Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal vs Man City team news: Ramsey starts as Sterling misses out through injury Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:40 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) goal Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Manchester City Arsenal Arsene Wenger is looking to win the trophy for the first time, while Pep Guardiola is seeking to break his silverware duck in England Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been passed fit for the Carabao Cup final but Raheem Sterling misses out through injury for Manchester City.Ramsey, 27, has been named in the startling line-up for the Gunners but Sterling, 23, has not been included in City’s squad due to a hamstring problem.Gabriel Jesus has been named amongst the substitutes for Pep Guardiola’s side alongside Ederson with Claudio Bravo starting in goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player David Ospina starts between the sticks for Arsenal, who are lining up in a back three for the Wembley showpiece, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang features up top for the Gunners.Kevin De Bruyne is expected to feature from the right-hand side for City due to Sterling’s absence, while Danilo gets the nod at left-back ahead of Oleksandr Zinchenko.Arsenal, on the other hand, have named an experienced bench featuring the likes of Petr Cech and Per Mertesacker.It’s the first time that Jack Wilshere and Ramsey will play together for 154 competitive Arsenal games.Arsenal XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere; Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang. Subs: Cech, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck.Man City XI: Bravo; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan; De Bruyne, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Foden, Jesus.
Romelu Lukaku Man Utd striker Lukaku joins Premier League’s 100-goal club Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:09 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Manchester United v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League The Belgium international striker needed less than five minutes to open the scoring for the Red Devils against Swansea and become a top-tier centurion Romelu Lukaku has become the 28th player to record 100 Premier League by netting an early effort for Manchester United against Swansea.The Belgium international striker needed less than five minutes to open the scoring his latest outing and earn himself a standing in an elite club.In becoming a top-flight centurion, Lukaku has become the first Belgian to reach that milestone and the youngest foreign player in Premier League history to hit the mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His efforts have been spread between West Brom, Everton and United.He never managed a Premier League goal for Chelsea, having seen game time limited during a frustrating spell with the Blues.Lukaku was, however, to prove his worth with the Baggies in 2012-13, netting 17 times during a productive loan spell.Another 15 followed at Everton the following year, before they made that move permanent and were rewarded with another 53 strikes across three campaigns.United then invested £75 million in Lukaku during the summer transfer window of 2017 and have seen him hit the target 15 times in the Premier League, and on 26 occasions across all competitions. Welcome to the #PL club, @RomeluLukaku9! #MUNSWA @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/fJRg4tvzLD— Premier League (@premierleague) March 31, 2018Only four players have made it to 100 Premier League goals at a younger age than Lukaku, and they are all iconic figures of the English game.5 – Romelu Lukaku is the fifth youngest player to score 100 Premier League goals.Michael Owen (23y 134d)Robbie Fowler (23y 283d)Wayne Rooney (24y 100d)Harry Kane (24y 191d)Romelu Lukaku (24y 322d)Flourish. https://t.co/s47U4jwMl5— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018United will be hoping that there are many more to come from their talismanic No.9, with Lukaku having shown that he is capable of leading the line for an elite club.He has endured the odd dip in form this season but has delivered when it matters and can now begin working his way towards the next 100 efforts of a remarkable club career.
Chelsea ‘Time has run out’ – Napoli chief drops hint over Chelsea target Sarri’s future Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Napoli Serie A Premier League The 59-year-old has been lined up as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte and now looks set to depart Serie A this summer Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis hit out at coach Maurizio Sarri for failing to clarify his future, saying: “Time has run out.”Sarri’s side beat Crotone 2-1 in their final Serie A game of a season in which they finished second after having topped the table earlier in the campaign.Such an impressive campaign has led Chelsea to consider Sarri as a possible replacement for Antonio Conte, who is still expected to depart Stamford Bridge despite the Blues ending the season by winning the FA Cup on Saturday. 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 It was understood that Sarri would be remaining with the Serie A outfit, however, following positive talks ahead of the Crotone clash, but De Laurentiis has now suggested that might not be case.When asked whether Sarri would remain at the club, De Laurentiis told Kiss Kiss Radio: “Ask him. He has always sent me back to his agent [Alessandro] Pellegrini, who never gave me an answer.”Time has run out, there is no date. We have dealt with this problem anyway, we have to go on without fear and without ‘if’.””I have to take responsibility,” he added. “I’m not saying he’ll leave. There is a release clause, we’ll see what will happen.”Sarri’s post-match comments had an air of finality about them, but he stopped short of giving a clear indication about where he will be next season.”In life, everything comes to an end,” he told reporters. “Sometimes it’s better to finish stories while they are good.”When I arrived, the team had finished 24 points off the top. Now, we are four points behind.”We have not reached the target, but the journey has been fantastic. Tomorrow I will talk to my family before anyone else.””The [club] president needs a response quickly,” he added, before hinting that Chelsea could be among his preferred destinations by saying: “I don’t think I could go to another Italian team immediately.”The memory of Napoli would be too strong.”
