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.