Cesc hails ‘amazing’ Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmourby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on youngster Billy Gilmour.Monaco ace Fabregas hailed Gilmour after his starring role in Chelsea’s 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Fabregas tweeted: “He played amazing tonight. “Personality is the most important at this age and he’s got it all right. “Now time to keep learning and taking advantage of these games to prove the coach he’s good enough.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton standing by Marco Silvaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton do not plan on sacking Marco Silva at this stage of the season, according to reports.The Portuguese is under immense pressure with the Toffees sitting second bottom after eight games.The Toffees have failed to register a point since their 3-2 win over Wolves on September 1.Silva was booed by a section of the away support after last weekend’s loss to Burnley.But Sky Sports says the club have no plans to part ways with the former Watford man.
West Brom still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barry.England youth international Barry rejected a three-year contract at The Hawthorns to join Barcelona in July, says the Express & Star.The Spanish giants have to pay just £235,000 for the youngster – a figure set by FIFA for 16-year-olds who move abroad.But last month it was revealed the Baggies were considering reporting the La Liga side to football’s world governing body due to their failure to stump up the cash.Barcelona had also failed to respond to Albion’s requests for the money.Now it is understood the two clubs are in dialogue over the cash. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’by Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar was the best teammate he has ever had.The pair played together for three seasons at Benfica, and the Argentine had a profound impact on his then Brazilian teammate.”A lot of players have helped me in my career,” Luiz said at a commercial event with Arsenal. “But Pablo Aimar stood out.”We must always be open to learning, whether it’s with younger players or those with more experience.”One day, Pablo came into my room and began to teach me how to pass from a ball in defence to one in attack.”He taught me how to create spaces and how to hide a pass to try to get it between the lines.”This was advice I had never had before.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Dylan Moses LSUDylan Moses, the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class committed to LSU, is a player Tigers’ fans should be very, very excited about. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect out of Baton Rouge, La., has been committed to LSU since 2013. He’s rated the No. 1 linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings but he can also play running back. Moses is ridiculously athletic. For further proof of his athletic prowess, check out these workout videos of him posted today. LSU’s 2017 class only has two commits – Moses and five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin – but it’s ranked the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 2 class in the SEC by 247 Sports. [Tiger Droppings]
Santiago Solari insisted Karim Benzema has the complete trust of Real Madrid’s squad after the striker produced an inspired performance against Espanyol.Benzema ended a three-match scoreless streak when he tucked in from close range four minutes into Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga victory, before doubling his tally with a slick first-time finish on the stroke of half-time.He also played a crucial role in Madrid’s fourth, dribbling his way in from the flank before combining with Lucas Vazquez to tee up substitute Gareth Bale on his return from injury, and was unfortunate not to claim an assist when Dani Carvajal struck wide moments later. 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? And Solari was quick to praise the 31-year-old Frenchman, who now has nine Liga goals to his name this season.”He always makes complete performances, but he has also scored two beautiful goals,” Solari told a news conference. “We totally trust in him and he is demonstrating all of his quality more than ever all this season.”Benzema’s Madrid team-mate Vazquez echoed Solari’s thoughts, adding that the Frenchman has to be considered as the world’s most complete centre forward.”I think Benzema has proved to us all that he’s the best number nine in the world,” Vazquez told reporters. “Working hard for the team, combining with his team-mates, he’s wonderful.”Bale’s goal – a venomous strike following a clever turn – ultimately proved decisive for Madrid, with Raphael Varane’s red card handing Espanyol hope before Roberto Rosales volleyed home to make it 4-2.The former Tottenham forward has endured another injury-hit campaign, but Solari is confident that Bale will recapture his best form soon enough.It’s great to be back! +3 pic.twitter.com/9LT9H7hYdi— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 27, 2019″Gareth is a decisive player, he’s always capable of scoring a goal. He scored as soon as he came on and that was good for the game and his confidence,” Solari told Real Madrid’s official TV channel.”Step by step he has to regain the form from before the Club World Cup when he scored three goals.”This is the Gareth we want to see all the time, like today when he was hungry to score.”
