Fulham open Juventus talks for Fiorentina winger Pjacaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus winger Marko Pjaca is the subject of an approach from Fulham.Tuttosport says Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has made a personal request for Pjaca as a January addition.The attacker is currently playing for Fiorentina, who have an option to buy for €20m. The Cottagers also are prepared to buy Pjaca for €20m after a six month loan.Juventus spent €23m to purchase Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2016.Last season, Pjaca had a six-month loan in Germany with Schalke 04. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd goalkeeper Joel Pereira back at Heartsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is back at Hearts.He has returned from injury in time for their derby clash with Hibernian this weekend.Jambos manager Craig Levein said: “Joel’s come back up from Manchester United and is feeling good. “The problem he had was a thigh strain, so we’ve not done an awful lot of kicking to this point, just to make sure we give him plenty of time to recover.“That’ll be the last thing he has to do. If he gets through that, then he will be available as well.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Brighton boss Potter: Players not surprised about Alzateby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter believes that no one at the club was surprised about the impressive debut of Steven Alzate.The versatile youngster got his first chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.And he impressed in the game, earning a man of the match award.He only got in the team due to an injury crisis, but Potter knew that Alzate would grab his chance.Albion head coach Potter said to reporters after the game: “I thought he did really well, really pleased for him.”I think if you asked the boys, they are not surprised because he has trained with us every day.”He has shown that quality daily, it is just the next step to play.”We had a couple of injuries so it allows him to come and play but he probably deserved it on merit anyway, if I am honest.”The Bristol Rovers game (in the Carabao Cup), he was probably our best player.”It is nice for him to come through and make his Premier League debut.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino admits Tottenham gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Tottenham gave up in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich.Spurs let in three goals in the last 10 minutes to cap off a terrible night at home.”The feeling at the end, when we conceded the three goals, it was like the team was tired and gave up a little bit,” Pochettino said. “Maybe that showed a little bit our frustration in the game because up until 83 minutes the team were alive, we were fighting, trying to create chances to score a third goal and we were still in the game. But they were very clinical.”Of course we are so disappointed. I cannot say another thing other than I feel very very disappointed. I feel so bad because when you concede seven goals it is tough, but you need to face up to this type of situation.”When you play the final of the Champions League, it was nice to put your face up after the wins we had at Manchester City and Ajax. Now I have to put my same face up and accept we were not as good as we expected.”
After struggling at times in Tottenham’s midfield last season, Dele Alli has revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside new recruit Tanguy Ndombele.The former Lyon midfielder joined Spurs in a club-record €60 million (£54m/$68m) deal over the summer and has not taken long to impress fans as he contributed an assist with his first involvement in pre-season against Juventus. Alli himself has also been pleased with what he has seen of the Frenchman and declared his excitement to have Ndombele slotting in alongside him in midfield. 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? “He seems like a very nice guy,” Alli told DAZN and Goal . “Obviously we haven’t spent too much time together yet. He’s settled in very well – and fast – which is always good. He seems like an attacking player, you know it’ll be a pleasure to play with him.“He looks to go forward quick, he’s strong, physical and very good on the ball as well. So, I’m excited by him.”While Alli is set to miss Tottenham’s Premier League season opener against Aston Villa with a hamstring injury, the 23-year-old is hopeful the arrival of Ndombele will see him play a more attacking role this campaign. Though content to play anywhere in Spurs’ midfield, the England international is clearly hoping for more than the five league goals he managed last season. “I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but I think when you’re playing for a team like Tottenham with so many amazing players, you’re happy to be playing anywhere just to help the team,” Alli said. “But you know I like getting goals and assists, playing higher up – if I’m needed. I enjoy that, but I think it varies depending on the game as well.