Liverpool not just the ‘Fab Four’- Klopp

January 10, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHowever, Klopp believes the moniker denies recognition to the talent throughout the rest of Liverpool’s squad.“I said already I have no problem with nicknames like ‘Fab Four’ but that is disrespectful against all the other players,” said the German.“We played a fantastic game at West Ham and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was involved.“We didn’t have Adam Lallana so far and I think he would fit fantastically in each group or band in this world.“Also Daniel Sturridge, Dom Solanke and all these offensive players. That’s not fair on them.”Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson will be recalled to midfield after he was left out of the team which hammered Spartak Moscow 7-0 to progress to the Champions League knockout stage in midweek.Klopp insists there were no hiddens reasons as to why Henderson did not feature against the Russians and believes he will be pivotal in the derby at Anfield.“He is such an important player for us,” Klopp said.“I want that everybody respects that Jordan is our skipper because he deserved it, because he is the right man for the job. But even a captain cannot play all the time –- that’s how it is.”– ‘Let the occasion overawe us’ –Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits the first priority for his players in the match will be to ‘master’ Liverpool’s devastating attacking threat.Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits the first priority for his players in the match will be to ‘master’ Liverpool’s devastating attacking threat © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLiverpool have scored 40 goals in their last 11 matches in all competitions, and have scored 19 in their six-match unbeaten run that includes five wins.Everton have not won at Anfield for 18 years, but it is Liverpool’s current form rather than the burden of history which will influence Allardyce’s tactical approach.“It is about us handling that and that pressure and atmosphere,” he said.“And handling a team that I have to admit is probably in the best form since Jurgen arrived and one of the best strike forces available in the Premier League.“We certainly have to master that on Sunday before we can think can we get at Liverpool and get in the right areas to score a goal and not waste the possession we get and not let the occasion overawe us.“All I can ask is the players to play their best game, it still might not be good enough against Liverpool because of the form they are in.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson will be recalled to midfield against Everton after he was left out of the team which hammered Spartak Moscow 7-0 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims there is more to his side than his devastating “Fab Four” attack ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby with Everton.The Beatles-inspired nickname has been given to the front quartet of Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane after some eye-catching performances this season.last_img read more

Steve Kerr likely to increase DeMarcus Cousins’ minutes after All-Star break

December 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgOAKLAND – DeMarcus Cousins will have to stay patient for at least another two weeks. That’s because Warriors coach Steve Kerr does not have imminent plans to increase Cousins’ 25 minutes that he has logged in the past three games.“We’ll try to keep it around the same,” Kerr said before Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. “Probably all the way through the All-Star break.”Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors …last_img read more