Richarlison’s early goal proved decisive as 10-man Everton eased the pressure on Marco Silva with a 1-0 win over Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town, with Jordan Pickford pulling off a pair of brilliant second-half saves.Silva has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks following a dismal run of two wins in 10 league matches, with Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Millwall compounding Everton’s misery.Richarlison’s third-minute strike put them ahead, but despite offering little for much of Jan Siewert’s first game in charge, Huddersfield were handed a lifeline when substitute Lucas Digne was sent off. 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? Pickford made a superb stop from the resulting free-kick, and outdid his earlier effort late on to deny Elias Kachunga and secure a much-needed win.With Idrissa Gueye left out amid links of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Tom Davies was recalled into Everton’s midfield, and the youngster made an immediate impact.Having made a clever run into Huddersfield’s box, Davies kept his cool to find Richarlison who, despite Jonas Lossl’s best efforts, tucked home at the second attempt.| Just what we needed. @Richarlison97 #EFCawayday pic.twitter.com/H0NAHhBVnH— Everton (@Everton) January 29, 2019Cenk Tosun headed Everton’s next chance wide, before turning provider with a subtle flick into Seamus Coleman, who sliced wide.Davies tested Lossl as Everton looked to double their advantage, but an injury to Leighton Baines forced Silva into a change.Digne was introduced but 11 minutes later he received his marching orders after hauling down Adama Diakhaby on the edge of Everton’s box.The impressive Pickford had to be alert to prevent Aaron Mooy’s free-kick restoring parity and he was on hand again with 10 minutes remaining, lunging to his right to parry Kachunga’s header wide and get Everton back on track. What does it mean? Siewert facing an uphill battleWhile Silva will have been impressed with Everton’s resilient response to their FA Cup exit, Tuesday’s encounter proves just how much work Siewert has to do at his new club. Huddersfield had their chances after Digne’s dismissal, but failed to take them – a problem that plagued former boss David Wagner – and the Terriers are now six points behind 19th-place Fulham, who came from behind to beat Brighton and Hove Albion.Pickford to the rescueEverton’s goalkeeper has not quite looked the same since his derby day mistake at Anfield, but the England international came to the visitors’ salvation with two fantastic saves.Digne makes a dismal cameoBaines impressed on his first Premier League start since August, though Silva would likely have had little concern about Digne’s ability to step in. The former Barcelona full-back, however, got caught cold by a long ball, and had no choice but to stop Diakhaby’s run and receive his marching orders.Key Opta Facts- Huddersfield have failed to score in 50 per cent of their home Premier League games (16/32) – the highest percentage in the competition’s history.- Digne’s red card was Everton’s third sending off of the season in the Premier League – only Leicester City (4) have seen more players sent off in the competition in 2018/19.- The Terriers have now failed to score in each of their last four games in all competitions – the Terriers last went longer without finding the back of the net in October 2002 (run of five).- Richarlison has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Everton this season, the same tally as Everton’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2017-18 (Wayne Rooney). – Huddersfield are winless in their last 11 meetings with Everton in all competitions (D5 L6), since a 1-0 win in a top-flight match in March 1956. What’s next?It does not get any easier for Siewert, as Huddersfield head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while Everton host Wolves at Goodison Park. read more
Marta is dreaming of reaching the Women’s World Cup final, though the Brazil star is wary of defending champions the United States and Australia. Brazil will be led by six-time FIFA World Player of the Year and captain Marta in France, where the Selecao will come up against one of the pre-tournament favourites Australia, Jamaica and Italy in Group C.Marta and Brazil were World Cup runners-up in 2007, with the three-time reigning Copa America Femenina champions beaten in the round of 16 four years ago, having reached the 2011 quarter-finals. 