a month agoBurnley boss Dyche: Hendrick has much to offer

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche: Hendrick has much to offerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Dyche is pleased with the impact of Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick.The Burnley boss saw Hendrick’s late goal hand them a 1-1 draw at Brighton last time out. “I just think he can affect the game in so many different ways,” Dyche said of his midfielder.“Probably the biggest thing I’ve spoken to him about is scoring goals – adding to that side of the game.“He’s a big lad, he can head it, he can strike it as you’ve seen. He did very well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoKlopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – again

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – againby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was unhappy with the refereeing in Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night.The game looked destined from a draw until Andy Robertson fouled Jose Callejon in the box after 81 minutes. Replays showed Callejon initiated the contact to Robertson’s outstretched leg, but nonetheless, Lorenzo Insigne stepped dutifully to fire home Napoli’s first of the game.An uncharacteristic error from Virgil van Dijk then allowed Fernando Llorente to score his first goal for Napoli to double their advantage. Speaking after the game, Klopp was adamant Robertson should not have been penalised for the challenge with Callejon.He told BT Sport: “It should hurt because there were opportunities for us. It was an open game with a lot of counter attacks, but we didn’t finish them off and that is a problem.”In the second half it was a wild game, they were running and we were running.”I don’t think it’s a penalty. What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can’t change that.”We played a lot of good football but didn’t finish it off. We controlled moments but had not enough chances in the end. We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right.”Napoli defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the San Paolo Stadium in the Champions League group stages last season. last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injury

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is worried Marcus Rashford could be sidelined after injuring his groin in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The England international was substituted after 60 minutes when he suffered a muscle injury.”We have got to scan him tomorrow,” Solskjaer said after the match.”He felt his groin. So he will probably be out for a little while. I can update you later when I know a little more.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoVitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003. last_img read more

4 days agoSead Kolasinac says Arsenal plans on track

first_imgSead Kolasinac says Arsenal plans on trackby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSead Kolasinac says Arsenal’s plans this season are on track.Arsenal can return to third in the table with victory at Sheffield United tonight.“The Premier League isn’t called the hardest league in the world for nothing,” said Gunners defender Kolasinac. “It [the race for the top-four] is pretty wide open. For example, Manchester City lost to Wolves before the international break. But we are just going to focus on ourselves and try to work hard to win every game. Who knows what will happen at the end of the season? “We are still at the beginning now, but we hope to finish in the top four.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: FSU RB’s Working Out With Wet Footballs To Prepare For Potential Downpour Saturday

first_imgFSU players and coaches at practice.FSU FootballsFlorida State travels to Wake Forest this Saturday, and the game could be affected by the path of Hurricane Joaquin. At the very least, heavy rain could fall during the contest, and the Seminoles are preparing for the inclement conditions. Here’s a video courtesy of FSU beat writer Safid Deen showing the Seminole running backs working with wet footballs in anticipation of a downpour on Saturday. The balls get a quick dunk in a bucket of water before being used in the drill.FSU’s running backs working with wet footballs in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. #Noles pic.twitter.com/tvkRuRavtE— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 1, 2015Can’t leave any stone unturned when getting ready to play.last_img read more

Texas Football Featured At No. 34 In Sports Illustrated’s 100 Greatest Sports Moments List

first_imgTexas players run out of the locker room on game day.chris daniels father upset with texasOn January 4, 2006, in one of college football’s most prestigious venues, Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns made sports history. UT’s national championship upset of Pete Carroll’s dynastic USC Trojans has been selected as the No. 34 best moment in sports history by Sports Illustrated. SI, on the epic win for the Longhorns:DATE / Jan 4, 2006 LOCATION / Rose Bowl | Pasadena, Calif.MOMENT / The 2006 BCS Championship featured a pair of unbeaten powerhouses, but in the end, it was Texas and QB Vince Young who stood tallest. Young, who accounted for a record 467 yards of offense, rushed in the game-winning score with 19 seconds remaining to lift the Longhorns over the USC Trojans 41-38. IMPACT / Players from this instant classic dominated the NFL draft, with four of them going in the top 10 (Young went No. 3). An NCAA investigation would eventually conclude USC’s Reggie Bush received illegal benefits while at the school, causing the Trojan to vacate their 12 wins from that season.Texas is one of eight college football moments included in SI’s Top 100 list. Only “The Play” from the 1982 Cal-Stanford game edges it out from the sport. We can’t argue with that. Vince Young’s performance was unforgettable.For the full list, click here.[Sports Illustrated]More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>last_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Clay Travis Region

