TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt striker Haller has no Newcastle regretsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller has no regrets turning down a move to the Premier League last summer.Haller attracted interest from Newcastle United at the start of the season.He told DAZN: “Nobody had to convince me. It was normal for me to stay here. “My first season with Eintracht was okay, but not outstanding. I wanted to stay with the idea to improve myself and continue to achieve great things with this club.”There is always a difference between what you want and what you can do. I have no problem with moving to a new country. But maybe I will stay the rest of my career here in Frankfurt.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Warren O’Hora happy with progress at Brightonby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWarren O’Hora is happy with his progress at Brighton.O’Hora swapped first-team football with Bohemians in the Irish top flight for a place in the Albion academy when he signed. The Seagulls’ strong Irish connection help them land their man in January last year after he was also offered places at Norwich City and Shrewsbury Town. He told The Argus: “I was asked to come on trial to Brighton and I was really interested.“I came over, had a look at the facilities, trained and loved it.“From there, I was offered a contract and I couldn’t say no.“It was something I always wanted to do “I moved over when I was just turned 18.“With the Irish boys like Az (Connolly), Dessie Hutchinson and Jay Molumby here, it was a no-brainer really.“I had people to help me settle in and the club is a great club.”
Duke freshman big man Jahlil Okafor, who is averaging 17.8 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game, is widely considered to be the best player in college basketball. It looks like the school is putting together a marketing campaign to make sure he’s rewarded for it. Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the team’s big rivalry showdown with North Carolina, Duke has released a “JAHS 15” hype video to promote him for Player of the Year. Both the graphics and the music in the clip reference the movie JAWS.Will it work? We’ll find out soon enough. Okafor is one of just a few viable candidates for the award.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Believe it or not, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a humorous side. It doesn’t come out often, but it’s there.Friday, Saban, in wishing ESPN College GameDay host Lee Corso a happy 80th birthday, decided to wear the school mascot head. Big Al never looked so good – or so terrifying.Earlier this year, we saw Big Al pop up at Saban’s daughter’s wedding too. Perhaps the Alabama head coach just has an extra mascot head in the trunk of his car or something.
Twitter/@OurDailyBearsIt is unclear whether or not the NCAA will take any action against Baylor after the sexual assault scandal which led to the ouster of head coach Art Briles last month. It appears that the Big 12 is interested in looking further into the issues. In a statement released this afternoon, the Big 12 announced that is has requested all available documents from the investigations into the string of sexual assaults.#Big12 Requests Full Baylor Information – https://t.co/5hdcVs5uXD— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) June 22, 2016Today, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby sent a letter to Baylor University Interim President David Garland once again requesting all documents associated with the investigations of sexual assaults at Baylor. This request is for written materials as well as any information that has been conveyed orally to University leadership or to its Board of Regents including, but not limited to, the unedited written or verbal information from Pepper Hamilton, omitting only the names of any involved students. Internal documents pertinent to the investigation have also been requested.Because many of the incidents at Baylor reportedly involve student-athletes, the Conference is appropriately concerned with discovery of the facts. The Big 12 is primarily configured to facilitate fair competition among its members and compliance to the rules of both the Conference and NCAA. To that end, full disclosure is vital to assess the impact on the Big 12.This could get a bit tricky, considering the full Pepper Hamilton findings were delivered orally to Baylor’s Board of Trustees, which makes it fairly easy to infer that Baylor does not want the full extent of the findings hitting the public.[Big 12]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Upsets are a huge part of what makes college football so damn entertaining. Few things in sports are better than watching an undefeated, national championship-contending team go down in tragic fashion. Just last year, an undefeated Ohio State fell at home to Michigan State, an undefeated Alabama lost at home to Ole Miss and an undefeated Florida State lost on the road to Georgia Tech. All three of those games were among the most-entertaining of the season. People really love watching an underdog pull off a spectacular upset victory. The 2016 college football season is now exactly one month away. Upsets are on the way. Most college football teams will suffer at least one unexpected loss this fall. While it’s tough to predict them (upsets are usually unpredictable by nature), we’re going to give it a shot. Here is every top 25 team (in ESPN’s preseason poll) most-likely upset loss. Start With No. 25 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has returned the “enjoyment factor” to Manchester United, says John O’Shea, and is putting himself in contention to secure a permanent deal at Old Trafford.With Jose Mourinho relieved of his managerial duties on the back of a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign, the Red Devils turned to a familiar face in an effort to steady the ship.An immediate reversal in fortune has been enjoyed, with four successive victories accompanying the start of a new era. 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? Solskjaer has been credited with giving his players more freedom in which to express themselves, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford rejuvenated under his guidance.Former United defender O’Shea believes the Norwegian must now be considered a leading candidate to retain the reins, with his early work suggesting that he is the right man for the job.The Irishman, who is set to be reunited with the Red Devils on Saturday when Reading take in an FA Cup third round trip to Old Trafford, told reporters of Solskjaer’s impact: “He’s [making] a hell of an impression to get the job, that’s for sure.“To bring that freedom of expression and enjoyment; they’re at Manchester United because they’re good players. That’s the big thing.“Knowing Ole, the type of player and person he was, you can see why the board and the club decided to go that way.“It’ll be that enjoyment factor, and that professionalism and killer instinct he had. That’ll have been the key. The enjoyment and maintaining the standard of what the club and fans hope and expect to see.“They’ve had a run of games where they’ve really put their foot down and go on and finished teams off as well. Everything he seems to be doing at the minute… he makes a sub and 40 seconds later, the sub scores.“Everything’s going in his favour at the minute, but I hope he stays unbeaten in the league and gets knocked out of the cup.“If he keeps that run going, if he has success in, hopefully not the FA Cup, but the Champions League, and carries on the run in the league, he’ll be putting himself as a frontrunner for the job.“He’ll want to carry on that momentum he’s created early on, and he’ll definitely be under consideration.“He’s been brought in until the summer, but that can all change very quickly.”
