Fulham boss Ranieri: Mitrovic up for Newcastle clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri says Aleksandar Mitrovic is up for their weekend clash with Newcastle United.Mitrovic left the Toon last summer for the Cottagers.Ranieri said, “I hope when a player goes back to a previous club he wants to show something more and at Newcastle he didn’t do a good job.“It’s not easy to adapt to English football but I hope he has an outstanding match.”The Italian added: “My players continue to fight and it’s my job to give them confidence. I believe we’ll be safe in the end.“In every country there are teams at the bottom and they are safe. When I start my career in Serie A (at Cagliari) at the end of the first round we were bottom.“At the end we were safe one week before the end of the season. It’s important to work hard.”In every match, we start so strongly and fight until the end. If you continue in this way, you can do something good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd, Real Madrid plan offers for Porto defender Eder Militaoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United and Real Madrid are chasing a deal for Porto defender Eder Militao.The Sun says he has a £42.5million release clause in the contract he signed only last summer.Eder, 20, has performed superbly in Portugal and in the Champions League this season and has also been watched by Liverpool.United could have bought Eder from his home-town club Sao Paulo for just £3million in the summer but former boss Jose Mourinho was not interested in the player.There would have been work permit issues to overcome back then but Eder has since been capped by Brazil, so that is no longer a problem.Eder has been likened to Portugal’s Pepe for his physicality and pace and could become a centre-back later in his career. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea and Monaco yet to agree Cesc feeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and AS Monaco are yet to agree a fee for Cesc Fabregas.The midfielder is understood to be in Monaco today after agree personal terms. However, Marca says a fee is still to be settled – with Chelsea seeking around £10m to sell.Monaco are warning Chelsea to keep their demands realistic given Cesc is off contract in June.In Spain, it’s been suggested Atletico Madrid could make a late counter move – however there is a confidence inside Monaco of a deal being struck this week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
This summer, one of the greatest positional battles in the history of college football will take place. Cardale Jones (national champion), J.T. Barrett (Big Ten record setter) and Braxton Miller (two-time Big Ten MVP) will compete for Ohio State’s starting quarterback spot. Who will emerge victorious? It’s a question nearly everyone in the college football is wondering about. Even the cab drivers in Portland, Ore., are thinking about it. Awaiting OSU interviews in Portland. 1st question from cabbie on way to arena when I told him I was from Ohio: “Who they gonna play at QB?”— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) March 18, 2015Jerod Smalley, a sportscaster for Columbus’ NBC affiliate, is in Portland covering Ohio State’s men’s basketball team. The No. 10-seeded Buckeyes are set to tip off against No. 7 seed VCU in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament at 4:40 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. The game will be televised on TNT.
Hawaii pulled off the upset against Cal during the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon, 77-66. It was an impressive performance against a talented Golden Bears team. With their sights now set on the second round, the Rainbow Warriors had reason to celebrate when they got back to the locker room and did just that. Hawaii’s official Twitter account shared this awesome video after the game.This just happened! #HawaiiMBB #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/aAjmtLwZeJ— HAWAII BASKETBALL (@HawaiiMBB) March 18, 2016Hawaii will now face the winner of Maryland vs. SDSU.
Fan BasesThere are a bunch of things that make college football great, but above everything else might be the fan bases. @SportsCenterThe loyalty, passion and uniqueness of each college football fan base is something not really seen in any other sport. Some fan bases are more powerful than others. What are the most-powerful fan bases in college football? We’ve ranked the top 16. We’ve taken into account program worth, program revenue, television contracts, social media followings, attendance and a number of other factors. Our list features teams from all five major conferences – along with one independent. You can guess which one.Without further ado, the 16 most powerful fan bases in college football.Get Started: No. 16 – Oregon >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17
England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has insisted that the error he made in the Merseyside derby has not affected him at all.Pickford’s last-minute mishap against Liverpool in early December allowed Divock Origi to score the winning goal at Anfield against the Toffees.The 24-year-old had suffered a dip in form after his mistake against the Reds but he put in a man-of-the-match performance against Huddersfield Town to silence his doubters on Tuesday night as Everton won 1-0. 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? Despite going down to 10 men, Everton were able to hold on to their slender lead thanks to Pickford’s efforts between the sticks.When asked if the blunder against Liverpool had affected his confidence, the keeper was resilient in his response saying: “No, not really. It doesn’t affect me, stuff like that.”I know if I’ve done good or bad in games and I’m mentally strong. It’s probably the strongest thing in my armoury.”Pickford may not have been playing to his usual high standards but he is certain that the mistake against Liverpool is not haunting him.”It doesn’t affect me. I just put on performances and try my best every game.”England’s number one has not dwelled on his error and has only been looking forward ever since. He now has another clean sheet and three points in his sights as Everton gear up to face Wolves this weekend.”The Premier League is a tough league, everyone knows that and it’s all about getting back-to-back wins and going on a run,” he added.”We’ve been too inconsistent this season. We need to get that consistency level up and start by carrying on this Saturday.”Everton’s season has not gone to plan, with questions now being asked about manager Marco Silva after unconvincing performances of late, including a 3-2 loss in the FA Cup to Championship side Millwall.With Wolves up next, Pickford and co may have to put on another backs-to-the-wall performance as their opponents this weekend have netted seven times in their last two games. