TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini won’t rule out move for Medelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini refused to rule out a January move for Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel yesterday.Medel, formerly of Cardiff City, is being linked with the Hammers.And Pellegrini stated: “Those names are among 25 over the last few weeks.“We are happy with the squad we know we need to replace players that won’t play more this season – Carlos Sanchez, Yarmolenko. “I will not talk about individual players now.“
Cannavaro backing Napoli to win Europa Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBallon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro is backing Napoli to win the Europa League.The former centre-back lifted the trophy with Parma in 1999.“I was the last to win what was still the UEFA Cup in 1999,” Cannavaro told Il Mattino.“I was at Parma, and at that time we dominated the UEFA Cup like the Spaniards do now. I don’t know why, over time, Italian teams have snubbed this competition, although it’s certainly tiring.“Winning it brings great joy though, and Napoli have all the means to do that.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Earlier today, a Monroe, La., district attorney elected not to pursue charges against Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones due to insufficient evidence. When explaining his decision, the DA said he “refused to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”This apparently didn’t sit well with Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, who wrote a column lambasting the decision and insinuating that athletes don’t work that hard.“This is one of the most absurd clichés that has taken root in sporting life,” Travis wrote. “Athletes, at most, train 3-4 hours a day. Every doctor, lawyer, investment banker, accountant, teacher and fast food worker in the country works harder than an athlete does. In fact, there are no jobs in America that pay more for less work than athletics.”Two current Alabama players, quarterback Blake Barnett and defensive end Mekhi Brown, proceeded to blast Travis’ column on Twitter.Sounds like something an unathletic person would say. “Ignorance is bliss.” pic.twitter.com/phuc1teBwp— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016Great point. Funny how there’s a misconception about the work athletes put in. College athletes have 12+ hour days. https://t.co/78tZtVE86z— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016Put them in our shoes and they’ll quit lol. There is a reason why jobs prefer former athletes over the reg students https://t.co/HBrLgYG9PE— Khi (@MekhiBrownn) June 20, 2016Not to be outdone, Travis replied to Barnett’s tweet.Bama QB thinks athletes work hard compared to doctors, lawyers and investment bankers. So wrong. https://t.co/vkDvefxSU0— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 20, 2016Barnett wasn’t finished though, and dropped a comeback to Travis’ response. @ClayTravis Sounds like you have the personal experience of being an athlete, doctor, lawyer, and investment banker.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, [email protected] You’re comparing something where there is no need for comparison. No need to dig through things to cause controversy.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016The back-and-forth ended at that. We’re going to guess that Barnett and Brown’s tweets at Travis were very tame and composed compared to what some fans may have sent him. [AL.com]
Left: OSU sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa reacts after a sack against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRight: Indiana junior running back Tevin Coleman carries the ball against North Texas on Oct. 4 in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won, 49-24.Credit: Rachel Meert / Indiana Daily StudentA Heisman candidate, a Lombardi Award finalist and a jump in the College Football Playoff rankings are all topics surrounding the Ohio State football team.Coach Urban Meyer, however, is only focused on one thing.“I’m just worried about Indiana,” Meyer said Monday.The Hoosiers (3-7, 0-6) are scheduled to enter Columbus on Saturday as the only team in the Big Ten without a conference win, despite boasting the third-best rushing attack in the league.Leading the way for Indiana is junior running back Tevin Coleman, who has rushed for 1,678 yards and 12 scores in just 10 games for the Hoosiers.Coleman, a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, did not play last year against the Buckeyes due to injury as OSU cruised to a 42-14 win.Despite the easy victory, Meyer said Coleman is a “ridiculous” running back and compared him to other skilled running backs in the Big Ten.“The game he just played, (he had) 300 yards. You give him a crack, he has great acceleration, (he is) big, a little bit like the kid from Wisconsin. Just a big back,” Meyer said, referencing Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon in comparison to Coleman. “Those are all outstanding backs that will be playing on Sundays and this kid is one of those too.”Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington, who has started all but one game this season said it would not be acceptable to give up a big game to Coleman, even if the Buckeyes win.