TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid fear Man City (& Pep) advantage in Junior Firpo raceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid face competition for the signing of Real Betis defender Junior Firpo.Real see Firpo as a long-term successor for veteran wing-back Marcelo and are willing to pay his €50m buyout clause.However, El Confidencial says Manchester City are also keen, where manager Pep Guardiola is a fan.And concerning for Real Madrid is City’s advantage as Firpo’s agent is Pere Guardiola, the manager’s brother.The situation could lead to Real president Florentino Perez moving immediately to meet Firpo’s clause and close a deal before City have time to act.
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Stuttgart register interest in Liverpool striker Solankeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart have entered the race to sign Liverpool youngster Dominic Solanke.The 21-year-old has been unable to see any action for the Reds this season in the Premier League.He is wanted by a number of clubs, but Stuttgart have the most serious interest.The news comes from German outlet Kicker.Stuttgart are third from bottom in the Bundesliga, with one of the lowest goals scored figures in the division.They are desperate to add a quality striker in the January transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 15: Jalen Hurd #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers is tackled by Joshua Frazier #69 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tennessee survived Appalachian State on Thursday night, but it took a timely fumble recovery from Jalen Hurd to make it happen.Tennessee struggled with Appalachian State all night – generating just 319 yards of offense. But the Vols made just enough plays to push the game to overtime. The winning score will be talked about at the water cooler on Friday.Tied at 13-13, quarterback Joshua Dobbs, facing a 3rd-and-goal from the Mountaineers’ 2-year-line, took off for the end zone, but was speared right before reaching the goal line. As he was hit, he dropped the ball – leading to a scramble in the end zone. Running back Jalen Hurd emerged with the football, putting the Vols up a score.sportznow1: Joshua Dobbs fumbles on the one. Jalen Hurd recovers it in t… SEC Netwo… SEC Now https://t.co/wSMnBBG6Zw pic.twitter.com/G9u3cwHm4W— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) September 2, 2016WOW! Josh Dobbs fumbles the ball just before the end zone but Tennessee catches a break as Vols recover for a TD. pic.twitter.com/8BJiEbQTBf— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 2, 2016The Mountaineers were unable to convert on their ensuing possession.No, it wasn’t a pretty win for Tennessee – but in college football, it doesn’t really matter. Tennessee next gets Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Twitter/@ESPNCFBLamar Jackson Heisman hype is at an all-time high after his five-touchdown performance vs. Florida State.Lamar Jackson entered the year with plenty of hype, coming off of a promising freshman campaign and a huge bowl performance against Texas A&M.Some even thought he could be a sneaky Heisman contender, although he was well behind guys like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, and Deshaun Watson entering the season.We’ve seen early Heisman favorites fall off by mid-season plenty of times. Last year, until LSU played Alabama, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Fournette would take home the hardware. There’s plenty of time left in this season, but after today’s game against a blue-chip laden Florida State, there is no other choice for the sport’s most prestigious award than Louisville’s Lamar Jackson.Louisville absolutely bludgeoned the No. 2 ranked Seminoles this afternoon, and once again, Jackson was the best player on the field. Despite Florida State having one of the most talented rosters in the nation, it wasn’t particularly close. Jackson completed 13-of-20 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 146 yards and four scores. He’s thrown for over 200 yards and rushed for over 100 in every game this year. He has 18 total touchdowns on the season, which dwarfs most full teams’ output.Lamar Jackson has accounted for 18 TDs (10 rushing/8 passing) in his first 3 games. That’s as many or more than 3 teams had in all of 2015.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 17, 2016The numbers are impressive, and Jackson has highlights to match.Heisman candidates are aided by national exposure, and having Jackson appear on SportsCenter every week with eight, five, and five touchdown games is huge. Doing it against Charlotte and Syracuse was nice, but doing it in a mild upset of the nation’s No. 2 team on ABC after hosting College GameDay really kicks things into high gear.[Humor] Lamar Jackson was running all over FSU ??? pic.twitter.com/mlux7kUYLu— HIPHOPPOST (@HHPST) September 17, 2016INCREDIBLE showing from Lamar Jackson for @UofLFootball ?EVERYTHING you need to see here: pic.twitter.com/Xa0u2shf9F— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 17, 2016Lamar Jackson is good at football.But let’s talk about the FORM on that hurdle ? ?? ? #AirJackson #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/RuuufVAiPj— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 12, 2016As we’ve learned through so many college football seasons, and with Fournette just last year, Jackson’s work is far from over. Louisville has a huge trip to Clemson on October 1, and travel to Houston on November 17. As of now, however, he’s off to a faster start than anyone could’ve envisioned.Entering the day, Lamar Jackson Heisman odds were listed at +600 per OddsShark, tied with Deondre Francois and J.T. Barrett, and behind McCaffrey and Watson. Don’t expect to see him at that number for long.
