10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp cannot rule out new Sturridge deal

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp cannot rule out new Sturridge dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp cannot rule out handing Daniel Sturridge a new deal.The 29-year-old striker’s future on Merseyside was expected to end in the summer after a failed spell on loan at West Brom in the second half of last season.But an impressive pre-season spell saw him keep his place this season and he has scored four goals despite making just five starts across all competitions.On whether Klopp could look to hand the England frontman a new deal to keep him at the club beyond the summer of 2019, he said: “We don’t talk about things like that. Nothing to say. “As long as the boys are here then anything is possible.” last_img read more

9 months agoLeicester boss Puel explains Barnes recall

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first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel explains Barnes recallby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel says it was the right time to recall Harvey Barnes from his loan at West Brom.Barnes returned to his parent club on Friday and trained with the rest of the Leicester team. Puel could include him in the squad for the Premier League match at home to Southampton on Saturday.”He has been brought back for many reasons but the primary reason is because he can help us,” said Puel. “The player has progressed, and I would like to thank West Bromwich and their manager for giving him the opportunities to play.”It is difficult (for West Brom) to lose a player like this but it is a good moment for him to come back and help his team-mates.”Harvey can bring different options. He can play on the left side, he can play as a striker and he can play just behind the striker. He is an attacking player and he has penetration.”He is a clinical player. He can start a move and finish a move. He is a complete player. These are his qualities.”He is a player from our academy and it is pleasing to see him show personality and character in his game, I like this.” last_img read more

a month agoBorussia Dortmund captain Reus blows fuse after character questioned: Mentality bull****?!

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund captain Reus blows fuse after character questioned: Mentality bull****?!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus blew a fuse after their character was questioned in an interview following their 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.Lucien Favre’s side had twice been pegged back at the Commerzbank Arena, and were forced to settle for a point after a late Thomas Delaney own goal.Reus said: “This is really going on my nerves with your mentality bull****. Seriously.”Today? Are you serious now? The 2-2 was scored due to mentality? Are you serious? We played dumb, sure, but don’t come to me with your s*** about mentality. Every week it’s the same c**p.'”Our main problem is that we can’t see out a game. But that has nothing to do with mentality. A goal like the 2-2 just mustn’t happen. If we make it 3-1 this game is over but we also could have seen it out to win 2-1 but we didn’t — that’s it.” last_img read more

12 days agoInter Milan boss Conte accepts Juventus gap

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first_imgInter Milan boss Conte accepts Juventus gapby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte accepts there’s a gap between themselves and Serie A leaders Juventus.Inter were beaten by Juve before the international break.Conte said, “I don’t think there’s any harm in dreaming, which is true for every fan, player and Coach. You have to then be objective and see what reality has in store for us.“There is a gap and it’s a difficult one to bridge, as I arrived with two clubs (Juventus and Napoli) who have been building together for years.“We have just started our journey, so with hard work and clarity can improve to become competitive and make our fans proud of us. We need a clear mission for the present and what the future can become.“You can only become protagonists with hard work. We mustn’t set limits for ourselves, but at the same time be honest and realistic. That doesn’t mean this Inter won’t challenge in this Serie A season.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days agoWales boss Giggs says Man Utd winger James good to play

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first_imgWales boss Giggs says Man Utd winger James good to playby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWales boss Ryan Giggs says Daniel James was fine to play on after a heavy collision in Sunday’s 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifying draw with Croatia and “passed all the concussion tests”.James needed treatment after an aerial challenge with Domagoj Vida, though the winger says he was not knocked out.”I say about players being smart… he stayed down, he was fine,” said Giggs.Giggs said after the match he was satisfied with the treatment of 21-year-old Manchester United forward James.”When the physios came over there was no problem, and what you have to do now is do the tests at half-time. He passed all the concussion tests,” said the Wales manager. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoFiorentina director Prade admits trying to sign Brescia midfielder Tonali

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first_imgFiorentina director Prade admits trying to sign Brescia midfielder Tonaliby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina director Daniele Prade admits they tried to sign Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali last summer.Pradè was asked if they would revive their approach for the 19-year-old in January.“No, we won’t try again in January,” he said. “We’ll be concentrating on sales rather than purchases. Besides that, why would Brescia want to sell Tonali mid-season?”They meet on Monday and Prade added: “Brescia are a very tough opponent, because they have an excellent Coach like Eugenio Corini, a star striker like Mario Balotelli and strong midfielder in Tonali.“It will be really difficult for us to win at the Stadio Rigamonti.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New Robben or Ribery? How could Hudson-Odoi fit in at Bayern

