first_imgMoyes tells Liverpool fans: Nothing deliberate over Ramos challenge on Salahby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes insists Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos didn’t set out to injure Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat last season.Moyes was a member of the elite UEFA technical study group that assessed the Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.He told the Sunday Express: “One of the big points the next morning about the Champions League Final was the Sergio Ramos foul on Mo Salah. It was the key moment of the game.“Ramos was telling Salah this is the big boys’ game now and you will have to deal with that, but he wasn’t trying to deliberately dislocate his shoulder. I certainly felt it altered the outcome of the match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: I’ve still much to improveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he’s far from the finished article.He has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for December.And the Netherlands captain demands more of himself.“I’ve improved in every aspect of my game but there is still so much to learn and to get better at,” he said ahead of Saturday’s league meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion.“I’m working every day to get to where I want to be – I want to get the maximum out of myself. That’s [done] by working every day and making sure that you give everything for the team and for your club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zidane defends quiet Hazard for derby stalemateby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says they deserved to beat Atletico Madrid after Saturday’s 0-0 draw.Eden Hazard was kept quiet but were it not for an impressive Jan Oblak save to deny Karim Benzema, Los Blancos would have left the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano with all three points.”It’s not just intensity, but what’s important is our strength,” Zidane said afterwards.”We saw a strong Madrid because we didn’t concede a chance.”We lacked in creativity but we’re happy with what we did.”Hazard is still some way from his best in Spain, but Zidane thinks he’s close to hitting form.”He doesn’t lack much,” the Frenchman explained, “just little things.”We have to stick with him. He’s done a good job, but we haven’t had many chances.”We have to highlight everyone’s work. We’d like him to score because it’ll release him, but there are no problems, we’re sure it’ll come.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Buffon defends Juventus teammate Rabiot: Give him a breakby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGigi Buffon insists Adrien Rabiot will prove himself at Juventus.The midfielder followed Buffon from PSG to Juve this summer, but has battled for minutes so far this season.However, Buffon insists: “It must be said that for ten months. Ten months, it’s as if we had seen him twice, even if he trained … He must return to the field, take his bearings, especially for someone with this great physique. “You also change teammates, you come to Juve, a club with different working methods, you change a championship … I think Adrien brings to Juve exceptional technical and physical qualities. It takes a period of adaptation for everyone. He will not be the first nor the last.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton winger Bernard admits confidence boostby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Bernard says his goal against West Ham United was down to an increase in confidence.The Brazilian received the ball from Theo Walcott on the edge of the penalty box and went on a mazy run to score the opening goal in the 2-0 victory.Asked if he was intent on firing off a shot when he controlled Walcott’s pass, Bernard told evertontv: “Definitely. I am always thinking about the team and looking for my teammates.”But perhaps with my confidence increased and the confidence of the manager, I am trying to take a few more chances.”I still want to look for my teammates and help the team but perhaps I can shoot more and take more opportunities.”The whole team had a really good attitude throughout the match.”Everyone knew we were in a difficult position and gave their all to try to get out of this situation.”Every player deserves credit for the effort they put in.” last_img read more

first_imgCollege Spun staff picks for week 12 of the 2015 college football spun staff picks week 12Last week, four top ten teams – Baylor, Stanford, LSU and Utah – fell, further complicating the College Football Playoff picture. The Pac-12, which no longer features a team with less than two losses, is in trouble. The Big 12, meanwhile, is looking more likely to see one of its squads qualify for the event. And then there’s Notre Dame, which may very well finish 11-1 and find itself on the outside looking in.This week, despite most of the SEC scheduling cupcakes, we’ve got some great games. LSU takes on Ole Miss. USC and Oregon meet. Baylor and Oklahoma State will tangle. Oklahoma will look to stay hot against TCU. And of course, Michigan State heads to Columbus to take on Ohio State.Matt Hladik is still our leader, but he isn’t in the clear yet. Here’s who we have this week:week 12 picks 1week 12 picks 2week 12 picks 3Who do you have?last_img read more