France ‘He’s made a huge mistake!’ – Deschamps slams Rabiot for France snub Russell Greaves 23:36 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images France PSG World Cup The Paris Saint-Germain has refused to take his place among France’s standbys for the World Cup and could yet be left out of further squads Adrien Rabiot has made a “huge mistake” in asking to be removed from the standby list for France’s World Cup squad, according to coach Didier Deschamps.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who has six caps, was overlooked for the main 23-man selection , with Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi preferred instead.Rabiot – who previously demonstrated a reluctance to adopt a more deep-lying role for his country – was included among Les Bleus’ group of first reserves for the tournament in Russia, but the 23-year-old made a request in writing to be de-selected. 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 Speaking at a media conference on Wednesday, shortly after the French Football Federation had expressed its surprise and disappointment at the move, Deschamps shed further light on the situation.”It was not a letter sent, it was an email that arrived Monday late afternoon,” he said. “I became aware of its content. Of course, Adrien signed it.”I called him to have a confirmation that it was he who had sent this email. He did not answer me. I got confirmation from my manager. In the process, I warned my president of the content. I also warned the president of PSG because he is a PSG player.”I was surprised of course. I can understand the disappointment, the immense disappointment, but to take such a position … we are talking about a young player who for a while was in the French group. He excludes himself from the team. “I dare to hope that through some decisions like this it will allow him to mature, to reflect. I am convinced that he made a huge mistake in taking such a position. “He refuses his status as a reservist, to follow a program, and if there was a problem of being called as a substitute. It is his decision he assumes.”France are considered among the favourites to win the World Cup and must first negotiate a group that pits them against Australia, Peru and Denmark.
Liverpool Real Madrid have become a results monster, says Liverpool assistant Krawietz Robin Bairner 23:53 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid One of Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand men believes that the Reds will need to play the game of their lives to win the Champions League Liverpool assistant coach Peter Krawietz has warned the Reds’ players ahead of the Champions League final that Real Madrid have become a “monster” when it comes to getting results.The two teams face off on Saturday in Kiev, with the Spanish side chasing a third successive European title.Although Madrid only finished third in La Liga this term, Krawietz has pointed out that no team in recent years has specialised in European competition like Los Blancos, who have won three of the last four crowns. 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 “In recent years they have become a results monster in the Champions League and have an insane experience,” he told SPOX. “If you go through their final squads of the last two years, they have only exchanged one position in 2017 compared to the previous year and would theoretically be in a position to set up the same team again this year as in the last final. “Meanwhile, they have the next generation with players like Marco Asensio or Lucas Vasquez in the hindquarters, all of which are incredibly good and already very experienced. “Real are simply extremely experienced; they know each other blind, have incredible footballing qualities and experience in abundance. “We want to and must play the game of our lives to meet this challenge.”Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has won only one of his previous five cup finals, but Krawietz denies that there is any curse upon the former Dortmund boss.“We did not suffer a total failure in any of the lost finals,” he said. “Besides we haven’t lost all the finals, we’ve also won one. “If you add in the German Supercup, which resembles a final, then we’re up to three victories “Ultimately, each final always tells its own story. “The only commonality I can see is that we hardly ever went to a final as a favourite, but always fought our way there through above-average performances.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The town of Wagga is celebrating an historic first after being crowned Club champions for the first time in the 12 year history of the annual New South Wales Touch Association Junior State Cup that was played at the Thomas Dalton Reserve, Wollongong over the weekend.A record 286 Teams, 300 referees, and over 5000 spectators descended on the picturesque Illawarra region to participate in the nation’s largest Touch football tournament.Teams from 49 different affiliates competed in age groups from Under 10 – Under 18 in Boys and Girls divisions in a non-stop weekend of fast and furious action featuring the brightest and best of New South Wales junior Touch football talent.For the first time in recent memory the weather Gods answered the prayers of the New South Wales touch community and turned on perfect weather for the showcase event. Wagga capped a stellar 12 months of junior development with six appearances in the ten contested Junior State Cup divisional finals. The Country affiliate claimed three divisional wins in the Vassallo Cup (12 Years Girls), The Zabielo Cup (12 Years Boys), and the Wall Cup (16 years boys) and finished runner-up in the Taylor Cup (14 Years Girls) the Toohey Cup, (16 Years Girls), and the Rose Cup (18 Years Girls).Wagga has had a record number of junior registrations in 2006 