Five thoughts on the USMNT squad

first_imgUnited States Five thoughts on the USMNT roster named to face Bolivia Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Christian Pulisic USA USA Today Sports United States United States v Bolivia Bolivia Friendlies Dave Sarachan wasn’t able to call on the full pool of MLS talents, and instead turned to a promising stable of foreign-based youngsters It doesn’t seem like so long ago when a U.S. national team match played in an MLS stadium automatically meant a squad made up mostly of MLS players. That was surely what Dave Sarachan envisaged months ago as he first began planning for the May 28 friendly against Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium.That was before it became readily apparent that MLS teams aren’t as open to letting their top players miss league matches to play in a largely meaningless friendly. The days of the unwritten rule that MLS teams always made their players available for the U.S. are over, and it isn’t solely because the U.S. is in a state of limbo under a caretaker coach.Sarachan has turned to a squad heavy on foreign-based youngsters, many of which were likely to already be a part of the June friendlies. He has also called on some surprising fringe options, including Manchester United reserve team defender Matthew Olosunde and Club Tijuana youngster Alejandro Guido. He has also given Werder Bremen signing Josh Sargent a look despite the fact he has yet to make his professional debut. 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 The lack of MLS players isn’t necessarily a bad thing at a time when there are several young Americans plying their trade overseas. Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie are the headliners, but players like Tim Weah and Andrija Novakovich were part of the March U.S. team and are back with a chance to take on bigger roles against Bolivia. As inexperienced as they may be, you can’t ignore the fact Novakovich scored 21 goals for Dutch second division team Telstar, and Weah earned minutes at a club like PSG, including a start in their league finale.It was originally believed that Sarachan would leave most of his top European-based players in Europe rather than having them travel into the U.S. for the Bolivia friendly only to travel back across the Atlantic Ocean. Now, we’ll have a chance to see a potential Matt Miazga-Cameron Carter-Vickers center-back pairing sooner than expected. That’s a good thing considering both defenders are coming off good club campaigns.Here are some more thoughts on the 22-man squad Sarachan has called in to face Bolivia…A first glimpse at the Pulisic-McKennie combinationChristian Pulisic, Weston McKennieU.S. fans have been eager to see a Pulisic-McKennie midfield tandem ever since McKennie broke through at Schalke, but we have yet to see it after Pulisic’s post-qualifying failure sabbatical coincided with McKennie’s national team debut. Here we are, six months since the 19-year-old scored the winning goal in a 1-0 friendly win against Portugal, and we should finally see them play together.The long-time friends and former youth national team team-mates are key to the future of the U.S. squad, and getting them to develop chemistry is important, with that process needing to begin as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely we will see much of that combination this summer. Pulisic isn’t likely to take part in the upcoming U.S. camp until Thursday, after playing in Borussia Dortmund’s friendly in Los Angeles against LAFC, and all signs point to Pulisic skipping the U.S. team’s two road friendlies against Ireland and France.If we’re lucky, Pulisic will get the starting nod against Bolivia, alongside McKennie, for what should the first of many appearances together. Enjoy it while it lasts. There’s a good chance we won’t see it again until after a new U.S. coach is named.The forward pool is young, but intriguingTim Weah USA U17Don’t let the positional designations of the U.S. squad fool you. There are more than two forwards on the team. Novakovich and Sargent were the only players listed as forwards on the roster, but Rubio Rubin and Tim Weah are both capable of playing up top, as is Lynden Gooch.Sarachan pointed to the forward position as one he was concerned about heading into the next World Cup qualifying cycle, and with good reason. The player pool is loaded with midfielders, as well as several promising central defenders, but proven young strikers are a rarity as the program prepares to shift away from the Jozy Altidore era.Still only 18 and awaiting his professional debut, Sargent has potential, as evidenced by his outstanding showing at last year’s Under-20 World Cup. It was that tournament that really made Sargent look like a player worthy of fast-tracking into the national team set-up. His time spent training with Werder Bremen’s first team should help him as he seeks his first national team cap.Novakovich is the most intriguing forward on the squad, having torn up the Dutch second division, and having impressed in a brief cameo with the U.S. on his national team debut in March. The 21-year-old is the kind of skilled forward that’s not easy to find these days, and he offers different qualities than any other player in the younger section of the U.S. player pool. Is Alex Bono ready to grab his first cap?Alex Bono TFC MLS 5102017Between his heroics in CONCACAF Champions League play, and his efforts in trying to keep an injury-hit Toronto FC from falling into too deep a hole in the East standings, Alex Bono has looked like a goalkeeper reaching new levels. Entering just his second full season as a starter for TFC, Bono has matured quickly, and is rounding into a serious contender for one of the vacant national team slots left behind by the Tim Howard-Brad Guzan generation.Bill Hamid is the veteran in the goalkeeper group, but he hasn’t been playing for Danish side Midtjylland, and you have to wonder whether TFC allowed Bono to join the U.S. squad on the condition that he would actually get to play. Otherwise, why have him miss TFC’s upcoming match against FC Dallas?Julian Green earns his way back into the pictureJulian Green Germany SpVgg Greuther Fuerth 10262017It has been a winding road back to the U.S. national team for Julian Green. The former U.S. World Cup goalscorer left Bayern Munich in search of playing time, and after seeing his new team earn promotion to the Bundesliga, Green was sent back on loan to the German second division.A successful season with SpVgg Greuther Fuerth saw him play 24 matches and score three goals, enough to earn his first national team call-up since November of 2016, for the World Cup qualifiers that would ultimately be the final matches of Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as U.S. coach.Green is still relatively young at 22, and will look to show off his ability to play multiple positions and it will be interesting to see how the former Bayern prospect has developed in recent years since moving to the German second division.Parks set to join crowded central midfield mixKeaton Parks Benfica B 04232018Three players will be taking part in their first senior national team camp, including Benfica midfielder Keaton Parks, who began drawing attention after earning some appearances with Benfica’s first team. A regular for Benfica B, the 20-year-old Texas native earned a handful of first-team appearances, using his 6’4″ frame and impressive technical ability to thrive in a deep-lying central midfield role.Parks is a rarity in the current U.S. squad because he didn’t come up through the youth national team ranks, or even through the U.S. development academy system. First identified by Tab Ramos and called into the U.S. Under-20 national team last April, Parks signed with Benfica last July after a season with Portuguese second division side Vazim.According to Ramos, Parks impressed him enough when he came into last year’s U-20 camp that he was good enough to be on the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team. Ramos sees Parks having the attacking qualities to be an effective box-to-box player, and even potentially a playmaker.This week’s U.S. camp, and the upcoming friendly against Bolivia will give most American fans their first real chance to see the midfielder in action, and his combination of height and ball skills makes him a unique prospect in a central midfield that doesn’t boast great size as it moves toward the post-Michael Bradley era.last_img read more

