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  • Report: Man City 5 Leicester City 1

    first_imgManchester City 5 Leicester City 1: De Bruyne inspires as Aguero scores four Ryan Benson 03:23 2/11/18 aguero-cropped Getty Images Riyad Mahrez returned to Leicester City action, but he was helpless as Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero inspired Manchester City’s 5-1 win. A three-day rest clearly did the trick for Manchester City, as they thrashed Leicester City 5-1 thanks to four goals from Sergio Aguero and a treble of Kevin De Bruyne assists to go 16 points clear at the Premier League summit.Much of the build-up was dominated by Riyad Mahrez’s return to Leicester’s squad after missing 10 days of training in response to not securing a move to the hosts, but he was benched as City – who were afforded a few days off beforehand – ultimately cruised, with De Bruyne and Aguero stealing the show.Although City enjoyed an electric start, going ahead in the third minute thanks to Raheem Sterling’s 15th league goal of the season, they appeared to lack a little sharpness in the first 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 And a Nicolas Otamendi error 24 minutes in was punished in ruthless fashion by Jamie Vardy, reminding City there is more to Leicester than just Mahrez – who was eventually introduced in the 62nd minute.77 – Since his Werder Bremen debut in August 2012, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 77 assists in Europe’s big 5 leagues, more than any other player in that time (Lionel Messi, 76). Generous. pic.twitter.com/0Nxo3n6aa1— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2018But Pep Guardiola’s men stepped things up a notch after the break, with De Bruyne setting up a quick-fire Aguero double to effectively end Leicester’s chances, with the Argentinian scoring for the seventh successive game at the Etihad across all competitions.Leicester caused some problems towards the end, but Aguero added to an emphatic second-half performance by capitalising on a Kasper Schmeichel error before thumping in an injury-time fifth, as City bounced back from their disappointing draw with Burnley in style.It did not take the home side long to establish an advantage, Sterling tapping in from close range following an exquisite De Bruyne cross between Schmeichel and his defenders. The early goal was not a sign of things to come, however, as City’s performance became a little flat and Leicester equalised in the 24th minute.Otamendi’s poor pass inside was intercepted by Vardy and the striker rode two challenges, before running at Aymeric Laporte and firing into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.Sterling looked destined to restore City’s lead just before the break, only for Aleksandar Dragovic to produce a vital block after the England international had skipped past Schmeichel.City did find themselves ahead once again in the 48th minute, however, as Aguero collected De Bruyne’s teasing low cross from the left and tapped in from a couple of yards out.And the home side effectively wrapped things up soon after.De Bruyne was the inspiration yet again, playing an intricate pass into the area and Aguero fired past Schmeichel, despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it.Claude Puel introduced Mahrez from the bench to a chorus of ironic cheers just after the hour mark, giving him his first appearance since January 20.But the Algerian’s introduction was far too late to influence the outcome, as Aguero rounded off a sensational second-half performance in the final 13 minutes.His third goal came via a Schmeichel gift, after the Denmark international had passed the ball straight to him and the Argentinian delightfully chipped into the net.And he took his season tally to 21 late on, smashing in off the crossbar from 25 yards.ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH!! DID YOU SEE THAT??!! @aguerosergiokun!!5-1 #cityvlcfc #mancity pic.twitter.com/N0Mn8xWaSt— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2018 read morelast_img read more