and their industrious grassroot level and representative team development structures have been rewarded with success on the Junior State Cup stage in 2007 with stunning results across the board. Traditional junior touch powerhouse Penrith also consolidated their impressive Junior State Cup record, snaffling three divisional titles in 2007. The “foot of the mountains” affiliate collected the Mc Call Cup (10 Years Boys), the Yiangou Cup, (14 Years Boys), and the Galea Cup (18 Years Boys) in a prosperous weekend for the area.Winning finals is one measure of success, but when affiliates such as Bankstown increase their team nominations from one year to the next from 4 to 10 for the annual event, and this is the norm, rather than the exception, it represents a greater victory for the game in terms of expansion across the board. New South Wales Touch Association Operations Manager Mr. Rob Summers was thrilled with all aspects of the tournament and heaped praise on Woolongong Touch Association and the competing affiliates.“It’s just a great tournament. The growth of this event reflects the strength of the sport in junior registrations and junior development in each competing affiliate. The tournament itself went off without a hitch, and the Woolongong Touch Association has to take a lot of credit for that. They work tirelessly and cohesively with the NSW staff to make the event the great success that it is.” Mr. Summers said.Members of Australia’s victorious World Cup teams proudly paraded the Federation of International Touch World Cup Trophy on the weekend and posed for photographs and signed memorabilia for budding young players keen to one day follow in the footsteps of their touch football heroes.For now though, the future superstars of our game will take their 2007 Junior State Cup XII experience (and maybe a touch of sunburn) with them and file it away until next year when affiliates, players, coaches, referees, tournament staff, and spectators do it all again at Australia’s biggest and most successful Touch tournament.The thirteenth New South Wales Junior State Cup will be hosted by the Wollongong Touch Association on the 16-17 February 2008.2007 New South Wales Junior State Cup Results:McCall Cup-10 Years Boys Penrith def Parramatta Tirado Cup-10 Years Girls Newcastle City def Manly Zabielo Cup-12 Years Boys Wagga def Peakhurst 12 Years Boys (Plate) Eastern Suburbs def Peninsula Vassallo Cup-12 Years Girls Wagga def Newcastle City 12 Years Girls (Plate) Port Macquarie def Parramatta Yiangou Cup-14 Years Boys Penrith def Wollongong 14 Years Boys (Plate) Bowral def Balmain Taylor Cup-14 Years Girls Parkes def Wagga 14 Years Girls (Plate) Milton Ulladulla def Wollongong Wall Cup –16 Years Boys Wagga def Manly Warringah 16 Years Boys (Plate) Wollongong def Peninsula Toohey Cup-16 Years Girls Wollongong def Wagga 16 Years Girls (Plate) Taree def Newcastle City Galea Cup-18 Years Boys Penrith def Western Suburbs 18 Years Boys (Plate) Parramatta def Dubbo Rose Cup-18 Years Girls Central Coast def Wagga 18 Years Girls (Plate) Griffith def Cronulla Sutherland For all information about the event including results and fixtures, please view the link at 2007 NSW Junior State Cup Website
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Australia’s best young talent united in Sydney over the weekend to train together for the first time as the Australian National Youth Squads. Australia’s 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls squads trained tirelessly over the weekend, impressing in their first foray as National Youth Squad members for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign, which will be held in January next year. It wasn’t all smooth sailing – Friday’s Sydney Airport Terminal Two closure threw a spanner in the works, with some player’s flights pushed back until late Friday night and early Saturday morning, before Saturday afternoon’s wild weather changed plans for teams – but the teams were still incredibly eager to make the most of their time together. Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, said the weekend was a big success and looks forward to the rest of the Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign. “It was a great camp held in some trying conditions but the way the players and coaches approached the weekend has me delighted the Youth Trans Tasman preparation has started off on the right track,” Grant said. “We have some tremendously talented youth in our game with some amazing skill levels that continue to improve year after year.”To view photos from the weekend, be sure to visit the TFA social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussie camp a success
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We’ll do what we can to keep Rondonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez will do what he can to have Salomon Rondon become a permanent signing.On-loan West Brom striker Rondon has netted four goals in six games including a winner here that shot Newcastle to six points clear of the bottom three, with Fulham to play next week.”I am happy with him, but still he can improve,” he said.”I don’t want to give too much credit to him, and I mean by that that I don’t want to take too much credit from the others.”He is doing a great job for the team, but we have to support him a little bit more.”If he has more support, if he has more crosses and passes into him, then he will score more goals because he can do it.”Anyone can do it if you give them more assists, but I think with Salomon, if the team puts the ball in the right position then he will also be on the end of the crosses, or at the end of the passes.”Asked if Newcastle could net him permanently from West Brom, Benitez said: “It will be fine. Hopefully he can start scoring a lot of goals, and then you can ask me this in a few weeks and hopefully it can be positive then, too.”He has not surprised me. He knows he can improve – so he will work hard. His strength maybe is to hold the ball.