Real Madrid Reina recommends ‘maniacal’ Sarri to Real Madrid as Zidane replacement Ryan Benson 19:12 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Napoli Sassuolo Serie A Primera División Maurizio Sarri is reportedly on the shortlist of several of Europe’s biggest clubs and Pepe Reina thinks he could coach any of them. Pepe Reina says he would recommend his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri to “any team in the world” amid suggestions he is a candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.Zidane shocked world football on Thursday when he confirmed in a hastily arranged news conference that he was resigning from his post just five days after guiding the club to a third successive Champions League title.Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Zidane’s decision took him by surprise when he was informed on Wednesday, leaving him with the unenviable task of replacing a hugely successful coach. 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 Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and youth team coach Guti – who used to play for the club – are said to be the leading contenders, but Sarri has also been touted as an option after he was dismissed by Napoli despite leading them to a second-place finish in Serie A.Although Sarri still has legal wrangles to sort with Napoli and is being heavily linked with Chelsea, Reina – who is joining AC Milan in July – believes the coach’s “maniacal” way of working makes him suitable for anyone.”We are similar people,” Reina told AS. “We had a father-son relationship – I love him very much and I will also be eternally grateful.”He is the main inspiration of the records that Napoli has always been setting in these three years and he plays a great game.”I would recommend it to any team in the world, for his football ideas and his maniacal way of working.”Reina’s time in Naples will conclude when his contract expires at the end of June.It has been a long time in the making, as the Spain international revealed he wanted to leave a year ago when Paris Saint-Germain made an approach, while he expects it will be his final transfer before retiring in Milan.”I wanted to leave a year ago,” he said. “PSG made me an offer, but Napoli rejected it.”It would’ve been easy to force the exit, but the players made a pact for the Scudetto and I decided to accept the decision.”Milan is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We have an obligation to return to the Champions League, which is an exciting challenge. I am happy to close out my career at Milan.”
Paul Pogba Pogba: I’m the most criticised player in the world Chris Burton 05:17 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Paul Pogba France Manchester United World Cup Premier League The Manchester United and France midfielder believes he has gone from being the most expensive footballer on the planet to the most scrutinised Paul Pogba claims to be the “the most criticised player in the world”, with the Manchester United and France midfielder having once being the most expensive.An £89 million ($118m) deal returned the 25-year-old to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 following a productive four-year stint at Juventus.With that transfer having taken spending to a new high, prior to Neymar making his record-breaking switch to Paris Saint-Germain, Pogba has seen his every move since scrutinised in minute detail. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move His performances have been questioned by United boss Jose Mourinho at times, along with players past and present and supporters of various clubs and international sides across the globe.Pogba feels he is being unfairly singled out, with is game generating more headlines and comment than any other player on the planet.He told Telefoot: “I am less entitled to make mistakes than others.“I went from the biggest transfer in the world to the most criticised player in the world.”Pogba has received support from a fellow flamboyant performer and former Red Devils team-mate in the wake of recent criticism, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic having been quick to leap to the Frenchman’s defence.The enigmatic Swede told beIN Sports: “Pogba is controversial, the media always talks about him and I think this is out of jealousy.“He has a big salary and always plays at the big matches and tournaments. He is the best midfielder in the world and because of that he has a lot of haters.”Pogba was able to quieten some of his detractors in his most recent outing, as he helped France to make a winning start to their World Cup 2018 campaign.He has been robbed of what proved to be the winning goal, with FIFA deciding on review that Australia defender Aziz Behich put through his own net, but his display has been hailed by Mourinho, Didier Deschamps and N’Golo Kante.There is, however, an acceptance from all of those representing Les Bleus in Russia that they will need to raise their game as a collective over the coming weeks if they are to challenge for the ultimate prize.Pogba added: “As the coach said, we have to do better.”Deschamps conceded after a narrow victory over Australia that he will be looking for more from a star-studded attacking unit when France face Peru on Thursday.
