TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid in contact with Mourinho, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are in contact with sacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho – though not with an offer.Marca says the Portuguese was dismissed from his post at Old Trafford on Tuesday, two days after United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool, and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He has since been linked with a second stint in charge of Real, five-and-a-half years after leaving the Spanish capital.Santiago Solari is currently in charge but the club could opt to replace him if Mourinho is willing.But the only communication between the two parties thus far has been to send messages of sympathy.
Zenit set to reject Chelsea bid for Paredesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have turned to Leandro Paredes as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.The Evening Standard believes the Zenit star is now the man they want to add competition in midfield.But the Blues opening bid of £26.8 million and bonuses is seen as too low.It is likely it will be rejected by Zenit, as it is the same figure they paid to get the player from Roma in 2017.The Russians will only sell the 24-year-old central midfielder if they can make a tidy profit.It means Chelsea will have to stump up close to double their initial offer for a realistic chance at signing the player this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea manager Lampard not advising Abraham on international decisionby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard does not want to get involved in the national team conundrum facing Tammy Abraham.There is speculation that Abraham will have a choice of representing England and Nigeria on the international stage.While he is likely to pick England, there is a possibility he will choose the easier path to a starting spot with Nigeria.When he was asked about the situation by reporters after his side’s 5-2 win over Wolves in the Premier League, Lampard said: “No. No, that’s not my choice. “I know Tammy’s been in England squads before and I’m not surprised Nigeria would want him, but that’s a question for him I suppose.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Bruno Genesio would’ve taken Newcastle job – if takeover happenedby Ansser Sadiq23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBruno Genesio admits that he would have taken over as manager of Newcastle United – if the club was taken over.It was rumoured in the summer that Genesio was the choice of Peter Kenyon, who was leading a consortium of investors to take over Newcastle from Mike Ashley.But the takeover never materialised and the opportunity went away for Genesio, with Steve Bruce taking over from Rafa Benitez instead.”Everything went really quickly, because I was meant to sign with Newcastle, but the sale then fell through,” Genesio told beIN SPORTS.”I then decided to take some time off for myself, but towards the end of July, I received a phone call from my agents with an opportunity to go manage in China at Beijing Guoan.”It just all went quickly. Forty-eight hours later I was on a plane, and four days later I was on the touchline for my first game.”
[email protected] football is just a day away, which is a monumental moment for most fan bases, but there are some that are more focused on the return of basketball in a few months. The ACC, perhaps the top college basketball conference with powerhouses like Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, and Syracuse in the ranks, dropped its full men’s hoops schedule this afternoon. Here are the various schedules by team.The 2015-16 schedule is out! Most times/TV designati ns still TBD, but mark your calendars! #BCEagles pic.twitter.com/COI3lKczyM— BC Men’s Basketball (@BCHoopNews) September 2, 2015JUST ANNOUNCED —> #Clemson learns its 2015-16 #ACC schedule. Excited by our home slate! http://t.co/htyCGcC9D3 pic.twitter.com/pDJzwlnCUm— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) September 2, 2015Our full 2015-16 schedule is live! Check it out here and make sure to download the ECAL: http://t.co/2A8huTe9YB pic.twitter.com/rqWCz7CkCR— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) September 2, 2015HERE IT IS- Your 1st look at the #Noles 2015-16 Schedule- introduced by the team. #FanUp https://t.co/yCxzHyIerF pic.twitter.com/PzZhm50l7p— FSU Men’s Basketball (@FSU_MBasketball) September 2, [email protected] schedule is set! #TogetherWeSwarm Full details: http://t.co/T15olblgA0 pic.twitter.com/yNFPoblQ52— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) September 2, 2015MBB: Take a look at the 2015-16 #UofL men’s basketball schedule NOW! A full release to come shortly. pic.twitter.com/6HjuGEQyI6— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) September 2, 2015OFFICIAL: #Canes @accmbb announced! Full release here: http://t.co/7l3u2Byt2G #TogetherWeWill #GoCanes pic.twitter.com/0D8KA4KDlT— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 Tar Heel men’s basketball schedule out now: http://t.co/d4uqHiQrZe #UNCBBall pic.twitter.com/0jnhE3jQCU— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) September 2, 2015#WPN our @ACCMBB schedule is ready! Some big-time home games this season at @PNCArena ! READ: http://t.co/GolwUR5fyx pic.twitter.com/h9NxbcWizZ— NC State Men’s Bball (@PackMensBball) September 2, 2015HOT OFF THE PRESS! When will you see the next generation of Irish student-athletes? Check out our 2015-16 schedule. pic.twitter.com/I8AEdfph8b— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) September 2, 2015Full 2015-16 Pitt men’s basketball schedule is now available. http://t.co/lNuutYU347 pic.twitter.com/9xKiv3pYBS— Pitt Basketball (@HailToPittHoops) September 2, 2015Here it is, our 2015-16 @accmbb schedule! #CuseMode pic.twitter.com/bizZAxqPT6— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) September 2, 2015ACC Releases Virginia’s 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule http://t.co/wudZ06dV8f #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/nZCxuqsXJz— Virginia Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 #Hokies men’s basketball schedule released. http://t.co/BydFBaiLf6 pic.twitter.com/7vEs9BeJAF— VT Men’s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) September 2, 2015The 2015-16 schedule has been released. Seven NCAA teams to visit the LJVM. #GoDeacs STORY: http://t.co/DTB8B2ILpH pic.twitter.com/3qGg9TOwTX— Wake Basketball (@TieDyeNation) September 2, 2015Which games are you most looking forward to, ACC hoops fans?
