Bacca backs Mina after shaky Barca start

first_imgBarcelona Bacca backs Mina after shaky Barcelona start sparks Liverpool transfer talk Ryan Benson 16:23 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mina-cropped Getty Images Barcelona Villarreal Colombia World Cup Primera División Colombia v Japan The Colombian defender has made an underwhelming start to life at Camp Nou, but an international team-mate is backing him to be a success Carlos Bacca expects Colombia team-mate Yerry Mina to defy the doubters and thrive in European football despite making a slow start to life at Barcelona.Mina made the switch to La Liga in January after developing into one of the most highly-rated centre-backs in South American football.Barca paid Brazilian club Palmeiras a reported €12 million (£11m/$14m), but Mina only featured in five league games before the end of the season as he failed to dislodge Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti. 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 Speculation is mounting he might be allowed to leave in the close-season, but the World Cup offers Mina the opportunity to star on the big stage.And Villarreal striker Bacca expects the 23-year-old to ultimately prove a success.”He is a great centre-back,” Bacca told Marca. “For Barcelona to notice him when he is in Brazil says a lot.”I have no doubt that he will succeed in Europe because he has more than enough quality. It’s not easy to get to a club like Barcelona.”He is adapting with his failures and successes, but the desire to work is not lacking. With his work and faith in God, he will achieve his successes.”James Rodriguez Falcao ColombiaBacca is expected to be part of a talented Colombia squad in Russia and he is pinning their hopes of producing an upset on Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez.”Falcao has done a lot for the country, at all levels,” said Bacca. “He is a fundamental person for the national team and for Colombia. We owe him a lot.”James is a leader, a player different from everyone, but he is also very competitive. He does not like to lose anything.”He always wants to improve. We are very grateful for all that he contributes to the national team.”Colombia start their campaign on June 19 against Japan.last_img read more

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REFEREES UPGRADED AT NTL

first_imgCongratulations to the following referees who were upgraded at the 2007 National Touch League.Level 6Mandy Besant (Senior)Freda Black (Senior)Gary Brickell (Senior)Debbie Bridgman (Senior)Sandra ClarkKaren Davies (Senior)Jillian DonohueTanya FindlayMark KellyMark LeonardSally Melzer (Senior)Victor Naumovski (Senior)Marcellus PhillipsKim SkellyLevel 5Dave BorgLeigh BryantTanya ConoleBrett FreshwaterLouise FrostBrendan GaleaPeter GregoryAndrew SmithAdam StevensonGreg Eggins (Senior)Greg Davis (Senior)John Salisbury (Senior)Steve Thornhill (Senior)The rankings and finals appointments for the two tournaments were as follows:Referee of the Tournament: Greg TaylorOpensLeading Male Referee: Dave BaggioLeading Female Referee: Kathy Sweeney1. Mens: Dave Baggio, Keith Steel, Adam Foley;2. Mixed: Richard O’Connor, Mike Medlin, Luke McKenzie;3. Mens 20s: Dale Lawrence, Sam Mournehis, Greg Myers;4. Womens: Nic Hollingworth, Kathy Sweeney, Annabelle Connolly;5. Womens 20s: Anthony Smith, Jamie Oliver, Bill Slade;6. Mens Plate: Brendan Antrobus, Damien Carlson, Bernard O’Donohue;7. Womens Plate: Matt Vernon, Mark Kelly, Mark Leonard.SeniorsLeading Male Referee: Dave BaggioLeading Female Referee: Karen Woods1. Mens 30s: David Baggio, Luke McKenzie, Phil Morabito;2. Mens 35s: Matt Vernon, Greg Taylor, John Bedford;3. Mens 40s: Damien Carlson, John Frost, Joe Lo Grande;4. Womens 30s: Karen Woods, Karren Strachan, Jillian Donoghue;5. Mens 45s: Dave Brown, Peter Cominos, Victor Naumovski;6. Mens 50s: Gary Brickell, Mick McGrath, Ron Robinson;7. Womens 40s: Sharon Foster, Freda Black, Karen Davies.last_img read more