Day 3 of the X Blades National 18 Years and Under National Championships is shaping up to be a classic day of Touch Football. The final pool rounds will be fought out to decide who will make the cut and progress through to the quarterfinals and who will perish. There will also be an exhibition match at the conclusion of the pool rounds and the start of the finals today. A team of Referees will be fired up to show their skill with ball in hand against a team of Coaches. While not all teams are still able to make the Championship final there are still other prizes on offer. A Plate and a Shield are available for teams that do not make the top cut-off. At this stage Sydney Mets, NSWCHS, QSST, CQ, and Cobras look to be the favourites in the boys’ division. In the girls’ category QSST, NSWCHS, and Southern Suns are all playing with confidence that will be crucial come finals time. It looks set to be a cracking day of competition so sit back, relax and watch the best go head to head in the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.9.00amBoys’ Pool B R5 NSWCHS v Rebels Boys’ Pool B R5 Sunshine Coast v ScorpionsBoys’ Pool B R5 CQ v EaglesBoys’ Pool C R6 QSST v NT Boys’ Pool C R6 TouchWest v TasmaniaBoys’ Pool C R6 Suns v Hornets9.50amGirls’ Pool C R5 Sharks v ACT Girls’ Pool C R5 Suns v TasmaniaGirls’ Pool C R5 Hornets v Scorpions10.40amBoys’ Pool A R5 NSWCCC v NSWCISBoys’ Pool A R5 Mets v SABoys’ Pool A R5 Cobras v Sharks11.30amBoys’ Pool C R7 Suns v TouchWest Boys’ Pool C R7 Hornets v NTBoys’ Pool C R7 ACT v Tasmania12.20pmGirls’ Pool A R5 NSWCCC v EaglesGirls’ Pool B R5 NSWCHS v RebelsGirls’ Pool B R5 Cobras v NT1.10pmGirls’ Pool A R5 QSST v TouchWestGirls’ Pool A R5 Sunshine Coast v CQGirls’ Pool B R5 NSWCIS v Mets2.00pmFeature match – Australia’s Leading Referees v The best of our 2007 U18’s Team Coaches2.30pmBoys’ Champ QF1 Pos.1 v Pos. 8Boys’ Champ QF2 Pos. 3 v Pos. 6Boys’ Shield QF2 Pos. 12 v Pos. 133.30pmBoys’ Champ QF2 Pos. 2 v Pos. 7Boys’ Champ QF4 Pos. 4 v Pos. 5Boys’ Shield QF1 Pos. 11 v Pos. 144.30pmGirls’ Shield QF1 Pos. 11 v Pos. 14Boys’ Plate QF 1 Pos. 18 v Pos. 195.30pmGirls’ Champ QF1 Pos. 1 v Pos. 8 Girls’ Champ QF3 Pos. 3 v Pos. 6Girls’ Shield QF2 Pos. 12 v Pos. 13 6.30pmGirls’ Champ QF2 Pos. 2 v Pos. 7Girls’ Champ QF4 Pos. 4 v Pos. 5
It was a sunny day for the finals of the Australian Defence Force Touch Association (ADFTA) Nationals held in Newcastle.The 21 teams competing in the 2013 instalment of the ADFTA Nationals can now enjoy a well-deserved rest, after four days of competition between the seven Constituent Bodies.In the Men’s 40’s division, ACT Country, led by their captain and Australian representative John Samin, took out the trophy in the final, 7 – 3, against South Queensland.The Men’s 30’s division saw ACT Country winning again, 6 – 2, against North Queensland.The South Queensland Women’s Open won with class, 8 – 2, against their neighbours from North Queensland.The Men’s Open was again an all-Queensland affair, with South Queensland taking the Grand Final Trophy for the third year in a row, despite a great opposition from a strong North Queensland side, 10 – 7.The referees of the Men’s Open Grand Final were Brenton Turner, Craig McKee and Paul Edmonton.South Queensland was awarded the Champions Shield, and ACT Country most improved Constituent Body. Full results are available on the ADFTA website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6027-0-0-0&sID=83287.Congratulations to all participants. The ADFTA is now looking forward to the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League to compete against the best teams across the country.Related LinksDefence Nationals
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered his opinion on Chelsea’s deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.Liverpool had been in competition with the Stamford Bridge club to land the American this January, but Klopp cooled his interest in the forward and the Blues swooped.Chelsea opted to loan the American back to Germany until the end of the season, at which point the 20-year-old will link up with his new team.And Klopp said: “[He’s] a really good player, another good player for Chelsea. “I’ve known him for a while and followed him [in his career]. Another really skilled boy playing in England.”