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? All eyes will be on star-studded USA and Australia but Marta – who has scored the most World Cup goals with 15 – told Omnisport: “We can’t focus just on one or two teams anymore.”All athletes are more prepared. Difficult to talk only about USA and Australia. Other teams also have a very high level, but no doubt that it will be very challenging to play against USA and Australia if we face them.”Manhã de academia para #SeleçãoFeminina . Força, meninas!A estreia na Copa do Mundo está chegando! Time encara a Jamaica dia 9 de junho.Fotos: CBF #JogaBola #TRSeleçãoFemininaDia13 pic.twitter.com/58qy7WPBbT — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 3, 2019 After opening their campaign against Jamaica on June 9, Brazil will go head-to-head with Australia in Montpellier four days later.Australia – quarter-finalists in 2015 after upstaging Brazil in the last 16 – boast star forward Sam Kerr and the Matildas are seen as a genuine threat to USA’s crown.Asked about the Matildas, Orlando Pride forward Marta – who plays alongside Australia internationals Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond at club level in the National Women’s Soccer League – said: “They are so strong. But this is a World Cup and everything can happen. It will be all decided in details. “Australia can go very far but they are in Brazil’s group and we won’t make their lives easy, you can be sure. They can reach the final but I hope they won’t and that Brazil can do it.”Marta holds the record for most World Cup goals, ahead of former USA forward Abby Wambach and ex-Germany international Birgit Prinz.Academia rolando… Mônica em ação #TRSeleçãoFemininaDia13 #GuerreirasDoBrasil pic.twitter.com/rHz1jzsOmh — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 3, 2019 “I’m very excited to go to the World Cup,” the 33-year-old said as she discussed her 15 World Cup goals. “This is one more reason to be with all my energy to try to score more goals, this motivates me a lot.”Marta, who is regarded as the greatest female footballer, added: “I feel proud to be a reference in what I do, that you can reach children, who have you as an example. When I’m at the pitch I think about all this and try to make my best.”My motivation comes from my daily life and then God gives you this gift. My life has always been moved by faith and persistence, and the results came. I share all these awards with my fellow players and with my rivals also, because they make me a better player.”
Jerome Boateng’s future has not yet been decided, according to Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, despite reported interest from Manchester United.The defender was widely expected to move on from the Allianz Arena this summer after falling down the pecking order under Niko Kovac. Boateng flew home early from the Bundesliga champions’ pre-season tour of the USA on Sunday due to private reasons, which are not thought to be related to his transfer situation. 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? Speaking at a trip to NASA’s base in Houston, Texas, Rummenigge said of the 30-year-old defender’s future: “It’s not yet finally decided.”We’ll wait and see what’s going on in the transfer market, and then we’ll discuss with him how we’ll proceed.”Boateng made just 20 Bundesliga appearances last season as Bayern again retained the German title. The former Germany international, who is no longer being considered for national selection by Joachim Low, could provide some stability at the back for the Bavarians, though, as Mats Hummels has already departed this summer.Hummels returned to Borussia Dortmund last month in a deal reportedly worth €38 million (£34m/$43m).And Kovac now appears happy with Boateng.Speaking to the media over the weekend, the Bayern boss said: “I’m very pleased with Jerome, as well as with the rest of the squad, so he’s extremely focused and good, and the training and performance against Arsenal was very good.”The German also confirmed he expects midfielder Renato Sanches to stay put despite rumours he could leave.”Renato Sanches stays,” Kovac added of the Portugal international.”He sees his future here. I am convinced that he will get more appearances this season than last season.”Sanches has previously said he expects to be given more game time in 2019-20, claiming he is needed by Kovac.Bayern also appear in need of some attacking signings after losing Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez at the end of last season. Leroy Sane has been heavily linked with a move back to Bundesliga and Rummenigge has admitted Bayern’s interest in the Manchester City winger, but the two clubs are yet to come to an agreement.
GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Florida head coach Dan Mullen is coming off of a huge win over his former program: Mississippi State. Over the weekend, the Gators’ defense shut down Nick Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs en route to a 13-6 victory.Mullen’s Gators are the No. 22 team in the nation after the win. The road doesn’t get any easier for Florida, which takes on No. 5 LSU this Saturday in Gainesville.Before the action kicks off, Florida revealed the new cleats the team will be wearing for the contest. Fans of the Jordan 11’s take note, these are the cleats you want in your life.Check them out..@GatorsFB about to play in some heaters this weekend @Jumpman23 ? pic.twitter.com/UZy1mrZl6X— B/R Kicks (@brkicks) October 2, 2018The Gators will be looking good this weekend, but their play on the field will go a long way to determining if the team can compete in the SEC East this season.No. 5 LSU travels to No. 22 Florida for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff. The game will be broadcast on CBS.