Transfers Carlos Carmona leaves Atlanta United for Colo-Colo Goal 13:05 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jason Getz Transfers Colo Colo Atlanta United MLS Primera División The move that had been rumored finally came through, with the MLS side selling the midfielder to the club is his native Chile Carlos Carmona has left Atlanta United, with the club selling the midfielder to Chilean side Colo-Colo, the MLS outfit announced on Tuesday. The 30-year-old signed with the MLS side last February and made 30 league starts for the expansion team in 2017. Carmona, best known for his time spent in Serie A with Atalanta, returns to his native country having made more than 150 appearances in the Italian top flight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the move last week and the midfielder sent an emotional farewell to Atlanta on Monday via social media. Atlanta formally announced the move on Tuesday, saying the club had sold Carmona in exchange for an undisclosed fee. “Carlos was a valuable member of the team, but sometimes life becomes more important than soccer and we have decided to do what’s best for the player and his family,” club vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a team statement.“Although, it was never the plan to move him on, we were able to reach an agreement and made the best out of a difficult situation.”Atlanta finished fourth in the Eastern Conference in the club’s first season in MLS, with manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino relying heavily on an influx of South American talent, including Carmona who took up a vital role at the base of the club’s midfield. Thank you for everything, Carlos#ATLUTD finalizes transfer of Carlos Carmona to Colo-Colo: https://t.co/ddorom8EDn pic.twitter.com/PyOzYN2ZPR— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) January 31, 2018While the loss of Carmona is a blow to the second-year franchise, the club made waves earlier in the month by landing 18-year-old Ezequiel Barco from Argentina’s Independiente as a young designated player, with ESPN reporting that the MLS side paid $15 million for his services. Atlanta also announced a signing Tuesday night, with free agent right-back Sal Zizzo inking a contract with the club. Zizzo spent the last three seasons with the New York Red Bulls and has made over 150 appearances in MLS since joining the league from Germany in 2010.
A. Sánchez Alexis Sanchez given 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:10 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(32) Getty Images A. Sánchez Manchester United Premier League Spanish law states that the 29-year-old will not have to spend any time in jail and he has agreed to pay the money he owes with interest Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month prison sentence for committing tax fraud during his time at Barcelona, although he will not spend time in jail.The Manchester United forward was accused of defrauding the treasury of €1 million between 2012 and 2013, relating to income from his image rights.Sanchez has, however, reached an agreement with the prosecutor to pay the money he owes with interest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Despite the verdict, the Chilean will not spend time in prison as he is a first offender and the sentence is less than two years – which crucially, in Spanish law, prohibits jail time.The ex-Arsenal star is the latest football figure to be punished by Spanish prosecutors for an apparent dodging of taxes.Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Ricardo Carvalho have all been pursued by the authorities recently.Barcelona star Messi was handed a 21-month jail term in 2016, but managed to exchange it for a €250,000 fine last year, while Mourinho paid to settle his and Carvalho was given a fine and a seven-month sentence.Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, meanwhile, was accused of owing €14.7m but has protested his innocence in an ongoing case.Alexis joined Barcelona from Udinese in 2011 and spent three years with the Catalan side, winning a Liga title as well as the Club World Cup under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.He left to join Arsenal in 2014 and starred for Arsene Wenger’s team until making the shock move to Old Trafford in January in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, despite it having appeared he would be joining Manchester City.The 29-year-old has made three appearances for Mourinho’s side so far, scoring his first goal for his new club in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.The Red Devils are currently 13 points behind leaders City after 26 matches and return to action on Sunday when they visit Newcastle United.