  • ‘Deeply flawed’- Sky Blues weigh in on expansion bids

    first_imgA-League Sydney FC voice support for South-West Sydney A-League bid, slam Southern Expansion Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 Last updated 1 year ago 12:01 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Scott Barlow Sydney FC A-League Sydney The Sky Blues are open to a third Sydney team but believe Southern Expansion would cut the club off at their knees Reigning A-League premiers Sydney FC have expressed their strong support for A-League expansion, backing a bid for a South-West Sydney side to be introduced.Despite being open to a third A-League team based in Sydney, the Sky Blues have however heavily criticised Southern Expansion, labeling the bid as ‘deeply flawed’. With two new teams to be introduced to the A-League in the 2019/20 season, Football Federation Australia have received 15 respective bids with a choice on the successful two candidates expected in October. 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 Of the dozen bids, a South-West Sydney side looms as a potential dark horse with the Macarthur region primed for an A-League side according to Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow. “There is no question that expansion of the A-League must happen,” Barlow said via a club statement.”As for a third team in Sydney, I am in full support of a team located in Sydney’s South West representing the rapidly growing region of Macarthur. It’s an exciting proposition for the A-League.”This is where a big successful club can be based, in the heart of a growing community and with a fan base that has a real sense of ownership in the club.”While all for a third team in Sydney, the Sky Blues aren’t impressed with Southern Expansion’s bid for an A-League side.Sydney FCThe proposed team has the support of St George, Sutherland and South Coast Football Associations but Sydney FC believe Southern Expansion would spell disaster for their own club.“In complete contrast to the Macarthur proposal, I am strongly opposed to a team based in south Sydney,” Barlow said. “The southern regions of Sydney including St George and Sutherland are vital parts of Sydney FC’s heartland.“A new team based in the south would be very damaging to our club and would result in huge cannibalisation of our fan base. Put simply it would cut our club off at the knees.”The Southern Expansion bid is a deeply flawed proposal. It is an attempt to pull together three completely unrelated regions of NSW.”The timeline for expansion bids will see all proposals submitted by August 31 with a decision from the FFA then expected October 31.last_img read more

  • ATTENTION ALL AFFILIATES

    first_imgAll associations affiliated to the Australian Touch Association PLEASE NOTE: Your Certificate of Currency expires at 4pm on January 15 2005. The new Certificate of Currency for the period January 15 2005 until 15 January 2006 will be available during the week beginning January 16. Please email lyn@austouch.com.au to obtain your new Certificate of Currency and provide your affiliate name and fax number to receive a copy of the Certificate of Currency. Any queries please call Lyn on (02) 6285 2703 or 1800 654 951last_img

  • WOOLGOOLGA TOUCH IN THE MIDST OF NTL

    first_imgIt was a thrilling end to a night of great Touch last night at the Woolgoolga Touch Association’s Grand Final night. The Men’s Open grand final went right down to the wire, with a drop-off in the fading light needed to determine the winners. A large crowd was gathered to watch local rugby league boys, Just Fish take on Handi-Hire in the final. Just Fish started the game well with Nathan Graham scoring a touchdown early in the match to put his team ahead 1-0. Graham then set up his team’s second touchdown when his flick pass put Michael Jeffery over the line; Just Fish were ahead 2-0. Just Fish held Handi-Hire scoreless for quite a while, with good defense on their line. There were too many mistakes and dropped balls by Handi-Hire for them to convert their hard work into touchdowns. Blake Seymour from Just Fish put his team up 3-0 and hopes were beginning to fade for Handi-Hire. When a Just Fish player was subbed, Handi-Hire’s Jason Sahdra took advantage of the situation and scored, making the score 3-1. Both teams scored two more touchdowns before half time, Just Fish ahead 5-3 going into the break. Handi-Hire came out firing in the second half, scoring the first two touchdowns, bringing the score to 5-5 and exciting the crowd. As the game intensified the touches got harder and the minutes and light began to fade. Handi-Hire’s veteran player, Basil Badhni scored a touchdown to put his team in the lead for the first time throughout the match. Handi-Hire looked as though they had their victory sealed after Taj Dosanjh scored a touchdown to make the score 7-5. But Just Fish weren’t going down without a fight. Captain Arthur Murray scored a touchdown before Cole Duncombe evened the score right on the full time siren with a length of the field touchdown. And so a drop-off began. The crowd was restless, questions were flying and the light was almost gone. When the teams got down to three players on three the crowd was calling for car headlights to be shone on the field, but this wasn’t needed as Just Fish player Cole Duncombe scored his second touchdown and claimed victory for his team. Just Fish Captain Arthur Murray was pleased with the way his team performed. “I thought we played well tonight, we’re not Touch players really, and they are, so it was good to win,” said Murray. The Men’s Open grand final was the end of a great night for Woolgoolga Touch. Grand Finals were also played in the Men’s over 35’s division and the Women’s Open division. Gelroo were victorious over Flat Top Engineering in the Men’s 35’s with touchdowns going to Phil Hopkins, Chris Seymour and Andy Muir for the Gelroo’s and Paul Chambers for Flat Top Engineering. Some great skill and promise was shown in the Women’s Open grand final with Amble Inn beating Ryan Earthmoving, 9-1. An impressive performance by Amble Inn’s Bonnie Miller-Tucker saw her score three touchdowns for her team. Julie Wales also scored two touchdowns to contribute to her team’s victory. The Australian Touch Association staff that attended the Grand Final night at Woolgoolga would like to thank Matt Wood and the other volunteers at Woolgoolga Touch and congratulate them on running a fantastic local touch association. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