“Our goal is to keep him under 100 yards,” Washington said Wednesday. “That’s our goal and we are going to do that and still get the win.”Coleman’s carries are likely because of the season-ending injury suffered by Indiana junior quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who was averaging 191.8 passing yards per game before suffering the shoulder injury in a 45-29 loss to Iowa.Indiana has not won a game since Sudfeld’s injury and his replacement, freshman Zander Diamont, has thrown for just 282 yards in the four games he’s played.With a rush heavy offense, Washington said getting off blocks has been stressed in practice this week in order to shut down the Indiana rushing attack.“We know that these guys can run through arm tackles, so we have to work on getting off blocks every play,” he said. “Not trying to walk away from blocks and that kind of stuff because these backs are pretty good.”Sophomore Joey Bosa, who was named a finalist for the Lombardi Award on Thursday, added that it is not just Coleman, but the Hoosier offense as a whole that he is worried about.“Definitely (Coleman) and (the Hoosiers) are very fast-paced zone team,” Bosa said Wednesday. “They will be going side-to-side a lot and really up-tempo so just have to get in good shape this week.”Bosa, who enters Saturday’s game with a Big Ten best 11.5 sacks, said he has adjusted his personal goals from the beginning of the season because of his recent success.“I was actually going for 12, but now I am trying to beat the record,” he said. “(It would mean) a lot. As a sophomore, I think that would be something great to accomplish.”The current school record is 14 sacks held by Vernon Gholston, who set the mark during the 2007-08 season.Bosa’s single game high in sacks in his short Buckeye career is 2.5 in games against Penn State this season and against Illinois in 2013.If breaking the school record wasn’t incentive enough, Bosa said beating Indiana and getting a spot in the 2014 Big Ten Championship game should be.“That’s enough motivation right there, clinch the Big Ten (Championship game),” he said. “Every game is a big game obviously. We go in with the same mindset so there is just another step.”On the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes have a chance to break a few records of their own.Redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is just two passing touchdowns away from breaking former OSU quarterback Troy Smith’s school record of passing scores in a single season.In addition, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott has the opportunity to become the second player ever under Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, something Elliott said he doesn’t take for granted.“It means a lot. It’s something you dream of when you are a kid, being a football player at a Division I college,” Elliott said Wednesday. “Being able to rush for 1,000 yards, that’s just a great accomplishment.”Elliott currently sits at 954 yards rushing on the season, averaging 95.4 per game.Despite his rushing yards, Elliott said he believes he can do more than just run the football effectively.“I think I am just a versatile back. I can do a lot of things,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in my blocking, catching the ball out of the backfield, I can run it inside and outside.”Meyer said earlier in the week that he thought the Big Ten had some of the best running backs in the country and added “I’ve got to throw my guy in there,” when discussing including Elliott in that mix.Being mentioned by Meyer in such a light was motivating, Elliott said.“You just have to be thankful, thankful to God for the opportunities,” Elliott said. “Just have to go out there and keep grinding and get better every week.”Meyer also endorsed Barrett, whom Meyer said now belongs in the Heisman discussion heading into the Buckeyes’ matchup with Indiana.“I don’t know if my endorsement matters, but I (have) been fortunate to coach some guys that have been in New York, and he’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said Monday.Barrett acknowledged that the added attention has been “crazy” but said his focus is on one thing.“Being 1-0 at the end of the week, making sure that is the main focus,” Barrett said. “Not thinking about the Big Ten Championship Game, not thinking about that team up north, but just beat Indiana. That is the objective this week.”The Buckeyes and Hoosiers are scheduled to go head-to-head Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, the No. 21 seed in the country at 165 pounds, was eliminated in day two.Campbell started with a victory No. 27 Buffalo junior Troy Keller via pin.Just shortly after, Campbell, in front of his hometown crowd and family advanced with a victory over No. 13 North Dakota State redshirt junior Andrew Fogarty by a 7-1 decision.Campbell finished his senior year with a hard-fought loss and was defeated by a 3-2 decision by No. 7 Nebraska junior Isaiah White.Five Buckeyes advanced to day three of the NCAA Championships tournament.No. 6 Ohio State will attempt to hold second place in round three of the final day of the NCAA Championships starting at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pittsburgh.Updated at 12:57 p.m. Saturday to correct the information on Te’Shan Campbell. Ohio State’s Myles Martin wrestles Mitch Bowman in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 seed in the country at 184 pounds, is no longer undefeated after losing to No. 5 Cornell sophomore Max Dean