“Playing in different positions, sometimes you see the space in between the lines higher up, or sometimes it’s better to get the ball deeper. So I’m happy to play anywhere in the midfield row.”Having ended last season with defeat in the Champions League final to Liverpool, Alli admits the loss was extremely difficult to take, but one he hopes Spurs can use as motivation moving forward. “It was difficult, obviously, losing the game after all the hard work it was [to get there],” he said.“It was a hard time, but we had international [matches] afterwards so we had to switch our focus as quickly as possible and try to prepare for that. But, obviously, it’s difficult with it being such a big competition – and to lose in the final was hard to take.“But I think as a team and individually we have to remember the feelings we had after that game. It was a horrible feeling and we have to channel that in the right way, try to use it to our benefit in the future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)We’re halfway through the college football season and that means one thing: it’s time for midterms – according to college football analyst Ralph Russo. On Tuesday afternoon, Russo revealed his midterm awards and took a look at what the rest of the season will bring.Russo revealed the coaching “hot seat” and there were several names, two of which are in “big trouble.”Kansas head coach David Beatty and East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery are the coaches in “big trouble” according to Russo.Big trouble: David Beatty, Kansas; Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina.Beatty’s name is no surprise on Russo’s list as the Jayhawks have been the nation’s worst Power 5 program over the past several years – forget Rutgers this year. Meanwhile, the Pirates have also struggled this year and have allowed over 40 points in their last two games.Kansas has lost its last three games by at least 16 points and there isn’t much room for excitement as the Jayhawks have Texas Tech, TCU, Texas, and Oklahoma left on the schedule.Can either David Beatty and Scottie Montgomery turn their programs around?[AP]
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)While it lacks the implications of Ohio State-Michigan, the Ohio State-Michigan State game will still be fun to watch.Both teams rebounded from recent losses with solid performances this past week that erased some doubts. And now we know when the two teams will play this week.The Michigan State Football Twitter account posted that the game will be played at noon on FOX.The Spartans have recovered equally nicely from their loss to Michigan last month. They had decisive wins over Purdue and Maryland, and might even be back in the Top-25 this week.The Big Ten has announced that the Ohio State game on Nov. 10 in Spartan Stadium will kick off at noon. The game will be televised on FOX.— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) November 4, 2018But Ohio State – even on the road – will likely be considered the favorite.After getting embarrassed by Purdue a few weeks ago, Ohio State took down Nebraska this weekend, 36-31.Granted, Ohio State allowed the Cornhuskers to stick around a lot longer than head coach Urban Meyer may have wanted. But in the end, they still control their own destiny for a spot in the Big Ten championship game.And if they win out and claim the Big Ten title, perhaps the College Football Playoff committee will reconsider them as a one-loss entry into the tournament.But they’ll have to get past the Michigan State Spartans first.
KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Will Muschamp of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates with T.J. Brunson #6 against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Neyland Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Today is Election Day in the United States. The results of the midterm elections are critical for the next two years and beyond.Apparently, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp didn’t realize this. In fact, Muschamp might not have even realized there was an election at all today.During his press conference this afternoon, Muschamp was asked how he talked to his team about voting.His response was interesting to say the least.Me to Will Muschamp: “How have you addressed voting with your team?”Muschamp: No responseMe: “You know there’s an election today?”Muschamp: “I do now. I’m getting ready for Florida.”— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 6, 2018Sure, Muschamp probably has some tunnel vision for this game in particular given how personal it is to him as someone who was fired by Florida. But come on now, this is insane.He had to know there was an election, right? He just didn’t want to talk about it.I mean, there’s no reason for a fully-functioning adult in America, with all the information at his or her disposal, to not even know an election was taking place. Right?Additionally, Muschamp is supposed to be a “leader of men” right? You should at least discuss important matters like this with your team. Partisan politics is a no-no, but just telling your players how important voting is should be a given.
MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up before the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)What’s next for Miami quarterback Tate Martell after the former Ohio State QB lost the Hurricanes’ starting battle?Martell, a top recruit coming out of high school, reportedly skipped practice after losing the starting job to Jarren Williams. There are now many speculating about a potential transfer.247Sports analyst Barton Simmons thinks a position change could be on the table at some point for Martell.Martell has been compared to some former college quarterbacks who became wide receivers at the next level. “It’s just one of the many directions someone can go when they’re an undersized quarterback who is also really athletic,” Simmons told The College Football daily podcast. “(National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins) has seen Tate more than anybody. He was talking about how he’s seen Tate running around catching passes at quarterback camps. He’s got natural pass-catching ability. The ball skills are there. He is very athletic. He is sudden and has some twitch and body movement to his game. That short-area quickness was one of the best qualities he had. As a slot guy that could create space and get separation as a route runner, there’s a lot of those guys with success in all levels of football right now. I’m not saying that’s where he needs to go, but in the spectrum of options, you have to include that as one of them.”A transfer to a smaller Group of 5 school could be an option, too.“Maybe Martell stays the course at Miami, his number gets called, things click and there will be no turning back. Or maybe he’s off into the transfer portal once again, this time to swallow his pride for a Group of Five program that can cater more distinctly to his very specific skill set,” he wrote.For now, though, Martell will remain at Miami.The former Ohio State quarterback has yet to publicly comment on the quarterback battle, but perhaps we’ll get an update later this week.Miami is set to open its season on Aug. 24 against Florida.
Press Trust of India MelbourneDecember 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 12:05 IST Darren Lehmann said Steve Smith as captain shouldn’t have turned a “blind eye” to the ill-fated plan in Cape Town (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDarren Lehmann was the Australian coach at the time of ball-tampering scandalLehmann said Cameron Bancroft should have approached the support staffBancroft’s ban ended while Steve Smith and David Warner have to wait until MarchDarren Lehmann, the Australia coach during the infamous ball-tampering scandal, feels then captain Steve Smith shouldn’t have turned a “blind eye” to the ill-fated plan in Cape Town.Lehmann stepped down as coach after Smith and his deputy David Warner were handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia in exemplary punishment for their role in the scandal in March that shook the game.Cameron Bancroft, who actually committed the offence, was banned for nine months. His ban ends on Saturday, while Smith and Warner will have to wait until March.”Steve decided to turn a blind eye. He was captain of the country and he should have more control of that,” Lehmann told ‘Macquarie Sports Radio’.”I still can’t understand the pressures of captaining your country, it’s quite high you would think.”Lehmaan said Bancroft should have approached the support staff when he was asked to tamper the ball.”Yeah, he (Bancroft) could have and should have come to us,” he said.”A severe mistake made by the guys and a lot of people have suffered one way or the other through that. We know it should not have happened, but it did. You’re sitting up there in the dressing rooms seeing what’s happening and your heart sinks.”For me, I think we need to move on and understand it happened and it was a really bad time in Australia cricket,” said Lehmann who played 27 Tests for Australia between 1998 and 2004.On Wednesday, Bancroft said Warner asked him to use sandpaper to alter the ball and claimed he went along with it to “fit in” and feel “valued” in the team”.advertisementWarner, who has taken responsibility for his part in the incident, is yet to respond to the latest revelations.Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, who conducted the interviews with Bancroft and Smith for Fox Sports, encouraged Warner to give his side of the story for the sake of his future international career.”There’s no doubt Davey Warner would be feeling so isolated at the moment,” said Gilchrist.”I would encourage Dave to come out wherever and just be honest and as open as you need to be to get back to playing cricket.”Former opener Michael Slater said Smith and Bancroft were attempting to “bury” Warner and it would be difficult for him to return to the team.”There is a strategy behind Steve Smith and Bancroft, and Dave Warner’s off the radar at the moment,” Slater said.”In terms of a respectful comment on Dave Warner, there’s been none of that. So to me, it is untenable, they’ve buried him very quickly,” Slater, who is currently commentating for Seven Network, said.Also Read | Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft comments on ball-tampering shocking: PontingAlso Read | You are paid to win, not to play: Cricket Australia bosses had told Steve SmithAlso Read | Ball-tampering scandal: Warner suggested me to carry out the action, says BancroftFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow ball-tampering scandalFollow Darren LehmannFollow David WarnerFollow Cameron Bancroft Steve Smith turned blind eye to ball-tampering plan: Darren LehmannDarren Lehmann, Australia coach during the ball-tampering scandal, said Steve Smith as a captain should have had more control on his teamadvertisement