first_imgThe 64 Most Annoying People in sports media bracket.The 2016 NCAA Tournament field was unveiled Sunday night, meaning that for the next three days, college basketball fans will be spending their time filling out brackets. We here at College Spun have a different kind of challenge for you, however. We want you to help us determine the most annoying person in sports media. We’ve gone ahead and nominated 64 different candidates.A few of the nominees – like Barstool Sports, Saturday Down South and SB Nation – are actually entities, rather than people. But you get the gist. We’ve also put ourselves on here, just in case you think that we’re actually the most annoying.Let’s get started. You can vote on the Clay Travis region below:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports MediaThe 64 Most AnnoyingVote On The Clay Travis Region Below1. Clay Travis vs. 16. Jim RomeClay TravisRome isn’t burning anymore, but Clay’s hot takes do enough melting for this entire field. More Annoying: Clay Travis vs. Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 15. Jim NantzDicky VImpossible to fall asleep when Vitale is on the broadcast. Impossible not to when it’s Nantz. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Jim Nantz?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 14. Ron JaworskiGottliebSyracuse fans, among others, can’t stand Gottlieb. Jaws’ shtick is played out too. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or Ron Jaworski?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 13. Chris ChaseKeith Olbermann Chris ChaseOlbermann can’t figure out how to play nice in the sandbox. Chase is infamous for going against the grain.  More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Chris Chase?5. Erin Andrews vs. 12. Lee Corsoerin andrewsSome think Andrews looks annoyed all the time. Some don’t like Corso’s shenanigans each Saturday. More Annoying: Erin Andrews or Lee Corso?6. Kirk Herbstreit vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaKirk HerbstreitHerbstreit gets it from basically every fan base, regardless of which teams he picks. Spencer Hall, Ryan Nanni, Jason Kirk and Rodger Sherman are basically all the same person. More Annoying: Kirk Herbstreit or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?7. Max Kellerman vs. 10. Barstool Sports GuysKellerman BarstoolWe’re still not sure how Kellerman weaseled his way back onto ESPN. And you either love or hate Barstool. More Annoying: Max Kellerman or Barstool Sports?8. Rick Reilly vs. 9. Todd McShayRick ReillyReilly had it first on Twitter, we’re told. McShay’s back-and-forth with Kiper could be its own category. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Todd McShay?Vote On The Stephen A. Smith Region Here >>>last_img read more

Arsenal forced to change team bus amid Blackpool fan protest

first_imgSeveral Blackpool supporters blocked Arsenal’s bus from leaving the team hotel in an effort to postpone Saturday’s FA Cup tie. The Gunners were forced to change to a new bus as Blackpool supporters continue to protest the club’s owner Owen Oyston.One Blackpool fan climbed on top of the coach, while several others stood in its way in an effort to prevent the bus from leaving the hotel and heading to Bloomfield Road.  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? Blackpool fans currently stopping the Arsenal team bus from leaving their hotel to get to Bloomfield Road for this evenings FA Cup tie #protests pic.twitter.com/GC330zeyKJ— Ged Mills (@GedMills) January 5, 2019Blackpool supporters saw the high-profile FA Cup showdown as an opportunity to have their protests against Oyston given a bigger platform, with the game broadcast on national television.Protests are expected outside of Bloomfield Road ahead of the game as Tangerines supporters voice their opposition to Oyston’s ownership. Inside the ground, however, it should be a more subdued environment with Blackpool having sold less than 3,000 tickets to the FA Cup match. The small number of home supporters is nothing new for the League One side, whose average attendance is less than 4,000 this season as fans continue to stay away due to their opposition to Oyston’s ownership.Police were aware of the potential for protests before the game, with particular attention paid to pitch invaders. “Anybody entering the field of play without permission will be committing criminal offences and will be dealt with appropriately,” a Lancashire Police statement published ahead of the match read. Blackpool fan group, The Muckers, said: “We are calling on all Blackpool fans to make their feelings known towards the owners in a non-violent but direct way.”We will be present and encourage people not to enter the pitch, which we would condemn.”Arsenal have sold out their allocation of 5,300 tickets, meaning the away side will likely have more supporters at Saturday’s match, which kicks off at 5:30pm local time.last_img read more

