About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always excitingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is looking forward to facing Newcastle United today.Milner moved from Leeds to Newcastle in 2004 and enjoyed four years at St James’ Park, making 136 appearances across all competitions. He made no secrets about his excitement of facing his former team on Boxing Day.”It’s an exciting fixture,” he said. “The amount of goals and classic games you see. Two clubs who are very well supported so there’s always a great atmosphere at the game.”I think you always want to see your former clubs doing well. People want to see Newcastle doing well.”It’s a great football club, very well supported and when things are going well in that city, the fans get behind them and you feel that momentum everywhere you go.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: 2-goal Hazard just like Messi, Ronaldoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has likened Eden Hazard to Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Hazard scored twice for victory at Watford.Sarri said, “Of course he’s very important for us but Messi is very important for Barcelona, Ronaldo is important for Juventus. “He’s a great player, he’s able to play in every position. At the moment he’s playing as a false nine and he’s able to play there.”He scored two and made two or three good assists. He’s very able to open spaces for his team-mates. He can play very well in every position.”
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Former Michigan State wide receiver Plaxico Burress rang in the new year with a shot at the integrity of his former college coach Nick Saban. Today, the former NFL star again took to Twitter to rip Saban. His mini-rant came after Saban made comments this morning at SEC Media Days suggesting some Alabama players played not to get hurt in their Sugar Bowl loss because they were distracted by their NFL Draft status. I recall Nick Saban telling me to stay in school finish what I started, I wasnt 1st round pick and he left for LSU b4 the season was over— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban goes on tv saying that kids are distracted by NFL projections. Well, the kids are just chasing a dream that you were. $$$— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015N Saban looked his players in the face at the Duf, said he wasnt leavin, I’m committed to the program” and was gone the next day. Tru story— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban players are being distracted by the NFL and chasing a dream, haha tell your story Nick. LSU showed you $$, you was GONE! Ha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Nick Saban actually told me I was a second round pick. I said, “where are you getting your info from? Are you watching these games? Hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015 Well, still doesn’t look like Plax and Nick will be sharing dinner or drinks any time soon.
One of Alabama’s top offensive linemen has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Austin Troxell, a four-star tackle out of Madison Academy, made his decision during a campus visit this afternoon, according to multiple reports.4-star OT Austin Troxell (@austintroxell33) has verbally committed to Auburn today during his campus visit. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 18, 2016Boom!!!!!!!! #WDE— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 18, 2016Troxell’s decision comes after two trips to campus this month, solidifying his choice between the Tigers and rival Alabama. AL.com spoke to Troxell about his choice. “I have committed to the University of Auburn, so I’m ready,” Troxell said. “I’m ready to start my journey and be an Auburn Tiger… It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders. I finally got my decision made. No looking back now. It’s 100 percent Auburn now so I’m ready.”Troxell is yet to tweet about the decision himself, but has retweeted a few of his future teammates that have offered him congratulations. Troxell is Auburn’s ninth commit, and fifth blue-chip player.[AL.com]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
ESPN.ESPN’s SportsCenter made quite an error in their broadcast of Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler’s arrest last night.First, Butler was arrested yesterday on preliminary felony charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting arrest. Then, when reporting the arrest on Saturday night’s SportsCenter, ESPN managed to confuse Butler with Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker. They very clearly selected the wrong photo for the broadcast.The hiccup definitely didn’t go unnoticed by viewers. Social media lit up, calling out the station for the [email protected] whoops. @DevinBook pic.twitter.com/sHKYdf1ybT— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016When they realized the mistake, SportsCenter issued an apology. Anchor Zuban Memento read the statement after the commercial break.You can watch it below:@DevinBook @espn @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/uAJAgVOWF4— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016The transcription of his apology is below:“We are back on SportsCenter, and an apology we’d like to make. When reporting on a story earlier this hour on Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler, we accidentally used a photo of the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. We all here at SportsCenter do sincerely apologize for that mistake.”Butler has since been indefinitely suspended by Notre Dame’s football program.