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brian Stock joins Bournemouth academy coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bournemouth midfielder Brian Stock has joined the club’s academy coaching staff.Bournemouth have appointed Stock as the under-14s lead coach.The former midfielder made over 150 appearances for the Cherries between 2000 and 2006. He said, “Calling time on my footballing career was a very tough decision, however with this opportunity at the club where I started my journey and a club so close to my heart made it an easy one! “I’m looking forward to working with all the academy staff and players at AFC Bournemouth and am excited at starting a new chapter in my career.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say STUNNER! USA pal declares Pulisic joining Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are a step closer to landing Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.It emerged in Germany on Friday that Pulisic had agreed terms with Chelsea about a June move to London.And there’s now claims a fee between the two clubs of €45m has been settled.Meanwhile, former Fulham and USA striker Eddie Johnson took to social media to confirm the switch via his Instagram.The message reads: “So stoked for you lil’ bro, great move.“Can’t wait to watch you alongside Eden Hazard.”Pulisic would have had a year left on his current deal next summer, and the emergence of England teenager Jadon Sancho at the Westfalenstadion, the Bundesliga outfit have opted to cash in.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez confident of keeping Woodmanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is confident of keeping Freddie Woodman.Benitez has insisted England U20 World Cup winning Woodman has a “great future” – despite the youngster being in limbo over a contract wrangle.Newcastle won’t release him on loan and lose control of the players development – but he needs more senior games to improve.The Blackburn clash will be his 38th senior appearance, third for Newcastle, after loan spells at Crawley, Kilmarnock and the Dons.Benitez says he has time to fulfil his potential. He said: “We talk about keepers and they have more time to develop.“In this case we have a very good young keeper. He is focused and he is training well. Any game will be an experience for him and I think he has a great future.”
Bayern Munich maintaining contact with Man City attacker Leroy Saneby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich are maintaining contact with Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern were eager to sign Sane over the summer – before he suffered a knee injury in the Community Shield. The German giants, at that point, pulled back.However, contact has been maintained between the two parties.BILD says Sane’s representative David Gardner has just met with agent Giovanni Branchini, who also acts as an advisor to Bayern.The summit was held to assure Sane that Bayern remain keen – with Gardner also delivering an update on the player’s rehab. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Laremy Tunsil.Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s draft experience was unraveling by the second Thursday night as both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were being hacked, sharing posts detrimental to his draft stock. No matter how you feel about the things posted to his social media accounts, one thing was clear: somebody was out to get him. But when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with ESPN’s Mike and Mike Friday morning to discuss, he seemed to think the chaos was just part of the draft experience, telling Greeny and Golic: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”Roger Goodell to @MikeAndMike on Tunsil situation: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.” https://t.co/W1S1NwgfcU— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2016While it clearly wasn’t meant to be a malicious statement, it probably wasn’t the best way to describe it either, and he’s getting blasted for it on Twitter. Oh, @nflcommish. It’s a good thing the owners don’t pay you for your public-speaking skills. https://t.co/SM9RuwhMaC— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 29, 2016 I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is universally hated— Joseph Kennedy (@bigjoebadger) April 29, 2016 How can people respect this rat @nflcommish https://t.co/tvlPtAh0EG— Mike Sheerin (@Mike_Sheerin) April 29, 2016 Wonder why players and fans don’t trust @nflcommish to be judge and arbiter of “integrity”…https://t.co/eBODeJJvO6— Nick Dorich (@NickyDPharmD) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish I felt bad that u were booed all day yesterday …until I heard ur comments on what makes this draft so exciting. Keep booing!— Jason Trawick (@jasontrawick) April 29, 2016 Does @nflcommish realize how stupid he sounds? Nice job throwing @KingTunsil78 under the bus! Only thing deflated in the @nfl is #Goodell— Russ Weakland (@MrSandwich96) April 29, 2016 Roger Goodell has less than zero class. https://t.co/8A3A5vj0hm— John Archibald (@ResSports) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish thinks it’s “entertainment” to see a kid slandered and lose millions of dollars. I scream conspiracy.— TheBron James (@Phaulkner) April 29, 2016 @rogergoodell thinks a kid getting railroaded is #exciting. Never got a thank you for gift he gave to the Starks for their #redwedding #nfl— Ron Cardashenstein (@RonCar69) April 29, 2016Tunsil was picked up by the Dolphins and will begin his NFL career as a first round pick, but he’ll never forget draft night – for all the wrong reasons.