Trans Tasman Test Series

first_imgFor full results of the Trans Tasman Test Series visit http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=6460&pID=14Men’s OpenGame 1: AUS (14) defeated NZ (10)Game 2: AUS (8) defeated by NZ (9)Game 3: AUS (5) defeated NZ (3)Women’s OpenGame 1: AUS (9) defeated NZ (2)Game 2: AUS (5) defeated NZ (2)Game 3: AUS (8) defeated NZ (6)Mixed OpenGame 1: AUS (9) defeated NZ (5)Game 2: AUS (9) defeated NZ (7)Game 3: AUS (11) defeated NZ (10)Referee of the Series – Adam Foley (AUS)Related Filesresults_sheets-xlslast_img

10 months agoEx-Man Utd striker Jordan recalls working with Liverpool chief Edwards

first_imgEx-Man Utd striker Jordan recalls working with Liverpool chief Edwardsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Joe Jordan has spoken of working with Liverpool football chief Michael Edwards.Jordan, who worked with Edwards at Portsmouth, has given a unique insight into what he is really like.”We worked on putting presentations together for the upcoming game and Michael also gave in-depth analysis on players that the club may have been interested in,” Jordan, Harry Redknapp’s former assistant, told The Times.”He had a playing career himself and I have always thought he is a good judge of a player. “But it is not simply that. There are thousands of players out there and he does his homework.”Michael doesn’t take any shortcuts. He makes sure when a player has been brought to his attention that he looks into it and gets his facts and figures right. “He wants to make sure that if he is putting forward that player to the manager, all the information is in place.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Dyche blasts cheats after Arsenal defeat: Blatant diving. Cheating