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Malta Tourism Authority deny value of Man Utd dealby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMalta’s minister for tourism, Konrad Mizzi, has denied reports claiming the department will pay close to €20 million (US$22 million) over three years for its sponsorship deal with Manchester United, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The Premier League outfit agreed a deal with the Maltese government and the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) earlier in September to promote the country as a tourist destination. The agreement will see the Visit Malta brand given advertising space at Old Trafford, United’s home stadium, and also publicity via the club’s digital marketing channels,It was first reported by the Times pf Malta on 23rd September that the contract is valued at €20 million over three years.However, Mizzi has branded the report as ‘fake news’ in a series of posts on social media, while also describing the valuation of the deal as ‘meaningless and extraordinary’. The MTA has since released its own statement refuting the Times report.’The article is clearly based on the journalist’s own speculation and assumptions, in an attempt to create a negative aura around the partnership agreement concluded between the MTA, Visit Malta, and Manchester United,’ the statement read.’Although the cost of the actual partnership is commercially sensitive, the figure invented by the said journalist is a complete fabrication and nowhere close to the actual committed funding, which is in line with the Malta Tourism Authority’s marketing budget.’According to the Times of Malta, a source told the newspaper that the deal was ‘directly negotiated between the MTA officials and Manchester United’s commercial arm and no agents were involved’.
Liverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players hereby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has no fringe players in his squad.It’s a busy period for the European champions who will have played seven times between September 14 and October 5 before breaking off an international round of fixtures. Klopp, though, isn’t bemoaning a hectic fixture list.He told the Liverpool Echo: “We don’t have fringe players here, we only have first team players and a few young guns. We now play a lot Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, so we will have to see about [changes].”We don’t just play a lot of football we travel a lot, but you know that. Every team has to do that, we don’t go for excuses. Other teams have difficult situations, as well, it is like that.”You want to play Champions League, desperately and then it starts, you don’t say ‘oh my God, look at all these games’ that makes no sense. It is good.”The cup competitions are really nice and I am sure it will be a tough game against MK Dons because they are obviously pretty good as well. It will be interesting. We live for that so we should use these opportunities.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tierna Davidson, McCall Zerboni and Kelley O’Hara have returned from injuries to make the U.S. women’s national team roster for friendlies against France and Spain.The U.S. will kick off 2019 with a pair of matches in Europe – at World Cup host France on Jan. 19 and at Spain on Jan. 22. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has named a 26-player roster for those matches, which includes three key players returning from injuries. 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? Davidson, a rising defensive star, fractured her ankle in September, while Zerboni broke her elbow in September. O’Hara has been out since having ankle surgery in October. The U.S. will have a one-week training camp in Portugal before heading to France and then Spain. “It’s a real positive to start the year with this training period in Portugal and then play two top teams in France and Spain away,” Ellis said in a federation release.”Finding ways to be successful against European teams in Europe is something every team in the World Cup will have to do to advance deep into the tournament, so this is an essential trip in our prep for the summer.” Following the two friendlies, the U.S. will take on Japan, England and Brazil in the SheBelieves Cup in late February and early March as they continue preparing for the 2019 World Cup. USWNT roster (caps/goals)GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 38/0)DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 30/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 12/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 75/24), Emily Fox (UNC; 2/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 149/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 26/0)MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 81/6), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 73/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 62/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 20/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 41/8), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 7/0)FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 265/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 3/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride;153/98), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 43/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 145/41)