Ousmane Dembele’s brace and a second-half goal from Lionel Messi ensured Barcelona beat Levante 3-0 at Camp Nou, as they comfortably overturned a first-leg deficit to progress to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.Trailing 2-1 in the tie, Ernesto Valverde handed a start to Messi and he played a part in both of Dembele’s goals before making sure of the aggregate victory by finding the net himself just after the break.However, Levante president Quico Catalan had already said his club will challenge Barcelona’s progression, with reports in Spain suggesting the LaLiga champions fielded an ineligible player in the previous meeting. 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? Defender Chumi featured in that game, even though he had been due to serve a suspension after picking up five bookings in the Segunda Division B, and Catalan told reporters prior to kick-off on Thursday that Levante would lodge an official complaint to the Royal Spanish Football Federation.Naturally, the goal scorer and the man who got him the ball share an embrace! Great combo, @_nelsonsemedo_ & Leo #Messi!#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/r7pQH6s6Fa— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 17, 2019The selection of Messi, who did not feature in the first leg, was an indication of Barcelona’s intent to progress, and the Argentinian twice came close to scoring in the opening 25 minutes, with goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez parrying away a free-kick before diverting another try wide with his foot.Yet Barca soon went ahead on aggregate as Dembele benefitted from two moments of good fortune to score twice in as many minutes.First, the ball looped up off the Frenchman and went in following Erick Cabaco’s desperate slide tackle, before Dembele’s weak finish from a tight angle was helped in by Fernandez’s foot to make it 2-0.Messi was then played in by Dembele only to see his effort from point-blank range denied by Fernandez, the keeper then thwarting Philippe Coutinho and Messi again before the break.Barca’s aggregate lead was only a solitary goal until Messi finally got on the scoresheet nine minutes into the second half.Dembele was involved as he threaded a superb pass through to Nelson Semedo, who squared the ball for Messi to slot past Fernandez for the home side’s third.A hat-trick eluded Dembele, though, as he fired just wide late on, while the woodwork denied Emmanuel Boateng scoring for Levante in stoppage time. What does it mean? Barca through, for nowLevante president Catalan’s comments prior to kick-off did not serve as a distraction to Barcelona, who did the job on the pitch. As it stands, they will be in Friday’s last-eight draw, though the powers-that-be may have something to say about that.Dembele at the doubleHe only scored four times in his debut campaign at Camp Nou but Dembele already has a dozen in 2018-19. There was a degree of luck in both of the 21-year-old’s first-half goals, but his link-up play with Messi suggests he is beginning to feel more at home.Chance to impress passes Coutinho byDembele is not the only one to have experienced early struggles in his Barcelona career, with Coutinho as yet failing to hit the same heights he reached at Liverpool prior to his January 2018 move. The Brazilian, who was withdrawn for Luis Suarez just after the hour mark, has still not scored from open play since October.What’s next?Leaders Barcelona will look to make it seven wins in a row in LaLiga when they host Leganes on Sunday, with Levante hosting Real Valladolid on the same day. read more
Ashley Cole named Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti as his two favourite managers to play for during his time with Chelsea.Cole, who now plays under Frank Lampard at Derby County, played with Chelsea from 2006-14, winning the Premier League in 2009-10 while also claiming four FA Cups, a Champions League title and a Europa League crown.AdChoices广告Jose Mourinho was Cole’s manager for three of those seasons at Chelsea, but Scolari and Ancelotti were singled out as the two the full-back felt most comfortable under, despite the former lasting just seven months in charge before being sacked. 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? “I enjoyed Scolari and Ancelotti, probably my favourite two,” Cole said on Sky Sports.”I think Scolari [is my favourite], he came at a time when I wasn’t playing as well as I knew I could when I first came to Chelsea – I wasn’t the Ashley Cole they knew at Arsenal.”He came and he brought this new lease of life, it was like playing for Brazil. He had me bombing up and down against players like Jamie Carragher, with [Jose] Bosingwa on the other side.”We had no rules, we could go where we wanted, left and right-backs going at the same time. We were playing great football, but by December it had petered out and he got the sack.”Following a suggestion from Jamie Carragher that the current Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, is under pressure, Cole disagreed.The Blues bounced back from a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth to cruise past Huddersfield 5-0.Cole believes Sarri will get Chelsea to where the club needs to be as long as the team continues to follow his tactics.”I don’t think he’s under pressure. He’s trying to put his philosophy on it. I watched Sarri-ball in Italy and the football they played is amazing,” Cole said.”It’s different now but I think it boils down to confidence. They had the confidence to play out of the back. “Some of the Chelsea players have to get with it sooner rather than later.”Cole says that he hopes Sarri can stay on for consistency sake but also understands that there is considerable pressure on any manager that takes charge of Chelsea.”You’re there to win. We took probably one of the greatest managers ever [Jose Mourinho] and two years after I had arrived he was getting the sack,” Sarri said.”I think the chairman [Roman Abramovich] has been great.