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche blasts cheats after Arsenal defeat: Blatant diving. Cheatingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has slammed the extent of diving in the Premier League.Dyche was furious with the antics of Arsenal for yesterday’s defeat.”No one seems to want to do anything about diving in the game apart from me,” said Dyche. “I’m still amazed by it. Kids everywhere are watching, all copying it. No one seems to care about it. I want to see people banned because, if they were, it would evaporate out of the game.”You wouldn’t ruffle your kids’ hair if they come home after school and cheated in a maths’ test. They cheat at a game of football and it’s OK. It’s almost like ‘well done, we got away with that one’.”I’m not talking about gamesmanship, that has been there ever since I was playing and that was a long time ago. You clip a centre-forward in the box and he goes down. End of story. I’m not talking about that.”I’m talking about blatant diving. Cheating. Where there has been no contact at all and people are falling over.”The powers-that-be have to get their heads together. The Premier League, the FA, the PGMOL – they’ve all got to get their heads together because it’s gone too far.”The first two players that was absolutely alarming in the view of the public — and they were fantastic players so let’s clear that up for a start — were Jurgen Klinsmann and Didier Drogba.”When they came over and started diving it was: ‘We can’t have this’. It was on Match of the Day every week. It was everywhere. It slowly morphed into our culture here. Now, it’s every week and no one hardly mentions it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Arizona AD Creates Excuse Note So Fans Can Watch Afternoon CWS Title Game

first_imgArizona's athletic director releases a note about CWS title game.Because of last night’s rain-out, the deciding Game 3 of the 2016 College World Series championship series between Arizona and Coastal Carolina will be played this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM ET on ESPNU. Arizona AD Greg Byrne has created a handy “excuse” note for any Wildcat fans who are looking to skip work or take a long lunch break and watch their team. Here is your excuse note so you can watch @ArizonaBaseball in the @NCAACWS. #BearDown pic.twitter.com/gegT5eKy9o— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) June 30, 2016With a win, Arizona will capture the fifth national championship in program history. The last title came in 2012.last_img

Isco one of Madrid’s most important players – Nacho

first_imgReal Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez is convinced Isco remains important to the club and coach Santiago Solari despite a lack of starts in recent months.Isco has had a difficult season so far for Madrid, starting just five times in La Liga, all of which came under Julen Lopetegui before his sacking at the end of October.Ever since Solari replaced the former Spain coach, Isco has generally had to be content with a place on the bench and was left out of the matchday squad for the Champions League trip to Roma in November. 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? The 26-year-old was afforded a rare start in Wednesday’s 1-0 Copa del Rey defeat to Leganes – Madrid progressing to the quarter-finals 3-1 on aggregate.Isco failed to inspire Madrid, and Nacho has told him he needs to make a statement when he does get an opportunity.”Isco is important for the team,” Nacho said in an interview with beIN Sports. “He is one of the most important players on the team and he has to keep working.”The coach is with him and when he is on the field he has to make a statement.”It was suggested to Nacho that Isco did not look sharp at Leganes, but the defender gave him the benefit of the doubt.”It’s normal, he has had several games that he was not a starter for,” Nacho said. “We were all in the same line-up and if we had not qualified it would have been a catastrophe.”Casemiro added to Nacho’s assessment, adamant they need to improve on recent performances, as Los Blancos have won only two of five since returning from the mid-season break.”We are sincere and we know we have to improve and this club demands it,” the Brazil international said. “This is the most difficult league in the world, with work we will see what happens at the end of the season.”last_img read more

Chip Kelly Has No Interest Returning To College, ESPN’s Adam Schefter Reports

first_imgChip Kelly speaks as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.Chip Kelly.Oregon might be looking for a new head football coach soon.ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported on Saturday that famous Oregon booster Phil Knight, Nike’s founder, is willing to spend $10 million/season on a new football coach. He’s getting up there in age and desperately wants a national title, Rovell says.Who might Oregon be willing to pay $10 million/year to?Perhaps former Ducks’ head coach Chip Kelly?Maybe, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that Kelly has no interest in returning to the college game – Oregon or elsewhere.From ESPN:Sources close to Chip Kelly have told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the 49ers’ head coach is not just paying lip service to the idea that he isn’t interested to returning to his former Oregon coaching job or any college job, despite speculation to the contrary.They say Kelly is staying with San Francisco, through the thick and thins of this challenging season.Kelly, 52, went 46-7 in four years at Oregon, winning 12 games in each of his final three years.As an NFL head coach, he’s 27-27.[ESPN]last_img read more

Miami Beach Bowl: Tulsa vs. Central Michigan Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