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first_imgWhen Bayern Munich made their first offer for Callum Hudson-Odoi in early December, the teenage winger had not started a Premier League game for Chelsea.The Bavarians are currently in a transitionary period, having appointed a young head coach in Niko Kovac to help develop the next generation of superstars at the Allianz Arena as their experienced winners reach the ends of their careers.They seamlessly replaced club legend Philipp Lahm with Joshua Kimmich, while Xabi Alonso’s midfield mantle was taken on by Leon Goretzka. However, the club are still figuring out how best to replace veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who both will leave this summer after winning everything there is to win at the club. 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? Bayern expect to not only win the Bundesliga every season, but also to compete for the Champions League. As a result, they need to have mutliple options in each position.Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry and Alphonso Davies will battle for the wide positions next season, but the double exit of Robben and Ribery was the reason they decided to pursue Hudson-Odoi so heavily. Coman and Gnabry are both injury prone, meaning that extra depth on the wings is crucial if Bayern are to challenge in Europe.Hudson-Odoi has only played a handful of times for Chelsea, but Bayern Munich liked what they saw of him at international level for England as he helped them win the 2017 Under-17 World Cup and finish as runners-up in the European Championship at the same age level. There, he shone alongside Jadon Sancho, who earned a move to Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City as a result.Bayern have the belief that Hudson-Odoi can replicate Sancho’s impact in the Bundesliga, deciding to make the 18-year-old their third most expensive signing ever and make him their next Robben or Ribery. Which player’s shoes he will step into is the big question in Munich, with Kovac having many options on how to line up in the future.GFX Hudson-Odoi Bayern LWBayern fans have become accustomed to seeing an inverted winger cut in from the outside and shoot with his opposite foot and score. Hudson-Odoi’s two Europa League starts for Chelsea were both on the left wing and he could be deployed in this position by Kovac.Hudson-Odoi’s only goal for the Blues was a mirrored Robben-style finish from the left side of the box on his right foot. He would step into Ribery’s role for Bayern, battling it out with Coman to be the preferred left winger.GFX Hudson-Odoi Bayern RWBoth Coman and Gnabry have played on the right this season for Bayern Munich, while previous managers have also used Thomas Muller there.Kovac prefers Muller more centrally in an attacking three in support of Lewandowski, meaning Hudson-Odoi would be an option on the right following Robben’s exit from the club.Fellow teenager Davies primarily played on the left for Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer, so Hudson-Odoi could play opposite him in a very young wide attack for Bayern.GFX Hudson-Odoi Bayern CMWith Phil Foden and Sancho playing further forward for England’s underage sides, Hudson-Odoi was often deployed on the left of a midfield trio. He lined out in this position for the Three Lions as they reached the final of the U17 European Championship, allowing him to help build attacks from deep.This approach could also see Kimmich moved from right-back into midfield, playing either as the holding midfielder or on the right of a midfield three to allow him to get forward and support the attack.Summer signing Benjamin Pavard regularly plays at centre-back for Stuttgart, but achieved his greatest success at right-back as he helped France win the 2018 World Cup.GFX Hudson-Odoi Bayern CFMuch of Hudson-Odoi’s experience to date has come with Chelsea’s U23 side in Premier League 2. Here, he has played in a variety of positions, including in support of the striker.Kovac previously used a three-at-the-back approach at Eintracht Frankfurt and could decide to bring that to Bayern, with Hudson-Odoi competing with Muller or James Rodriguez – should he remain in Munich – to play just behind Lewandowski.Once again, Kimmich is deployed further forward to utilise his crossing ability more often, while the midfield trio would be interchangeable depending on the strength of the opposition.last_img read more