12 days agoInter Milan boss Conte accepts Juventus gap

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

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

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

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

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

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

Mens lacrosse Ohio State tops Duke 1611 and advances to NCAA semifinals

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

Senior attack Brendan Fannell takes a shot on the goal against Loyola Maryland during the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (15-4) is advancing to the first NCAA semifinals in program history after beating Duke (13-5) 16-11 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.Coming off a seven-goal performance against Loyola (Maryland), the Buckeyes spoke all week about finding their offense against a Duke team that had piled up 37 goals over their past two games. Safe to say, they found that offense.Senior attackman Eric Fannell led the OSU charge with five goals and two assists, and the rest of the offense made the most of their chances, scoring on 16 of their 31 shot attempts. OSU also received a strong defensive effort from redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey who stopped 14 of 25 shots.The scoring started for the Buckeyes when Fannell buried the game’s first goal just one minute and five seconds into the first quarter.The game remained scoreless for nine minutes before Duke junior attack Justin Guterding scored his 50th goal of the season to tie the game up at one. But just eight seconds before the end of the quarter, redshirt freshman attackman Lukas Buckley found the back of the net for his 14th goal of the season, giving OSU a 2-1 lead.Thirty-seven seconds into the second quarter, it was Fannell again who caught a pass from sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski and buried the one-timer to extend the OSU lead to 3-1. About two minutes later, Fannell beat the defender to get in front of the net and buried his third goal of the game, completing the hat trick and putting OSU up 4-1 with 12:37 remaining in the second quarter.Now trailing by three goals, Duke found some life on a goal from sophomore midfielder John Prendergast just 50 seconds after Fannell’s goal. Then with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter, sophomore attackman Sean Lowrie brought the Blue Devils within one with his 12th goal of the season.Then the Blue Devils started to get sloppy. A slashing penalty gave OSU a chance with the man-up, and senior attackman Austin Shanks made Duke pay with a goal just 14 seconds into the powerplay to give OSU its two-goal lead again. Another Duke penalty gave OSU a chance with the extra-man out there and senior midfielder Johnny Pearson buried a goal off a pass from Fannell to extend his team’s lead to 6-3 — Fannell’s second assist on the man-up.Duke started to come back with seven minutes left in the second quarter with sophomore midfielder Brad Smith’s 20th goal of the season, but 11 seconds later, OSU junior defenseman Freddy Freibott grabbed that goal right back with his fourth of the season. With 5:52 remaining in the second quarter, freshman attackman Tre Leclaire went top-shelf over the left shoulder of the goalie for his 45th goal of the season to push his team ahead by four. Senior midfielder JT Blubaugh added to his team’s lead, bringing the score to 9-4 in favor of the Buckeyes with 4:25 remaining before the end of the first half.Duke opened up the third quarter on a high note, receiving a goal from senior midfielder Jack Bruckner who extended his NCAA-leading point streak to 56 games. Just 5:48 into the second half (1:24 after Bruckner’s goal), Jasinski scored his first goal of the game — 13th of the season — to give OSU back its three-goal lead.Fifty-two seconds later, Fannell buried his fourth goal of the game, but received a hard hit to the back after the score and appeared to be shaken up. He would later re-enter the game.And the Buckeyes were almost certainly pleased Fannell did return, as he added to his goal total with his fifth tally of the night with 5:03 remaining in the third quarter. For the second time in the game, Buckley closed out the quarter for the Buckeyes with a goal, his second of the game and 15th of the season.Lukas Buckley one-timer for an @OhioState_MLAX 13-5 lead at the end of the 3rd.— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAA_Lax) May 20, 2017The fourth quarter started off with a wild play. A sloppy behind-the-back pass attempt from the Buckeyes led to a turnover, and Carey was caught a little bit out of sorts in front of the net by junior midfielder Sean Cerrone who buried a goal just 21 seconds into the fourth quarter.Building off that momentum, Duke freshman attackman Joey Manown capitalized on a successful clear attempt by his defense and scored a goal of his own 33 seconds after his teammate scored.Needing anything to stop the bleeding, OSU took its time in its offensive zone before Jasinski found Blubaugh in front of the net who one-timed the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the game.After the two teams traded goals, Duke saw its two regular season-leading scorers step up as Bruckner added his third and fourth goals of the game, while Guterding tallied his second of the match to cut his team’s deficit down to just five goals.The teams again exchanged goals within the final minute of the game, but OSU held on for the 16-11 victory. read more

Football Five things to expect Urban Meyer to discuss at Big Ten

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

OSU coach Urban Meyer addresses the media during the 2016 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. Credit: Courtesy of Jacob Myers| Assistant Sports EditorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer is going to address and take questions from the media for the first time all summer Monday. With the start of the football season about a month away, there are several topics of interest Meyer will likely discuss in Chicago at Big Ten Media Days. 1. Cornerback Depth ChartThe 2017 NFL Draft did not siphon as much Ohio State talent as the prior year’s draft, but it took its tole on the school’s cornerback depth. During the first round alone, both starting cornerbacks — Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore — were taken. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, however, cornerback might remain one of the deepest positions on the team. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette stand out as the early three favorites to see the most playing time, as well as a talented quartet of freshmen in Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep. 2. Sam Hubbard at linebacker?No position is as deep for the Buckeyes as defensive end. With sophomore Nick Bosa, senior Jalyn Holmes, redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis — reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year — and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard the biggest challenge for Meyer at the position could just be finding playing time for all four linemen.And while the notion of running four defensive ends with just a lone defensive tackle has been mentioned, so too was the possibility of shifting Hubbard to the linebacker position. Hubbard — who originally came to the Buckeyes as a safety — has played exclusively at defensive end throughout his college career and has the size and athleticism for the position. However, the coaches have long praised his speed and versatility, making the prospect of Hubbard moving over to the linebacker position seems possible. 3. Competition at H-backWhen Curtis Samuel declared early for the NFL Draft, a void in the Ohio State offense immediately appeared. Samuel, the team’s leading receiver from a season ago, has been the team’s starting H-back the past two seasons, assisting the Buckeye offense in both the passing game as well as the rushing game. So, who will fill that void for the Buckeyes?The early favorite at the position has been redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell finished last season with 121 receiving yards on 13 receptions. He also tallied 54 yards on the ground on four carries, with a touchdown. In addition to Campbell, sophomore running back Demario McCall could be viewed as the man to fill the vacant slot, as he demonstrated both his potential to run the ball effectively in the spring game (83 yards on six carries) as well as impact the passing game, as he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and totaled 48 receiving yards in the game. 4. Progress of passing game under WilsonA focal point for fan criticism over the past few seasons, Ohio State’s passing game has not been the near-juggernaut it was back in 2014. But bringing in a new offensive coordinator — Kevin Wilson — who has led arguably the best passing game in the Big Ten over the past six seasons, Meyer could be on the cusp of turning the team’s fortunes in that area around.At the spring game, fans got a chance to see wideouts like redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon, redshirt junior Terry McLaurin and redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill catch deep ball after deep ball, and rack up gaudy passing yard totals. Sure, it was just a spring game, but it was a sight that fans of the team haven’t seen since the national-championship winning season in 2014. The Buckeyes have had a potent rushing attack the past several seasons, but if Wilson can get the air game back to where it had been a few seasons ago, the Ohio State offense could silence all of its critics. 5. KickerLast season, redshirt-junior Sean Nuernberger was expected to win the kicker duties after finishing the 2015 position as the starter in a battle with transfer Jack Willoughby. But a groin injury to Nuernberger left Tyler Durbin as the starter, who finished the year 63-for-65 in extra-point attempts and 17-for-22 in field goal attempts. Now Durbin is gone, and Nuernberger is in the same position he was in after the 2015 season: wondering if he will enter the year as the starter or be again reduced to the backup spot.The Buckeyes currently have three kickers on the roster who have been battling it out for the starting spot this summer. Along with Nuernberger, Ohio State also has freshman Blake Haubeil on its team. Meyer may shed light on the ongoing battle at the kicker spot in Chicago. read more