first_imgA graphic for the Miami Beach Bowl.Twitter/Miami Beach BowlLooking for a Tulsa vs. Central Michigan preview ahead of their matchup in the Miami Beach Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.Monday, Dec. 19, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane take on the Central Michigan Chippewas in the Miami Beach Bowl. The game, to be played at Marlins Park, is slated for a 2:30 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Tulsa vs. Central Michigan preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Tulsa wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Golden Hurricane favored as well.Spread: Tusla -11Game Time: 2:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNTulsa vs. Central Michigan preview:Tulsa (9-3) ended the regular season with a 40-37 win over Cincinnati which was its second straight win. Central Michigan (6-6) fell to Eastern Michigan 26-21 to end the regular season giving the Chippewas their fourth loss in five games.Central Michigan gave up 538 yards in its loss to Eastern Michigan to end the regular season including 355 yards through the air. Cooper Rush ended the year with 3,299 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Corey Willis was his favorite target and the wide out had 1,024 receiving yards and nine scores during the year.Tulsa had three turnovers and just 305 yards of offense against Cincinnati, but managed to grab the win to close out the year. Dane Evans threw for 3,044 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Golden Hurricane on the year. James Flanders rushed for 1,529 yards and 17 touchdowns in the regular season.Tulsa lost to Virginia Tech 55-52 in last year’s Independence Bowl. Central Michigan lost to Minnesota 21-14 last year in the Quick Lane Bowl.Tulsa vs. Central Michigan Prediction:Tulsa’s offense isn’t talked about enough as it has some serious firepower both in the backfield and on the outside.Central Michigan’s defense does rank 43rd in the nation allowing 376 yards per contest, but Tulsa will be far too much for the Chippewas.Tulsa 37, Central Michigan 28,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Tulsa wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Golden Hurricane favored as well.Spread: Tusla -11Game Time: 2:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNTulsa vs. Central Michigan preview:Tulsa (9-3) ended the regular season with a 40-37 win over Cincinnati which was its second straight win. Central Michigan (6-6) fell to Eastern Michigan 26-21 to end the regular season giving the Chippewas their fourth loss in five games.Central Michigan gave up 538 yards in its loss to Eastern Michigan to end the regular season including 355 yards through the air. Cooper Rush ended the year with 3,299 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Corey Willis was his favorite target and the wide out had 1,024 receiving yards and nine scores during the year.Tulsa had three turnovers and just 305 yards of offense against Cincinnati, but managed to grab the win to close out the year. Dane Evans threw for 3,044 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Golden Hurricane on the year. James Flanders rushed for 1,529 yards and 17 touchdowns in the regular season.Tulsa lost to Virginia Tech 55-52 in last year’s Independence Bowl. Central Michigan lost to Minnesota 21-14 last year in the Quick Lane Bowl.Tulsa vs. Central Michigan Prediction:Tulsa’s offense isn’t talked about enough as it has some serious firepower both in the backfield and on the outside.Central Michigan’s defense does rank 43rd in the nation allowing 376 yards per contest, but Tulsa will be far too much for the Chippewas.Tulsa 37, Central Michigan 28,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Tulsa wins the matchup between the two teams 70.5% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Golden Hurricane favored as well.Spread: Tusla -11Game Time: 2:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNTulsa vs. Central Michigan preview:Tulsa (9-3) ended the regular season with a 40-37 win over Cincinnati which was its second straight win. Central Michigan (6-6) fell to Eastern Michigan 26-21 to end the regular season giving the Chippewas their fourth loss in five games.Central Michigan gave up 538 yards in its loss to Eastern Michigan to end the regular season including 355 yards through the air. Cooper Rush ended the year with 3,299 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Corey Willis was his favorite target and the wide out had 1,024 receiving yards and nine scores during the year.Tulsa had three turnovers and just 305 yards of offense against Cincinnati, but managed to grab the win to close out the year. Dane Evans threw for 3,044 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Golden Hurricane on the year. James Flanders rushed for 1,529 yards and 17 touchdowns in the regular season.Tulsa lost to Virginia Tech 55-52 in last year’s Independence Bowl. Central Michigan lost to Minnesota 21-14 last year in the Quick Lane Bowl.Tulsa vs. Central Michigan Prediction:Tulsa’s offense isn’t talked about enough as it has some serious firepower both in the backfield and on the outside.Central Michigan’s defense does rank 43rd in the nation allowing 376 yards per contest, but Tulsa will be far too much for the Chippewas.Tulsa 37, Central Michigan 28last_img read more