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United have been urged to embrace their brighter future by appointing Edwin van der Sar as sporting director, with the club having moved on from Jose Mourinho and his infatuation with “living in the past”.The Red Devils parted company with a Portuguese coach in December after seeing a man who had delivered three trophies in his debut campaign at Old Trafford fail to build on those foundations.AdChoices广告Mourinho is a proven winner, with successes having been enjoyed across Europe, but his apparent reluctance to change his ways and move with the times led to him taking United backwards. 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? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has helped to rediscover forward momentum while operating as interim boss, but it is considered to be crucial that United get that next permanent managerial call right and bring in another familiar face to act as a bridge between the boardroom and the dugout.Former Red Devils defender Parker told Eurosport: “Looking ahead, I feel they need a sporting director in the European model. Someone who has been around, is respected by agents, and knows them well enough to go and get the very best players because of his reputation.“Manchester United would be in a position then to attract serious players when they are competing against similar heavyweight clubs in the market.“I really think the sporting director model can work for United. Fergie is obviously there for advice whenever Ole needs it, but a sporting director would be a big help for a young coach moving forward.“I think someone like Edwin van der Sar, the Ajax chief executive, would fit the bill because he has football and business experience which would make him the ideal candidate. He knows the club very well, is well respected at Manchester United as a person and for the fact that top players know his name too.”Parker added on the past under Mourinho and the future under fan favourites: “Players look at the present and how they are moving forward in their careers. They are not like Mourinho, living in the past with his treble from Italy.“United and Liverpool are moving forward now. We have to say that if you get the right manager, you can get the right personnel. You look at the impact Jurgen Klopp has had on Liverpool.“Players look at Klopp first as a coach. Secondly, they look at Liverpool as a club.“It is vital to get the right people in the right positions. The more bling you have round your neck, around your football club, you will attract the top talent to play at that club. United have to compete again in attracting the top talent.“Players can see adulation, and they can smell success that brings more adulation.“That is what you want as a player at any club. You want the feeling that you are joining a club on the up.“If United have Van der Sar involved on the business side, and Solskjaer on the coaching side, it would be an attractive proposition for any player.”United are also hoping to be able to offer any potential summer recruits Champions League football for 2019-20, with an upturn in form having lifted them to within two points of the Premier League’s top four. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@ESPNUCharlie Strong was fired at Texas after just three years, but he thinks he laid the groundwork for Tom Herman to win.During his introductory press conference as the new head coach at USF, Strong was naturally asked a few questions about the situation he leaves behind at Texas. He said he is grateful for the opportunity he had to coach the Longhorns, and even insinuated that he believes he left the program in a better place.USF’s Charlie Strong: “Though disappointed in the record, I’m very grateful for opportunity I had at Texas”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 15, 2016Charlie Strong: “I baked the cake at Texas. Now it’s Tom Herman’s job to put icing on the cake & win a lot of games”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 15, 2016Texas fans are pretty amused by Strong’s metaphor, and are having a field day in the responses to Brett McMurphy’s [email protected] that’s like when my wife tries to open a jar & can’t, then hands it to me to open & when I do, she says “but I loosened it!”— Stamp (@postage27) December 15, [email protected] I wish he would of learned how to turn the oven on!— Sam Elsaadi (@Samtheman_1982) December 15, [email protected] He bought the ingredients but then forgot the recipe.— Edullah (@keiraned) December 15, [email protected] @bevobeat nah you mixed the batter but forgot to turn the oven on— david skonieczny (@dskezsports) December 15, [email protected] MUST HAVE BEEN A EASY BAKE OVEN CAKE #kanas— Rick brown (@rickbrown0814) December 15, 2016Strong may very well be right. He brought some solid talent into Austin, and new coaches succeed with the last guy’s players fairly regularly. Herman recruited really well at Houston, but most of the guys he won with were holdovers from the Tony Levine era. So yes, Strong may have baked the cake for these first few years, and Herman may take advantage of that, but ultimately coaches only truly get credit for the wins they are on the sideline for. And if he wins big at USF, we don’t think he’s going to be giving away credit to Willie Taggart.
Australian striker Sam Kerr has reportedly been offered a $1 million deal to join English Super League side Chelsea.According to The Daily Telegraph, the Matildas captain is weighing up the offer having most recently played for Perth Glory in Australia and Chicago Red Stars in the United States.Kerr was made a marquee player in the W-League for Glory last season with Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop stressing her important to the competition. 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? “She’s important to Australian football and the women’s game,” Gallop told The Daily Telegraph. “We will definitely sit down with her after the World Cup and discuss where she sees herself next.”Her spot at Perth Glory and in the W-League is a tremendous thing for the club, the competition and the sport.“We appreciate that playing for a big club overseas would be wonderful for her, too.”The 25-year-old has previously attracted attention from European clubs with the Australian turning down both Barcelona and Chelsea last year in favour of playing her in Perth. “Honestly, the thing that eliminated every club other than Glory was the fact I feel most comfortable at home,” Kerr told Fairfax Media at the time.”I play my best football when I’m at home.”I’m a Real Madrid fan, so it doesn’t really mean anything to me (the Barcelona offer).”I was honestly leaning more towards Chelsea, when I was thinking of those two, just based off what fit me best.”Kerr is currently starring at the Women’s World Cup where she scored four goals in a single group game against Jamaica. Chelsea finished the most recent Super League season in third and are coached by Emma Hayes.