In the 2017-18 La Liga season Real Madrid scored 94 goals, but this was down to 63 in 2018-19 as Los Blancos went through multiple managers. Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solari and finally Zinedine Zidane all attempted to make up that 31-goal void, but could not magic goals out of nothing.Coincidentally, but also tellingly, 31 was the number of goals Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in during his final league season in Madrid, scoring 26 times and assisting on five more goals.Mariano Diaz was bought for €30 million (£27m/$35m) and inherited Ronaldo’s number seven shirt, but had none of the traits of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, finishing the season with just three league goals. Madrid were able to convince Zidane to return to Real, but replacing Ronaldo’s goals still remains their biggest priority. 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? Karim Benzema was far and away the club’s most potent player, finishing with 30 goals in all competitions, his second-best season in 10 years at Santiago Bernabeu. He scored exactly a third of Real’s goals in La Liga, finishing with 21. No other player finished in double figures.The French forward turns 32 this year, so is approaching the end of his career and the end of his successful spell in Madrid. He can still be relied upon by Zidane, but the coach needed someone new to take over and provide the goals the team has been desperately lacking.Enter Luka Jovic.On Tuesday, Eintracht Frankfurt confirmed the Serbian striker is joining Madrid this summer on a five-year contract, pending a successful medical.The 21-year-old is seen by Zidane as a possible partner for Benzema like Ronaldo was, or even as a lone striker thanks to his excellent all-round ability and hold-up play.However, he won’t come cheap for Los Blancos, with Eintracht Frankfurt receiving around €70m (£62m/$79m) for his services after signing him for just a tenth of that price from Benfica.Jovic helped Eintracht reach the semi-final of the Europa League last season, where they were only beaten on penalties by eventual winners Chelsea. He was the competition’s second top scorer, with 10 goals in 14 games. He also finished joint-third in the top scorer race in the Bundesliga, netting 17 times in 32 games for Frankfurt as they qualified for the Europa League once more.As a result, it is not surprising that Zidane singled the young forward out as the player who can bring goals back to Santiago Bernabeu. Frankfurt legend Jan-Age Fjortoft has watched Jovic up close on many occasions and believes he will be the perfect fit at the Liga giants, backing him to improve even more with better players around him.”He is one of the most talented young strikers in the world at the moment,” Fjortoft told Goal. “Those kinds of clubs should always be interested in those kinds of players. Jovic has scored more than 20 goals, he’s young, he’s powerful.”He will certainly develop even more. He will get more mature. He is a guy that will score goals wherever he goes. Being in a team like this, he will score goals.”Jovic also assisted five goals for his team-mates in one of Europe’s most dynamic attacks. Together with Ante Rebic and Sebastien Haller, they fired their way through Europe, exceeding all expectations under new head coach Adi Hutter following the departure of Niko Kovac for Bayern Munich.The striker will find himself in a similar situation at Madrid, where strong striker Benzema could play a similar role to his partner Haller. Rebic usually slotted in behind the duo, but was given a licence to roam by Hutter, opening up defences to allow Jovic to get into space and get on the scoresheet.Zidane’s Madrid have plenty of players capable of unlocking opponents but need to be more clinical up front if they are to return to the glory days of his first spell at the club. Jovic is exactly the sort of ruthless attacker needed to be the missing link for Los Blancos. He is able to score all sorts of goals, adept with both feet or with his head, timing his runs perfectly into the area to meet crosses and even willing to shoot – and score – from long range if there are no better options available.Everyone who has played with him or against him tells the same story, describing how lethal Jovic is when the goal comes into range. Former team-mate Alexander Meier was impressed with the young Serb from the moment he arrived in Frankfurt. “He is the best finisher I ever played with,” Meier told the Guardian. “Nobody from our team really knew him when he arrived. But in training you could see immediately that he’s just amazing in front of goal. He has everything. Heading, shooting, left foot, right foot. Inside the box he knows exactly where the ball will fall down. He was so young but already so cool and confident; you could tell he would score many times.”Former Serbia international Savo Milosevic called Jovic a “natural-born killer”, while current international boss Mladen Krstajic said the forward Jovic most closely reflects is Barcelona’s Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan finished with 21 La Liga goals this season beside Lionel Messi’s 36. If Jovic can provide similar numbers at Barcelona’s main rivals, then he may finally prove to be the worthy replacement Real need for Ronaldo.