When Alexis Sanchez packed his suitcases, bade farewell to his Manchester United team-mates for the summer and flew back across the Atlantic Ocean to his native Chile, he did so in the hope that a significant amount of baggage would stay behind.The forward endured a nightmare season in 2018-19, beyond his worst fears. But now he has the chance to turn the page and deliver with his beloved Roja, those United woes the furthest thing from his mind as he gears up for what will be a crucial Copa America from his perspective.It is difficult to put into words just how disappointing the past season was for a man who, lest we forget, little more than 18 months ago was one of the transfer window’s hottest properties and subject of a bidding war between the two Manchester giants. Bare statistics, however, can tell part of the story. 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? Sanchez scored just two goals in all competitions, the lowest haul in his entire professional career (even in his very first season as a 16-year-old with Cobreloa he managed three). Ignored by both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for large swathes of the campaign, the Chilean was restricted to nine Premier League starts and rarely looked likely to make an impact when he did get the opportunity.He is the butt of all jokes at Old Trafford, an outrageously expensive failure. With Chile, however, things are different. Sanchez is a living idol in his home country, the inspiration behind two consecutive Copa America triumphs and the symbol of the fight and tenacity synonymous with the Roja’s football.As he prepares to lead from the front again in Brazil at the Copa, he knows that this will be his chance to prove to the world he still has something to offer as an elite player – and to any watching scouts as well.Just like their star, Chile have not exactly been firing on all cylinders as of late. The euphoria of back-to-back Copas America under Jorge Sampaoli and Juan Antonio Pizzi was followed by the disappointment of failure to reach the following World Cup, a bitter blow after two relatively comfortable qualification campaigns in 2010 and 2014.Results since under coach Reinaldo Rueda have been distinctly underwhelming, including defeats at the hands of Mexico, Peru and Costa Rica. But the bulk of the squad that fought to Copa glory in 2015 and 2016 remains intact, led by Sanchez, who is battling an ankle injury he has carried since May.“In the Copa America he has the chance to show all that he is capable of,” Rueda signalled to Lance in the build-up to Chile’s debut in the competition against Japan. “The presence of [Arturo] Vidal, [Gary] Medel and Alexis is crucial.“They are players who already know the demands and intensity of a championship of this nature. They have already tasted success in the competition and they know how to transmit calm and maturity to their team-mates.”With 124 games and 41 goals under his belt, not to mention those two Copa medals, Sanchez certainly knows how to deliver at international level and will not shirk the challenge in Brazil. Whether a sterling performance at this year’s tournament will be enough to earn him a move is another story.The star’s £390,000-a-week wages are positively prohibitive to any potential suitor, of which there have been few so far in the transfer window. With United apparently equally determined to dispense with his services, something will have to give in the coming weeks to make a sale, be it an initial loan move or a permanent deal, acceptable to buyer and player alike.Sanchez, a fiercely motivated, proud competitor who has never been content with merely sitting on the sidelines and picking up pay cheques, knows that a strong showing at this Copa would go a long way towards ending that impasse and proving to Europe’s elite that at 30 and despite recent woes he still has what it takes to excel at the top level.A repeat of those heroics in 2015 and 2016 looks unlikely given Chile’s own weaknesses. The Roja will nevertheless be hoping to escape from a group completed by Uruguay and Ecuador – with Sanchez additionally playing for his own future as he looks to forget a catastrophic club season and lead his nation to glory once more.
