chelsea West Bromwich Albion Premier League The former Arsenal man will get his first run out in the XI as Chelsea looks to bounce back from a pair of heavy Premier League defeats Olivier Giroud has been handed his first start for Chelsea as the Blues take on West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Monday.Antonio Conte’s side are in desperate need of a win after losing two straight to Bournemouth and Watford by a combined score of 7-1.Giroud has appeared once for the Blues so far — Chelsea’s 4-1 loss to Watford on February 5 after signing for the club on transfer deadline day.  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 ‘It’s exciting when you sign for a new side and I’m looking forward to playing tonight,” Giroud said in quotes published on Chelsea’s Twitter account.”We’ve worked a lot in training and I feel ready. I needed a new challenge and Chelsea gave me this opportunity. I’m looking forward to making my full debut.”Alvaro Morata is back from injury to provide another boost but only makes the bench as he aims to return from his back trouble. Defender Andreas Christensen also makes his return from injury, and he will go straight into the line-up after missing a game and a half. Cesc Fabregas comes into the first team with Tiemoue Bakayoko suspended after being red carded last week.Chelsea XI to face WBAAntonio Rudiger replaces Gary Cahill and David Luiz drops out of the squad after his poor display at Vicarage Road.Eden Hazard moves back into a wide position after playing the last two games in the central striker role. Marcos Alonso remains out of the squad completely after twisting his ankle in training.last_img read more

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Wenger rues early miss in Carabao Cup humbling

first_imgArsenal Wenger rues early Aubameyang miss after Wembley humbling Omnisport 03:54 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsenal League Cup Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City Arsène Wenger The former Dortmund star squandered a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the Carabao Cup final, much to his manager’s frustration Arsene Wenger rued an early miss from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his side were humbled 3-0 by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.The former Borussia Dortmund striker missed a gilt-edged chance to give the Gunners the lead inside the opening 10 minutes, only managing to hit Claudio Bravo, as Kyle Walker put in a last-ditch challenge.His profligacy was punished soon after when Sergio Aguero took advantage of limp defending from Shkodran Mustafi to put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead, before Vincent Kompany and David Silva added gloss to the scoreline in the second half. 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 Wenger admitted that his side’s defending was not good enough but was quick to highlight Aubameyang’s miss as a crucial moment in the game.”I felt we had the first good chance – a very easy one that we missed,” he told Sky Sports.”After that we made a big mistake for their first goal.”We controlled them pretty well in the first half, but they came out in the second half, and we were unlucky because the second goal was offside. But congratulations to Man City, they deserve the win.”When you lose a game, you have to cope with being criticised. Emotionally after a game – particularly a final – you do not want to go too much into criticism.”We must recover quickly – we came to the final and we lost but we have to focus on the next Premier League game [against City on Thursday].Beaten by the better team today#AFCvMCFC pic.twitter.com/zF6TFYB4HY— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 25, 2018″When you lose 3-0 you have to look at defending better. When you lose concentration against quality teams you pay for it.”It’s not application that was missed – it was lapses of concentration and a bit unlucky as well.”last_img read more

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Di Biagio expects Buffon return

first_imgSerie A Di Biagio expects Buffon to return to Italy squad Joe Wright 00:45 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gianluigi buffon - cropped Getty Images Serie A Mario Balotelli Italy Argentina England Friendlies The veteran goalkeeper’s international career appeared to come to an end last November, but he is now on track to return in March Italy caretaker boss Luigi Di Biagio expects Gianluigi Buffon to return to international duty for the friendlies with Argentina and England next month.Juventus veteran Buffon announced his retirement from the Azzurri, along with club-mates Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini and Roma’s Daniele De Rossi, after the defeat to Sweden in the World Cup play-off in November.Di Biagio does not think Barzagli or De Rossi will reverse their decisions before next month but believes Italy’s record caps-holder, along with Chiellini, will make at least a temporary return. 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 “I had some meetings with the veterans because I understood some of them wanted to quit,” Di Biagio told a news conference at the start of a training camp at Coverciano.”I talked to Buffon to find out if he wanted to continue. It’s not fair that his last game should be the one against Sweden. I proposed he should come back for one, two or three games. Gigi will probably be there in March.”With the other players, without going into detail, I spoke with many of them. Barzagli and De Rossi will not be there, Chiellini yes.”We want to relaunch the team with enthusiasm.””The best goalkeeper in the history of the game.” Wish Juventus & #UCL legend Gianluigi Buffon a happy 40th birthday!  pic.twitter.com/2tvh88ahMv— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 28, 2018Even if Buffon does not extend his international career beyond March, Di Biagio is confident about Italy’s goalkeeping options in the future, with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mattia Perin and Alex Meret among those vying for the position.”We’re doing well with goalkeepers when you look at the next 20 years,” he said. “When Buffon stops, we’ll still have our backs covered.”Gigi’s story doesn’t have to end with that Sweden game.”Di Biagio also hinted at a possible recall for Mario Balotelli next month.The striker has not played an international match since the 2014 World Cup but has turned his career around somewhat in Nice, scoring 13 goals in 19 Ligue 1 appearances this term.”I follow him constantly,” he said. “When the time comes for the call-up, we’ll assess whether we want to take him or not.”We haven’t made any decision yet. We’re in a difficult position and there isn’t a lot of choice, but we have to create the right enthusiasm after the disappointment of the World Cup.”last_img read more