Backup quarterback Austin Appleby called out North Texas after a “dirty” hit on starting quarterback Luke Del Rio.Luke Del Rio was sidelined with a knee injury he sustained during the Gators game against North Texas on Saturday. Florida’s backup, Austin Appleby, replaced Del Rio for the remainder of the game and completed 2-of-4 passing attempts for 30 yards.Appleby addressed the media after the Gators 32-0 win. He believes that hit on Del Rio was “dirty.””My heart goes out to him. My heart breaks for him. In my mind that hit was dirty.” Appleby on Del Rio pic.twitter.com/SzaQJIKlbJ— Grace Remington CBS4 (@Grace_Remi) September 18, 2016Del Rio took the hit to his lower leg in the third quarter of the Gators’ win on Saturday. Florida head coach Jim McElwain was visibly upset after the hit and was seen charging midfield to have a word with the officials and the North Texas sideline.Appleby is a former starting quarterback for the Purdue Boilermakers. The former transfer threw for 2,777 yards and 19 touchdowns in 16 games during a three-year run with the Boilermakers.The Gators face off against the Tennessee Volunteers in a matchup of ranked 3-0 teams vying for supremacy in the SEC East.
The drama surrounding Neymar and his rumoured move back to Barcelona isn’t going away. Sources have told Goal that PSG would consider an offer from Barcelona that includes Philippe Coutinho, Nelson Semedo and a cash payment of around €50m (£47m/$57m).And on Sunday, with Neymar not in Paris Saint-Germain’s side for their Ligue 1 opener against Nimes, supporters of the French giants let it be known that they are ready for the Brazilian to be gone. 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? Signs spotted around the ground said “Neymar Get Out” while the home support were heard chanting foul things about the Brazilian. Following the match the 27-year-old remained the topic of conversation despite PSG strolling to a 3-0 win to open up their campaign, with two of the club’s stars taking very different approaches when it comes to dealing with the drama. Defender Marquinhos, an international team-mate of Neymar’s, downplayed the talk and claimed the capital club put all its focus on the pitch and leaves those decisions up to the board. “Everyone is focused on our game, and our philosophy,” he told Canal +. “The rest, we leave it to the board and Neymar. “They know very well what to do. We really have to think about the pitch, not the transfers.” While the defender was in no mood to talk about Neymar, team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who scored his club’s second during Sunday’s win, made it clear that life without Neymar would change things at PSG. When asked if the club could improve on last year’s showing, Mbappe told Canal+ “It depends, we will try. “But we will not lie; we must also see what will happen with Neymar. “It’s not the same team without Neymar as it is with him. But we will try to do it for the fans.” PSG strolled to the Ligue 1 title last season, rolling up 91 points, 15 better than nearest challengers Lille, but the club are still chasing an elusive Champions League title. The French side crashed out in spectacular fashion in each of the last Champions League campaign, falling 3-1 at home to Manchester United last season having taken a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the first leg. That followed on from the club taking a 5-2 aggregate beating at the hands of Real Madrid the year before.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 03: Kristian Fulton #22 of the LSU Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)After a tough, controversial loss to Texas A&M this past Saturday night, LSU finished the 2018 season with a 9-3 record. So where are the Tigers headed for their bowl game?That might depend on how the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia plays out this Saturday. If the Bulldogs win and both teams are somehow part of the College Football Playoff, LSU will move up the pecking order for SEC bowl teams.If Alabama wins, Georgia likely winds up in the Sugar Bowl. LSU and Florida are the next two best options.ESPN’s two analysts differ on where they think LSU will wind up. Kyle Bonagura sees the Tigers playing Penn State in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.Mitch Sherman sees LSU winding up in a New Year’s Six game. He thinks the Tigers will take on Michigan in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.While both are high-quality games, obviously, the Fiesta Bowl carries more weight.LSU had a solid season, but losses against Florida, Alabama and Texas A&M kept them from being part of the national title conversation.We’ll know LSU’s bowl situation on Sunday.