Alexander-Arnold targets England dream after CL glory

first_imgTrent Alexander-Arnold says it would be a dream come true to follow winning the Champions League with a Nations League Finals triumph with England.The full-back celebrated the first major trophy of his career last Saturday as Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to become champions of Europe for the sixth time.The 20-year-old is now preparing for Thursday’s last-four clash with Netherlands in Guimaraes as England attempt to become the first team to win the Nations League trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Alexander-Arnold hopes to do just that after realising a childhood ambition by tasting success with Liverpool.When asked how important it would be to win the Nations League Finals, he told the Football Association’s website: “Massive. It would be a dream come true. “You don’t expect to be in these situations and you never know if you ever will be again, so I think for now I’m trying to soak it up, give everything that I can and hopefully that will be achieved in the next few days.”If you look at everyone in the squad, in one way or another, they’ve got something to be proud of this season. Whether it’s Manchester City, who have won the vast majority of trophies, or us winning the trophy the other night or the Tottenham players who’ve also had an incredible season and have pushed everyone so far. “The whole squad has had a really good season altogether and I’m sure we’ll be looking to top it off over the next week and hopefully we’ll leave Portugal with another trophy.”Alexander-Arnold said Tottenham players were among the first in the squad to congratulate the Liverpool contingent for their triumph at the Wanda Metropolitano.”The reception has been unbelievable,” he said. “They’re really happy for us and positive. For the Tottenham lads it must be tough for them, but they’ve come and congratulated us and were one of the first to do it.”Even if it was the other way around you have to put what happened with our clubs to one side and focus on winning something for your country. We’re a team now, a few days ago we weren’t, but now we are so we need to recognise that and if we pull together for the same aim then we’ve got a great chance of reaching where we want.”last_img read more

‘World-class’ Klopp backed to deliver more silverware

first_imgJurgen Klopp is a “world-class manager” and will deliver more major silverware for Liverpool in the years to come, claims Reds CEO Peter Moore.The German tactician helped to break a seven-year trophy drought in 2018-19.He had suffered three final defeats as Reds boss, while the Premier League title slipped agonisingly out of reach on the final day of last season. 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? Klopp was, however, to guide Liverpool to Champions League glory in Madrid, with victory over domestic rivals Tottenham landing the Reds a sixth European Cup triumph.Having returned the club to winning ways, the challenge now is to keep them there.Moore is confident that future successes will be secured, with Liverpool boasting the best possible coach at the helm.He said in a new book called ‘The Official Story of Liverpool’s 2018-2019 Season’: “What has struck me in my second full season here at the club is that the ­chemistry and the talent within the squad – all brought ­together by a world-class manager ­- provides us with great optimism that they will bring even more silverware to this wonderful club.”Let’s hope that like the old saying about London buses, when one comes along, there are always two or three close behind.”There is so much to look forward to from this brilliant team.”You really cannot help but see us winning more trophies, although it is easier said than done.”Having said that, we have exactly the right infrastructure at Liverpool to give us a chance of making it happen.”Liverpool spent big last summer in an effort to force their way into contention for top prizes.That investment was rewarded, but it remains to be seen what alterations will be made to the squad in the current transfer window.Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno have departed at the end of their respective contracts, while Simon Mignolet is eager to find regular football elsewhere.Klopp is expected to counter those losses with additions, while his side are also considered to still be in need of creative spark in midfield and another proven frontman to compete with Roberto Firmino.The Official Story of Liverpool’s 2018-2019 Season by Harry Harris, edited by Alan Beck, is available in hardback £14.99 from 27th June 2019           Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Solskjaer hints at Pogba & Lukaku playing in pre-season

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will be taking an almost full strength squad to Asia for the club’s upcoming pre-season tour – but it remains to be seen whether Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will travel with their futures in doubt.The Red Devils are not heavily affected by Copa America and the African Cup of Nations – with only Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez on national team duty – and will be able to take a full complement of players to Australia for the first leg of their tour.”Summer has been kind to us in that respect – so we’ll travel to Perth with the full first team squad,” Solskjaer said via the club’s Facebook page. 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? “Everyone should be available to be picked – hopefully they’re fit when they come back – so the first team is going to be there.”Solskjaer didn’t elaborate on the availability of transfer-linked stars Pogba and Lukaku, who have been rumoured to be leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid and Inter respectively.United will begin their pre-season against Australian A-League premiers Perth Glory on July 13 at Optus Stadium before taking on Leeds United at the same venue four days later.The Norwegian boss believes the match versus Perth will be a chance to compare the Premier League and A-League, while a contest against arch-rivals Leeds is one that he remembers fondly in the past.”To play against (A-League premiers) Perth Glory is always a good reference point on how the leagues compare,” Solskjaer said.”Games against Leeds United have always been huge for us. I’ve played in quite a few – both on-and-off the pitch there is some rivalry.Following the two matches Down Under, the Red Devils face Inter in Singapore on July 20 before wrapping up their tour against Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25.last_img read more