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Girls day two NYC wrap up

first_imgNew South Wales Combined High Schools and South West Queensland Swans remain undefeated in Pool A of the girls division after the second day of the X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) at Port Macquarie.But that won’t remain for much longer as the two teams collide at 3pm tomorrow – the final round for the division.NSWCHS scored 28 touchdowns and conceded two in their two matches today.Australian women’s opens player Ashleigh Quinlan was again one of NSWCHS’ best players of the day.For the Swans, although they haven’t racked up cricket-like scores as NSWCHS have, they’ve been getting the job done.They defeated Western Tigers 5-4 and ran out 5-0 winners against NSW Touch Development.Brisbane City Cobras, Sunshine Coast Pineapples and NSW Combined Independent Schools are all within striking distance of each other as they eye off third spot on the third day of competition.The Tigers and Victoria will be searching for their first win of the tournament.Touch New Zealand under 15s won against NSWCIS but were beaten by the Cobras.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch have confirmed their spot on top of Pool B with resounding wins on day two.QSST defeated Tasmania 20-0, Northern Territory 16-2 and Touch New Zealand under 17s 9-3.NSW Combined Catholic Colleges were surprise 3-2 losers against Central Queensland Bulls.That loss means NSWCCC will be fighting it out with ACT Pirates and the Bulls for second spot.NSW Touch Development can slide into the top three, depending on results going their way tomorrow.South Australia Heat, Northern Territory and Tasmania will most likely contest the playoffs for the minor placings.Touch New Zealand under 17s had a draw, a loss and a win on day two.Make sure you stay up to date with the NYC by following these websites: NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Or FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksGirls day two NYC wrap uplast_img read more

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10 months agoRobertson on Liverpool pal Shaqiri: He’s seizing his chance

first_imgRobertson on Liverpool pal Shaqiri: He’s seizing his chanceby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrew Robertson is delighted for Liverpool pal Xherdan Shaqiri after his brace for Sunday’s win over Manchester United.At £13million, Shaqiri was not a big-money signing like Naby Keita, Fabinho or keeper Alisson.Robertson said: “He’s seizing his chance — and good on him.“You can use it to your advantage because you might go under the radar a wee bit because there might not be as big a deal made about your signing. That gives you time to get your feet under the table and Shaq has hit the ground running.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoMan City attacker Kevin de Bruyne: Injuries not caused by fatigue

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City attacker Kevin de Bruyne: Injuries not caused by fatigueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne insists his injury problems have nothing to do with burnout.De Bruyne has made just five appearances for City this season after suffering two separate knee ligament injuries – one in each knee – since August.Pep Guardiola suggested that the enforced spell on the sidelines may have done De Bruyne some good, though the player himself had his doubts on that.”Maybe, but I’m not sure I agree with that,” De Bruyne said. “I played the most of anyone last year, in the whole world. And I played the World Cup without a problem.”I think the most important thing is having a summer break. If you have that you can feel OK but there is always a time in someone’s career where you feel a bit less.”But I felt all right, it was just a shame that when I came back after one week I was out for two-and-a-half months. I was happy to come back and worked really hard but after three games it happened again. So I think it’s part of your career and in the end it’s just the way it is.” last_img read more

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a month agoWest Ham striker Sebastien Haller: Man Utd good measure for us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham striker Sebastien Haller: Man Utd good measure for usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Sebastien Haller is delighted with the start of his Premier League career.The Frenchman is looking forward to testing himself against one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, Manchester United, when they visit London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Haller told whufc.com: “Of course, it’s a big club. Everyone who plays football, when you were young, you watched Champions League games and teams like Manchester United.“It’s a big team, but it’s part of the game and part of the job to perform against those teams and it’s also a good test for us because we need to know to what we can do against them. It’s a good measure.“You don’t have to think about them too much so you just have to prepare for them like you prepare for the other teams because it’s still three points. The points are not worth more because it’s Man U, but it’s a good test.“In our minds, it’s something nice to perform against those teams, so we’re looking forward to it.” last_img read more

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a month agoEx-VSK teammate: Man Utd defender Lindelof a monster at 15