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh was asked this evening about Urban Meyer’s decision to retire from Ohio State.Harbaugh’s reaction is not surprising.The Wolverines’ head coach gave a one-word answer when asked if he had any reaction to Meyer’s decision to retire following the Rose Bowl.“No,” Harbaugh told reporters after getting asked if he had any reaction to Meyer’s decision.Asked if he has any reaction to Urban Meyer’s retirement, Jim Harbaugh gives a terse “No.”— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 9, 2018Meyer announced earlier this week his decision to retire from Ohio State.The Buckeyes’ head coach will be calling it a career following the Rose Bowl. OSU is set to play Washington on New Year’s Day.Meyer went 7-0 against Michigan, including a 4-0 mark against Harbaugh.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The NFL coaching carousel is about to start up again in earnest, so get ready for this year’s edition of the Jim Harbaugh-to-_____ rumors.The latest report last night indicates that the New York Jets intend on making a run at the Michigan head coach. The Jets are set to move on from Todd Bowles once the season concludes.Now, Harbaugh’s name is bandied about for job openings every year like we said. He’s already been mentioned as a fit in Green Bay and Cleveland.In a recent interview with ESPN, Harbaugh stated he wants to stay at Michigan. Program insider John U. Bacon echoed those sentiments today.“No matter who is taking a run at Harbaugh these days, he has not shown one sign of leaving, and a ton for staying,” Bacon wrote..No matter who is taking a run at Harbaugh these days, he has not shown one sign of leaving, and a ton for staying. So, unless you hear it from Harbaugh himself, or a reputable source like @SamWebb77, freely discard it. These only come up every five seconds, since he returned. https://t.co/gVkxAAy1fM— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) December 24, 2018Harbaugh has taken Michigan to within one game of the Big Ten East title in two of the last three seasons, only to fall to Ohio State. Those losses not only cost them a shot at a conference crown, but eliminated them from College Football Playoff contention as well.It makes sense that a franchise like the Jets, which needs some stability and gravitas as it looks to build around franchise quarterback Sam Darnold, would turn to Harbaugh. He would give them an instant boost in credibility.However, if Harbaugh’s own words are to be believed, it seems unlikely that New York or any team can get him to leave Ann Arbor right now.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of play between the UTEP Miners and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Texas Spring game is only a few days away and will give coaches a full look at how the roster stacks up. But fans and reporters won’t be the only ones getting a look – a handful of VIPs will be in attendance as well.According to Horns247, five top recruits from the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes will be in attendance for the game. The Texas Spring game is slated for April 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET.Attending the game will be five-star running back Bijan Robinson from the Class of 2020. He will be attending with Salpointe Catholic teammate Jonah Miller, a four-star offensive lineman from the Class of 2021.The three other players in attendance are four-star running back Brandon Campbell, four-star cornerback Hunter Washington, and 2021 wide receiver Dylan Goffney.University of Texas Spring game this weekend 🤘🏾#HookEm— Dylan_Goffney_ (@DylanGoffney_5) April 9, 2019Campbell, Washington, and Goffney are all natives to the state of Texas, while Robinson and Miller hail from the state of Arizona.Robinson may be the hardest sell though. Per 247Sports, he is rated as the No. 5 running back in the country and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Arizona. He is currently tipped to choose between UCLA and Ohio State.The Longhorns may need to wait a while to hear from any of the 2021 recruits though. Not a single Big 12 team has obtained a commitment from a Class of 2021 payer yet per 247Sports.