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Low: Booing Gundogan doesn’t help anybody

first_imgGermany ‘That doesn’t help anyone’ – Low slams Gundogan boos as Germany stutter to win Dom Farrell 09:57 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Ilkay Guendogan Germany international friendly 2018 TF-Images Germany İ. Gündoğan Germany v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Friendlies World Cup The midfielder was booed once more by fans during his country’s 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia and the manager took a dim view Joachim Low has hit out at Germany fans for again booing midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.Manchester City playmaker Gundogan was jeered by supporters during last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Austria following his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Whistles rained down once more in Leverkusen on Friday when Gundogan came on as a second-half substitute during the 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia , despite Low gesturing for the masses to applaud. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Mesut Ozil, also of Turkish descent, made the visit with Gundogan for a photo opportunity with Erdogan , who is the subject of criticism from human rights groups and exiled Turkish citizens over his government’s alleged systematic arrest of journalists, civil rights activists and political opponents.Arsenal star Ozil did not feature against Saudi Arabia but Low is keen to close the issue with Germany’s World Cup defence to begin in nine days against Mexico.”He’s a member of the national team,” Low said, speaking to ARD about Gundogan.”That [booing] doesn’t help anyone.”Timo Werner opened the scoring after eight minutes and Omar Othman’s own goal ultimately proved decisive, but there were some nervy moments for Germany as Taiseer Aljassam reduced the arrears late on.PENALTY to Saudi Arabia. @SamiKhedira penalised for a trip in the box.And a goal   @mterstegen1 saves the spot-kick, but Al-Jassim sticks in the rebound. (84′) #DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #GERKSA 2-[1] pic.twitter.com/Klx69F5Uym — Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 8, 2018 “We were really open in defence and allowed many counter-attacks from Saudi Arabia,” Low said after ending a winless run of five matches in friendlies.At a post-match news conference, he added: “We will continue to improve and when the tournament starts, we will be there. “I think we started well. We had good runs in the first half. Then we let up in the second half. “We have given away a lot of chances. In the end, we even had a bit of luck. Next week we will be more lively and dynamic.”last_img read more

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New Online Footage Available

first_imgIf you have any Touch Football footage that you would like to show on the TFA website, feel free to let us know.To view the clips, please visit http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865 Three new Touch Football videos are now available from SportingPulse.tv 2008 National Training CampFootage supplied by Ryan JacksNarrabeen, NSW – July 2008AFL Legends take up Touch in VictoriaFootage supplied by David BradyAlbert Park, VIC – June 2008European Championships 2008Footage supplied by Dennis CoffeyMassy, France – July 2008last_img read more

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International Touch Football returns to Australia with the Trans Tasman Series