first_imgEx-VSK teammate: Man Utd defender Lindelof a monster at 15by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDjurgardens IF defender Marcus Danielsson has spoken of playing with Victor Lindelof.Danielsson was with the Manchester United defender at Vasteras SK nine years ago, where Lindelof was playing first team football at the age of 15. Now Djurgardens captain, Danielsson admits joining Vasteras helped him rediscover his love for the game after a tough spell with Helsingborgs. And he says a teenage Lindelof played a role in him enjoying the sport again.He told the Lundh podcast on the Fotbollskanalen: “We had a very young team, where Vigge and also some other players came up in the A-team and were very good. We had a lot of fun together. We hung out side by side.”We had a very successful 2010 where we went up in the Superette. It was a great fun time.”Nine years on, Lindelof is now a World Cup veteran, a Manchester United player and firmly established in manager Ole Gunnar Solsjaer’s plans. Indeed, the Sweden international penned a new deal with United last week to 2024.Despite his former teammate’s great career success, Danielsson admits he could not foresee that Lindelof would achieve all that he has.”Well, not as it has become. But I still saw that he had something extra. He was a physical monster already as a 15-year-old. He was confident with the ball and good with both feet, he had the aerial game and a mind that made him love to train hard and was very serious.”Lindelof would leave Vasteras for Benfica in 2012, just as Danielsson departed for GIF Sundsvall.”It is great fun to see the development he has had and where he is today. It’s fantastic,” concluded Danielsson.- updated September 23 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Crying Piccolo Girl Has A Name, Seems To Be Taking Her Newfound Fame In Stride

first_imgJay Wright pointing.SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 02: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts against the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Saturday night, Villanova, the No. 1 seed in the East region of the NCAA Tournament, unexpectedly fell to No. 8 seed NC State in dramatic fashion. But somehow, the story of the game wasn’t the Wolfpack’s upset win. It was the reaction of one member of Villanova’s band to the result. A female piccolo player was caught on camera crying while performing her duties as the game ended. Video of the incident went viral, of course.After the game, the piccolo player, Roxanne Chalifoux, had the perfect response on Twitter. Along with the below tweet, she favorited dozens of tweets she’d been sent in the wake of her new fame.Villanova wildcat till I die, through the smiles and the tears— Roxanne Chalifoux (@roxiechalifoxie) March 22, 2015Here’s video of Chalifoux fighting back the years, if you haven’t seen it yet.Props to Chalifoux for handling the situation with class. It’s not easy to become an overnight Internet sensation and keep your cool.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Danny Kanell Releases Controversial Top 4

first_imgDanny Kanell's ESPN top four college football teams.danny kanell espn top fourThe official College Football Playoff rankings don’t come out until Tuesday night, but per usual, analysts around the country are giving fans a look at what they believe are the four most deserving teams in the country. ESPN’s Danny Kanell released his foursome Sunday, and it features a bit of controversy.Kanell’s foursome includes Ohio State, Clemson, Baylor and Alabama – in that order. The Buckeyes, despite playing a lesser opponent than the Tigers, would move up two spots and overtake the top slot, if it were up to him. His inclusion of Baylor – and not Oklahoma State – is also turning heads.Top 4 teams according to @dannykanell » pic.twitter.com/7lZtZO64yv— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2015It’s a safe bet that Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama keep their spots in the official rankings Tuesday. Who will get the fourth nod? It’ll likely come down to Notre Dame, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Stanford.last_img read more

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Notre Dame’s ‘Shamrock Series’ Uniforms Aren’t Getting Great Reviews

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Thursday night, Notre Dame officially unveiled the uniforms the team will wear for its ‘Shamrock Series’ contest against Navy this November. It doesn’t look like Fighting Irish fans are thrilled with how they turned out.The new digs, which feature green jerseys, gold pants and gold helmets, pay homage to the slogan “God. Country. Notre Dame.” while also having a military feel. Fans don’t seem to like the color scheme – and they’re letting Under Armour know about it.A CLOSER LOOK: The HelmetThe #ShamrockSeries helmet is hand-painted illustration of motif above Basilica doorway. pic.twitter.com/BRTmbol9nP— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) July 22, 2016You’ve seen the #ShamrockSeries uniform — now take a closer look at the details. pic.twitter.com/9CNsD9M5wm— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) July 22, 2016The Shamrock Series unis are hideous— JT (@The_VikingJesus) July 22, 2016ND I love y’all but those Shamrock Series uniforms are HIDEOUS. Love the sentiment, hate the execution.— Erin (@claddagh41) July 22, 2016My dog pooped out some new ND unis #ShamrockSeries— CAMP GORE (@CAMPGORE) July 22, 2016Shamrock Series 2016 unis look like they’re made from Ed Hardy factory seconds.— Ben Crystal (@Bennettruth) July 22, 2016Let’s just say that I won’t be buying a shamrock series jersey thus year https://t.co/1ovvFEmEfX— Louis (@louis_mannello) July 22, 2016Those Shamrock Series uniforms are ugly af— Andrew Shepherd (@ashepherd226) July 22, 2016Shamrock series jerseys are straight this year— Matt Donovan (@matt10donovan) July 22, 2016We’re the blue and gold. Not the brown, faint green and mustard yellow. #Barf #ShamrockSeries https://t.co/dlO5v1FKxK— Lawrence Dockery (@ldock93) July 22, 2016Boy, those #ShamrockSeries series unis are about the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen a college football team wear— Sam Myers (@basementball) July 22, 2016Good Lord those are some ugly unis. Probably the second worst, after the 2012 ones we wore against Miami. #ShamrockSeries— Lawrence Dockery (@ldock93) July 22, 2016@NDFootball @UAFootball These are absolute trash, Shamrock Series is supposed to have cool uniforms wtf is this— Graham (@G_ra_ham) July 22, 2016What do you think? Are Notre Dame fans just being uptight or could Under Armour have done better?last_img read more