LA Galaxy facing a designated player dilemma

first_imgWhen Guillermo Barros Schelotto was introduced as the LA Galaxy’s new coach, one of the things he said he was looking forward to was working with the team’s star players. He proceeded to name the team’s four designated players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini.What went ignored is the reality that the Galaxy can’t keep all four players. When the Galaxy signed Ibrahimovic to a new contract, making him an official designated player — the label that allows the club to pay him well over the league’s maximum salary — it gave LA four players on DP contracts, one more than the league allows under its current rules. Now the Galaxy must figure out what to do.  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? None of the team’s DPs earn a salary that would allow the club to buy down their contract and turn them from a designated player into a TAM (targeted allocation money) player, so the Galaxy have no choice but to unload one of their marquee names, via sale, trade or contract buyout. “There’s actually interest from abroad for some of them, so we’ll discuss it first and foremost with the players and see if that is something they would entertain,” Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese told Goal. “Second of all, there is also the possibility of restructuring the contracts or do something. We’ll take full advantage of the possibilities. “It’s not so easy obviously, but we’ll have to look into every possibility.” Transferring out one of their DPs would be an ideal scenario. It would not only alleviate the logjam but would also generate allocation money the team could use to improve a roster that needs some additions to address needs in the team’s defense. Sources tell Goal that the Galaxy have already been approached with a transfer bid from abroad for Giovani dos Santos, but the Mexican midfielder turned down the opportunity. Dennis te Kloese quote GFXThe older of the Dos Santos brothers has endured a largely disappointing tenure with the Galaxy, and the arrival of Ibrahimovic has made him a much less influential figure with the team. Selling him is an ideal scenario, but the Galaxy could also choose to buy out his contract. “We have to see where he’s at with his head and what he wants,” Te Kloese said of Giovani. “Last season there was a while he got injured and things got frustrating. He’s a talented player, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, but before we can give a definite answer on his future we have to see where he comes from. “In the end Juan Carlos Osorio called him to the World Cup and he actually played. Now we’ll have to see what his idea is and how he matches up to our coaching staff and our coaching staff’s idea of playing style. Before knocking on the door with MLS on what to do about contracts and everything else we’ll have to figure out first in a professional and personal way where they stand.” The Galaxy will need to manage the Dos Santos situation carefully because of the presence of his brother Jonathan, who was originally drawn to the Galaxy by the idea of playing alongside his brother. If the Galaxy do decide to unload Gio it could unsettle Jonathan, leaving the club in a place where it has a decision to make on both brothers.   Selling Jonathan dos Santos wouldn’t be much of a problem considering the quality he can still provide. Offloading both brothers might seem like a drastic option, but it would turn the Galaxy’s DP glut into a vacancy, leaving room for Te Kloese and Schelotto to hit the international market and use their cache to bring in a new star player to complement Ibrahimovic and build the team around. There is no immediate rush to make a move. The Galaxy have until the start of the season in March to address their surplus of designated players, and as much as one or both of the Dos Santos brothers could be unloaded, the Galaxy could also look to sell Alessandrini or trade him within MLS. Whatever the club decides to do, it won’t be established until Schelotto has had time with his new team and both he and Te Kloese have spoken with the Galaxy’s designated players to get a sense of what they want to do. Dennis te Kloese GFX“The first and foremost thing is we need to speak to these guys and see where they are in their mindset,” Te Kloese said. “To be honest, the team hasn’t been good for the past few years. I’d like to have our coach sit with them and see how committed they are going forward. Where they see themselves and where they stand. And now with the coach coming in also he’ll have an idea where we can change certain things. “I think it will be important when they come together so Guillermo and his staff can assess and evaluate. To be honest, I think there is a need for sure in certain areas, and it will need some creative handling.” Selling or buying out Giovani dos Santos seems like the obvious solution, but Te Kloese doesn’t see things being so simple. “It’s easy to judge, but it’s better to sit down with them and we have a little bit of time to do that,” Te Kloese told Goal. “We don’t want to hurt their possibilities, but they also have to understand that we have a clear idea where we want to go and we’ll make the best decision for everybody.”last_img read more