Gaming Fantasy Football: Defenders dominate as Kane continues to fire for Tottenham Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 19:33 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Gaming Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Manchester City Stoke City Manchester United v Stoke City Everton Manchester United Huddersfield Town West Ham United Southampton Watford Brighton & Hove Albion West Bromwich Albion Huddersfield Town v West Ham United Watford v Southampton West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion Tottenham Hotspur v Everton Liverpool v Manchester City Mohamed Salah İ. Gündoğan Harry Kane Our Fantasy writer looks back on the latest round of Premier League matches and picks out the 11 best players from England’s top flight It’s Team of the Week time again this week and what a selection we have! For the first time this season, every outfield player on this list had at least two big contributions (goal, assist, or clean sheet) and Kasper Schmeichel had enough saves to push him over the 10 point mark as well. There’s plenty of transfer speculation flying about at the moment and some of these players may be on the move soon. For now though, here are the 11 best individual performances from the latest round of Premier League action. GK: Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City – 1 Game, 7 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 Points Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player DF: Jonny Evans – West Brom – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 Points Evans was a massive factor in West Brom winning their first Premier League match since August. The performance comes at a great time as well as big clubs have begun to circle around the Northern Ireland international. His potential at West Brom is middling but if he were to make a mooted move to either Manchester City or Arsenal, the 30-year-old could become a very interesting Fantasy option indeed.DF: Craig Dawson – West Brom – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 Points DF: Antonio Valencia – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 Points MF: Manuel Lanzini – West Ham – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 Points David Moyes has rejuvenated the West Ham attack of late with the hammers scoring multiple goals in four of the last five matches. Arnautovic has been the main beneficiary of this upswing in form, but Lanzini is slowly creeping back into the Fantasy picture himself. He’s already notched more assists than last season and, with four bottom 10 defences in his next five matches, could well earn some more in the coming weeks.MF: James Ward-Prowse – Southampton – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 Points MF: Son Heung-Min – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 Points MF: Mo Salah – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 Points The Egypt international continues to be a talisman for both Liverpool and Fantasy owners alike. Salah has contributed a league leading 24 goals this season (goals and assists) which sees him sit with with most points in the Goal game with a nice 25 point cushion. If you do not own Salah, you are playing this game incorrectly.MF: Ilkay Gundogan – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 Points FWD: Marko Arnautovic – West Ham – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 2 Assists = 13 Points As mentioned above, Arnautovic has been on fire of late having now scored all eight of his goals in the last 10 matches. He has been starting up front for West Ham for the most part and with the Hammers seemingly listening to offers for plenty of other strikers at the club, the Austrian’s potential and minutes could both be set to surge. While Salah has the most contributed goals thus far this season, Arnautovic has the exact same number of goals and assists over the past five matches (4g, 3a).FWD: Harry Kane – Tottenham – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 Points Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Chelsea still hopeful of Dzeko deal as Giroud & Llorente emerge as alternatives Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 07:15 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Michy Batshuayi Olivier Giroud Edin Džeko Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Borussia Dortmund Roma With a deal for the Roma striker hitting a snag, the Blues are yet again having to look elsewhere in their hunt for a new frontman Chelsea remain hopeful of landing a deal for Roma striker Edin Dzeko but are now looking at Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente as alternatives, Goal understands.The Blues have been after Dzeko for much of the winter window, but talks have stalled for now as all three parties have been unable to come to any agreements.Dzeko was seen as likely to be added this January alongside team-mate Emerson Palmieri, but for now the striker remains in Italy despite being keen on a move to Stamford Bridge while Emerson will undergo a medical ahead of a £17.5 million move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As the window winds down, the Blues are looking at alternatives to Dzeko, with a possible opportunity to land London rivals Arsenal’s Giroud arriving via an unlikely source.Michy Batshuayi has been angling for a loan move away from Chelsea, but has not been allowed to leave until the Blues find a new striker to replace him in the rotation. But in an interesting twist, the Belgian being granted a loan may well help land his replacement in Giroud.The Gunners appear near to a deal to land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund . However, the Bundesliga side look more interested in securing the services of Batshuayi as a replacement for the Gabon international, rather than Giroud.That has opened the door for Giroud to join the Premier League champions, with the striker eager for a move while the Gunners remain reluctant.Another option is Spurs striker Llorente, who Antonio Conte was interested in a reunion with prior to his move to Tottenham.Llorente would also welcome a change of scenery as he hopes to secure more playing time than he has seen with Maurico Pochettino’s side this season. He has appeared in 13 Premier League games this year for Spurs, though he has only started on one occasion, scoring a single goal.While the Blues do look at alternatives, they have not yet given up the pursuit of Dzeko. Chelsea hope the pressure of the transfer deadline can help a deal get over the finish line, though it is likely it will go right down to the wire.