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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: I’ve sent spies!

first_imgSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted to sending ‘spies’ to rival teams’ training sessions during his time in Germany.The Saints boss was quizzed on the topic in the aftermath of Leeds United gaffer Marcelo Bielsa having admitted to sending one of his own to a closed training session ahead of his side’s clash with Derby County on Friday.The Argentine said he had a ‘different viewpoint’ when Rams boss Frank Lampard told him that he hasn’t respected the rules of fair play, but the FA are investigating the incident regardless. 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? Southampton’s next clash sees them face Derby in the FA Cup on Wednesday and boss Hasenhuttl was quizzed on his opinion of the matter, and whether he had ever sent people to spy on opponents in the past.“Yeah, it’s normal in Germany,” the Austrian said. “We could because it was open to the public.“You send the guys there and you could see who was training, who wasn’t, and if there was a new coach you could see what he was doing from the beginning.“But it was open to the public so everyone could do it. I wasn’t standing there myself, but I did send spies there. ‘Spies’ if you want, or just normal visitors.“In Germany it’s a little bit easier because they love public training sessions, so it’s not a problem to spy on such training sessions.“But there are still a few training sessions that are without the public and there it also happens that sometimes you have to pick someone out of the woods behind the pitch!“But it’s good I think that in England they’re signalling that it’s unsporting and unfair, and it won’t happen in the future if the fine is high.“People will see that it doesn’t make any sense to take that risk.“I also have had sessions that were spied on by other clubs and so I think that if they’re sending a signal that it’s unfair and unsporting then it’s something I can agree with, absolutely.”With a spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup at stake, Southampton host Derby at St. Mary’s stadium on Wednesday, with kick-off taking place at 7:45pm UK time.last_img read more

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‘Miedema can be as good as USWNT legend Wambach’

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Faye White believes Vivianne Miedema can be one of the greatest strikers ever – backing her to reach the level of USWNT legend Abby Wambach.Miedema scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists in just 20 FA Women’s Super League games for the Gunners this season, as they lifted the title for the first time since 2012.She has carried that form into the Women’s World Cup too, scoring a double against Cameroon to surpass Manon Melis as the Netherlands all-time top-scorer – taking her tally to 60 goals on her 77th cap, all at 22 years old. 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? It has been some year for the striker and so it is no surprise to see her earn such high praise from White, who won 31 trophies in her 17 years with Arsenal.Speaking at a William Hill World Cup event, White said: “She’s such a good player. I do think she’ll go on to be one of the greats.“You look at her goalscoring record for the country and Arsenal now, it’s ridiculous.“I’m sure she will go on to be one of the great strikers, on the level of Wambach, hitting records and all sorts. She’s a special player.”Wambach currently holds the record for most international goals ever, having netted 184 times in 256 caps for the United States between 2001 and 2015.She is being chased down by Canada’s Christine Sinclair, who is just two behind the record after scoring in her nation’s 2-1 defeat to the Oranje which secured top spot for Miedema’s side.Considering Wambach had only one goal to her name at 22 and five when she turned 23, to suggest the Arsenal striker can chase down her record is not an excessive prediction.Vivianne Miedema Jill Roord Netherlands World Cup“She’s not quick, but the amount of time she makes and her ability to deceive defenders and get a shot in from like half a yard… Or sometimes you think how’s she got that out with three defenders around her and still put it in the back of the net? And that’s happening, week in, week out in the WSL for Arsenal,” White said.“I think she’s a very special player and someone of that calibre who can put away a header, can put away a long shot, can put away a ball running at players.“She’s got a bit of everything in her game.”Miedema helped lead the Netherlands to glory as they hosted the UEFA Women’s European Championships in 2017, scoring four times – including twice in the final.She also hit seven in qualification for this summer’s Women’s World Cup and, with two to her name in France, her contributions make the Dutch an outsider for another title.“The favourites would be the USA, again, and France,” White, who won 90 caps for England, said.“I don’t think England are favourites, purely because we haven’t got the history and the performances, although we’ve got the win, haven’t been emphatic.“We do have the ability, don’t get me wrong, but at the moment England wouldn’t be favourites.Faye White William Hill“The other one I would pick out on the other side of the draw would be the Netherlands,” she continued.“Just because of the way the draw is, they could go all the way to the final and with their experience of the Euros and the team that they have as well.”The Oranje face England’s Group D opponents Japan on Tuesday in the last 16, with Italy or China awaiting the winner in the last eight.#England Women are 6/1 with William Hill to win the Women’s World Cuplast_img read more