West Ham 3 Southampton 0: Arnautovic gets London Stadium smiling again Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 23:54 3/31/18 Getty Images Marko Arnautovic continued to haunt former boss Mark Hughes with two goals in West Ham’s 3-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League. West Ham gave their supporters plenty to cheer as they boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Southampton.Three weeks on from the angry pitch invasions during West Ham’s capitulation to Burnley, the Hammers turned on the style on Saturday amid increased security at London Stadium.Home fans were more than happy to stay in their seats as David Moyes’ side moved five points clear of the relegation zone, a first-half double from Marko Arnautovic coming after Joao Mario had broken the deadlock. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There was added significance for Arnautovic as he proved to be Mark Hughes’ tormentor for the second time this season, the Austrian – who scored against Hughes’ Stoke City in December – coming back to haunt his former boss on his league debut in the Saints dugout.Charlie Austin’s return did little to boost the visitors – who failed to have a shot on target – as Hughes slipped to a fourth loss in a first match in charge of a new Premier League club.The Saints remain embroiled in a relegation fight with seven games to play, Southampton now two points from safety and five behind West Ham – who rise to 14th.pic.twitter.com/05viPReqHA— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) March 31, 2018Keen to avoid a repeat of the ugly scenes from their last home game, West Ham were immediately on the front foot and it paid dividends with two early goals.With 13 minutes on the clock, a stray pass from Mario Lemina was intercepted by Hammers skipper Mark Noble, who released Cheikhou Kouyate to charge at the Southampton defence.The midfielder’s cross found Joao Mario in acres of space and he lashed the ball beyond Alex McCarthy.Four minutes later the Hammers doubled their advantage, Joao Mario turning provider for Arnautovic, who beat McCarthy at the second attempt after missing a glorious chance moments earlier.Kouyate and substitute Edimilson Fernandes wasted chances to stretch their advantage, but Arnautovic made no mistake in first-half stoppage time with a crisp volley from Arthur Masuaku’s deep cross.3 – @WestHamUtd have scored three first-half goals in a Premier League game for the first time since September 2012 against Fulham. Response.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018 A more relaxed West Ham returned after the break as confidence began to grow both on and off the pitch, Moyes’ men keeping Southampton at bay as the visitors looked to mount a comeback.Despite enjoying more possession than their hosts early in the second half, Southampton failed to test Joe Hart with anything other than dangerous crosses – the England goalkeeper handling them with aplomb.Arnautovic went close to completing his hat-trick just after the hour on a rare foray into Southampton territory, but his curling effort was just wide of McCarthy’s left-hand post.The treble would not come as his day came to an early end – Jordan Hugill replacing him – but the 28-year-old had already done enough to lift the mood around London Stadium. Key Opta Facts: – West Ham United scored three first-half goals in a Premier League game for the first time since September 2012 against Fulham.- Indeed, the Hammers have scored three goals in a Premier League game at the London Stadium for just the second time – also 3-0 vs Crystal Palace in January 2017.- Mark Hughes hasn’t won his first Premier League match in charge of a club since September 2004 at Blackburn – losing four of his five such games since then (lost with Man City, QPR, Stoke, Southampton and drew with Fulham).- Hughes has won just one of his last 12 away Premier League games as manager (W1 D3 L8).- Marko Arnautovic has been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than any other West Ham player (9 goals, 3 assists).- Joe Hart kept his first Premier League clean sheet since September (versus Swansea City), ending an eight-game wait for a shutout. read more
Transfers Kluivert open to Ajax stay amid possible transfer U-turn Joe Wright 18:52 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Ajax Eredivisie Despite publicly criticising the club this month, the Netherlands international has suggested he could decide to stay in Amsterdam next term Justin Kluivert says he would be happy to stay at Ajax, just weeks after criticising the club’s handling of his future.The 19-year-old appeared destined to leave the Eredivisie giants when he accused them of trying to force him to sign a new contract so that he would command a greater transfer fee.The forward, the son of legendary striker Patrick Kluivert, has been linked with a host of top European clubs including Barcelona, Manchester United and Tottenham. 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 However, Kluivert appears to have had something of a change of heart, saying he could still decide to commit his future to Ajax.”There are exciting moments coming for me. Let’s see what they’re going to be,” he told Fox Sports.”In the end, it’s my decision. I’m not a hundred per cent convinced yet. I have to think things through. To stay at Ajax is definitely an option. It certainly is.”Kluivert scored 10 goals in 30 league appearances for Ajax in 2017-18.
The latest edition of the online newsletter Touch-e-Talk is available for reading here:TOUCH-e-TALK, ISSUE 5, AUGUST EDITION 2005 This month’s edition is full of stories on the All Nations, Volunteers of the Month, a profile on Cathy Gray (a member of our National Technical Panel) and plenty more info for coaches and players.