  • NRL and Touch Football Australia join to ‘Kick Bowel Cancer’

    first_imgThe NRL has partnered with Touch Football Australia to tackle bowel cancer and encourage Australians to take a bowel cancer detection survey. As Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, each year 4000 people die from the disease and almost 15,000 cases are detected.The ‘NRL Kick Bowel Cancer’ campaign has been produced in collaboration with The Gut Foundation, Cancer Council NSW and Bowel Cancer Australia. The campaign aims to raise awareness, reducing stigmas and encourage people to take action to prevent the disease.Together, we can kick bowel cancer. Visit nrlkickbowelcancer.com.au today to assess your risk with only five short questions, it could save your life.Related LinksKick Bowel Cancerlast_img

  • 10 months agoChelsea reject second Bayern Munich bid for Hudson-Odoi

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea reject second Bayern Munich bid for Hudson-Odoiby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have rejected a bid for Callum Hudson-Odoi.According to Sky Sports, Bayern Munich lodged the offer with the Blues.However, it is believed Chelsea value the 18-year-old at closer to £40m.Bayern have made the England U19 international their top transfer target in January.They initially failed with a bid of around £13.5m and have return with another failed offer.Hudson-Odoi, who has made five appearances for the first-team this season, is under contract with Chelsea until 2020. last_img

  • 9 months agoAC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta excited after winning debut

    first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta excited after winning debutby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta is excited about his move to Italy.Paqueta made his debut in the Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria.He said, “Milan is a beautiful city, with a very different culture. I hope my wife and I can settle in, so I can focus on my primary objective, which is helping Milan to win.“Milan are a club known worldwide for their history, their success and the Brazilians who have come through here, such as my idol Kaka.“I hope, along with my teammates, to bring Milan back to winning ways, achieve great trophies and bring the fans joy.” last_img

  • a month ago​Ex-Sheff Utd owner McCabe questions suitability of new choice

    first_img​Ex-Sheff Utd owner McCabe questions suitability of new choiceby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Sheffield United owner Kevin McCabe has questioned new owner Prince Abdullah’s suitability to run the club, reports BBC Sport.McCabe was forced to sell his 50% stake in the Premier League side because of a high-court ruling, and says he regrets selling 50% to the Saudi in 2013.Lifelong Blades fan McCabe said he had “hesitation and concern” and would consider a court appeal.But Prince Abdullah, who invested £10m, said: “When fans look back in four or five years’ time, they’ll be happy.”McCabe, who has invested more than £100m in the club, told Sky Sports: “I have hesitation and concern over the overall management of the club off the field, and more particularly management on the field.”I question whether [Prince Abdullah] has the suitability to be the right guy to lead as the owner of Sheffield United.”McCabe fell out with Prince Abdullah in 2017 and attempted to buy back the Saudi’s 50% share for £5m.McCabe has previously also questioned why Prince Abdullah had been to only four Sheffield United games in six years.But Prince Abdullah said: “I’ve seen every game in the past three or four years. I don’t like to attend games really. I like to watch games in mute and alone. I will appoint my son-in-law as chairman of club. He will move to Sheffield.”I’ll be there when I need to be.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • a month agoWatford winger Sarr: Liverpool striker Mane world best