in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships. Despite Martin’s first loss, the Ohio State wrestling team advances three wrestlers to the finals after the second day of the NCAA Championships. In a surprising upset, Martin moves to the consolation bracket after being upset by Dean in a 5-4 decision. No. 6 Ohio State (12-2, 7-2 Big Ten) is currently in second place as a team, but are 32 points behind first place Penn State, who has won the team title two years running. Three of the top-5 seeds for the Buckeyes advanced to the finals, which will play a pivotal role in attempting to finish in the top three of the tournament for Ohio State in the final day of the NCAA Championships.Martin, at the start of the second day, continued his title hopes with a 11-2 major decision before falling to Dean in a last-second defeat.Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 seed in the country at 141 pounds, defeated No. 7 Minnesota junior Mitch McKee earlier in the day by a 11-1 major decision, giving the Buckeyes bonus points in their hopes to win a team title in the NCAA Championships.McKenna will face his only unavenged loss of the season: No. 1 Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis in the finals.Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan, the No. 2 seed in the country at 149 pounds, made his first-ever finals in the NCAA Championships, defeating No. 6 North Carolina redshirt freshman Austin O’Connor by a 7-4 decision.Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 seed in the country at 197 pounds, advanced to the finals.Moore won both matches by first defeating No. 10 Virginia Tech redshirt senior Tom Sleigh 17-11 and then No. 3 Oklahoma State redshirt senior Preston Weigel by a 12-4 major decision.Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 5 seed in the country at 133 pounds, defeated No. 4 Pittsburgh redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi in the quarterfinals 3-1 by decision to advance to the semifinals.Pletcher faced the top seed in No. 1 Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Daton Fix falling just short of his first ever NCAA Championship finals by a 4-2 decision.Ohio State redshirt freshman Chase Singletary and redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 16 seed and No. 19 seed in the country at 285 pounds and 174 pounds, respectively, both were eliminated one match short of the All-American qualifier in the consolation bracket.
Joaquin Caparros has hailed the efforts of his side as Sevilla secured themselves a place in Europe for the 14th time for the past 15 yearsLas Sevillistas defeated Alaves 1-0 on the final day of La Liga due to a Wissam Ben Yedder goal to secure themselves seventh place and the final remaining qualification spot for Europe.After dismissing Vincenzo Montella at the end of April, Sevilla was in danger of failing to secure themselves a place for next season’s Europa League with the club having failed to win in nine matches at the time.The board turned to former coach Caparros, after 13 years away, and in his four games in charge, they won 10 points.“In this period we have shown that with great talent and a high dosage of the union, work and confidence you can achieve any goal,” Caparros wrote on Twitter.“Everything has been for you, those who are the basis of any shield and make this sport unmatched.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“How great it is to be a sevillista!En este periodo hemos demostrado que con un gran talento y una alta dosis de unión, trabajo y confianza se puede lograr cualquier objetivo.Todo ha sido por vosotros, los que sois la base de cualquier escudo y hacéis inigualable este deporte.¡Que grande es ser sevillista! pic.twitter.com/5oLFNhbRKy— Joaquín Caparrós (@JoaquinCaparros) May 20, 2018
New Sevilla manager Pablo Machin has revealed his delight in being chosen by the club and intends to hit the ground running straight awayThe Spaniard has been named as the new permanent coach and will work alongside Joaquin Caparros, who replaced the fired Vincenzo Montella in April, and guided Sevilla back into the top seven in La Liga and, critically, a place in the Europa League for next season.Machin impressed in his four years in charge of fellow La Liga side Girona, who he saved from being relegated to the second division and had later led the Catalan side to a top-10 finish this season.The 43-year-old was officially unveiled on Wednesday by Sevilla, where he explained his aims for next season.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I feel flattered that Sevilla have chosen me. From the first moment, it was very easy and I’m very excited and humbled because I know the club I come to – the fans it has, it’s history, the demands. I come with a huge amount of enthusiasm to soak up Sevillismo and start as soon as possible to have a hopefully historic season”, said Machin, according to the club website.“I’m convinced I come prepared. In football, we know that things don’t just depend on one but many circumstances. But these opportunities come once in a lifetime. It’s certain that I’ve done well until now – I’ve fulfilled objectives that have been asked of me, sometimes overachieved. I know the club I’m coming to and I have the responsibility of putting Sevilla FC where it belongs”.Machin is Sevilla’s fourth managerial appointment this season and was backed by Caparros during the club’s selection process.