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Liverpool-linked Fekir completes transfer to Real Betis

first_imgFrance international Nabil Fekir has completed his move from Lyon to Real Betis, the Liga club have announced.Fekir, who nearly completed a move to Liverpool a year ago, has signed on with Betis on a four-year deal, making the move for a reported fee of around €20 million (£18m/$22m).Another €10m is rumoured to be possible in incentives, with Lyon receiving a 20 per cent sell-on clause. 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? Fekir’s younger brother, Yassin, also has joined Betis with Lyon said to be receiving a 50% sell-on clause.The 26-year-old playmaker had spent the entirety of his senior career with Lyon, breaking into the first-team squad in 2013.The 2014-15 season saw Fekir have his first strong year, scoring 13 goals and adding nine assists, but it was in the 2017-18 campaign where he burst onto the scene.Fekir scored 18 goals and added eight assists for Lyon, while chipping in another three goals and an assist in the Europa League that season.📣 OFFICIAL | #RealBetis sign Nabil Fekir 📝🤝Welcome, @NabilFekir! 🧞‍♂️🤤➡ https://t.co/ImcCvzYBJr pic.twitter.com/75YkDdgBjL— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) July 22, 2019His strong campaign earned him a place at the 2018 World Cup for France, as he made six substitute appearances for Les Bleus as they went on to win their second-ever title.However, Fekir was allegedly on the verge of a big money move to Liverpool, with the Anfield outfit rumoured to be ready to pay around €60m for the playmaker and the player’s former agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, claiming he even posed for photos in a Liverpool shirt.But the deal failed to materialise, with reports suggesting the Premier League club took issue with Fekir’s medical. Further reports claimed he also had the interest of clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea. But the player remained with Lyon last season, scoring nine goals and adding seven assists, as well as a further three goals and two assists in the Champions League.With Fekir only having a single season remaining on his contract and refusing to sign a new deal, Lyon were forced to cash in on the playmaker rather than lose him for free next summer.Fekir now joins a Betis side who finished 10th in La Liga last season, but only three points back from Espanyol in a Europa League qualifier spot.Betis will open their 2019-20 season at home against Valladolid on August 19.last_img read more

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‘Egotist Ronaldo not a worthy successor to Beckham’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo was “an egotist” in the Manchester United dressing room who “always wanted to be near a mirror”, according to Uruguay legend Diego Forlan.Furthermore, the 40-year-old says that the Portuguese was a significant step down as a person from the man he inherited the number seven shirt from, David Beckham.Juventus forward Ronaldo spent six seasons with the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009, where he established himself as arguably the premier player in club football under Sir Alex Ferguson. 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 subsequently switched to Real Madrid, where he remained for the best part of a decade before joining the Serie A heavyweights a year ago, with whom he won the Scudetto in his first season.However, former United favourite Forlan has painted a less-than-favourable impression of the 34-year-old’s attitude off the pitch, despite his various successes at Old Trafford on it.“Ronaldo was an egotist in the dressing room, not like Beckham,” he told the Mirror. “Cristiano always wanted to be near a mirror. He spent all day looking in the mirror.”The pair briefly played together during Forlan’s last season with the club, before he left to join Villarreal in the summer of 2004, having lifted the Premier League with the club.Ronaldo would then help United to three further titles during his stay, as well as the Champions League in 2007-08 against major domestic rivals Chelsea.Forlan, who announced his retirement from football earlier this month over a year after he left his final club Kitchee in the Hong Kong Premier League, also expounded upon Ronaldo’s precursor Beckham’s role in the infamous “hairdryer treatment” clash between the England skipper and Ferguson in 2003.Following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, the manager kicked a boot across the dressing room that hit the midfielder in the face, grazing his eyebrow, with Beckham subsequently sold to Madrid a few months later.“In the locker room, Ferguson and Beckham began to insult each other,” Forlan recalled. “Every insult was worse than the last one and both men wanted to have the final word.“Then Ferguson left and it seemed that the discussion was over, but then Beckham said something else. [The manager] turned around and saw a boot lying on the floor and kicked it toward [him].“We all saw the blood and thought ‘no, that didn’t happen’ but within a moment both men were getting ready to fight. That was when Roy Keane and Van Nistelrooy stepped in to separate them.”last_img read more