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford winger Sarr: Liverpool striker Mane world bestby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford winger Ismaila Sarr is full of praise for Liverpool striker Sadio Mane.Sarr says his Senegal teammate is the best in the world.Speaking on the Hornets YouTube channel, Sarr said: “[Mane is] one of the best men in Africa and in the world.“I can say that for me, he is the best player in the world. Because he is quality. He has won the Champions League .“He has done everything for Liverpool and in all competitions, unfortunately not the Premier League but I hope he does at some point because for me, he’s the best African player in Europe.“He plays well, he does everything well both in football and life.“He also does things right with us, he’s our national team leader“He’s a guy who does things right, even outside of football.“He does what is right for him and for everybody. Because he is a nice guy and does what is right.” last_img read more

  • 21 days agoSteven Alzate ‘very proud’ of new Brighton deal

    first_imgSteven Alzate ‘very proud’ of new Brighton dealby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Alzate has penned a new deal with Brighton.The midfielder put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with Albion after making his Premier League debut last month, and spoke of his pride at signing a new deal with the club.He said, “I’m very proud, as this club has a lot of faith in me. I’m honoured to sign a new contract and I now need to keep working hard.“Things have happened quite quickly, but I’m just trying to keep learning and take each day as it comes. I probably wasn’t expecting to play in the Premier League this early on, but I’m just grateful for what’s happened and know that I have to stay focused.“I have a lot of family and friends who are all very proud, and it’s every child’s dream to be in my position.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • The 7 Best Days Of The Year For The College Sports Fan

    first_imgCalendar shows the seven best days of the year.7 Best Days Of YearThis isn’t that great a time of the year for the college sports fan. College football’s been over for a couple weeks and college basketball, while very entertaining this season, doesn’t reach its peak until March. Fret not, though; better days are ahead. They’re coming fast, too.  Which days do you have circled?Which days do you have circled?We’ve ranked the seven best days of the year for the college sports fan. These are days everyone who enjoys college basketball and college football should look forward to, no matter how their individual teams are doing. These are, simply put, seven of the best days of the year. Each of them are fantastic. From Selection Sunday to college football’s Rivalry Saturday, we’ve got a pretty great seven day list. Here they are. Start With No. 7 ??? >>> Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8last_img read more

  • Photo: Jim Harbaugh Wearing A Kobe Bryant Shirt During Camp In Los Angeles

    first_imgJim Harbaugh winces as he looks on from the sideline.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp tour has him out on the West Coast this morning, and as you’d expect, he has the wardrobe to match. For today’s camp in Los Angeles, Harbaugh went with a Kobe Bryant Lakers t-shirt. It’s almost impossible to find a more popular athlete in the city than the future NBA Hall of Famer, so it’s a pretty strong choice.Jim Harbaugh is repping Kobe Bryant at the LA camp this morning. pic.twitter.com/GoOEneOQ5E— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) June 25, 2016 We’re a bit disappointed he didn’t go with the actual jersey, but not everyone can pull off wearing one of those. Harbaugh went with the safe choice here.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

