Man Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are in talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic.La Repubblica says former manager Jose Mourinho appeared to have identified the 21-year-old centre-back as the man to solve his defensive woes at Old Trafford.And despite Mourinho’s sacking, United are still pressing ahead to complete a deal.And it goes on to state officials have been locked in talks with Milenkovic’s agent throughout the Christmas period in order to get the transfer over the line.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants to bring in reinforcements to help boost interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quest to secure a top four spot.But the club are not expected to spend too heavily once the window re-opens, preferring instead to get the majority of funds for their next permanent boss. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield winger Elias Kachunga: Positives gained from Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town winger Elias Kachunga insists there’s positives to come from defeat at Manchester United.Kachunga made his first start since the September defeat at Leicester.”I think we played a good game and had our chances to go 1-0 up and even 1-1. We have to take the positives out of this game and move on,” said the winger.”Everyone has to work on putting the ball in the net and to have a good feeling on the pitch. It could’ve been a different game if we went 1-0 up.“We create the chances, now we just have to finish them.”Kachunga added: “I am happy that I am back and that I played against Manchester United, and I hope I can help the team with my fighting spirit and everything that I have.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ozil: I am desperate to help Arsenal teammatesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is adamant a knee injury is keeping him on the sidelines.Ozil missed Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool with a knee complaint, with Arsenal head coach Unai Emery saying after the game: “[It’s] His knee. I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee.”The German playmaker also missed Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham on New Year’s Day, but took to Twitter after the match to congratulate his team-mates for the victory and tell fans that he is targeting a comeback as soon as he can.Positive start into 2019 for us! Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa#M10— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Trippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madridby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Trippier has revealed a nickname Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa has given him.The England full-back completed his move from Tottenham to the Spanish club in the summer, where Costa is also currently plying his trade.And the ex-Chelsea striker has wasted no time in giving Trippier plenty of banter, naming him after Man Utd and England legend Wayne Rooney.Costa has a reputation for being hot-headed with a fiery temper, but Trippier explained his other persona as the joker of the dressing room is more accurate.“He calls me Rooney ten times a day!” Trippier told Marca. “He’s like that all the time and it makes me laugh. But it’s Diego. I don’t mind. We all find it fun.“I like him to make jokes every day. I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with.“There’s a great atmosphere on the team, joking with each other, but Costa is the funniest. He also says I look like a boxer – but I don’t think so!“It’s been easy to adapt here. The weather is nice. The food is incredible, better than in England. People welcome me and make my family smile. It makes it easier for me.”
Athlon SportsAthlon Sports has ranked every college football coach, No. 1 to No. 128, ahead of the 2016 season. You can view the full list here. The top of the list is what most people care about, though, and inside Athlon Sports’ top 10, there aren’t too many surprises. The biggest “surprise” is probably that there is only one SEC coach in the top 10, but there isn’t a clear SEC coach slight. .@AthlonSports ranked the top #CFB coaches in the country & only 1 SEC coach made the top 10 pic.twitter.com/cBaH9hzp4z— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 21, 2016The No. 1 and No. 2 spots are extremely obvious and unarguable. After that, there are a handful of coaches who could be deserving of the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots.If you were starting a college football program tomorrow, though, Harbaugh would almost certainly be the choice behind Saban and Meyer.
Mesut Ozil has been challenged to become more like Arsenal icon Dennis Bergkamp, with Ray Parlour looking for greater consistency if the German is to remain with the Gunners.Questions are being asked of the 30-year-old’s ongoing presence at Emirates Stadium.He is tied to a lucrative contract and there are those that believe he has failed to justify the funds and faith being shown in him. 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? There have been calls for Unai Emery to move the World Cup winner on this summer, freeing up space in the squad and wage bill for reinforcements.Parlour is not convinced that Ozil should be offloaded, as his creativity remains without question, but the former Arsenal winger concedes that more is required from a man with the ability to be a talismanic presence.“If Mesut is going to play a part in getting Arsenal back in the top four, then the club should keep him,” Parlour told Press Association Sport.“But he has got to work hard.“I played with Dennis Bergkamp and he very rarely had a poor game – you always knew what you would get out of him – and that is what Mesut needs to do, too.“The best players are consistent and I want to see that from Mesut. He is a quality player but he goes in and out of games, and it could be argued that he goes missing in the big matches. That is when you need your top men to perform.“He should have that in his locker. He has won the World Cup and starred for massive clubs. He just needs to show that desire to play for his team-mates and show more energy.”If Ozil does not move on, then Emery is expected to be given another limited transfer budget with which to work.Parlour added on the challenges facing the Gunners as they prepare for a third successive season without Champions League football: “The investment is going to be very important for Arsenal if they want to get back into the top four.