The coverage of the State of Origin Series will take in Game 3 of the Women’s Open and Game 2 of the Men’s Open competition between traditional rivals Queensland and New South Wales.The two States battled it out across 13 age divisions for Origin supremacy at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Sporting Complex on 4-5 August 2006.The games will be shown in full, as opposed to the packaged highlights that screened on Channel Nine in September. The games will be repeated across the 3 Fox Sports channels during November, so be sure to organise yourself and your friends to catch the Origin action on Fox Tel during the month.Please check Fox Tel electronic guides for updated screening times and programing.Screening Times for all States Women’s Game 3 – 1 November 2006:2.00pm – WA3.30PM – NT4.00pm – QLD4.30pm – SA5.00pm – NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS
The leaders came together to consider their role as leaders and highlight how leadership on and off the field can be a factor in making sport inclusive for all Australians, in particular Indigenous Australians. The event included a dinner at Darling Harbour on Wednesday night, before the forum was conducted last Thursday. Stowe says that it was a great opportunity to be involved in the Forum and found it very beneficial.“It was great to experience sharing thoughts on leadership and diversity in sporting groups with other people at the elite level,” Stowe said. “The Australian Sports Commission grabbed 35 of their elite sportspeople and leaders to get together and discuss basically ways that captains and leaders influence their sport and to determine what sort of aspects we can have and influences we have on our sport. It was also used to see which ways we are best off in bridging the gap in getting indigenous kids into our sport and ways to get them in and keep them in.”“The Australian Sports Commission is trying to obviously find the ways we can influence as role models and as leaders to keep these kids in the sport, which they seem to be striving to do through different pathways. It was also an opportunity to get together with all of the leaders to be able to share ideas on leadership qualities and to bounce ideas off each other as to how to improve our skills and attributes.”A long list of sports and their leaders took part in the event, including Swimmer Brenton Rickard, Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, Rugby Union player Dean Mumm and the Kookaburra’s leadership group. “It was great to have the input of so many different sports, from Snowboarding to Surfing, Tennis, Shooting, there were so many different sports that you could get ideas from and a lot of leadership qualities, from motivation right through to preparation and into handling your teams whilst competing through to training and all of the aspects of their sports. It was very beneficial.”Stowe says that is was ‘exciting’ to see Touch Football represented at the Captains’ Forum, and that it was great to see that many of the people involved at the event had some form of connection to the sport. “We had the chance to interact with some of the indigenous kids there and they were quite excited to see that the sport that they played was there. Out of the 20 kids there, there was probably 10 or a dozen that actually played Touch, it was good to see someone there from Touch, so it was quite amazing.”“Just talking to the other captains, a lot of them do a lot of cross training and it was amazing to see that if they hadn’t played Touch growing up they were playing it at the moment, they all facilitated in Touch which was great to see. It was really important I think that we represented the sport there and continue in doing so.”
Australia’s Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open squads will travel to Sydney this weekend for a training camp in preparation for the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series to be held in Auckland next February. The Australians are hopeful of continuing their strong form against New Zealand on the Touch Football field after their impressive 3-0 whitewash of their Trans Tasman counterparts in Mudgee earlier this year. This will be the final selection medium for athletes to impress their respective coaches before teams are decided on and final preparation for the Open’s division title defence begins. The Super Trans Tasman will be the biggest Trans Tasman held yet, with 12 divisions – four Youth, three Open and five Masters – travelling to Auckland to compete. Stay tuned to the TFA website for all of the latest news in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series – www.austouch.com.au.Related LinksAussie Squads In Camp
Tuesday, August 13, 2013The National Rugby League (NRL) and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. The two sports will work together as part of a strategic alliance to create the largest sporting community in the country which will reflect the wider support that exists for Rugby League and the game’s commitment to ensuring there is a ‘place on the field’ for everyone.The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner. This is in addition to the 844,000 girls and boys who currently take part in NRL Development programs each year.The alliance delivers significant benefits for both sports: a unique and complete pathway for park players and elite athletes that includes contact and non-contact sports – designed so players never leave the game or the field at any point in time during the calendar year or period of their playing life; enhanced inclusiveness, retention, and access to greater, more diverse playing opportunities for all Australians; a better alignment and consolidation of people, resources and competitions across the country – working together on Touch Football and Rugby League under a joint NRL-TFA banner; curtain raisers for the elite Touch Football athletes to showcase their skills and speed on the world stage at State of Origin and Test matches and selected NRL/representative fixtures; a more effective, year-round calendar of events and utilisation of sporting fields’ and amenities under the NRL banner.At the heart of the strategic alliance is a reuniting of two kindred spirits – after over 40 years apart and now formally coming together as one sporting community. Establishing, arguably and compellingly, Australia’s largest sporting community – bringing together well over 1 million participants across the country involved in competitions.According to the CEO of Touch Football Australia, Mr Colm Maguire, the strategic alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL is a definitive ‘game changer’ for Touch Football (and Rugby League) and a watershed moment in the history and evolution of both sports.