Arsenal Arsenal’s Wilshere criticises officials after Carabao Cup final loss Jamie Smith 03:57 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Arsenal League Cup Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City The midfielder was not happy with the standard of the refereeing in Sunday’s showpiece, and believes two of City’s goals could have been ruled out Jack Wilshere believes poor refereeing decisions played a part as Arsenal suffered a disappointing 3-0 Wembley defeat to Manchester City in the final of the EFL Cup.Arsenal were swept aside by the Premier League’s runaway leaders as goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva earned Pep Guardiola his first trophy in English football.But the Gunners felt Aguero pushed Shkodran Mustafi in the build-up to the opening goal, while Kompany was perhaps offside when he turned in an Ilkay Gundogan effort to double City’s lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wilshere was also caught by Fernandinho with the midfielder having previously been shown a yellow card, but the Brazilian escaped a red card.”Hard to put into words my emotions about yesterday,” Wilshere wrote on Twitter.”City are a good team and deserved to win yesterday.”A lot of people have had their say on us and we have to accept criticism when we lose.Hard to put into words my emotions about yesterday. City are a good team and deserved to win yesterday. Alot of people have had thier say on us and we have to accept cristism when we loose. That being said i can’t accept some of the decisions that went against us yesterday. … pic.twitter.com/JgdO9ptqCx— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) February 26, 2018″That being said I can’t accept some of the decisions that went against us yesterday.”
Napoli Ancelotti holds Napoli talks as Chelsea target Sarri nears exit Sergio Chesi 17:07 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Napoli Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea Premier League Serie A The ex-AC Milan manager is set to agree a two-year deal to take over at the Serie A runners-up following meetings in Rome on Tuesday Carlo Ancelotti has held talks with Napoli as the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss closes in on a return to management.Ancelotti travelled to Rome on Tuesday evening to meet with Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis regarding the upcoming vacancy at the Serie A outfit.Despite holding positive discussions with current manager Maurizio Sarri last week, De Laurentiis is now consigned to losing the 59-year-old this summer having failed to agree a new deal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Sarri is set to depart having led the Partenopei to a second-place finish in Serie A, with their final points tally of 91 the most for a team not to have won the Scudetto.He currently has an offer from Zenit St Petersburg to replace new Italy national team boss Roberto Mancini but is holding out for Chelsea, where he remains the Blues’ primary choice to replace Antonio Conte.Conte is still expected to depart Stamford Bridge this summer despite winning the FA Cup, and Sarri remains the frontrunner among the Chelsea hierarchy.Ancelotti is now closing in on signing a two-year deal with Napoli, marking his return to Italian football for the first time since leaving AC Milan in 2009.A two-time Champions League winner as a coach, Ancelotti’s only Serie A success came as manager of Milan in 2003-04 while he also won the Coppa Italia the previous season.He will take over a Napoli squad that looks set to be torn apart this summer, with Pepe Reina close to joining Milan, Marek Hamsik hinting he could move to China and Jorginho on Pep Guardiola’s radar at Manchester City.Faouzi Ghoulam, Elseid Hysaj and Kalidou Koulibaly have also been linked with Premier League moves while the likes of Dries Mertens, Allan and Lorenzo Insigne are unlikely to be short of suitors.