Nick Lima has endured some serious highs and lows in 2019, but he could be primed for what could be the biggest high of his career to date.The San Jose Earthquakes defender heads into the Concacaf Gold Cup expected to be the U.S. national team’s starting right back, stepping into the void left by injuries to stars DeAndre Yedlin and Tyler Adams. He will have the task of trying to handle the hybrid role Gregg Berhalter has created, one which combines the right back and defensive midfield roles into a demanding, but potentially influential role that could make Lima a key figure at the Gold Cup.Lima having any role at all at the Gold Cup didn’t look like a sure thing as recently as three months ago, when he was in the midst of the low point of his 2019. 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? His year began with the high of impressing in his first look with the U.S. national team, starring in the team’s early friendlies, sparking talk that he could be a strong option at right back for the full team.The good vibes from that strong start quickly disappeared when he rejoined the San Jose Earthquakes, and saw his playing time diminish along with his hold on his natural right back role. That played a part in Lima failing to see any playing time in the U.S. national team’s March friendlies, which came right before he was benched by Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda.”It was easy at first to look at it as you’re being the victim in a situation that you shouldn’t be in,” Lima told Goal. “But that’s also the last way you should see it because then it stacks up on top and instead of two games not starting, or three games not starting, maybe it’s eight games or 10 games and you miss a whole season or half a season.”Anyone in that situation is going to be taken aback by it,” said Lima, who was benched for three matches before regaining a starting role, though at left back, for San Jose. “You’re going to be emotional, it just depends on how much. After I was, then it was ‘This sucks, I don’t want to be in this position, not starting’, and you have to just be able to step away from the emotions and make decisions that will put you in a place where you’re starting again.”I just had to buckle down, it was a challenge, no different than when I went to January camp.”Lima’s 2019 began with a call-up the USMNT’s January camp as the third right back on the depth chart, behind Reggie Cannon and Keegan Rosenberry. He was even tried out as a central defender in a three-man setup, but when given the opportunity to play in Berhalter’s hybrid right back role, Lima stood out. He surpassed Cannon and Rosenberry on the depth chart, and wound up starting both friendlies following the camp, earning man-of-the–match honors in a 3-0 win against Panama, then impressing in front of his home San Jose fans at Avaya Stadium in a win against Costa Rica.Those games showed what Lima could do in Berhalter’s system, qualities that stood out once again in the USMNT’s recent loss to Venezuela, where Lima earned another man-of-the-match nod. His ability to handle the right back-specific portion of the role didn’t come as a surprise given how well Lima has performed at right back in his years with the Earthquakes, but his ability to transition into the defensive midfield side of the role is what has been even more impressive, and what makes him the best available candidate to fill a spot that was originally earmarked for Tyler Adams before he was forced to miss the Gold Cup.”It’s a big role because you’re moving inside, you’re able to break lines and make dangerous passes, but you’re also able to attack the width, be dynamic on the outside going in, on the inside going out,” Lima said. “Obviously you’re a defender shutting things down, but also creating transition moments. You can have an impact in all aspects of a game, so whomever is in that role in the system is an important player.”Lima also knows the Gold Cup could help boost his stock on the international market, with foreign scouts sure to take in the tournament in search of talent. Lima has made no secret of his desire to eventually make a move to Europe, and a strong showing in the Gold Cup could help facilitate a move.”It’s a big platform, a big stage, and my first opportunity and I’m extremely excited about being able to help the team any way I can,” Lima said. “As a kid, you always dream of representing your nation in tournaments, along with also playing for the biggest clubs in the world and playing in Europe. Those are the goals, and this Gold Cup is my first chance to realize that experience.”On a team with plenty of big names, such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Michael Bradley, Lima isn’t generating much hype heading into the Gold Cup, but given the role he’ll play, and the fact he’s stepping in for standouts like Yedlin and Adams, Lima could wind up as one of the USMNT’s breakout players.”You’re talking about two of the top players in the nation, so it’s big shoes to fill, but at the same time it’s next time up for whoever it is,” Lima told Goal. “It’s an exciting opportunity, and if it’s me I’ll absolutely be ready to grind.”