The former Gunners footballer is happy on how things are at his old club and thinks his team will be at the top at the end of the seasonEnglish Premier League club Arsenal is currently sitting in fourth place in the standings with 18 points.The Gunners have been able to win six matches, losing only two.And former Arsenal footballer Robert Pires believes this is the lowest the thing might finish in the 2018-2019 season.“For the moment I am very happy of course for the club because I am an ambassador for Arsenal but especially for Unai Emery because he’s a great manager,“ Pires told The Express.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He done well with Sevilla, he won some titles, especially with Paris Saint-Germain last season.”“And of course you know you need to improve every day but Arsenal actually are on a very good run, especially in the Premier League,” he added.“Nine games, nine victories so I think they will finish in the top four, sure, 100 percent.”“Sooner or later they will be on the end of a big score – defensively they are all over the place,” he added.“The one thing that gets them out of trouble is that they’re always going to score goals. But defensively, they are just not good enough.”
Bayern Munich will be without Thiago Alcantara for the next several weeks due to an ankle injuryThe Spanish midfielder sustained the damage to his ankle in Bayern’s 2-1 DFB-Pokal win over SV Roedinghausen on Tuesday.Thiago was replaced by Serge Gnabry in the 75th minute and received treatment on the sidelines afterwards for his injured ankle.Manager Niko Kovac admitted afterwards that he was facing an anxious wait for further updates on Thiago.“Thiago faces several weeks on the sidelines,” read a statement on the club website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The Spain international tore the lateral collateral ligament and the articular capsule in his right ankle in the DFB Cup tie against the Regional League side SV Rödinghausen (2-1).“That was the diagnosis by the club doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt on Wednesday after returning from Osnabrück.”Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman are the other players currently sidelined for Bayern.The Bavarians will next face SC Freiburg in a Bundesliga match this Saturday.
Paul Merson thinks Jose Mourinho would have received an extended match ban if he had charged onto the pitch in the way Jurgen Klopp did against Everton.Klopp celebrated Liverpool’s late winner on the pitch after Divock Origi netted late in the game.And although he apologised to Everton manager Marco Silva for his celebrations after the match, Klopp has been charged with misconduct by the FA.“It’d be a 25-game ban – I dread to think,” he said on The Debate.“Put it this way, if that was Jose, he’d have got sent straight to the stands as soon as he got back to his technical area.“Jose got sent off at Southampton for going outside his technical area. It’s horses for courses – everyone loves Jurgen Klopp, apart from Manchester United fans. It’s one of them where it’s a case of ‘don’t do it again’ – no-one got hurt and Marco Silva was fine with it.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Tim Sherwood also shared his thoughts but suggested emotions can get the better of you on the touchline.“He’s a charismatic, good manager,” Sherwood disclosed to Sky.“He’s got a knack of everyone eating out of his hand, players, press, fans – they love it. Everyone loves him. He puts a positive spin on everything. He’s got a great smile and offers an honest opinion, plus, he wears his heart on his sleeve.“I can understand his emotion. I’d be still running around now, waiting for the bell for the last lap!“Until you’ve stood in that technical area, you can’t understand the emotion of winning a game and what it means to everyone.“It’s so much more than when you are a player as you’re taking the heat and taking it on for the full football club. It’s massive. When people criticise Jurgen Klopp who have never stood in the technical area, I find it difficult.”