Paris Saint-Germain got 2019 off to a flying start as they cruised into the Coupe de France round of 32 with a 4-0 victory over Pontivy GSI.Neymar and Kylian Mbappe headlined a strong PSG side, but they needed a Sylvain Jule own goal to break the deadlock.Making his 50th PSG appearance, Neymar hit the woodwork in the first half and eventually scored with 20 minutes remaining. 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? Mbappe added further gloss from the penalty spot soon after, with Julian Draxler getting in on the act as the 12-time winners took their first step towards a fifth-successive Coupe de France triumph.Clement Daoudou pulled off fine saves to deny Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe early on, but he was powerless to prevent PSG’s 24th-minute opener.Jule was well placed to cut out Neymar’s cross, only to panic when the ball came to him and send his attempted clearance looping in over [email protected] showing what fair play is all about after PSG took the lead on an @GSIPontivy own-goal #AllezParis #GSIPSG pic.twitter.com/Qc3wIwKd9H— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 6, 2019Florian Jegu snatched at a chance to promptly restore parity and that profligacy almost proved costly when Neymar’s deflected free-kick hit the upright.Neymar took matters into his own hands as the hour approached, but Daoudou was alert to the Brazilian’s clever chip.Daoudou was at his best again soon after to tip Draxler’s attempt over, but was finally beaten for a second time when Neymar drilled in from close range.The floodgates were open and, after Mbappe sent Daoudou the wrong way from 12 yards following a clumsy foul from Florian Paillot, Draxler chipped in a fourth to round off the rout. What does it mean? Tuchel takes no chancesWith a Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final against Guingamp coming up, it would have been easy for Thomas Tuchel to rest PSG’s star names, but instead he showed just what the competition means to the Ligue 1 leaders by selecting the likes of Neymar, Mbappe and Thiago Silva.While the selection ensured that PSG had the quality to breakdown their determined opposition and avoid the fate suffered by Marseille earlier on Sunday, it also gave Pontivy’s players the chance to go up against some of the world’s finest.Daoudou takes his chance to shinePontivy’s goalkeeper was always likely to be busy, but despite conceding four times, the 24-year-old did himself proud with a series of superb stops, and his performance could well attract some bigger clubs.Own goal spoils Jule’s big dayJule put in a bright display in midfield as the youngster looked to impress against France’s best side, but his performance will unfortunately be remembered for the dreadful own goal which put PSG ahead.What’s next?PSG’s focus now switches to Guingamp on Wednesday, before they travel to Amiens in their first Ligue 1 fixture of 2019. read more
Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma’s offense taking on Ohio State’s vaunted defense is one of the more interesting matchups this college football Saturday.Threw two games, Ohio State’s defense has yet to allow a touchdown. Granted, those contests came against Bowling Green and Tulsa – but regardless, it’s an impressive stat. But Saturday, the Buckeyes will get a real test. Baker Mayfield’s Oklahoma squad – largely the same one that reached the College Football Playoff a year ago – awaits in Norman.Friday afternoon, ESPN’s David Pollack, Desmond Howard and Sam Ponder discussed the matchup. Check it out: ESPN’s College GameDay, surprisingly, isn’t in Norman this week – instead it’s in Louisville. Either way, expect the show’s analysts to cover the Sooners vs. Buckeyes matchup in great detail.
Home advantage is a cliche commonly uttered in football. But it’s fair to say the Parc des Princes more than played its part as France swept aside South Korea in Friday’s Women’s World Cup opener.While opening ceremonies aren’t to everybody’s taste, nor are excitable stadium hosts and TV presenters, the formula used to gear up the crowd in Paris certainly worked, and if such support is to follow them around the country these finals, then their chances of winning a first World Cup title just increased tenfold.Korea are not a poor side by any means. In fact, they are probably one of the best, technically, at this tournament. But they were made to look like anything but as Corinne Diacre’s team, brimming with confidence even before an army of fans behind them made their voices heard, hammered them 4-0 in ruthless fashion. 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, it was Amandine Henry’s recovery from a knock to start the game that proved match-winning. The captain was unplayable in midfield to prevent Korea from winning the one battle they would need to to stand any chance of beating the hosts.Her high-pressing from deep created the game’s first chance, which ended with her shooting just wide, and it was her drive down the right that created the first goal, a pinpoint cross finding Eugenie Le Sommer, another fitness concern for this clash, who finished emphatically.While Les Bleues danced about in celebration to the sound of an almighty roar, Korea’s regrouping straight after the goal emphasised just how much they were suffocating in the Parisian atmosphere. Korea couldn’t string two passes together, despite the carpet-like surface they were playing on and the quality they could boast in midfield, in Chelsea’s Ji So-yun and West Ham’s Cho So-hyun.Worst of all, they couldn’t do anything about it. And while they pondered how to get back into the game, their biggest weakness – and one of France’s biggest strengths – reared its ugly head. Set pieces.They were issued a warning when VAR intervened and disallowed a second France goal just before the half hour mark. Wendie Renard was given far too much time and space to nod a cross into the path of her centre-back partner, Griedge Mbock Bathy, who scored a sublime volley – albeit, while millimetres offside.However, Korea didn’t take note, allowing Renard to pop up with a thunderous header from a corner for France’s eventual second – and, criminally, their third, too.Korea were wasteful in possession, completing just 73 per cent of their passes and seeing just 34% of the ball, and rarely worried France’s sublime centre-back pairing of Renard and Mbock.Even when they did, on one particular occasion late in the second half, they were still wasteful. Substitute Lee Mina caught France sleeping and used her frightening pace to beat the offside trap, but her shot – only South Korea’s second of the evening – was dragged well wide.Henry capped off a fine individual and team display in the closing minutes with the goal of the evening. She skipped past a couple of half-hearted challenges and onto her right foot, before picking out the far corner with a tantalising curler.Four goals, a clean sheet and a record attendance for a women’s football match in France to boot, with the 45,261 spectators smashing the previous record of 25,907 – it was certainly a successful night for the hosts in Paris, who showed no signs of crippling under the weight of pressure or expectation.And if this support sticks with them this summer, it would be criminal to write them off – even if the USA, England and Germany could all stand between Les Bleues and the title.