first_imgThe reintroduction of the Series will see Australia take on New Zealand at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, NSW, on Friday 24 April in the three-game series taking place over the weekend.The two teams have not faced each other since the 2007 World Cup in South Africa and it will be the first time that many of Australia’s long-serving stalwarts have played New Zealand on home soil.The series includes the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Mixed Open and you can find all the fixtures, results and ladders on the SportingPulse-powered Trans Tasman Test Series website.mySport and myTouchFootball members can add the fixtures, results and ladders to their websites and add the playing stats for their favourite players by clicking where they see the ‘Add to myTouchFootball’ graphic. myTouchFootball Ambassadors Jason Stanton, Garry Sonda and Tony “Tash” Eltakchi have all been picked for the national squads. Jason and Garry are in the Australian Men’s Open squad and Tash is in the squad for the Mixed Open. In his latest Sports Log, Jason writes about the upcoming series. “New Zealand have a new look team to match the youth that has been injected into our squad,” says Jason. “The Kiwis, as always, are super fast, super steppy and super talented. This series will be something else!”Jason has recently received sponsorship with KooGa sportswear apparel supplier, one of Touch Football Australia’s major sponsors. Australia will be hoping to keep their strong record against the Kiwis in tact after their dominance in recent years.The Australian Men’s and Women’s teams have been unstoppable since the last Trans Tasman Series, with both teams winning the 2003 and 2007 World Cups as well as the 2005 All Nations tournament. The Australian Mixed team has had varied results, winning the 2003 World Cup, while losing to New Zealand in the 2005 All Nations tournament and the 2007 World Cup.The event also coincides with the New South Wales Touch Association’s Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships. Playing both tournaments at the same time allows for Touch Football’s elite to be showcased in front of some of New South Wales best up and coming players.New Zealand will host the second series later in the year, with the third series to be played next year.Men’s OpenGame 1: 8:30pm: Friday, 24 April 2009 at WIN StadiumGame 2: 7:30pm: Saturday, 25 April 2009 at WIN StadiumGame 3: 10:05am: Sunday, 26 April 2009 at North DaltonWomen’s OpenGame 1: 7:30pm: Friday, 24 April 2009 at WIN StadiumGame 2: 6:30pm: Saturday, 25 April 2009 at WIN StadiumGame 3: 9:10am: Sunday, 26 April 2009 at North DaltonMixed OpenGame 1: 6:30pm: Friday, 24 April 2009 at WIN StadiumGame 2: 11:20am: Saturday, 25 April 2009 at North DaltonGame 3: 8:30pm: Saturday, 25 April 2009 at WIN StadiumThanks to the mySport team for providing the content of this article.last_img read more

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Deaf Touch Football Australia Website Launch

first_imgDeaf Touch Football Australia recently launched the first bilingual Touch Football website in Australia, accommodating Auslan (Australian sign language) and English so that it meets the total communication standard required by Australians who are deaf or hearing impaired. The website encompasses some news items in Auslan from Deaf Touch Football Australia’s YouTube channel, which include a brief script below in English based on the same message. Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) General Manager – Business Operations and Chairperson of the Deafness Forum of Australia, David Brady says it is great that the website able to cater for people who are deaf of hearing impaired. “The feedback so far has been very, very positive. It has broken down some barriers of communication, because having the communication in Auslan also enables people who are deaf and use Auslan an adverse language and the ability to understand rather than totally rely on English, which sometimes in some cases they struggle to understand,” Mr Brady said. “It is pleasing to see that we have the ability and technology to do it, so thank you to SportingPulse for being able to provide the technology to allow video onto their website. It just makes another medium of communication more attractive for a website.”The launch coincides with the two months remaining until the first National Deaf Touch Football Championships, to be held in Canberra at the Deakin Fields on Saturday, 12 January and Sunday, 13 January 2013. “We are very excited. We have teams confirmed from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and of course the home state of the Australia Capital Territory. We’re hoping to have Men’s, Women’s and Mixed and we also have a contingent of referees coming from as far as Victoria as well as referees who are deaf as well. We have received generous funding from the ACT Government, directly from Minister Andrew Barr, to provide interpreters for the duration of the championships,” Mr Brady said. Touch Football Australia (TFA) Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire says the organisation is ‘absolutely thrilled with the outcome’. “We have developed a clear strategy within our current Participation Plan to assist and develop the sport in the deaf community. This is a significant step toward achieving this inclusive approach and we look forward to welcoming participants with a hearing impairment into our game,” Mr Maguire said. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) supports Touch Football Australia’s involvement as it utilises the ASC participation investment to support community inclusion programs for deaf and hearing impaired Australians through the Touch Football Australia Participation Plan. To view the new website, please click on the following link – www.deaftouch.mytouchfooty.com Related LinksDeaf Touch Football Auslast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool defender Alexander-Arnold admits Man City defeat still burns

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Alexander-Arnold admits Man City defeat still burnsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits Thursday’s defeat at Manchester City still burns.The result sees Liverpool’s Premier League leadership cut to four points.Alexander-Arnold said: “I probably hurt a little bit more because I’m a Liverpool lad and a Liverpool fan. But I know the rest of the players want to win things as much as I do.“Everyone has got to play their part. We’ve got to go out there as a team and try to bring something back home.“The City game has gone and it’s important we now bounce back as quickly as possible.“I’m sure the manager sees it like that. He’ll look to put a strong team out to give us the best chance of going through.“We want to win every competition. That’s how big clubs think. It’s not a case of us dismissing the game as being low down on our list of priorities. “It’s an important game anyway, but even more so after we’ve tasted defeat in the Premier League for the first time.” last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd defender Jones hoping for Europa League action