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The 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament culminates with Finals day today at the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour with semi-finals and grand finals to be played across seven hotly contested divisions.Semi Final action in the opening timeslots has produced the boilover of the tournament.Three time champions and the form team of the tournament in the Women’s 40s, Scorpions were bundled out by a gritty Gold Coast Sharks team. Sharks held on to record a narrow 2-1 win to snare a grand final appearance.In the other semi-final North Queensland Cyclones trumped Southern Suns 2-1 to set up an all Queensland permit final at 11.00am today.In the Men’s 50s warm favourites Cobras accounted for Hornets 5-3 to book a finals spot, but the big news for local fans is that Northern Eagles have won their way through to the Men’s 50s final with a decisive 5-3 victory.Cobras will meet Northern Eagles on field two at 11.00am today.In the Men’s 45s division, the home town crowd have even more to cheer about with the Northern Eagles Men’s 45s winning through to the Grand final with a 5-1 demolition of Rustlers.Southern Suns were in menacing form in their semi-final of the Men’s 45s disposing of Sharkies to the tune of 8-2.Northern Eagles and Suns will now meet in the Men’s 45s decider at 12.00pm on Field one.Scorpions recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Mets to keep the three peat dream alive in the first semi-final of the Men’s 40 Years division.Southern Suns advanced to their second grand final of the morning with a 6-3 win over Sharks.Scorpions and Suns will now face of in the Grand final at 1.00pm today.In the Men’s 35s Sharkies secured their grand final appearance with a 6-5 last round victory over Cobras. Scorpions accounted for Mets 7-6 in their last round game.Sharkies will now meet Scorpions in the 2007 Men’s 35s Grand final at 2.30pm.In the Women’s 30s semi-finals, Hornets upset top of the table North Queensland Cyclones 4-2 to claim a spot in the 2007 Grand final.Rustlers outlasted defending Women’s 30s champions Southern Suns 4-3 in a tense battle to progress to the grand final.Hornets will now meet the Queensland Country Rustlers at 3.20pm on field one.In the premier Men’s 30s division semi-finals Southern Suns romped to a 12-0 victory over Barbarians.In the second semi-final the Defence Force Warriors won a high scoring encounter over Rustlers 12-10.The undefeated Southern Suns will now take on the Warriors in an exciting grand final match up at 4.30pm.For the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.00amMen’s 50s SF1: Cobras (5) v Hornets (3)Men’s 50s SF2: Eagles (5) v Scorpions (3)Women’s 40s SF1:Scorpions (1) v Sharks (2)Women’s 40s SF2: Cyclones (2) v Suns (1)9.00amMen’s 45s SF1: Eagles (5) v Rustlers (1)Men’s 45s SF2: Suns (8) v Sharks (2)Men’s 40s SF1: Scorpions (3) v Mets (0)Men’s 40s SF2: Suns (6) v Sharks (3)10.00amMen’s 35s: Sharks(6) v Cobras (5)Men’s 35s: Scorpions (7) v Mets (6)11.00amWomen’s 40s Final:Sharks (7) v Cyclones (4)Men’s 50s Final: Cobras (3) v Eagles (1)12.00pmMen’s 45s Final: Northern Eagles (1) v Southern Suns (0)Women’s 30s SF 1:Cyclones (2) v Hornets (4)Women’s 30s SF 2: Rustlers (4) v Suns (3)1.00pmMen’s 40s Final: Scorpions (8) v Southern Suns (5)Men’s 30s SF 1: Suns (12) v Barbarians (0)Men’s 30s SF2: Warriors (12) v Rustlers (10)2.00pm Presentations2.30pmMen’s 35s Final: Sharks (6) v Scorpions (5)3.30pmWomen’s 30s Final: Hornets (6) v Rustlers (5) *drop-off4.30pmMen’s 30s Final: Suns (12) v Warriors (2)5.30pm Presentations
It has been a long year for the Rockhampton Touch Association, but things are finally looking up.Two floods tore through Rockhampton at the end of January and start of February this year, inundating homes and ruining the Cyril Connell fields.The major clean up and rebuilding process has been tough, with many set backs taking place, but things are on finally getting back to normal. Administrator Ron Etherden said that while they had experienced this kind of situation when Rockhampton was flooded in 1991, this time it was different.Mr Etherden said that the damage to the fields after the first flood wasn’t that bad but it was the second flood that caused the most damage, causing erosion and ruining the top dressing that was done in the off season.Then came the clean up process. The fields had to dry out, lines had to be re-marked and the clubhouse had to be cleaned, resulting in a costly process. It meant eight months without any income as well as expenses having to be paid to fix the grounds.“We did probably well in excess of $100 000 from where we were (before the floods) and where we are today,” Mr Etherden said.Mr Etherden admits that it’s been a very stressful time and lots of hard work has been put in to get the fields ready and the competitions up and running again.The Rockhampton Touch Association’s competition restarted in late July with 159 teams participating, with numbers slightly down from last year. The junior competition is also up and running again. There have been restrictions placed on the use of the fields, which are only available for fixtures and not to train on to protect the fields.Touch Football Australia congratulates Ron Etherden and the Rockhampton Touch Association for all their hard work and for getting their competitions restarted, and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.