Griezmann: Messi hasn’t welcomed me to Barca yet

first_imgAntoine Griezmann says he is yet to hear from Lionel Messi after joining Barcelona, but has received a message from Luis Suarez to welcome him to Catalunya.After paying €120 million (£107m/$134m) to activate the release clause in Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid contract, Barca presented the forward as their latest signing on July 14.The France international said he received a warm welcome from those present on the club’s tour to Japan, where they will play Chelsea and Vissel Kobe in the Rakuten Cup, despite being nutmegged twice in his first training session. 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? Reports have emerged that Messi wants Barca to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain although the Catalans could find it difficult to do so unless they offload players, having already spent big on Griezmann. Suarez and Messi are not present in Asia due to their Copa America commitments for Uruguay and Argentina respectively, but only the former has been in touch with him so far.”The truth is it started badly because they nutmegged me twice in my first rondo. Luckily I have learned the lesson,” Griezmann said at a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Chelsea.”Messi has not called me yet, but Suarez did. He congratulated me and welcomed me.”The group has welcomed me and I am happy to share a dressing room with them. Hopefully I can help in the best way possible.”Antoine Griezmann Barcelona 2019Atletico challenged the legitimacy of Griezmann’s transfer to Barcelona, alleging the La Liga champions should have to pay the €200m (£180m/$224m) release clause that was still active when they began discussions.Griezmann would not be drawn on his former club’s complaint and stated his focus was on adapting to his new team.”I did everything as well as possible with respect to Diego Simeone, my former team-mates and Atletico Madrid to leave on good terms,” he said.”It’s an issue for them. I am calm and all that matters is starting well with Barcelona, which is the most important thing.”I heard about it [the complaint]. It’s a club where I gave my all. I’m very calm. The only thing that matters to me right now is understanding the coach’s tactics, getting on with my team-mates and enjoying football.”On Simeone, he added: “Our relationship was more than a coach and a player, we’re like family. I got on very well with him.”He was important for what I did on the pitch and for my private life. I owe him a lot and I love him a lot. Our relationship will carry on, even after retirement.”last_img read more

Ohio State Just Released New Documents On Urban Meyer Investigation

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State University announced last week its punishment for head coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith following the investigation into domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.Meyer is being suspended for the first three games of the season. Gene Smith is being suspended for two weeks.The news of the punishments was announced along with the release of a 23-page document from the investigation. It included several notable details.Today, Ohio State University released more documents centered on Zach Smith. The documents include a note written by Ohio State’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator regarding the 2015 allegations.Eleven Warriors tweeted out some passages:Ohio State just released several more documents related to Zach Smith:https://t.co/1ZM0nSgx4n— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 28, 2018As far as new docs:– Travel expense doc– Email about his card being declined– Photos of a diary about the Powell investigation in 2015 and what OSU was doing at the time– Divorce decree– Rehab doc– Powell PD incident run report– Protection Order from July 2018— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 28, 2018This October 30, 2015 journal entry from Michielle Willis, Ohio State’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator, offers a glimpse into how the university was handling the allegations Courtney Smith earlier that month. pic.twitter.com/E7Kz4st4Bu— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 28, 2018There does not appear to be any substantial new insights in the documents released today, but they do appear to provide context and details on how the Board of Trustees reached their summary conclusions.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 28, 2018The new release of information also includes this email sent regarding some of Zach Smith’s activity.pic.twitter.com/qPbM0P8ZJq— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) August 28, 2018Here’s the full release from Ohio State:A special, independent working group of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees is directing an investigation involving Urban Meyer, who went on paid administrative leave on August 1, 2018.As public records become available related to this matter, they will be published on this page.Aug. 28, 2018: We have added an initial batch of documents and records related to the investigation. Items III. A. 1 through III. B. 2. (k) are added below. Additional files III. C. 1 (b) through V. A., as well as Human Resources communications about the terms of Urban Meyer’s suspension, are accessible for download via BuckeyeBox at this link.You can view the full release of new documents on the Urban Meyer investigation here.last_img read more