Holmes continues career renaissance with USMNT

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first_imgDuane Holmes is in the midst of the kind of year he could only have dreamed of as recently as three years ago.Fresh off a breakout season at Derby County, and ready to take part in his first international tournament as part of the U.S. national team, Holmes is enjoying the type of success that once looked like it might elude him if not for his determination and refusal to let setbacks stop him.USMNT fans seeing Holmes in action for the first time in his recent national team debut saw a player at the height of his game, a quick and tenacious attacking midfielder. What most of those fans don’t know is the hurdles Holmes has cleared in his career to reach this new high point, which now finds him preparing to play in the Concacaf Gold Cup as a potential breakout player for the United States. 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 was the summer of 2016, and Holmes was out of work. Cut loose by Huddersfield Town, Holmes spent three months in career limbo, uncertain about his future and faced with the grim prospects of considering a different career path if an opportunity didn’t come along.”When I got released by Huddersfield it was a massive wake-up call to me,” Holmes told Goal. “When that realization hit when I was leaving the training ground that I needed a job basically.”Almost three months went by from the day Holmes left Huddersfield to the day Holmes received a fateful phone call from then-Scunthorpe United manager Graham Alexander offering him a lifeline and opportunity in the English third division.”I did have a conversation with my mum about how long I would leave it before I’d have to start maybe looking at going to the conference, or non-league football or take up a university course,” Holmes said. “That’s when I got the call from Graham Alexander, it was a no-brainer.”I had a point to prove, I felt I was good enough to play (at Huddersfield), and in that division, but I decided to take a step down in leagues and just go and prove myself and get games,” Holmes said. “I got a manager that trusted me and gave me every chance in the world. I owe a lot to him.”Holmes thrived at Scunthorpe under Alexander, especially in his second season at the club. He amassed nine goals and five assists in all competitions, playing in 54 matches and performing well enough to catch the attention of Derby County and their new manager, Frank Lampard.”There were other offers on the table earlier in the transfer window, but my agent told him to wait, then Derby came along,” Holmes said. “Frank (Lampard), obviously with the career he had, you can’t get a better educator if you want to play in the middle of the pitch so it was a no-brainer when that offer came.”Duane Holmes Derby County 12292018After a tough beginning to his time at Derby, Holmes perservered and played his way into a more regular role, eventually becoming a regular starter during the second half of the season as he helped Derby reach the League Championship playoff final, where the Rams lost to Aston Villa. “He’s helped me mix up my game a lot,” Holmes said of Lampard. “I used to hold on to the ball a bit too long and stuff like that. He’s always trying to tell me when to dribble, when to pass, when to hit a long ball and short ball, and where to be on the field. He knows better than most midfielders in the history of the game how to arrive into the box.”Holmes showed glimpses of that improved game in his first two appearances for the United States. He was one of the few bright spots in the team’s 1-0 loss to Jamaica, and also showed well in a 45-minute shift the team’s recent 3-0 loss to Venezuela.“Duane performed well,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said after the Jamaica friendly. “What you see from him is what you saw at Derby County. He has mobility and aggressiveness, but he also has good technical ability in tight spaces. I thought he did well coming off the bench.”An attacking midfielder who can also play on the wing, Holmes has good attacking qualities, but he also has a physicality to his game that belies his 5-foot-7 frame and attacking role.”I feel like you’ve got to have a bit of bite in your game, especially since Im not a big lad,” Holmes said. “I’m not scared to get in amongst it and I feel like everyone needs a bit of that in a game. You can’t just walk through a game without putting in a tackle or leaving a bit on someone at times.”Though he was raised in England since the age of 4, Holmes wasn’t a dual national who U.S. Soccer had to go and recruit. Playing for the USMNT was something Holmes has wanted to do for a long time, long before the first call came from the U.S. national team.”I’ve always told my mom that I wanted to play for America, and represent the country where I’m from so it’s always been an ambition of mine,” Holmes said. “I remember going to watch the USA versus Scotland a fair few years ago and that’s when it hit home that it was something I could do.”Duane Holmes USMNT 06092019Holmes found out about his first national team call-up in, of all places, the movie theatre. He was watching Avengers: Endgame with his girlfriend when an unfamiliar U.S. phone number flashed on his phone. He answered it and heard Berhalter on the other line.”I was like ‘Oh my word’, I ran out of the cinema and just got really excited,” Holmes said. “I was in shock.”Berhalter’s phone call left Holmes so stunned he couldn’t sit still at the theatre after the call ended, and left early to celebrate the news and contemplate the realization of a dream.Though his USMNT debut came in a loss, it was still a special day, not just because it was his first match in a USA uniform, but also because his father — who lives in Georgia — was able to go to the match and see Holmes play in person for the first time since Holmes became a professional.”He was just proud as punch,” Holmes said. ” He shed a few tears, and wore my jersey, and sat outside the team hotel waiting for everyone to sign it. He’s been a proper fan, which is nice.”Holmes’ father should get a few more chances to see his son play in person this summer, as the USMNT embarks on trying to defend its Gold Cup title. Though he is still relatively new to the U.S. national team, Holmes has already made a strong early impression, and could play his way into a leading role. That would be a fitting end to a chapter of his career that already had a movie-like feel to it.last_img read more