Edinson Cavani thinks Neymar can grow as a person after a summer spent in the limelight and believes he still has a lot to offer at Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move away from PSG, with a sensational return to Barcelona on the cards.He has at times fuelled this speculation himself and some have suggested that he may well have burned some bridges in Paris – but Cavani thinks it is an experience that can help Neymar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I hope that everything that has happened to him will give him the experience to grow as an individual,” he told Le Parisien.“I think he still has a lot to give PSG, until the last day he is here as a player. He has a lot to give to football as well.”Cavani is generally the least heralded of PSG’s fearsome front three, and he may have been feeling a little left out this summer with rumours swirling around his teammate Kylian Mbappe as well.Mbappe had suggested that he could be looking for a fresh challenge away from Paris, but recently reaffirmed his commitment to the club and apologised for his comments.“Playing with great players like him, like Kylian, I really enjoy it,” Cavani added. “Now it’s time to find the connection between us, to create a good team, a good working atmosphere of work, sacrifice and professionalism.”When Neymar first joined PSG in the summer of 2017, there was plenty of evidence that he and Cavani didn’t get on.Early in the 2017-18 season, the pair fought over who would take a penalty against Lyon. Cavani had been the penalty taker the previous year, but Neymar assumed the responsibility following his world-record transfer from Barca.Later in the season, Neymar was booed by some PSG fans after taking another penalty. 7-0 up and with the Brazilian already having a hat-trick under his belt, Cavani was only one goal from breaking the club’s all-time scoring record. Once again, Neymar took and scored the spot-kick.”A lot of things have been said about us,” Cavani said.“It’s true that we had some differences in the first few months after his arrival, but it’s good to come together and talk it over.“After that, the social networks, the external communication… it has been exaggerated, a lot of things have been said that aren’t true.”
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Two college football players were reportedly arrested over the weekend following an incident at a nightclub on early Saturday morning.The two Hawaii football players, linebacker Jahlani Tavai and running back Kaiwi Chung, were reportedly arrested for third-degree assault. They were reportedly arrested for an altercation with a man after he allegedly shoved a woman into the ground.The crime is a misdemeanor.Hawaii News Now has more details:Linebacker Jahlani Tavai and running back Kaiwi Chung were arrested for third degree assault after they were involved in an altercation with a man who allegedly pushed a woman to the ground, according to law enforcement sources.It happened at The District nightclub on Kona Street.Tavai and Chung are believed to have been in the vicinity of the initial incident and subsequently went after the man. They were later arrested for the misdemeanor crime.Tavai was one of the best linebackers in the Mountain West Conference last season. He’s a potential NFL Draft prospect.Chung played sparingly in the 2017 season and was expected to be a bigger contributor this fall.You can view the full report here.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer should learn his status as the head coach of Ohio State’s football program at some point within the next couple of hours. The Buckeyes’ Board of Trustees meeting is taking place at 9 a.m. E.T.The meeting, which is open to the public, will quickly break off into an “executive session” that will take place behind closed doors.There’s quite a crowd for this morning’s meeting, unsurprisingly. There are dozens of media members inside the building, awaiting word on a decision.There are live streams for those who want to watch:HAPPENING SOON | The media is ready as Ohio State trustees will meet at 9 a.m. to deliberate on #UrbanMeyer’s coaching future. We are streaming live coverage HERE: https://t.co/1JalV0LgFQ pic.twitter.com/nTgFgXj108— WKYC Channel 3 News (@wkyc) August 22, 2018Here are some photos that reveal what the scene is