A New College Football Game Has Been Scheduled For Dec. 1

first_imgIowa State fans rush the field after win.AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 18: Iowa State Cyclones fans rush the field after an upset win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jack Trice Stadium November 18, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)Iowa State football’s Week 1 game against South Dakota State was cancelled due to the storms that rolled through much of the college football landscape.The Cyclones don’t appear able to make up the game against the Jackrabbits. However, they have found a 12th opponent, assuming neither team is playing for a title.If Iowa State isn’t in the Big 12 Championship Game, it will face FCS squad Incarnate Word on Dec. 1, provided that the Cardinals are not in the playoffs.Iowa State football announced the arrangement with Incarnate Word this afternoon.From Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, via ESPN:“Although it’s been a challenging process to identify a school that was willing and able to play in Ames on Dec. 1, we are thankful to the Cardinals’ Athletics Director Brian Wickstrom and Coach Eric Morris in helping us schedule this game.We explored multiple options to give our student-athletes only have so many chances in their career to play collegiate football. I’m very grateful to the administration at UIW for helping us provide our student-athletes, as well as our marching band and spirit squad another chance to represent Iowa State University.”According to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman, Iowa State will pay the Incarnate Word $300,000 for the game, if it is played. It will also charter the team’s flight to Ames.That could be well worth it for the program. ISU took a big leap in year two under Matt Campbell, going 8-5 last season with some big upsets.The Cyclones should be competitive once again, but if they wound up 5-6 without the chance to grab an FCS win for a bowl, it would definitely sting. Assuming neither team makes a big post-season run.Last season, Incarnate Word was 1-10 overall. The Cardinals have played two FBS teams to start the year: a 62-30 loss to New Mexico, and a 58-16 loss to North Texas.[ESPN]last_img read more

College Star QB Out For This Weekend’s Game

first_imgclose-up view of Khalil Tate before game.TUCSON, AZ – OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Khalil Tate #14 of the Arizona Wildcats looks on during the game against the Washington State Cougars at Arizona Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Arizona Wildcats won 58-37. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Khalil Tate injury update: the Arizona quarterback entered the year as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites. He and Arizona football have struggled this year, and now he’s set to miss some time.The Wildcats were blown out by Utah last Friday night, 42-10. Tate was just 1-of-4 for three yards, adding another three yards on two rushes.He left the game in the first quarter after taking a sack, suffering what is being called an ankle injury.With the Khalil Tate injury, Arizona will have a new starting quarterback against UCLA this weekend.According to Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star, Rhett Rodriguez will get the nod.BREAKING: Khalil Tate (ankle) will sit out at least one week. Met with Kevin Sumlin last night. Rhett Rodriguez will start against UCLA. Freshmen Jamarye Joiner/Kevin Doyle will get reps and might play as well.— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) October 16, 2018Rodriguez is the son of former Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, who was fired amid scandal after last season.He came in for Tate during the Utah loss, completing 20-of-38 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. Jamarye Joiner also attempted four passes, completing three for 17 yards.After putting up eye-popping numbers once he took over the starting job last season, Tate really struggled to adjust to Kevin Sumlin’s offense.On the season, he has thrown for 1,415 yards, 11 touchdowns, and just four interceptions, but has been limited to 112 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.Last year, Tate’s ground game was perhaps his biggest weapon. He rushed for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns, with 9.2 yards per carry. He is only averaging 2.4 yards per carry this year.last_img read more

Alabama’s Coaches Are Furious With This No-Call vs. Clemson

first_imgnick saban of the alabama crimson tide at the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the first half against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Alabama is officially on the ropes. The Crimson Tide trail Clemson 37-16 midway through the third quarter in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.The Tide might be feeling the pressure a little bit as well. They just turned the ball over on downs after a bizarre fake field goal that resulted in holder and third string quarterback Mac Jones running into a wall of Clemson defenders.However, the play before the fake may wind up haunting Alabama and its coaching staff. On that third down throw, Tua Tagovailoa looked for tight end Irv Smith but the pass fell incomplete.It looked like Clemson might have gotten away with defensive pass interference on the play.Hey #Clemson. If you ever wondered WTF pass interference looks like…this is it!!! pic.twitter.com/5KbLtGNJkD— Jim Norris (@Abvthelaw) January 8, 2019Alabama’s coaching staff certainly thought the refs missed the call.The entire Alabama coaching staff was asking for the flag there.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) January 8, 2019In the time it took to write this post, Clemson scored again on a long catch-and-run by freshman wide receiver Justyn Ross. They now lead 37-16.Nick Saban and company are in serious trouble.last_img read more

Nebraska RB Devine Ozigbo Drawing Interest From NFL Teams After Impressive Pro Day