“Mesut is the one who is on big wages that they might need to free up. It is a massive decision for the club.“But players hold all the power these days and not every player wants to leave. If they are on a good contract it is very hard to get a player out and that could be hard for Arsenal if they want to move Mesut on.“Arsenal will do the best for Arsenal Football Club, but Ozil has got two years on his contract and if he doesn’t want to go anywhere the club will have to pay him for those two years. That will be the key as to whether he stays or goes.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)If Week 1 of the college football season taught us anything, it’s that Alabama and Clemson might be even better this season with new quarterbacks. Tua Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a dominant win over Louisville, while Trevor Lawrence sparked the Tigers’ offense against Furman.ESPN unveiled its Power Rankings after the week 1 action.Not much has changed at the top of the college football rankings, but a few huge games from last weekend had a significant impact. Notre Dame’s win over Michigan vaulted the Fighting Irish up the polls.So too, did Auburn, which scored a win against No. 6 Washington. Meanwhile, a few teams suffered significant drops, including Michigan and Miami with their losses against top opponents.Penn State’s scare against Appalachian State also cost the Nittany Lions a few spots.Here’s the full top 25:AlabamaClemsonAuburnNotre DameWisconsinOklahomaGeorgiaOhio StateStanfordWVULSUUSCVirginia TechTCUMississippi StateWashingtonBoise StateMarylandOregonUCFFloridaPenn StateMichigan StateMichiganMiamiYou can see the full breakdown here.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Alabama Crimson Tide took the field of play as the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country. In what was seen as a “cupcake” game against The Citadel, the Crimson Tide struggled in the first half.The two teams went into the locker room tied at 10. That didn’t last long, however, as the Tide took over early in the third quarter.After managing just 10 points in the first half, Alabama scored 27 points in the third quarter alone. The offense finally got rolling thanks to Tua Tagovailoa’s arm.With a healthy lead, the Tide decided to start running the ball to wind down the clock. Star running back Damien Harris escaped for a big gain, but went down awkwardly.After being attended to by medical staff on the field, Harris went into the locker room.Here’s the play where it appears Harris was injured.All set up by this 73 yard run by Damien Harris! #Alabama pic.twitter.com/RUwpWV361n— #FreePhillipDorsett (@ftbeard_17) November 17, 2018Stay tuned for the latest on the health of the Tide’s star running back.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Considering that Clemson downright dismantled Alabama in the national championship, it’s only fitting that a proper celebration takes place this weekend.Between the stardom of Trevor Lawrence and the ferocity of the Tigers’ defense, the final game of the season wasn’t even close. It’s fair to say that Clemson handed Alabama one of its worst losses in recent memory.While the celebration at Death Valley consists of mostly players and coaches, it turns out that ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is in attendance.It doesn’t appear that Herbstreit is currently on assignment for work, but he could be there to show the atmosphere to his sons.Both Jake and Tye Herbstreit are expected to attend Clemson next year and try out for the football team. Jake played defensive back in high school, meanwhile Tye was a wide receiver.Photos were taken of the Herbstreit family, as they seem to be enjoying the moment at Clemson.Check it out:Kirk Herbstreit and his wife and boys, and Andrew Booth and Jalyn Phillips pic.twitter.com/Ma14jtJ1MA— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) January 12, 2019Five-star cornerback Andrew Booth and three-star Jalyn Phillips were also at the stadium. The incoming freshmen might just be part of their own championship celebration next year.Once again congratulations to the Clemson Tigers on an outstanding season.
Earlier this month, it came to light that Ohio State had filed a trademark application for the word “the” – arguing it was doing so to protect assets of “significant value.” One big-time graduate of The Ohio State University thinks the whole thing is ridiculous.College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who played quarterback for the Buckeyes in the 1990s, was the subject of an interview with For The Win this week. He was asked about the whole trademark situation. He did not hold back.Herbstreit called the idea “ridiculous” – suggesting that nobody placed emphasis on the “The” until players on Monday Night Football starting doing so.Herbstreit went as far as to call the trademark filing “arrogant.”I’ve never really bought into that. My dad played at Ohio State, my dad coached with Woody Hayes. Ohio State’s always been Ohio State. I have a diploma that I’m looking at right now, and it says, “The” — T-H-E — Ohio State University, and nobody’s called it “The” Ohio State University, ever, as I grew up in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. And then one night on Monday Night Football — I don’t remember who the player was but he said, “The Ohio State University,” and it stuck. And from that point on, all the fans and everybody started saying “The,” “The,” “The.” To me, it’s Ohio State — always has been, always will be. I think it’s kind of ridiculous, the whole “The” thing.It comes across to me as very arrogant. I’m just not a fan of it. I didn’t grow up with it. Nobody’s more Ohio State than me, and I never heard it. I never heard “The” in my life until maybe about 15 years ago.Herbstreit openly roots for Ohio State, but he’s always done a good job at turning off his fandom when analyzing the Buckeyes against the competition. It looks like he’s done so here as well when it comes to moves the school makes on the revenue front.Ohio State’s 2019 season kicks off Saturday against FAU.