Ivan Rakitic Ill get a forehead tattoo if we win World

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCroatia’s Ivan Rakitic has made a jest of how he will get a tattoo on his forehead if Croatia wins the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Croatia who have never reached the final of the World Cup tournament before they secured victory against England to play France in Sunday’s 2018 World Cup final in Moscow.Helping Croatia reach such stage in World Cup is Rakitic and midfielder Luka Modric that have demonstrated to star players for Zlatko Dalic’s side.Reacting to the Sunday match Rakitic suggested he would mark Croatia’s success in a special way if his team beat France.Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“On my forehead!” Rakitic told reporters when asked if he was planning a tattoo if Croatia wins via Nation.“There’s plenty of space there, as you can see! But first I’ll have to ask my wifeRakitic made his debut for Croatia in 2007 and has since represented the country at UEFA Euro 2008, UEFA Euro 2012, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, earning him over 90 caps.last_img read more

I would have been bored in Madrid Batistuta

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe legendary Argentinean footballer says he would have won more titles in bigger clubs, but he doesn’t regret playing for “small” teams.In a career that spanned from 1988 to 2005, Argentinean striker Gabriel Batistuta played in seven different clubs.He started his professional career with Newell’s Old Boys in his native country, but a year later he moved to River Plate.In 1990 he was transferred from Los Millonarios to Boca Juniors, before jumping to Europe in 1991 as he signed with Fiorentina in the Italian First Division.In 2000 he moved to Roma, with a small loan in 2003 to Internazionale Milan, and he concluded his career in Qatar’s Al-Arabi from 2003 to 2005.Would he have won more trophies with bigger clubs? The answer is yes, but to Batistuta, the answer is more complex than that.“A football player is treated like a product,” he was quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.“When I was in Florence, top clubs were looking for me like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Milan, but in the end, I preferred the calmness and atmosphere of Fiorentina.”“I would make the same decision, if I would have gone to Real Madrid I would have won a lot,” he explained.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I would have even scored more than 200 goals, but I would have been bored.”“Same thing with Milan. I didn’t want much, but I feel like a winner,” he said.“It’s because I did it in a way that made Fiorentina fight against stronger teams.”He ended up scoring 271 goals in 507 matches for all his seven teams.He also scored 54 goals for the Argentina national team in 77 games.Te felicito @Crespo en este nuevo desafío de tu brillante carrera deportiva. Te deseo lo mejor como DT de @CAB_oficial !!!⚽️— Gabriel Batistuta (@GBatistutaOK) December 19, 2018last_img read more

Alaska Berries Awarded 2018 Alaska State Fair Farm Family Of The Year

September 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBrian and Laurie are active within their local agriculture community as members of the Alaska Farm Bureau, the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. They also support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, the Alaska Farmland Trust, and the Kenai Watershed Forum. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Berries, in Soldotna, was awarded the 2018 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year, and were honored on Thursday, August 23. Brian and Laurie Olson operate their farm and winery, Alaska Berries, on the Kenai Peninsula. They started Alaska Berries in 2007 when they began planting more berry bushes and selling berries at the local farmer’s markets. Brian Olson, owner of Alaska Berries: “We are very proud and honored to be a small part of the agriculture community in the great State of Alaska.”  The Farm Family of the Year award, sponsored by the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, was established by the Alaska State Fair in 2000 to honor an Alaska farming family and show appreciation for all the hardworking Alaskans committed to agriculturelast_img read more