U.S. national team boss Gregg Berhalter says his side will “move on” without Tyler Adams as the team prepares for the Gold Cup. Adams, who was widely expected to be a key member of Berhalter’s first competitive team when the Gold Cup kicks off next week, was a late scratch. U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that Adams would miss out on this summer’s regional competition through injury, with the USA calling in FC Dallas youngster Reggie Cannon to rake his place on the 23-man roster. 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’s another blow to the USA, with defenders DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks having already been ruled out of the tournament. The Gold Cup marks a return to competitive action for the USA for the first time since the 2017 loss to Trinidad and Tobago which saw the side miss out on the 2018 World Cup. It’s also the first extended period of time new coach Berhalter will have to spend with his full team as he prepares for the next World Cup qualifying cycle. And while the former Columbus Crew boss said he would like to have Adams, he also knows the loss of another key component was beyond his control. “It’s one of those things that you can’t control,” Berhalter said in quotes published by MLSsoccer.com. “We bring Reggie Cannon into camp and we move on. Obviously, [Adams] is a strong player, he’s a great talent. We’d love to have him, but we don’t.”U.S. Soccer listed Adams as out with “acute on chronic groin issues” and Berhalter says the national team was looking out for the best interest of the player in the long term.“He has a club to play for as well,” Berhalter said, stressing the long-term. “That’s something we just had to balance. We were making final decisions and speaking to the player. It’s a risk we knew was there.”The U.S. comes into the Gold Cup on the back of a pair of losses in friendly tune-ups, though several players who are still expected to play big roles in the summer tournament took no part in either match. The USA will kick off their Gold Cup on Tuesday against Guyana, with the side also set to face Trinidad and Tobago and Panama in Group D play.
Melbourne Victory confirmed the appointment of Marco Kurz as their head coach for the next two seasons.The German, 50, replaces Kevin Muscat at the A-League giants, remaining in Australia after leaving Adelaide United.Kurz, who has also previously coached the likes of 1860 Munich, Kaiserslautern and Hoffenheim, won the 2018 FFA Cup with Adelaide. 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’s an honour to be named as head coach of Melbourne Victory, a big club with a strong history, passionate fanbase and true drive for success,” Kurz said in a statement on Friday.”I’ve got to know Melbourne Victory from afar, and had tremendous respect for them during that time, so it is exciting to join the club.”During the interview process we had aligned beliefs about the direction forward which was very important. I can’t wait to join the team and get underway.”It’s official! Marco Kurz will become the sixth manager of Melbourne Victory. Willkommen, Marco #MVFC #OurVictory pic.twitter.com/QDk8PjKUDk— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) June 28, 2019Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro was delighted to welcome Kurz, who will arrive at the club within a fortnight.”Our panel of experienced football people including Mark Bresciano, Paul Trimboli and Rob Sherman, undertook a comprehensive recruitment process,” he said.”Coupled with his international and domestic experience, Marco demonstrated outstanding qualities throughout. Importantly his passion for success and desire to win is aligned with our club’s ambition.”We look forward to working together to bring excitement and success for the Victory family and are confident Marco will do an outstanding job in the high-pressure role.”Victory have seen the likes of Keisuke Honda, Raul Baena, Kosta Barbarouses and Georg Niedermeier leave since the end of the season.