Its name doesn’t exactly lend itself to elegies or poetry, but everyone at the Synthetic Track and Field Facility in Leonora, Guyana, on March 23 remembers the beautiful scene.Built to contain 3,000 spectators, the crowd swelled in the venue sometimes simply called National Track and Field Centre.The Golden Jaguars could lock up their first-ever place at the Gold Cup with a victory over Belize on the final day of qualification. A penalty put them on top of the Central American side early, but the visitors hit back in the 25th minute. Emery Welshman had the hosts back in front ahead of the halftime break. But the minutes in the second half felt like they were taking forever to pass. 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? Finally, the whistle blew. The Guyana players came together in a dogpile. Soon they were joined on the field by fans celebrating their national team’s first-ever berth to the Concacaf championship.”It was an amazing moment for everybody involved – staff, players, the fans, the country. It was a surreal moment,” Guyana coach Michael Johnson told Goal this month. “When the whistle blew, the stadium usually holds maximum 2,000-3,000. There were 5,000 in the stadium, and still more coming in on the final whistle.”What was so emotional was at the end, everybody ran onto the pitch and in front of you there were grown men, women, children crying because this is a moment they’d waited for all their lives – to see their men’s team qualify for a major tournament, obviously with all the trappings that brings.”Geographically in South America but long a member of Concacaf and its sub-confederation in the Caribbean, fans in Guyana have seen their teams achieve some success before. There were decent results in the Caribbean Cups of 1991 and 2007. But federation trouble saw the team suspended from World Cup qualification in 2002, and further issues meant the Golden Jaguars were totally inactive from late 2012 until October 2014.Guyana needed a reboot. It got started with former Leeds United youth coach Ian Greenwood’s appointment as technical director in fall 2016. The restart coincided with Concacaf’s efforts to give teams like Guyana more rhythm with competitions like the Concacaf Nations League. Ahead of qualification for that tournament kicking off, Guyana looked for a coach. Former Grenada international Jason Roberts put Johnson’s name in the mix, and the former Jamaica international emerged as the top candidate. He took over in June 2018.Now, Guyana players like midfielder Neil Danns, an England-born player who started representing the country of his grandparents in 2015, are crossing the Atlantic more often and seeing the same staff each time they travel for matches.”I think it’s that regularity, just really getting to know each other and implementing stuff in team that has helped us to prosper,” Danns told Goal. “I’ve personally had five years. We’ve had a lot of people come in and out. I think it’s just nice to have someone come in and give us regularity.”While things are on an upward trajectory for Guyana, the debutants may be in for a rude welcome to the top tournament. The first match of group play is against the United States, the current Gold Cup holder. Johnson says he’s ready for a challenge against the U.S., even after the Americans’ friendly defeats leading into the competition. Yet, he noted, the obligation that comes with being a regional power and the atmosphere surrounding Gregg Berhalter’s team may work in his side’s favor.”We’re under no illusion. It’s a fantastic team we’re going up against,” the coach said. “But the pressure is on them. We have no pressure whatsoever. “Everybody says we’re fortunate to be here, I’ve heard people say they’ll be looking to score a goal and might win a game. So, all the pressure is on the States. That’s what makes it such a beautiful game is the unpredictability of it, is that on any given day we can beat them. If they have an off day, then there’s an opportunity for us to really capture it and do something special.”Even if the U.S. is on its game Tuesday night, and even it’s a quick three games and a flight home, players like Danns, long-time captain Sam Cox and domestic-based regular Daniel Wilson, already have set down a foundation for the nation to build on.”It means so much,” said Danns, who at 36 is set to discuss his future with League One side Bury after the tournament. “From where the structure of everything was when I first came to where it is now is just night and day. It’s completely different.”To be a part of that is something you can always take with you. Hopefully, this is just the first stepping stone on the road to improving Guyana’s future and inspiring the next generation. You can always look back, and you would like to think that you played a good part in it.”If Guyana, The Land of Many Waters, pulls an upset in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, it would have to spark celebrations similar to those that took place in March when the Gold Cup place was secured. Who knows, it might even call for an even higher honor. Sam Cox Field at Synthetic Track and Field Facility has a nice ring to it.