  • Bielsa admits to sending spy

    first_imgLeeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he sent a spy to observe Derby County’s training session ahead of their Championship clash.The Rams contacted the police to remove a “suspicious individual” from their training ground, and it later emerged that it was a Leeds employee sent to spy on their training session.Derby released a statement on their official website confirming the events, and Bielsa has admitted that the ‘spy’ was there on his instruction. 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? “It’s true it was someone from Leeds United,” he told Sky Sports.”I am responsible for it. It doesn’t matter if this is legal or illegal, or right or wrong… for me, it is enough that Frank Lampard and Derby felt it was not the right thing to do, for me to believe that I didn’t behave well.”The former Argentina manager also revealed that he had already spoken to Derby counterpart Frank Lampard about the situation.”Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he said I didn’t respect the rules of fair play. I have a different point of view on it, but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby think.”I am the only one responsible for it because I didn’t ask for the permission of Leeds to do it.”Without trying to find a justification, I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifiers for the World Cup with Argentina. It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press. For some people, it’s the wrong thing to do and for other people, it’s not the wrong thing to do.”Lampard condemned the tactic in an interview with Sky and claimed that the same thing had occurred before their previous meeting.”We had somebody the day before our first game against them which we lost 4-1,” Lampard said.”Leeds can beat you 4-1 because they are a fantastic team but they had someone in the bushes that day. The man was asked to leave but it wasn’t followed up like it has been this time.”On a sportsman’s level, it’s bad. If we are going to talk about culturally and say I did it somewhere else and it’s fine, I don’t believe that. It’s disrupted our build-up to the game. People will say I am making an excuse, but I will speak like this after the game whether we win, lose or draw.”The training stopped because the police came on the training ground, then it went away. We were training on team tactics, team shape, personnel, how we are going to press, how we will work off the ball, the fact Harry Wilson wasn’t training would become evident, so the person who is watching will see all of that.”last_img read more

  • Eriksen hints at Madrid move & reveals he’s ready to quit Spurs

    first_imgChristian Eriksen has hinted he would be interested in a move to Real Madrid after revealing he wants to leave Tottenham to “try something new”.Eriksen has been linked with a move away from north London for some time after failing to negotiate a new contract with Spurs.And Real, who have already signed Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, are expected to make a number of signings this summer and could get Eriksen at a cut price as his current deal expires in 2020.  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? The Denmark international says he is not aware any concrete talks between Real and Spurs have taken place, but acknowledged it could be time for him to move on,Speaking to Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet , Eriksen said: “I feel that I am at a place in my career where I might want to try something new. I have the deepest respect for everything that has happened at Tottenham but I have also said that I would like to try something new.”I hope there will be clarification during the summer. That’s the plan. In football you do not know when clarification will come. It can happen anytime. It would be best for everyone if it happens as soon as possible, but in football things take time.”It depends on Daniel Levy. And another club has to come in. Or I have to sit down at the table and negotiate a new contract. You can’t set a date yourself.”If I have to go, then hopefully it will be a step up. It’s [a potential move to Real Madrid] a step up. But that requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want me. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.”It is hard. It depends on the possibilities. If nothing pops up that is more exciting, why not stay at Tottenham? If I am to sign a new contract it depends on the conditions.”Should Eriksen leave Spurs this summer, he would bring a six-year spell at the club to a close having signed from Ajax in 2013.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has done a number of big-money deals with the Liga club in the past, negotiating huge fees for Luka Modric in 2012 and Gareth Bale in 2013.last_img read more