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours list for 2019 while Three Lions captain Harry Kane has received an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Southgate receives the honour after a memorable year for the Three Lions which saw them reach the World Cup semi-finals, their best performance at the tournament since 1990. England also topped their group in November to qualify for the inaugural Nations League finals in Portugal next summer.  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’m an incredibly proud Englishman so having had the opportunity to have represented my country as a player more than 50 times and then to manage the team at a World Cup has been an absolute privilege,” said Southgate, who succeeded Sam Allardyce, initially on a caretaker basis, in September 2016. “I hope that everybody that has supported me throughout my career feels pride in the fact that I’ve received this honour because I wouldn’t be in this position without that help and guidance.” Tottenham striker Kane is awarded an MBE after his six goals in Russia secured the World Cup Golden Boot. “It’s quite surreal, really,” said the 25-year-old. “It’s been a great year for club and country. It’s hard to put into words really. “I’m very passionate about our country, very patriotic and going back to England, it shows how good the summer was for the whole nation, not just from my point of view, but what it did bringing everyone together. “I’m extremely proud to be a part of that and obviously thankful to all my team-mates, all my coaches at Tottenham, England, Mauricio [Pochettino], Gareth, all the staff, the guys as well – without them I wouldn’t be scoring the goals and getting these accolades.” Other footballers to be awarded honours include Rangers and Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley, who is made an MBE, while former Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg, who survived the Munich air disaster in 1958, is awarded an OBE. Former Arsenal and Football Association chairman David Dein is awarded an MBE while there is a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for outgoing Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.  Former West Ham striker and current Show Racism The Red Card vice-president Leroy Rosenior is appointed an MBE for services to tackling discrimination in sport.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: Fans watch the USC Trojans and the Ohio State Buckeyes compete at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Buckeyes 35-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Bubba Bolden, a former four-star defensive back recruit, was set to start at safety for the USC Trojans this fall. Instead, he has left the program and the university.On Monday, Bolden confirmed that he was involved in an incident at a house party. While he says it didn’t turn violent, he confirmed a previous report that he had been suspended from the university for over two years.Earlier Monday, it was confirmed that Bolden had left the program. From 247Sports:The Bubba Bolden and USC saga has seemingly come to close. The school released on Sunday night its latest notes for the upcoming Colorado matchup, which included a small update that the sophomore safety, who has been suspended indefinitely since late August for an undisclosed university matter, was no longer enrolled at USC.That night, Bubba Bolden gave his side of the story.In short, he got into a verbal altercation with a fellow USC student at an off-campus party in late August.Bolden says that because the hosts of the party reported feeling threatened by Bolden due to the incident, he was handed down a 28-month suspension from the school, matching the amount of time that the other party had until projected graduation.Bolden explained fully in a post on Instagram:Bolden was a promising young safety for the Trojans. As a 2017 recruit, he was the No. 59 player in the country, and the No. 7 safety.If this was over a verbal altercation, as Bolden says, I have to imagine that he will have his choice of transfer destinations.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Week 8 of the college football season provided one of the season’s biggest upsets. Ohio State traveled to Purdue and left with a 49-20 loss on the heels of a tremendous performance from freshman phenom wide receiver Rondale Moore.Following the Week 8 slate of games, ESPN updated its Football Power Index – a computer model that measures overall team strength. Alabama reeled in every No. 1 vote in the AP Poll and 60 of 62 No. 1 votes in the Coaches’ Poll.While updating its FPI, ESPN’s computer model also projects win/loss, percentage chance to win a team’s respective conference, and strength of schedule.According to ESPN’s FPI, here are the 10 hardest schedules for the rest of the season.RutgersFSUOklahoma StateBoston CollegeOregon StateBaylorCalUCLAArkansasTexas TechYou can see the full results here.No teams in the top-10 hardest schedules list are vying for the College Football Playoff this year. Meanwhile, there’s more bad news for a 1-7 Rutgers team that has a real chance at finishing the season with just one win.Stay tuned.last_img read more

first_imgJames Franklin high fives his players as they come off the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts on the sideline during the first half against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Julian Fleming is a crucial recruit for Penn State football.The five-star wide receiver is an in-state prospect, and one of the top players in the entire class of 2020.247Sports‘ composite rankings have him at No. 5 overall. He’s the top wide receiver, and Pennsylvania recruit in the class.On Christmas day, Fleming gave a small present to 10 college football programs: a list of the schools in contention for him.Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, USC, and Virginia Tech all made the cut.Penn State is considered the favorite by at least a few recruiting analysts, with 82-percent of 247 crystal ball voters predicting that he will be a Nittany Lion. Ohio State picked up the remaining predictions.Penn State football added a new wide receivers coach on Thursday, former Duke and Purdue staffer Gerard Parker, which is obviously big news for Julian Fleming.It is unclear if Parker had the chance to speak with Fleming already, but the five-star receiver plans to meet him soon.From PennLive:Penn State’s Parker should be among those wasting no time heading out to see the two-time PIAA Class 2A player of the year, and Fleming told PennLive on Thursday that he already has a first impression of James Franklin’s latest hire.“He’s cool,” Fleming said, “gotta meet him soon.”Michigan, Ohio State, and USC have also experienced recent staff shake-ups, so Fleming has a lot to weigh here going forward.Luckily, he is a 2020 recruit, so he has some time to sort through all of these huge options.[PennLive]last_img read more