first_imgMan Utd defender Jones hoping for Europa League actionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Phil Jones is counting on seeing Europa League action against Astana.The 27-year-old said that the continental competition will allow more members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s group to get valuable minutes on the pitch.“There are players like myself, who’ve not been involved as much, but it’s a chance for everyone to get games,” said Jones told Inside United.“It’s a busy period when all the games come thick and fast, when you need a big squad with everyone ready to fight. But it’s a period we relish.”He added: “Since I came to this club – when I walked through the door – I knew I wasn’t just going to walk into the team and expect to play. Today’s no different.“Of course, I want to play, but we’ve got some quality players in that position. I’ll wait for my chance and, hopefully, I’ll get a chance sooner rather than later.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 days agoRashford, Kane, Firmino all on Barcelona shopping list

first_imgRashford, Kane, Firmino all on Barcelona shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford is on the radar of Barcelona.Mundo Deportivo says Rashford is on a four-man Barcelona transfer wishlist in their bid to replace Luiz Suarez.The Catalans have identified Rashford, Tottenham’s England captain Harry Kane, along with Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino and ‘top target’ Kylian Mbappe, of PSG, as their four main targets.Rashford was briefly linked with Barca at the end of last season.But he has sinced signed a new and improved United contract during the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 days agoValencia president Murthy: Marcelino actions unacceptable

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia president Murthy: Marcelino actions unacceptableby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia president Anil Murthy has lifted the lid on former coach Marcelino’s sacking.Murthy explained the reasons in an interview with the club’s media channels.”There was a loss of confidence in Marcelino’s role in the long term model that the majority shareholder has for the club. In the summer there was a distancing between the decisions of the club and the decisive role — of great influence — that Marcelino demanded in our transfer policy, as well as public pressure that made things even more difficult,” Murthy said. “The club had supported him in everything, including his decisions in the transfer market. Even when things were at their worst on the pitch, in January, it was Peter Lim who finally decided to continue supporting him. This summer, however, the challenge and constant individual discrepancy towards that club model was unacceptable, and was not going to stop. His project was different to that of the majority shareholder.” last_img read more

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Video: Tyler Ulis Throws Alley-Oop Off The Glass To Marcus Lee To Put Kentucky Up 20

first_imgTyler Ulis throws down alley-oop.Vine/Rob DausterNo John Calipari? No problem. Kentucky is firing on all cylinders against South Carolina this afternoon in Columbia, and just extended its lead to 20 on one of the prettiest in-game alley-oops you’ll see this year. Point guard Tyler Ulis threw a perfect pass off the backboard to forward Marcus Lee for the emphatic slam. Cue up the SportsCenter musicUlis to Lee off the glass https://t.co/m2rW56cdch— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 13, 2016Dunk contest started early, apparently. pic.twitter.com/6bLcT2BJPB— Andrew Holleran (@andrewjholleran) February 13, 2016That’s just unfair. Ulis has been fantastic today, and leads Kentucky with 14 points and six assists. The Wildcats now lead the Gamecocks 51-29.last_img read more

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Ohio State WR Coach Zach Smith Has Been Fired

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's football stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 19: Overall of Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University prior to the start of the Spring Game on April 19, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who has been named in multiple domestic violence allegations, has been fired. Ohio State announced the news Monday night.Smith was charged with a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing last week when he dropped his son off at his ex-wife’s house instead of a pre-arranged public place. Tonight’s decision from head coach Urban Meyer comes after a report earlier today saying Smith’s ex-wife filed a domestic violence protection order against him.Smith was also reportedly involved in domestic violence incidents in 2009 and 2015. In 2009, he was serving on Meyer’s staff at Florida.Zach Smith has been fired. pic.twitter.com/gICJR3UHOJ— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 23, 2018Brett McMurphy reported the latest domestic violence allegation against Smith from 2015 earlier tonight.Another domestic violence allegation has surfaced against Ohio St WR coach Zach Smith. This one in 2015, I have learned. Smith had a protective order filed Friday against him by his ex-wife. In 2009 he was also charged w/domestic violence while on UF staff https://t.co/fcxi8GKyeI— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 23, 2018Smith is the grandson of legendary former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, so it is understandable why Meyer wanted him around. Bruce and Meyer were extremely close before the former coach’s passing earlier this year.However, given his history, Meyer will likely take some heat for continuing to employ Smith through multiple DV allegations.We’ll bring more on this story as it unfolds.last_img read more