“Touch Football in Australia was born out of Rugby League and the opportunity to create Australia’s largest sporting community aligned with the NRL is as compelling as it is ambitious and fortuitous,” Maguire announced in Sydney today in conjunction with NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Smith. “And, there is a real opportunity to grow the profile of touch both as a recreational game and an elite sport,” he said.“Not only will our partnership with the NRL provide greater potential to expand the participation base and extend the reach and profile of Touch Football, it will also ensure the sport will benefit significantly from the NRL scale, brand and market and distribution presence,” Mr Maguire added.“Both parties will share in the potential synergies of alignment: particularly in terms of combined approach and effort, revenue growth opportunities, cost saving efficiencies including shared services, scale benefits and consolidated national resources. Another key feature of the partnership will be the creation of a dual track continuous pathway; from grassroots to elite for both contact and non-contact forms of the game,” he added.“The corollary to this is the NRL will position Touch Football as its primary recreational game providing greater options for players, catering for all shapes, sizes and skill levels: expanding significantly their age demographics from ages 5 to 70-plus years old and increasing their female participation base, product offerings and mutually beneficial commercial leveraging opportunities,” Mr Maguire added.“Significantly, the partnership enables Touch Football to realise its vision articulated in its strategic plan, to become Australia’s leading community sport through strategic partnerships,” Mr Maguire said.The alignment of Touch Football under the joint NRL-TFA umbrella and operations will be in effect an alignment of like minds, resources, people and approaches. Touch Football Australia Chair, Mr Michael Rush, added that while this has been a very carefully considered process over an extended period of time, the development of the partnership and the announcement at this junction is at the right time for both sports and tremendously exciting.“I can assure all stakeholders connected to our sport that the TFA Board of Management and executive have undertaken a very thorough and demanding assessment and consideration of what this partnership means for our future. We have been diligent and professional while speculating on the exciting outcomes that can be achieved within a collaborative proposition,” Mr Rush said.“It is our firm view that this strategic alliance is in the very best interests of the sport and our membership. What has truly been encouraging is the fact that our new partner has an identical view.“We are very fortunate to be in the position we are in today; our sport and our large and diverse membership naturally hold significant appeal to the NRL. And this is clearly both a validation and in large part a direct result of all the commitment, hard work and perseverance of volunteers, staff, players, officials and supporters everywhere that have made the sport what it is today,” he added. “I can assure all of our members and stakeholders that it is a very exciting time to be involved in the sport. It is a credit to all of our sport’s stakeholders that have built the sport and made this partnership possible. “The partnership also ensures we are best equipped now and in the future to meet the resourcing, positioning and pathway challenges impacting the crowded Australian sporting market,” he added.Mr Maguire added that from a whole-of sport perspective, the continued support of the Australian Sports Commission is pivotal to ensuring that the participation base of both sports expands and provides consolidation support for future growth.“The outcomes of the announcement will further support the participation targets funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission. TFA is grateful for the ongoing contribution by the ASC ($570k in 2013-14) into the sport of Touch Football, particularly within the participation environment,” he said.Today’s official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding commits each party to finalise the terms of the partnership which will include discussions with the Australian Sports Commission.According to NRL’s Chief Executive, Mr David Smith, it is a time for great enthusiasm, excitement and optimism for the sport as the NRL enters into this significant growth stage in the game’s history.“The new agreement with Touch Football Australia is a key strategic step in growing opportunities for Rugby League,” Mr Smith, said today.“Not only will it see more than one million people play in unified competitions, it brings together people from every state and territory, from almost every age group and every demographic.“We have been very clear about our ambition to extend the profile and reach of Rugby League and working with Touch Football Australia will also enable us to pursue new commercial and marketing opportunities that we can leverage with new partners.”CONTACT:Julian Buckmaster – GM, Marketing, Communications and Partnerships, TFAP: 0438 777 993; E: email@example.comFollow us through the week on Facebook (www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus) as well as YouTube (www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus); or keep up-to-date with all the news, event action and results by visiting us at the Touch Football Australia website – www.austouch.com.au.Related News:An Open Letter from TFA CEO; NRL-TFA Strategic AllianceMedia Release
Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2015 New South Wales Touch Association Blues Awards Night at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday night. Rod Wise MedalBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch AssociationAffiliate of the Year Southern SunsWollongong Touch Association Sydney RebelsBankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsWestern Suburbs Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsHills Hornets Touch AssociationManly Warringah Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsCentral Coast Touch Association Northern EaglesMacksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Affiliate of the Year Hills Hornets Touch Association Manly Warringah Touch Association Administrator of the YearSouthern SunsSteve Dunn – Goulburn Touch Association Sydney RebelsMette Kitona – Bankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsJoe Dougal – Balmain Juniors Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsKathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Northern EaglesCraig Englert – Macksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Administrator of the YearBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Kathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Region of the YearHunter Western HornetsNSWTA Team of the YearCanterbury Women’s Premier LeagueNSWTA Male Player of the YearSam Brisby – Manly Warringah Sea EaglesNSWTA Female Player of the YearClaire Tandek – Canterbury Bulldogs NSWTA Junior Male Player of the YearKai Simbolon – Parramatta Eels NSWTA Junior Female Player of the YearHannah Dyball – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NSWTA Senior Male Player of the YearMark Hearnden NSWTA Senior Female Player of the YearKirsty Wakely – Eastern Suburbs Roosters NSWTA Selector of the YearTim Kitchingham – Sydney ScorpionsNSWTA Coach of the YearPeter Forrester – Canterbury Touch Association NSWTA Junior Coach of the Year Janine Hinds – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Blues AwardsRob Barakat Debbie Maxwell Jenny Swain Craig Egginton Anthony Jack Satoru Ozawa Wendy Osborne Luke Lawrence Julie Robinson Linda Simbolon Peter Goodwin Adam Cooper Brent Streep Melinda Cotter Colin Crampton John Lochrin Lauren Campbell Nev Gear Annie Tolhurst Paul Murphy Tanya Murphy Kaylene Price Cath Salmon Steve Dunn Corrine May John May Greg SmithKath Swanson Marina Pappas Nathan Richardson Paul Cini Tracey Honeyman Wayne Goodchild Boland Medal WinnerBen MoylanSmith Medal WinnerTara MohiMitchell stars at NSW Blues Dinner – http://www.nswtouch.com.au/mitchell-stars-at-nswta-blues-dinner/ Stay tuned to the NSW Touch Association website and social media pages for further coverage of the NSWTA Blues Awards night and the 2015 State Conference:Website – www.nswtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch #nswtabluesnightInstagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSWTA Blues Awards
Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I made my impression in preseasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatteo Guendouzi admits that he took the chances that were given to him in preseason.The youngster arrived from Lorient in the summer, but no one expected that he would make an instant impact on the first team.The 19-year-old has been a key member of the midfield under new boss Unai Emery.And he is happy that he has settled in so quickly.He said in an interview with Sky Sports: “Although it doesn’t feel like I had time to adapt, I did. “The key was when we went on pre-season to Singapore we played friendly matches and I was able to show my qualities to the staff and my team-mates, that time was really precious because when we came back here it was much easier to adapt to the team and the staff.”Everybody has helped me to integrate and be part of the club and for me to play without pressure, which I love to do. Because I started and played well from the beginning that helped me and my confidence for the games that followed.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool legend Aldridge dismisses Guardiola Man City claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge has dismissed the claims of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of Thursday’s clash.Guardiola has declared anything but a victory will end their title defence.Aldridge told the Irish Independent: “Are Liverpool title favourites? Maybe we can say they will move into that position if they get a win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, but I still feel there will be a lot of twists and turns in this title story,” says Aldridge.”None of us saw these slips from Manchester City coming and it means Liverpool will head into the crunch game against them on Thursday night in an unexpectedly dominant position.”A draw in that game would ensure Klopp’s side still have a solid lead at the top of the table, while a victory would yield the pressure on a City side that have struggled to cope in the absence of Fernandinho and David Silva in recent weeks.”There is no doubt that Liverpool are in a great position, but this is only the half way point in the season and there is a long way to go, a lot of points to play for.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impactby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says VAR changes the atmosphere at football matches.The Blues had a goal disallowed in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at,” Lampard said after the match. “It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.”