In the Men’s 40’s final, South Queensland defeated the Barbarians, winning 5-0, while South Queensland had another win in the Men’s 30’s division, beating the Southern States 10-4. In the Women’s Open final, South Queensland was five touchdown winners over the Barbarians, winning 7-2.Sydney Metro and North Queensland fought out a tight contest in the Men’s Open final, with the Sydney side taking the game 7-6. Men’s 40 South Queensland 5 defeated Barbarians 0Men’s 30South Queensland 10 defeated Southern States 4Women’s Open South Queensland 7 defeated Barbarians 2Men’s OpenSydney Metro 7 defeated North Queensland 6For more information, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=6027&pID=14
With just a week left until the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League, we have started to countdown our favourite memories from the 2011 Elite Eight finals. In the ‘Great Eight’, we will countdown eight of our favourite plays from the 2011 finals that saw the New South Wales Mets take on the New South Wales Country Mavericks in the Women’s final and the New South Wales Scorpions battle it out against the New South Wales Mets in the Men’s final. Be sure to check the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus daily as we upload one a day until the series starts. Please click below to be taken to the direct links of the plays:Number Eight – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6T-n4pOU8E Number Seven – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmhTHlOGx_INumber Six – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG496s5Mg7ENumber Five – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF2bMML5jSQNumber Four – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkKWLN_V8fwNumber Three – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMPiy3glptcYou can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksElite Eight Countdown
The 2015 Elite Eight Grand Finals will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Friday, 3 April at 10.30am (Good Friday). The 90 minute broadcast will feature the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight Grand Finals complete with interviews and expert commentary from Andrew Voss and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad. Touch Football Australia secured the services of Power Productions to professional film and produce the 2015 Elite Eight Series. The full live stream production from finals day of the 2015 National Touch League, including the Elite Eight Grand Finals and selected National Touch League Grand Finals, can be viewed here: http://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2015TOUCHFOOTBALLELITE8SERIESBe sure to lock it into your TV viewing schedule and share this among your colleagues and friends!2015 Elite Eight Grand FinalsFriday, 3 April – 10.30am (Fox Sports 1)Monday, 6 April – 12.30am (Fox Sports 1) (Repeat Broadcast)Please note times are AEDST, please check your local guides. Related LinksElite Eight on TV
Chelsea to decide Hudson-Odoi future this weekby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea could decide to sell Callum Hudson-Odoi this week.German media sources say the Blues will make a decision on Hudson-Odoi’s future in the “coming days” amid interest from Bayern Munich and RB LeipzigHudson-Odoi has made just one Premier League appearance for Chelsea this season – coming on against Watford before later being substituted due to injury himself.Reports have claimed Bayern are ready to offer him a route out of Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.Chelsea will reportedly make a decision regarding Hudson-Odoi, who is under contract until 2020, in the “coming days”. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard expects tough Southampton gameby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard expects a tough game with Southampton.Lampard sees a difficult opponent and a big challenge for his side this weekend.”We’re expecting a tough match, a very good manager with a well-organised team,” he said. “They play in different formations so it’s hard to predict how they might come at you but they do come at you with a lot of pace in the way they want to work off the ball and they have quality players.”It’s always a very difficult place to go so you have to be at it because there’s a lot of energy in their team and the crowd can get behind them if they play with the kind of intensity that they have been showing. We need to match that at least because we want to keep our momentum going.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Wanyama linked with return to Celticby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama could be set for a return to Celtic as Mauricio Pochettino plots to sell the out-of-favour midfielder.The Kenyan has played just 24 minutes of football in the Premier League this season, and is among a list of players Pochettino wants out in January.The Times says that Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Serge Aurier are also on the list, and Wanyama is wanted north of the border.Bhoys boss Neil Lennon admitted earlier this year that Wanyama was a loan target, but a move never materialised.”There was interest but it never got off the ground. Could we look at it again in January? We’ll have to wait and see. We might not want to with the balance of the squad now, as well as the affordability.”