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Photo: There’s Something Wrong With Michigan Football’s Midfield Logo

first_imgFans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 17: Fans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program opens its 2018 regular season on the road. The Wolverines, a Big Ten and College Football Playoff contender, start the year in South Bend, Ind. against Notre Dame.This is a good thing, because the field at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. could use a little work before the home opener.A Reddit CFB user discovered that the midfield logo at Michigan Stadium doesn’t look exactly right.The Block M is off-center.Check it out:The Block-M at Michigan Stadium is off-center: (via /u/rougeSweater) pic.twitter.com/6njswQeVPX— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 30, 2018Welp.Michigan and Notre Dame are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC. The Wolverines’ first home game is set for Sept. 8 against Western Michigan. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for noon. Hopefully the midfield logo is in decent shape by then.last_img read more

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Vegas Computer Predicts This Top-10 Team Will Lose On Saturday

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonThe college football season is nearly at its halfway point and only 11 undefeated teams remain. That’s all going to change on Saturday, at least according to one Vegas computer’s score prediction.UCF hasn’t lost a game since the 2016 season, yet the Knights are on upset alert heading into the weekend. Conference rival Memphis will give the Knights everything they can handle this weekend.According to OddsShark’s score prediction for the game, the Tigers will walk out with a win in the high-scoring affair.Here’s what the Vegas computer is predicting for Saturday afternoon’s game.This game features two of the best offenses in college football. As evidenced by the 81-point over/under, these teams will likely put up a plethora of points.Can the Memphis Tigers score a huge conference win over the No. 10 team in the country? Or will the UCF winning streak continue?Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m ET on ABC or ESPN 2.last_img read more

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Mark Richt Asked About Adding Quarterback After Kelly Bryant Report

first_imgKelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant is considering a number of prominent teams to finish up his college career. The Miami Hurricanes emerged as a possibility earlier this week.Bryant has visited Arkansas, Missouri, and North Carolina. Florida and Mississippi State are also reportedly involved.Earlier this week, Bryant told 247Sports that Miami had reached out to him. Mark Richt should be pretty aware of how good he can be; Bryant led the Tigers to a 38-3 ACC Championship win over Richt’s ‘Canes.The Hurricanes have been bouncing back-and-forth between veteran Malik Rosier and young gun N’Kosi Perry this season. Neither has managed to string enough strong play together to really take grasp of the job, and Rosier graduates at season’s end.Amid the Kelly Bryant reports, Mark Richt was asked about the possibility of adding a quarterback to the roster.He obviously couldn’t mention the Clemson transfer by name, but acknowledged that Miami is looking to add talent at the position.From CollegeFootballTalk:“Well we’re always on the lookout,” the UM head coach said in quotes distributed by the school. “We’re always open-minded about finding ways to get us better at that quarterback position and really every position across the board.”Between Bryant and potential Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts, there is going to be a lot of College Football Playoff-experienced veteran quarterback talent on the transfer market this off-season.That’s pretty wild.[CollegeFootballTalk]last_img read more

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Tua Tagovailoa Is Out Of His Walking Boot At Heisman Ceremony

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa is in New York for the upcoming Heisman Trophy ceremony, where he and his College Football Playoff semifinal counterpart Kyler Murray are dueling it out for the sport’s highest honor.It is the most dramatic Heisman race we’ve had in a few years. Tua was the favorite for most of the year, but a sub-par outing, followed by an injury in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, paired with another spectacular game by Kyler Murray in the Big 12 Championship win over Texas, has the race extremely close.Murray is now a decent favorite, at least as far as the sportsbooks are concerned. It is still expected to be a very close race.According to OddsShark, the money continues to flow towards the Oklahoma two-sport star.Kyler Murray is getting steamed over at @betonline_ag.He’s moved from -220 to -280 in Heisman odds in the last four hours.— OddsShark (@OddsShark) December 9, 2018The ever-humble Alabama quarterback would probably tell you that the award is nice, but its far from the most important thing that he has coming up.That would be the College Football Playoff game, and while Jalen Hurts performed admirably in the win over Georgia, Tagovailoa is the higher ceiling player.Earlier, Tua Tagovailoa said that he planned to be out of his walking boot for the ceremony.That became a reality, and it is a very good sign for his status moving forward.Tua Tagovailoa is out of the boot on his left leg. He says he was just cleared to come out of it. pic.twitter.com/pZyd9pdHZu— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) December 8, 2018Tua’s definitely looking sharp tonight. We’ll see if he has a trophy to bring home with the outfit, but either way, we know he’ll be happy with his undefeated record, and chance at a second straight national title.last_img read more

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