first_imgNebraska RB Devine Ozigbo runs through an Iowa defender.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 23: Running back Devine Ozigbo #22 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs up the field in the second half against defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 23, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Devin Ozigbo was considered one of the big snubs of the NFL Combine. He was a bright spot through even the rough patches of the Huskers’ 4-8 campaign.He ran for 1,082 yards and 12 touchdowns during the season, averaging an impressive seven yards per carry. He also caught 23 balls for 203 yards.Days after missing out his opportunity to showcase himself in Indianapolis, Ozigbo showed out at Nebraska’s Pro Day. Now, he is on the radar for a few NFL teams, per a report.According to the Omaha World-Herald, Ozigbo’s numbers and measurements for a big back stack up well, especially a 40-yard dash in the 4.5 second range.Ozigbo, arguably snubbed from last week’s NFL combine, ran the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.5 second range, according to media consensus. He had 19 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press and had a vertical jump of 37 inches. Ozigbo measured just short of 6 feet and weighed 233 pounds.According to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, Devine Ozigbo is now garnering interest from three NFL teams in particular.29 NFL teams were reportedly in attendance at Nebraska Pro Day on Thursday.Pauline reports that the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, and San Francisco 49ers are all inerested in the Husker star. Of those three, only the Saints are super well-stocked at the position.The Bears could move Jordan Howard, while the Niners lost Jerick McKinnon for all of last season to a torn ACL, and pieced things together with Matt Breida and a few other role players in the backfield.[Omaha World-Herald; DraftAnalyst.com]last_img read more

No. 1 JUCO Tight End Not Eligible For 2019 Because Of Grades

first_imgBoise State's football team running onto the field.BOISE, ID – SEPTEMBER 2: Running back Ryan Wolpin #21 of the Boise State Broncos carries the hammer and leads the Broncos into the stadium prior to that start of first half action against the Troy Trojans on September 2, 2017 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)The No. 1 JUCO tight end in the 2019 class will not be playing major college football this upcoming season.Austin Griffin, a four-star JUCO recruit, was set to play for Boise State this season, though that won’t happening.Boise State announced today that Griffin won’t be joining the team due to his grades.“Didn’t make it,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. JUCO tight end Austin Griffin won’t be joining Boise State due to his grades, per Bryan Harsin. “Didn’t make it.”— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) July 24, 2019Griffin is a 6-foot-7,  250-pound tight end in the 2019 class.The four-star prospect was the No. 1 tight end in the JUCO class for 2019, ranked the No. 15 player overall.Boise State is set to open its 2019 season on a big stage, playing Florida State on Aug. 31. The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Veteran NFL Tight End Announces He’s Retiring At 29

first_img He spent his first seven years with Washington before playing last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars.NFL veteran TE Niles Paul is retiring. pic.twitter.com/3nOuDcdtiu— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2019For his career, Paul totaled 78 receptions for 954 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His best season came in 2014, when he registered 39 catches (half of his career total) for 507 yards and a touchdown.We wish Paul the best of luck and plenty of good health in retirement. A Washington Redskins helmet.PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: A Washington Redskins Nike cleat and helmet is seen on the field before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 21, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Just three days shy of his 30th birthday, veteran NFL tight end Niles Paul has announced his retirement from football.Paul spent the beginning of training camp with the San Francisco 49ers, but was released on August 2. Judging by his retirement letter, which he shared to Instagram, Paul’s body had begun to betray him.“I was quickly reminded how taxing this game can be after only spending a week in camp,” Paul wrote. “Now it’s time to start listening to my body. There is no doubt in my mind that I’m still able to compete and make a 53-man roster somewhere but I’m not sure my body can handle it anymore.”A fifth-round pick of the Washington Redskins out of Nebraska in 2011, Paul battled through multiple concussions, as well as knee and ankle injuries to last eight seasons in the league.last_img read more

Shotgun World Cup: Kynan, Prithviraj in line to grab final berth in men’s trap event

first_img Next Press Trust of India ChangwonMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 16:17 IST India are banking on Kynan and Prithviraj to win gold in men’s trap at Shotgun World Cup (Kynan Twitter)India’s Kynan Chenai and Prithviraj Tondaiman shot two perfect rounds of 25 each to lead the 109-strong qualification field in the men’s trap shooting competition of ISSF Shotgun World Cup here Wednesday.With three more rounds to be played on Thursday before the top six go through to the medal round, India will feel they are in a strong position to clinch final berths.Kynan and Prithviraj shared the lead with only two other shooters from Great Britain and Kazakhstan while Zoravar Singh Sandhu, the third Indian in the competition, shot 45 out of 50 to be in 82nd place.In the women’s trap, which concluded on Wednesday, Shagun Chowdhary shot a total of 115 to end in 35th spot while Rajeshwari Kumari managed 99 to finish in 56th position.Lakshay Sheoran, in the non-competition MQS section, registered a score of 48 after the first two rounds in the men’s trap.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shotgun World CupFollow Kynan ChenaiFollow Prithviraj TondaimanFollow India Shotgun World Cup: Kynan, Prithviraj in line to grab final berth in men’s trap eventKynan and Prithviraj shared the lead with only two other shooters from Great Britain and Kazakhstan while Zoravar Singh Sandhu, the third Indian in the competition, shot 45 out of 50 to be in 82nd place.advertisementlast_img read more