Bournemouth lose loan manager Fletcher to Leyton Orientby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth have lost their loan manager Carl Fletcher, as he has left for the Leyton Orient managerial position.He was a key member of the Cherries setup, ensuring their loan players were going to suitable clubs to further their development.Leyton Orient director of football Martin Ling said: “The board went through the interview process with Carl and he kept coming out on top.”He has leadership skills, which he obviously had as a captain of many teams he was at including his country. Everything that we were looking for, he ticked every box.”Everyone we spoke to said everything we wanted to hear. We spoke to Stephen Purches at Bournemouth, we had people speak to Eddie Howe and Charlie Daniels.”We spoke to a couple players who played under him at Plymouth as well as the people at board level at Bournemouth and they all said the same thing – they believe he’s going to make a top-class football manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny, a four-star recruit coming out of high school back in 2013, never really saw his career take off in Tuscaloosa. In two seasons, the talented tailback rushed the ball just 48 times for 218 yards and one score. This past January, it was announced that Tenpenny would no longer be part of Alabama’s program. A few months later, we’ve learned where he’s headed.Monday, Tenpenny announced that he’s transferring to UNLV. He dropped the news via his Instagram account with a cool photo:Tenpenny joins a program that won just two games last year. Given NCAA transfer rules, he’ll likely have to sit out a year before seeing action. Hopefully he finds a bigger role with his new squad.
Jerome Boateng has ruled out the possibility of a move away from Bayern Munich during the January transfer window.The centre-back has been in and out of the team this season as he competes for a starting berth with Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule, making 11 starts from 17 potential Bundesliga games.And there is speculation that Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez – who can operate as a left-back or a centre-back – could be joining the club, potentially limiting the 30-year-old’s game-time further. 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? However, Boateng refused to entertain the prospect of a winter switch away from the reigning Bundesliga champions.”A change this winter is out of the question for me,” Boateng said at a training camp in Doha.The Germany international’s performances have not been up to his usual standards, however, as Bayern made a slow start in the league while Borussia Dortmund surged to the top of the table.Boateng featured in a damaging defeat to Hertha Berlin, which sparked a run of poor form that saw Bayern win just two of their next six league fixtures, failing to keep a clean sheet in that period.In fact, Bayern kept just two clean sheets in their opening 13 league games, of which Boateng played nine.”It was a difficult year for me,” he admitted.”I fell short of my expectations and I’m not happy with that.”But the defender appears determined to rectify those problems at Bayern rather than jumping ship to another club.And the club’s form as a whole is steadily improving, rising up the table to second place, with a five-game winning run – including four successive clean sheets – in the Bundesliga, putting pressure on Dortmund and cutting the deficit, although Lucien Favre’s side still maintain a six-point gap at the top.Bayern return to domestic action on January 18, playing an away fixture against Hoffenheim – one of six domestic games before their mouthwatering Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash against Liverpool at Anfield on February 19.