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The USWNT will come up against their sternest test yet at the 2019 Women’s World Cup when they face England in the semi-finals in Lyon on Tuesday.Both sides come into this match with perfect records, though the U.S. had the trickier quarter-final as they dispatched hosts France.England, meanwhile, flew past Norway with a 3-0 scoreline and are just one match away from reaching a first World Cup final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Can the Lionesses succeed where the male team faltered last summer at Russia 2018? Game England women vs USWNT Date Tuesday, July 2 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Network / NBCSN / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One and it can be streamed live online using BBC Sport Live and BBC Sport iPlayer UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC Sport Live / BBC Sport iPlayer Squads & Team News Position England women squad Goalkeepers Bardsley, Telford, Earps Defenders McManus, Greenwood, Stokes, Williamson, Bronze, Bright, Daly, Houghton Midfielders Moore, Scott, Walsh, Staniforth, Carney Forwards Stanway, Mead, White, Kirby, Taylor, Parris, Duggan Captain Steph Houghton was a doubt against Norway because of an ankle injury sustained against Cameroon but played the full 90 minutes. There appears to be no prospect of her missing this match.There had also been doubts over Mel Bright before that match due to illness, but she was able to play the duration and should form a familiar partnership at centre-back with the Manchester City player.England starting XI: Telford; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes; Daly, Walsh, Scott, Mead; Parris, White Position USWNT squad Goalkeepers Naeher, Harris, Franch Defenders Sauerbrunn, O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Krieger, Davidson, Sonnett, Dunn Midfielders Mewis, Brian, Ertz, Horan, Lavelle, Long Forwards Pugh, Lloyd, Morgan, Rapinoe, Heath, McDonald, Press USWNT coach Jill Ellis finds herself under pressure due to her unpredictable selection. Lindsey Horan comes back into the midfield after sitting out the last two matches, while Alex Morgan is fit to play once again despite dealing with a recent injury.USWNT starting XI: Naeher, O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, Dunn; Ertz, Horan, Lavelle; Heath, Morgan, PressBetting & Match Odds The USWNT are strong 4/5 favourites to win this match with Bet365 . England can be supported at 7/2, while a draw is on offer at 5/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview The winner of Tuesday’s fixture between the USWNT and England will head into Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final with a sense that they can beat anyone.The top half of the draw has proven to be the harder section, particularly for the U.S. who had to overcome France in the quarter-finals. Two goals from the highly visible figure of Megan Rapinoe gave them a platform for success but they needed to survive strong late penalty appeals to ultimately get over the line 2-1.“That was the most intense match I have ever been a part of,” English-born USWNT coach Jill Ellis commented after the match. “A win’s a win in a World Cup. I haven’t seen many pretty games in a World Cup.”While it was a war of attrition against the French, the U.S. could draw a silver lining from the fact that they now know what it is like to come under pressure and still come through. Indeed, in the closing stages of the quarter-final, they were forced to switch to a back five, a move almost unprecedented given their dominance of the women’s game.The defending world champions are expected to come under similar pressure when they face England, with Phil Neville’s side refusing to show any fear in their face.“We’ve planned for it, we’ve played against them and we know how we’re going to play,” the England boss said.“When it was France or USA in the semi-final every one of my players said: ‘Let’s hope it’s USA.’“You have to beat the best, and the USA are the best. They’ve proven it.“But we’re ready for them. Sometimes, before these games, you can have fear and trepidation – but I can smell nothing but freedom, happiness and excitement.”Lucy Bronze, a Champions League winner with Lyon barely a month ago, says that England’s lack of experience winning international tournaments will actually help the team.“We have more hunger than the other teams because we have never reached a final,” the right-back said.“You look at the four teams left and we’re the only team that hasn’t reached a final. The Olympics, the World Cup, the Euros, these other three teams have all reached finals in recent years.“It definitely takes more to reach a final – but who better to know that it takes more than a team that has been knocked out of two consecutive semi-finals?”Bronze and her colleagues are determined not to make it an unwelcome hat-trick in Lyon.