NFL Insider Responds To Team’s Statement About Jim Harbaugh

October 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgjim harbaugh talks to his players before the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has found success wherever he’s coached in the NFL or college football, which makes him one of the most popular targets for a team looking to change its culture. However, it’s still hard to see him leave the Michigan Wolverines this offseason, especially with Urban Meyer retiring from Ohio State.With several NFL teams ready to make changes this offseason, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that rumors will be swirling about Harbaugh potentially going back to the NFL. In fact, ProFootballTalk is firm on saying one franchise in particular is going to make a pitch toward the Michigan coach.The latest reports continue to link the New York Jets to Harbaugh, especially with Todd Bowles struggling. Although the team denies any reports or rumors, NFL insider Mike Florio won’t change his stance.He went on Twitter to confirm that he believes his report about Harbaugh holds true.We stand by our report. https://t.co/VOI68CVExK— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 24, 2018It makes sense for the Jets to have interest in Harbaugh, who could definitely help Sam Darnold mature as a quarterback. The future of this franchise will hinge on the progression of its young gunslinger.Nonetheless, Harbaugh might want to stay and pursue a national championship in 2019 with the Wolverines. After all, Shea Patterson will return for his senior season.All the rumors and speculation probably won’t end in the near future, even if teams are publicly denying it.last_img read more

Former Star College Football RB Passes Away At 50

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first_imgan outside view of tennessee's neyland stadium26 Mar 1994: A view from the river outside Neyland Stadium during a University of Tennessee Vols game in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORTA former star college football running back tragically passed away at the age of 50 this weekend.Former Tennessee running back Reggie Cobb, who starred for the Volunteers in the late 1980s, reportedly died of a heart attack.Cobb, a Knoxville native, played for Tennessee from 1987-89. He finished his career with 2,360 total rushing yards, 360 receiving yards, and 29 total touchdowns.The Tennessee star’s best career game came against Auburn in 1989, when he rushed for 225 yards, the ninth-highest single-game total in program history.#VFL Reggie Cobb passed away on Saturday.He led the Vols in rushing in 1987 and 1988 before playing seven years in the NFL and embarking on a successful career as a scout.Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cobb family.Story: https://t.co/Tyte5ihfPo pic.twitter.com/QWptaD5fuw— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) April 20, 2019From Tennessee:“The Vol family lost one of its best in the passing of Reggie Cobb,” Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “Reggie was a great Vol, and a fantastic man. We all remember the great runs and the competitive spirit he played with at UT and the NFL.“What people outside his circle did not see during and after his professional playing career, was the mentor he became to so many young men that he came into contact with. He influenced and changed lives for more than 30 years. Reggie will be loved and remembered, and he will be missed.”Cobb was a second round pick by Tampa Bay coming out of Tennessee. He spent seven seasons in the NFL, including a 1,171-yard, nine-touchdown year in 1994.“The passing of Reggie Cobb in a word is devastating. The amount of time I spent w/him as a scout & friend over the past 18 years simply talking ball & laughing as hard as I have ever laughed is what I will keep with me forever. Rest easy RC & prayers to his family. I love you,” former NFL executive Louis Riddick tweeted.The passing of Reggie Cobb in a word is devastating. The amount of time I spent w/him as a scout & friend over the past 18 years simply talking ball & laughing as hard as I have ever laughed is what I will keep with me forever. Rest easy RC & prayers to his family. I love you.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) April 20, 2019Our thoughts are with the Cobb family. May he rest in peace.last_img read more