Man Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talksby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Longstaff is stalling on new contract talks with Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says Newcastle are eager to see their prized asset sign a new contract at the club but report talks are ‘at an impasse’ with Manchester United still monitoring his situation.Should the Tyneside club fail to agree new terms, Longstaff could yet move to Old Trafford. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new midfielder after allowing Ander Herrera to join Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer over the summer without a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
In late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man. — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Champions
At the height of the hype surrounding Andrea Belotti in the summer of 2017, former Torino striker Christian Vieri weighed in on what his supposed successor should do next.”I advise him to go to a big team quickly,” ‘Bobo’ said. “He must make another leap in quality.”This was an unsurprising stance from a man who moved clubs almost as often as he changed girlfriends during a peripatetic career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, that doesn’t mean Vieri was wrong. As is said so often in Italy in relation to the transfer market, ‘Certi treni passano una volta sola’ (Certain trains only pass once) and, two years ago, AC Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were all offering Belotti a one-way ticket to superstardom.Last week, West Ham were linked with the Italian. That is how far Belotti’s stock has fallen in the interim.Of course, it is not exactly Belotti’s fault that he failed to secure a move to one of Europe’s top sides in 2017. He was never going to demand a transfer; it’s simply not in his character. He may resemble ‘Vieri’ on the field sometimes, but he is nothing like him off it. Whereas Vieri was in his element, mixing with the rich and famous, Belotti is a humble, grounded individual.”A life founded on the presumption of your ‘status’ creates nothing but false relationships,” he once argued.”I haven’t changed a bit since I was young. I’m still more eager to be a good person rather than a good player.”Which explains why there was never any chance he would go on strike over Torino’s refusal to let him leave two summers ago unless someone met the €100 million buy-out clause in his contract.It only applied to foreign clubs too. On the back of Belotti’s 26-goal 2016-17 Serie A campaign, Torino president Urbano Cairo would have charged Italian clubs even more money for his most prized possession.AC Milan even tried to make Mbaye Niang – whom the Granata actually wanted and eventually signed – part of a multi-million euro deal for Belotti.But Cairo refused to budge: either someone would activate or match the buy-out clause, or Belotti would stay put.Chelsea, Arsenal and Monaco were all ready to pay colossal fees for ‘Il Gallo’ (he used to chase chicken’s around his aunt’s farm as a child – hence the ‘rooster’ celebration) but not one was willing to hand over €100m for his services.Unfortunately, Torino overplayed their hand, as they would be lucky to get half that figure today.Belotti has scored just 17 goals over the past 18 months.Two minor knee injuries during the 2017-18 season have undeniably played a part in his loss of momentum. He missed three Serie A games on two separate occasions last term.Nonetheless, he still looks a pale imitation of the force of nature that prompted Fabio Capello to proclaim Belotti “one of the best strikers in Europe” 18 months ago.”He knows how to move. He basically knows how to do everything,” the former AC Milan boss enthused. “He’s fast, technically skilled and is probably better than [Gabriel] Batistuta.”Fabio Cannavaro, though, viewed him more as a hard-working Vieri.”Andrea can seem like ‘Bobo’ in full flight but he’s also a player who runs and fights for 90 minutes,” the Italy icon pointed out. “Everyone likes him – team-mates, coaches and fans – because he never gives an inch.”Indeed, even the notorious former defender Pasquale Bruno was won over by Belotti’s aggression and passion.”Unlike many of his p***y team-mates, he’s not a fake,” the former Torino and Juventus centre-half declared. “He knows how to earn respect on the field.” Vieri, by contrast, seemed more interested in earning fame and fortune off the field, even admitting in his autobiography that he only left Juve for Atletico Madrid in 1997 for the money.However, one wonders if Vieri was right about the sporting benefits that come with playing for a stronger side. Even accounting for the effects of the injury, Belotti’s career, like his game, seems to have stagnated in Turin, playing for a mid-table team. Two years ago, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri predicted that Belotti would be “Italy’s centre-forward for many years”. But he hasn’t even been included in Roberto Mancini’s last three Azzurri squads.Still, while Belotti obviously hasn’t progressed since 2017, it is worth remembering that he has only just turned 25. He still has time to “make that leap in quality”. The recent signs are encouraging too. After a slow start to the season, featuring just two goals by the end of October, Belotti has now scored five times in his past 11 outings in Serie A.Those are hardly headline-generating numbers – not when Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata is in the middle of a run of 14 goals in eight games – but they do suggest that he is belatedly recovering the momentum lost during his injury-enforced absences. There is even mounting speculation that Roma could take him to the Stadio Olimpico this summer, most likely as a replacement for Edin Dzeko, who will be 33 in March.Torino certainly won’t be holding out for anything close to €100m this time around, though. That particular money train has most definitely passed.