  • Ronaldo the cherry on top for Portugal – Petkovic

    first_imgSwitzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic felt Portugal’s “street smarts” and the performance of Cristiano Ronaldo were decisive in the first Nations League semi-final.A hat-trick from the Juventus star sent the host nation into Sunday’s final with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in Porto on Wednesday.The Swiss were the stronger side for spells of the match and deserved to be level when Ronaldo’s first-half free-kick was cancelled out by Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty. 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? However, Ronaldo scored twice more in the space of two minutes in the closing stages to secure a showdown with either England or Netherlands on Sunday.”Congratulations to Portugal,” Petkovic said afterwards, as quoted by UEFA.com. “They had street smarts, they had the cherry on top of the cake and that made the difference. Four shots, three goals.”On the one hand, we were up against a very strong opponent, but over 90 minutes we showed we’re a strong team and that we can make life for a top side difficult, too.”We were trying to keep the score; we had the chance to get a second but didn’t take it. We got outnumbered at the back and conceded. Their top player made the difference.”Switzerland’s penalty was awarded in remarkable circumstances, with referee Felix Brych penalising Nelson Semedo for a trip on Steven Zuber after a VAR review, having initially given Portugal a spot-kick for a foul by Fabian Schar on Bernardo Silva.”The foul wasn’t that clear – the penalty we were given – but it was the right decision and in conformity with the rules and the referee did a very good job,” was Petkovic’s assessment.Xherdan Shaqiri, who impressed for a Switzerland side that will now contest the third-place play-off, thinks his side must learn to be more ruthless.”We were the better team, for sure, but Ronaldo decided the game. This is football sometimes,” said the Liverpool man. “We can’t always play well and lose. We have to learn from our mistakes and do better next time.”last_img read more

  • Van Dijk must do better – Gullit

    first_imgVirgil van Dijk must “be better” for Netherlands if he is to win the Ballon d’Or, according to Ruud Gullit.Gullit called for the Liverpool defender to help cut out the errors that have dogged Ronald Koeman’s team.After winning the Champions League with Liverpool, Van Dijk helped his country reach the Nations League final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Portugal, and Koeman received widespread plaudits for turning the Oranje’s fortunes around following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. 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? But Gullit, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1987 ahead of Netherlands’ triumph at the 1988 European Championship, called for Van Dijk to inspire improvement in the Dutch defence.Speaking to Omnisport about Van Dijk at the Costa Smeralda Invitational golf event, Gullit said: “I think he did really, really well, especially with Liverpool. I think that he was the missing link for them.”For the national team I still think he needs to be better than that.”Not him only, but also [Matthijs] De Ligt because out of the last 14 games, 10 games we’ve been 1-0 down. If you have such a good defence you don’t need to concede these goals all the time.”Van Dijk won the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year award for his outstanding performances for Liverpool throughout 2018-19, and he is widely considered to be a contender for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Gullit underlined the difficulty defensive players have in winning world football’s most coveted individual prize, pointing out that his former AC Milan team-mate and Italy great Franco Baresi did not collect the award during his career.The last defender to win it was former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006, and Gullit feels the whole Netherlands team would need to step up to help Van Dijk fulfil his potential.”It has to do with the whole team of course,” said Gullit. “It is something that he has to fix. Not he himself but the whole defence, with the whole team, in order to be that player.”Of course, defenders have not been picked a lot. Baresi should have been picked but never was. So therefore it would be a huge boost for him if he gets picked.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • Liverpool in talks with Roma over £15m Lovren deal

    first_imgLiverpool are in talks with Roma over the £15 million ($18m) transfer of Dejan Lovren, Goal can confirm.The Croatian defender is open to leaving the Reds before the end of the European transfer window, having fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.Lovren, 30, finds himself behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the battle for centre-back positions at the minute, and is understood to be keen on the idea of a move to Italy, where he would receive regular first-team football. 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? Roma are currently leading the race for the former Southampton man, and have opened talks with Liverpool over a potential deal. They could, however, face competition from Serie A rivals AC Milan.Lovren joined Liverpool in a £20m ($24m) move back in 2014, and has since made 170 appearances for the Reds. But a series of niggling injuries and illnesses have allowed both Gomez and Matip to move ahead of him in the fight to partner the brilliant Van Dijk.Lovren played just 18 times last season, compared to Gomez’s 25 and Matip’s 31, and was not in the squad for Liverpool’s Premier League opener with Norwich last week.He will also miss out on the Super Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday, with the player having not travelled with the rest of the squad to Turkey.Liverpool are appreciative of Lovren’s desire for regular football, and have promised he will be allowed to leave providing the offer is suitable for the club.They did similar with Lucas Leiva, who joined Lazio in 2017, and Simon Mignolet, who completed a move to Club Brugge earlier this month.Lovren’s exit would call into question the strength of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, with both Gomez and Matip having missed a significant amount of games due to injury in recent years.Klopp was forced to use midfielder Fabinho at centre-back last season, while in one memorable game the previous campaign he fielded a back three featuring both Gini Wijnaldum and Emre Can.The arrival of youngsters Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg, though, may offset any fears of a repeat.Hoever, who can play anywhere across the backline, made his senior Reds debut at Wolves in January, while fellow 17-year-old Van den Berg has already featured for the under-23s in the EFL Trophy. Both are seen as first-team stars of the future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • ESPN Releases Prediction For Oklahoma-Army