like for this morning’s meeting:Scene at the Ohio State Board of Trustees meeting, which will discuss Urban Meyer’s fate. Board will break from here to executive session. There’s no timetable on when a final decision will come from President Michael Drake. (Essentially this is a dramatic photo op). pic.twitter.com/aoWzfBXNC0— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 22, 2018Former chair of the SEC Mary Jo White, who led the investigation into Urban Meyer. pic.twitter.com/E2WzHd9lNv— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 22, 2018The Board of Trustees has already moved into its executive session to “discuss the employment, compensation and discipline of public officials.”Board of Trustees has already moved to executive session “to discuss the employment, compensation and discipline of public officials.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 22, 2018Stay tuned.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)It’s still early in Columbus, but Ohio State fans are already getting restless. With the team facing a must-win scenario against Nebraska, the first quarter has been an absolute nightmare for the Buckeyes.The Cornhuskers sent a strong message on the first drive of the game by going 75 yards in 12 plays. Following a touchdown from Devine Ozigbo, Scott Frost’s defense stopped Urban Meyer’s offense on fourth down.Although it rarely happens at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes are receiving boos from the crowd.Ohio State looks lifeless. A team competing for a playoff spot is getting boos at The Shoe.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 3, 2018Going down early to Nebraska doesn’t warrant an upset alert just yet, but it definitely does raise some concerns for Ohio State.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the special teams unit found a way to shift momentum in their favor. After the Cornhuskers’ next drive stalled, a blocked point rolled through the end zone for a safety.Two points for Ohio State as Keandre Jones blocks Nebraska’s punt and it rolls through the end zone for a safety. Ohio State’s first blocked punt of the year.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 3, 2018Nebraska currently leads 7-2 over Ohio State.The game is available on FOX.Update: It didn’t take long for Ohio State to right the ship. It’s now Ohio State 9, Nebraska 7.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 18: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish passes against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 18, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Brandon Wimbush is set to graduate from Notre Dame, and with the Fighting Irish season coming to a close with tonight’s loss to Clemson, it sounds like he’s probably played his last game for the program.The Fighting Irish offense was nearly blanked by the Tigers tonight.Clemson won 30-3, shutting Notre Dame out completely through the game’s final three quarters.Wimbush, who lost his starting job to Ian Book early in the year, didn’t record a stat in the game today. The senior had one pass attempt and ran for 44 yards in November against Syracuse, his last action of the season.Earlier in the week, reports surfaced that Wimbush was exploring his transfer options, with a year of eligibility remaining.He admitted as much during Notre Dame’s media day, and said that he didn’t want the situation to be a distraction for the team. Now that the season has ended for ND, expect speculation to ramp up.In the locker room after today’s game, Brandon Wimbush all but confirmed that he’s leaving Notre Dame.From the AP’s Ralph D. Russo:Per my colleague @hawkaptexas who was in the Notre Dame locker room, from QB Brandon Wimbush:“I want to go play quarterback. I want to have the opportunity to fulfill my dreams at quarterback, so I think another place will give me the better opportunity to do so,” Wimbush said.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 30, 2018A surprising name that has surfaced as an option for Wimbush is Ohio State.The Buckeyes are reportedly a major focus of potential Georgia transfer Justin Fields. If they don’t land that former five-star, they could bring him Wimbush as a veteran leader and competition for Tate Martell.We’ve outlined some other interesting potential landing spots for Wimbush here.
TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Balloons for the Oklahoma Sooners fly outside of Sun Devil Stadium before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Lincoln Riley’s ascent in the college football coaching ranks has been pretty incredible.Bob Stoops ensured that he would get the head coaching job with his unconventional retirement timeline ahead of last season. Riley’s certainly made the most of it.The Sooners have won the Big 12 in both of the young head coach’s seasons atop the programs, and have two berths in the College Football Playoff.Each of Riley’s quarterbacks—Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray—have taken home the Heisman Trophy as well.Riley has already received a number of contract extensions during his short tenure as head coach.It sounds like another could be coming.Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione just sent a cryptic tweet that many are interpreting as a signal that Lincoln Riley has been given another big contract extension.The use of the eyes emoji is similar to what many coaches send out when they land commitments that they can’t disclose.?— Joe Castiglione (@soonerad) January 1, 2019Riley has drawn significant interest from the NFL, and with 10 openings at that level, it would be a great spot to make that jump if he wants it.He’s maintained that he doesn’t have interest in leaving college right now, though. A big new deal could help seal the deal as well.SiriusXM’s Alex Marvez reported as much on Monday.Don’t expect Lincoln Riley in the NFL anytime soon. I’m told he’s expected to sign a contract extension with @OU_Football sooner than later, which will make my guy @JRsBBQ very happy #BoomerSooner— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) December 31, 2018Whenever that is officially announced, assuming it is the case, it will be cause for celebration for the Sooners fans who hope they have yet another long-term head coach in Norman for decades to come.Update: And here it is. From Oklahoma:The University of Oklahoma and head football coach Lincoln Riley have reached an agreement in principle on a contract extension and salary increase. The contract terms are being finalized and will be subject to approval by the OU Board of Regents, which will meet later this month.OU President James Gallogly said the change was made now with the desire to have Riley at the school for many years.“We felt it important to extend and amend Lincoln’s contract at this time as we want him at the University of Oklahoma for a long time,” said Gallogly. “He is a great coach and role model for our student-athletes. His record of success speaks for itself.“Lincoln is also the right representative for our university in such a high-profile position. I am proud to work with him and anxious to support him as he takes our program into the future.”We’ll have more once contract details are released.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The last few years under Dabo Swinney have been remarkably good for the Clemson Tigers. Since 2015, Clemson has lost only two regular season games. But ESPN seems to think that one team on the Tigers’ 2019 schedule could give them a run for their money.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), Clemson’s September 7 home game against Texas A&M is the hardest game on the schedule. The Aggies finished with a 9-4 ranking and were No. 16 in the final standings last season.The game will also continue the coaching rivalry between Swinney and Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, who previously served as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles. Under Fisher’s guidance, FSU beat Clemson in three straight games from 2012 to 2014.Last year, Fisher and Swinney faced off at Kyle Field, but Swinney got the better of the matchup with a 28-26 win that came down to a failed two-point conversion attempt. Beating the Tigers at Memorial Stadium is a tough ask though, even for a team as talented and well-coached as Texas A&M.Clemson has lost only once at home since 2014 – a 43-42 loss to Pitt in 2016.Prior to that loss in 2016, Jimbo Fisher’s FSU was the last team to beat the Tigers at Memorial Stadium – a 51-14 blowout win in 2013.
ESPN analyst Todd McShay has named three winners of this year’s combine:Ole Miss WR D.K MetcalfMississippi State DE Montez SweatMichigan LB Devin BushThree of of most impressive combine workouts: D.K. Metcalf Montez Sweat Devin Bush pic.twitter.com/2nY5h98a4H— Todd McShay (@McShay13) March 5, 2019Metcalf was perhaps the overall winner of the NFL Combine, as his freakish performances in both the drills and the on-field activities have the wide receiver surging up draft boards.Sweat and Bush were extremely impressive, too, and could be some of the top defensive players taken.The NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday, April 25. The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up on Monday, with the final group of players taking the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for physical tests and drills.Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray drew all of the attention at the beginning of the NFL Combine with his measurements, as he weighed in at more than 200 pounds and measured in at taller than 5 foot 10 inches.Murray, though, did not take part in any on-field drills or tests. He’s saving all of that for his Pro Day.This left room for other former college football stars to make the headlines.
BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 11: A general view of action between the LSU Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A major 2020 four-star wide receiver is back on the market tonight. Memphis (Tenn.) Central’s Darin Turner has decommitted from LSU.Turner originally committed to LSU in late-March 2018. He recently added offers from Miami (Fla.) and Alabama though and also attended a Junior Day at Arkansas.Turner is the No. 18 wide receiver in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s also the 81st-overall player in the 2020 cycle.“I would like to take a moment to thank the amazing staff and recruiting team of LSU for expressing their interest in me as a football player, however at this time I am withdrawing my verbal commitment to attend LSU,” Turner tweeted tonight.#RespectMyDecision‼️ pic.twitter.com/5CvJZY8ZL4— M5gatron (@DarinTurner_5) March 14, 2019Fortunately for LSU, the Tigers still have a formidable collection of verbal commitments even without Turner. Included in this haul are four-star wide receivers Kayshon Boutte and Kris Abrams-Draine.LSU’s 2020 recruiting class ranks third nationally as of now.You can see 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings here.