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ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Singled Out These 2 Teams’ Wins On Saturday

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.This past weekend featured several great showdowns, as the landscape of college football was completely turned on its head. Although many programs deserve praise for their accomplishments, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum believes two teams stood above the competition.Out of all the matchups that included ranked opponents, LSU’s victory over Georgia was most impressive. The Tigers were dominant on both sides of the football, defeating the Bulldogs by 20 points.Finebaum couldn’t help but congratulate LSU and coach Ed Orgeron.Just an unbelievable victory by LSU. What a job by Coach O.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 13, 2018LSU certainly made headlines with its win over Georgia, but the most surprising outcome occurred at Jordan-Hare Stadium.In the biggest stunner of the weekend, Tennessee defeated Auburn on the road. While the Volunteers are just 3-3 on the season, this victory is monumental for first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt.What a truly remarkable and seminal moment for Tennessee and Jeremy Pruitt.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 13, 2018The majority of favorites won on Saturday, but LSU and Tennessee rose to the occasion.With another weekend of SEC showdowns on the horizon, it’ll be interesting to see which teams catch Finebaum’s eye.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases Prediction For Notre Dame-USC Game

first_imgBrian Kelly yelling on the Notre Dame sideline.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Notre Dame has put together an incredible campaign, but if the Fighting Irish want to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff, then they can’t afford to lose their season finale.The final test awaits against the USC Trojans, who will try to play spoiler on Saturday night. With all the drama surrounding the job security of Clay Helton, this could be the final game for him as head coach.Whether it’s the quarterback play or defensive production, the Fighting Irish clearly have the better roster. There’s little doubt about which team will be the favorites entering this showdown.According to ESPN’s FPI, Notre Dame has a 76.0 chance of winning this game.ESPN FPI's Notre Dame football at USC prediction.If the Fighting Irish win tomorrow, then it’ll most likely place them in the playoff.However, there is also tons at stake for the Trojans. Falling to 5-7 on the year would mark the school’s worst season since 2000. Coach Clay Helton is also on the hot seat, and the result of this game could go a long way towards determining his fate.Notre Dame and USC will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET.The game will be on ABC.[ESPN]last_img read more

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Report: Bo Pelini Bringing Back Brother Carl As Youngstown State DC, With Head Coach-In-Waiting Agreement

first_imgBo Pelini wearing a headset on the sideline,PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Bo Pelini of the Youngstown State Penguins looks on in the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Fiery former Nebraska Huskers head coach Bo Pelini is reportedly bringing his brother Carl Pelini back on staff as defensive coordinator.After Bowling Green announced that the younger Pelini was leaving the program, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise.Carl Pelini served as BGSU’s interim head coach this year, after the school became the first of the season to fire its coach, letting go of Mike Jinks.He wasn’t promoted to the full time job. Instead, the program hired Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, but Pelini was set to stay on as defensive coordinator.BGSU announced his departure today, and FootballScoop is reporting that he will return to Bo Pelini’s staff at Youngstown State after a year away.He served as coordinator and linebackers coach from 2015-17, which included a run to the FCS Championship Game.Interestingly, this Carl Pelini hire seems to have some ramifications for Bo Pelini’s future with the school.Bo’s contract runs up next month, and while the team slipped to 6-5 in 2017 and 4-7 this past fall, it is expected that he will return for 2019.Per the report, though, Carl Pelini is joining the Youngstown State staff with an agreement to be the school’s next head coach.Source tells FootballScoop that Bowling Green defensive coordinator Carl Pelini is leaving BGSU to return to Youngstown State, where he is expected to be named defensive coordinator…and either expressly or with the understanding that he is now head coach in waiting.It is unclear if that means that Bo Pelini will be gone after 2019 or 2020, or if he just wants to secure the job for his brother whenever he lands another job.It certainly doesn’t make it seems like he plans to lead the Penguins for the longterm future though.[FootballScoop]last_img read more