Hakim Ziyech’s missed spot-kick at the end of normal time proved costly as Morocco suffered a shock 4-1 penalty shoot-out defeat to Benin in Friday’s action-packed opening Africa Cup of Nations last-16 tie, which ended 1-1.Much-fancied Morocco won all three of their group matches by a 1-0 scoreline and were overwhelming favourites to overcome a Benin side who progressed with three successive draws, and were debutants in the knockout rounds.But Ziyech missed a penalty six minutes into added time after Youssef En-Nesyri had scored late on to cancel out Moise Adilehou’s opener against the run of play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And despite having Khaled Adenon sent off in extra time, Benin came out on top in the shoot-out, with Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri the players to miss.WE HAVE OUR FIRST QUARTER FINALISTS: #LesÉcureuils! #MARBEN #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/DQM7c5rzJy— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 5, 2019En-Nesyri and Ziyech were denied by Saturnin Allagbe in the best of the first-half opportunities.Morocco managed to inject some urgency into their game early in the second half and Younes Belhanda skied another good chance over the crossbar.They were punished for their profligacy with 53 minutes played as Benin defender Adilehou made the most of some lacklustre defending to send a controlled volley past Yassine Bounou.Boufal missed the target with his free header but, just when Morocco looked to have run out of ideas, Jordan Adeoti was caught in possession by Moubarak Boussoufa high up the pitch and En-Nesyri made no mistake when played in on goal.Ziyech then struck the post with his last-gasp penalty after Stephane Sessegnon had brought down Achraf Hakimi in the box, before Adenon was shown a second yellow for dissent seven minutes into extra time.But Herve Renard’s men failed to find a way through and they were second best in the shoot-out, with Mama Seibou converting the decisive penalty for jubilant Benin.Benin’s first-ever AFCON quarter-final will be against either Senegal or Uganda.Key Opta Facts:- Morocco have not won a knockout stage game in the Africa Cup of Nations since February 2004, a semi-final victory over Mali (4-0).- Boufal is the player who has completed the most dribbles (14) in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.- En-Nesyri has been directly involved in four of Morocco’s last six goals in the Africa Cup of Nations (three goals, one assist).- Adilehou is the first defender to score a goal for Benin in the Africa Cup of Nations. read more
United States forward Megan Rapinoe has echoed Serena Williams’ comments on equal pay amid the Women’s World Cup winners’ ongoing fight for parity with the men’s team.Rapinoe scored the opening goal as USA beat Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup final to retain their title during a tournament where the 34-year-old became a global icon.The attacker also had a war of words with US president Donald Trump during the tournament in France after saying she was “not going to the f****** White House”. 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? American players have been embroiled in an argument over equal pay with governing body U.S. Soccer for many years.After losing the Wimbledon final to Simona Halep on Saturday, tennis great Williams bristled at a suggestion she should scale back her efforts to fight equal pay in order to concentrate on matching Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles titles.And Rapinoe, speaking in an interview on NBC on Sunday, backed her fellow American and insisted she will also not be changing her outspoken approach.”You know what? I’m gonna fight for equal pay every day, for myself, for my team, and for every single person out there,” said Rapinoe.”Man, woman, immigrant, US citizen, person of colour, whatever it may be. ‘Equal pay,’ as the great Serena Williams said, ’til I’m in my grave’.”Rapinoe, whose partner is basketball player Sue Bird, also defended her previous comments on Trump when asked what she would say to her fans who support the president and believe she should go to the White House.She added: “I would try to share our message. Do you believe that all people are created equal? Do you believe that equal pay should be mandated?”Do you believe that everyone should have health care? Do you believe that we should treat everyone with respect? Those are the basics of what we’re talking about.”I understand people feel upset or uncomfortable. There’s feelings of disrespect about the anthem protest or things that I’ve said in the past. Ultimately, I am here, open and honest.”I’ve admitted mistakes. I will continue to do that. I’ll continue to be vulnerable and be honest and open and have that conversation.”
Twitter/@MikeAndMikeThe future of SEC coverage for ESPN has been locked down. Paul Finebaum, a name synonymous with the SEC, has reached a multi-year deal with the company to remain a key contributor for the SEC Network and ESPN.The Worldwide Leader had some competition, but landed one of the biggest free agents in the media landscape this summer. Finebaum isn’t going anywhere.The details of his deal were not released. However, ESPN is calling this a “multiyear contract extension” that will see Finebaum continue as host of The Paul Finebaum Show and as an analyst on SEC Nation.Finebaum spoke with ESPN about the news.“I’m thrilled to be a member of the ESPN family and look forward to continuing our show on SEC Network,” Finebaum said. “I consider myself incredibly blessed to do this every day, and I’d like to thank everyone at ESPN, as well as all of our loyal listeners and viewers, for their support.”Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network in the running to land Finebaum. Of course, hearing Finebaum call anything other than the SEC just seems wrong at this point in his career.He belong in the SEC. What would his daily callers do without him?[ESPN]
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rally performs September 17, 2011at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 31-13. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)Michigan at Notre Dame is one of the premier match-ups of College Football Week 1. The two rivals square off at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night.Michigan is looking to get the offense on track, with Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson set to start after being granted immediate eligibility.Notre Dame is a talented team once again, with a sturdy defense, but once again has questions in the passing game. Incumbent starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush gets the nod, but Ian Book waits in the wings if he struggles to improve, and true freshman Phil Jurkovec has impressed in camp.The Fighting Irish are a narrow favorite to win at home. Brian Kelly’s team is currently a one-point favorite in the game.That would indicate that Michigan would be a slight favorite on a neutral site. Home field advantage is generally worth about three points on a line.What does ESPN think about the contest right now?Here’s the early prediction:ESPN’s FPI gives Notre Dame a 68.3 percent chance to win this weekend’s game, giving Michigan a 31.7 percent chance to take the W.The two teams will square off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The game will be broadcast on NBC.Who are you taking?[ESPN]