    first_imgOklahoma flag is run on field ahead of home game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Before Oklahoma starts their conference schedule next week, the Sooners will play against Army tomorrow.Through the first three games of the season, Oklahoma has relied on Kyler Murray’s insane production. Despite having large shoes to fill heading into this year, the dual-threat quarterback continues to impress.As of right now, the Sooners average 49.7 points per game, which is a huge reason for their success thus far.According to ESPN’s FPI, Oklahoma has a 98.2 percent chance of winning. Oklahoma’s biggest test might not come until Oct. 6, when the Sooners face Texas. Nonetheless, Lincoln Riley’s squad is battle-tested, especially after their road win over Iowa State.For Army, they’ll need a strong performance from Kelvin Hopkins Jr. and their committee of tailbacks. After all, they average over 300 yards per game on the ground, placing them as the No. 6 rushing team in the nation.Army and Oklahoma will kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET from Memorial Stadium.last_img read more

  • Kirk Herbstreit Says There’s A New “Heavy Favorite” To Make The Playoff

    first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit on sportscenterESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes one top 10 team will have to suffer a surprising upset in order to not make the College Football Playoff this season.Notre Dame, which won its top 10 showdown against Stanford on Saturday night, remains undefeated and is looking good.The Fighting Irish have already won what might be its two biggest games of the season – Michigan, Stanford – and an undefeated regular season seems possible.Herbstreit says that Notre Dame will be a heavy favorite to make the College Football Playoff moving forward.“Will need to be upset to prevent it. Be heavily favored in every game remaining,” he writes.@KirkHerbstreit After an impressive win last night over Stanford. Are my Irish going to be in the playoff talks? Finally Kelly has a legit defense also looks like he found his QB too. #GoIrish— Ryan Mann (@RyanudaMann) September 30, 2018Yes. Will need to be upset to prevent it. Be heavily favored in every game remaining https://t.co/5vDQbCwgai— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 30, 2018Notre Dame has a big one coming up next weekend, though.The Fighting Irish travel to Virginia Tech on Saturday. The game will kick off in primetime.last_img read more

  • A College Football Game Might Be Played Without Commercials Today

    first_imgA view of Michigan's football field from the tunnel.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 04: Rain pours into the tunnel before a college football game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The game is currently delayed because of thunder. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)One college football game today might be shown without commercials. Michigan’s contest against Maryland has already been postponed, but now there are reports that the game will be played in condensed fashion.After lightning in the area moved kickoff back, it looks like the Wolverines and Terrapins won’t kick off until 1:00 p.m. ET – as opposed to the set noon kickoff time. Severe weather in the area isn’t going away, however, and it could impact the broadcast.According to Michigan reporter Brad Galli, the Big Ten is considering running a “condensed” broadcast without commercials. With serious weather expected later in the day as well, the league is hoping to get the game played before any further delays his.Here’s the report from Galli.Michigan staff tells me players won’t hit the field until 12:15. 45-minute warmup with a goal of 1 PM kickoff. They may run a condensed broadcast, without commercials, aiming to get the game in during a clearer weather picture 1-3 PM.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 6, 2018According to the report, the game would only be delayed if a timeout is called or a player is injured.Lightning remains in the area and a tentative kickoff time has been set for 1:15 p.m. ET though that is subject to change.Stay tuned for further updates.last_img read more