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has criticised the behaviour of Paul Pogba as the Red Devils playmaker is linked with a transfer away from Old Trafford.Reports have suggested Pogba could return to Juventus or join Real Madrid, with the player himself fueling speculation recently by say he wanted a ‘new challenge’.Saha, who won two Premier League titles and a Champions League at the Theatre of Dreams, believes the 26-year-old midfielder has caused problems with his suggestion about leaving United and that coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a battle to deal with the issue. 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 “I am a bit annoyed by [what Pogba said], but what can you do?,” Saha told The New Paper while in Malaysia for a charity match.”I struggle to understand why players express themselves (in this way). As much as they want to move, I understand that, but I don’t think it is something that should be done. I am especially gutted because he is a massive player for the club.”I hope that he can still remain [with United], but it is difficult to see that because when you express something like this, it becomes a difficult situation to manage. It is not going to be easy for Ole.”Saha’s last match for the French national team in 2012 came shortly before now-World Cup winner Pogba made his debut for Les Bleus in 2013.Despite Pogba’s 16 goals last term – the best return of his career – Saha believes the uncertainty at Old Trafford explains him not yet reaching his full potential for Manchester United, but being a talisman for his national team.”There is a transition period for United, but that is not the case for France. There was no lack of stability with the manager for France,” Saha said.”The situation is not the same for United. They are still trying to find their feet back since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.”These are some things that can give an indication of why he has struggled. Because he is a big and talented player, sometimes people expect him to do too much.”He had a tremendous season, but people will still expect more.”Pogba has not yet returned to Manchester United pre-season training, with the player’s Instagram posts showing he is still in New York on holidays.With the Red Devils first friendly against Australia’s Perth Glory on July 13, Solskjaer has indicated he will be selecting a full strength squad to take on the A-League team.It remains to be seen whether Pogba will make the journey Down Under with Madrid and Juventus circling.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***A former Oklahoma football star who was implicated in multiple robberies received his prison sentence today. If he serves his full sentence, he’ll be behind bars for nearly 20 years.Parrish Lee Cobb, a former four-star recruit in the 2016 class, was sentenced to 18 years in prison today. The former Sooners’ defensive back was implicated in four robberies.The former top recruit was a starter on defense for Oklahoma. He pleaded guilty today to holding up a Baylor student at gunpoint.The Waco Tribune has details on the sentencing:Cobb, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated robbery in the holdup of a Baylor student at gunpoint. As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors dismissed two other armed robbery charges against Cobb, one in Waco and one in Bellmead, while another charge remains pending.Cobb was arrested in January 2017 in the three robberies with co-defendant Ayorinde Jelani Gibson, 21, who also was sentenced to 18 years in prison last month in one of the robberies.Cobb, a Waco, Texas native, was one of the best high school football players in the state. He initially committed to Baylor but opted out of his commitment when Art Briles was fired.Former #Baylor signee Parrish Cobb officially signed with #Oklahoma just minutes ago. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/U1foup8n87— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) July 1, 2016The former Oklahoma Sooner will reportedly have to serve at least 9 years in prison before being up for parole.You can view the full details of the sentencing here.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes chats with his players on the field in the second half of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Ohio State announced this evening that head coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave following the report from college football insider Brett McMurphy.McMurphy reported earlier today that Meyer was more aware than he led on about domestic violence allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith in 2015. Smith was fired by Ohio State in late July.Smith’s attorney, Brad Koffel, released a statement to ESPN:“Zach Smith wants to be as transparent and honest as possible but it is not going to be done today through the media. It will only be after he and his ex-wife are sworn in to testify. Once he gets his chance to tell his side of events, don’t be surprised when it is corroborated by every police whoever responded to Ms. Smith’s calls.”ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy just appeared on SportsCenter after speaking further to Koffel.“Speechless,” is how Murphy described Koffel’s reaction to Ohio State’s decision to place Urban Meyer on administrative leave.Koffel believes everything is moving a little too fast and more details will surface soon.Ohio State is set to open the 2018 season in one month. The Buckeyes open the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Ross Bowers #3 of the California Golden Bears reacts as he is sacked by Jaelan Phillips #15 of the UCLA Bruins on fourth down during the third quarter at Rose Bowl on November 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former No. 1 overall recruit decided to transfer away from the college football program he first committed to. Former five-star recruit Jaelan Phillips announced his plans to move on from the UCLA football program after two seasons with the team.In late January, Phillips took a visit to Miami. Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes emerged as the heavy favorite to land the former top recruit after he teased college football fans with a simple “TNM” tweet.“TNM” is short for “The New Miami,” which new Miami recruits have been using as a way to build up the program.According to his latest tweet, Phillips is close to making his decision.Stay Tuned ?…Soon Come— Jaelan Phillips ;??® (@JJPhillips15) February 6, 2019Phillips would join former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell as top transfers to select Miami as the spot to further their college football careers.Early reports indicated Phillips was interested in a transfer to USC or Stanford, but it appears the Hurricanes are also squarely in the mix.Chigozie Nnoruka, Phillips’ teammate at UCLA recently announced his transfer to Miami in January, setting the table for a potential move to the Hurricanes for Phillips.National Signing Day concludes today so we’re likely to hear Phillips’ commitment within the next few hours.