Alabama remains No. 1.Comedian Tom Arnold says Nick Saban expressed interest in the New York Giants head coaching job this past offseason.After every college football season, there are rumors that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is going to leave Tuscaloosa – either for another top program or for an NFL franchise. According to comedian Tom Arnold, after the 2015 campaign, there might have been some truth to it all.Arnold joined Paul Finebaum on ESPN Friday and told listeners that Saban “expressed interest” in the New York Giants job just hours before the franchise hired Ben McAdoo.Obviously, we need to consider the source. Arnold, however, doubled down on Twitter..@TomArnold told me hours before the Giants hired Ben McAdoo, Alabama coach Nick Saban expressed interest in the job. pic.twitter.com/z8kvfQQDhB— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 28, 2016True but it’s the G-men. Can you blame him? He HAD to reconsider it. https://t.co/cbL3SgKa7x— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016I know, right? Except in this case it totally makes sense https://t.co/plTEZXn5Zv— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016I saved it for Paul. 100% true. Roll Tide. You guys are winning 3 out of next 4 national championships minimum so don’t sweat it Matt https://t.co/9ZrQVfpit2— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016Arnold says he is friends with Giants chairman Steve Tisch – hence his information. We can’t wait until some unfortunate soul asks Saban about it.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Jeremy Sprinkle, one of the nation’s top tight ends, will miss tonight’s Belk Bowl for Arkansas against Virginia Tech after allegedly shoplifting from a… wait for it… Belk store.Earlier today, Arkansas announced that Sprinkle would be out for his final game as a Razorback due to suspension.Arkansas starting TE Jeremy Sprinkle suspended for Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech for “conduct detrimental to team”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 29, 2016Bret Bielema’s full statement on Sprinkle’s suspension:“Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly. Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week. Jeremy’s suspension isn’t drug, alcohol or violence related but one that will cause him to miss his final game as a Razorback.”Now, SEC Country is reporting that Jeremy Sprinkle attempted to steal from a Belk store while Arkansas was there for a team event ahead of the company’s eponymous bowl game in Charlotte.Sprinkle was accused of attempting to shoplift items at the Belk department store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Wednesday, sources said. The Arkansas team was there as part of a function for the bowl.Each player on both teams had 90 minutes to spend a $450 gift card at Belk on anything in the store. The players also each received a Fossil watch. Sources said Sprinkle attempted to take items worth more than the allotted cost available.This one goes directly into the “you can’t make this up” category.Tonight’s Belk Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m.[SEC Country]
David Moyes has expressed his interest in joining the “magic” of David Beckham’s new MLS franchise, with Inter Miami an opportunity he would not pass up.Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham is set to see his expansion side join the elite ranks of Major League Soccer in 2020 .The club is currently in the process of tying up loose ends, such as getting players on board and a manager in place. 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? It has been suggested that former United and Everton boss Moyes, who has been out of work since leaving West Ham in 2018, is among those in consideration for a coaching post.The Scot admits he would be keen on taking the role, with the chance to work in the United States something that appeals to him.Moyes told talkSPORT on his links to Beckham’s new venture: “It is something which looks a really interesting project.“I watch the MLS quite a bit and it is getting better. I don’t know how many people have seen Atlanta. The soccer team are getting more support than the NFL team.“We talk about Tottenham’s stadium and that is incredible but wait until you see Atlanta’s stadium, it is unbelievable. So MLS is growing and Miami is a great city. It is something which I would consider as an option.“Miami has got a bit of magic about it. Atlanta’s training centre is as good as anything in the Premier League and I know Miami are trying to do the same over there. The MLS is an exciting league.”Moyes is still looking for a job in England at this stage, having rebuilt his reputation during a brief stint at West Ham, but concedes that anything could happen as he keeps all of his options open.He added: “My preference would be to be back in the Premier League bit if the opportunity came around, I would have to look at it.“I do know David from our time at Preston so there is a bit of history but we will have to wait and see.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.