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Major Injury Update For Texas Star Brandon Jones

first_img Head coach Tom Herman provided an update on Jones and defensive lineman Rob Cummins’ injury recoveries, and it’s pretty promising for Texas.From 247Sports:“They’re doing almost everything with some slight modifications,” Herman said. “We think by Monday both of those guys will be without any modifications.”As of right now, the Longhorns should have both players fully participating in practice by Monday.Texas doesn’t have many concerns when it comes to offense, especially with Sam Ehlinger under center. The major concern surrounding the program is whether or not its defense can play complementary football.If Jones stays relatively healthy throughout the season, the Longhorns should have a leader to rely on in the secondary.[247Sports] Texas star safety Brandon Jones makes a play against Oklahoma State.STILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 27: Brandon Jones #19 of the Texas Longhorns nearly gets caught in the endzone for a safety as he is cornered by Kris McCune #32 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys on a punt return in the fourth quarter on October 27, 2018 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State won 38-35. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)After weathering the storm with injuries this spring, the Texas Longhorns could be nearing full strength very soon. This includes safety Brandon Jones, who underwent surgery on his ankle in February.Jones had surgery to fix lingering issues from a high ankle sprain. He suffered the injury while returning punts for the Longhorns in the regular season.Last year, Jones finished with 70 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Even though Texas struggled to defend against the pass for the majority of the season, the versatile safety did provide a much-needed boost.Fortunately for the Longhorns, it sounds like Jones is nearing his return to the gridiron.last_img read more

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New Kickoff Time, TV Channel For Florida State-Boise State

first_imgA general view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 5: General view of the Florida State Seminoles during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins on October 5, 2013 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles went to beat the Terrapins 63-0. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)Florida State’s season opener on Saturday is undergoing logistical changes due to projected severe weather.The Seminoles are set to open their season versus Boise State. The match-up was originally scheduled for a 7 PM kickoff in Jacksonville, Fla.Latest projections indicate Hurricane Dorian is set to impact certain parts of Florida including Jacksonville.Consequently, the game is being moved to a noon ET kickoff time. The time change also impacts TV scheduling. Florida and Boise State will now air on ESPNews.The news was reported by Brett McCurphy of Stadium Network, via Twitter.There are also ongoing discussions indicating a potential venue change for the game. Tallahassee, Fla. — home to Doak Campbell Stadium — is not projected to be impacted by the storm.Florida governor Ron Desantis seemed to confirm the game will be moved to Tallahassee. But there’s been no confirmation from Florida State as of noon ET on Thursday.“Well given Jacksonville’s location, given the uncertainty of the storm, they’ve looked for ways to figure out how they can accommodate that,” DeSantis said in a press conference, via 247Sports. “I think they’re going to go forward with the game, but they’re not going to do it in Jacksonville. They’re going to do the game in Tallahassee. I think they’re going to have more details for that for anybody who’s interested going forward.”Player and fan safety is certainly a priority regarding this situation.last_img read more

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ESPN’s 10 College Football Playoff Favorites After Week 3

first_img Here’s the full top 10:Ohio State now has the third-best chance to reach the playoff, per the Allstate Playoff Predictor. And checking in with a 9% shot to reach the CFP is…UCF. pic.twitter.com/C9kgP99Ya9— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) September 15, 2019UCF, meanwhile, is all the way up to No. 9 following the Black Knights’ dominant performance against Stanford.Michigan, which entered the season with national title hopes, is outside the top 10. The Wolverines travel to Wisconsin in Week 4 for a huge game.Oregon, despite its Week 1 loss to Auburn, has the best chances of any Pac-12 team. However, it seems likely that the Pac-12 will be the odd-man out this year when it comes to major conferences. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor model has updated following the third week of the 2019 season.Ohio State has seen the biggest jump in the predictor. The Buckeyes have the third-best percentage following their blowout win at Indiana on Saturday.Two teams that are playing each other in Week 4 – Notre Dame and Georgia – are tied with the fourth-best odds.Clemson and Alabama are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.last_img read more

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