Pepe Reina has offered condolences to the family of his former Spain team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes, who died on Saturday.Former Spain, Sevilla and Arsenal star Reyes was killed in a traffic accident at the age of just 35.Tributes have been offered from across the footballing world since Sevilla confirmed the news of his passing just hours before the Champions League final in the Spanish capital, where Reyes spent five years as a player for Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. 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? AC Milan goalkeeper Reina, a former team-mate of Reyes with Spain, described it as a “difficult day”.He told Omnisport in Madrid: “It is a sad day. It is something that you cannot expect – 35 years old. Suddenly, you find yourself in this situation.”My condolences for the family, for his friends…it’s just a difficult day.”The experience of 2006 in Germany [at the World Cup] seems like it was yesterday, to be there with his wife and new-born son. Life is like this, and you have to enjoy it while you can.”Everyone at UEFA is shocked & hugely saddened to learn that José Antonio Reyes has died aged 35.A Spanish international with 5 @EuropaLeague titles, Reyes will be sorely missed by the football world.Our thoughts are with his family & friends at this terrible time. pic.twitter.com/EW4btJ9Vf9— UEFA (@UEFA) June 1, 2019Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez also expressed his sadness at the news.”My condolences to the family. You cannot say too much. It is sad news for sure,” he told reporters in Madrid.There will be a moment’s silence before kick-off of the Champions League final as a mark of respect for Reyes. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Harry Redknapp is confident nephew Frank Lampard will be appointed Chelsea’s new head coach, despite Derby County’s attempt to tie him down to a new deal.Lampard is the frontrunner to succeed Maurizio Sarri in the Stamford Bridge dugout following the Italian’s switch to Serie A champions Juventus.But Derby are reluctant to let the legendary Chelsea midfielder return to his former club in a coaching capacity just a year into his three-year contract at Pride Park. 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 Championship side, who suffered defeat to Aston Villa in this past season’s play-off final, are reportedly in discussions with Lampard over extending his deal and chairman Mel Morris said on Monday no approach has yet been made by Chelsea.On this day in 2001…Frank Lampard became a Blue! pic.twitter.com/ssmlONsoAt — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 14, 2019 Redknapp expects Lampard to land his dream job, however, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “If Chelsea come calling, it’s a difficult one for him to turn down.”In my personal opinion, he’ll be the manager of Chelsea. It looks to me like it’s going to happen.”It’s a no-lose situation unless he finishes outside the top six. Anything in the top six would be OK, but [qualifying for] the Champions League would be a good season.”No one is expecting him to finish first or second, third maybe. If he makes the Champions League next year, he’s going to be a success.”Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer and won three Premier League titles with the club during his playing days, as well as the Champions League in 2012.And Redknapp, who has managed the likes of Portsmouth, West Ham United, Southampton, Tottenham and QPR, urged Lampard to take the job if he is offered it.”He’s a true legend at Chelsea, one of the greatest players in the club’s history,” he said. “It may not come along again, you never know in football, the opportunity is there for him to go back now.”He has a house around the corner from the training ground, his wife works in London.”Lampard: “I’m the manager of this club, and I’m very proud to be the manager of this club. I have a two-year contract, I love working here and I want to continue to progress with this club.” pic.twitter.com/PQuLWn9X7T — Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 27, 2019 Chelsea are banned from signing new players for the next two transfer windows, potentially giving some of the youngsters in their squad a chance to shine.”Maybe it’s time for someone who is going to be bold enough to play those young players,” Redknapp said. “[Lampard] went to Derby, he brought young players in, Derby got to the play-off final with a few kids.”It could be an interesting time for Chelsea, they are going to have to play some of their kids, give them a go.”We keep talking about how good these kids are, they’re playing for England Under-17, Under-19, so get them in the first team, let’s see them play.”Chelsea have a great group of young players, it might be a good chance to throw three or four of them in. You may have something special there.”
The two coaches at the top of the NFL and college football – Nick Saban and Doug Pederson – have more in common than just that. They also really don’t like answering questions about their quarterbacks.Pederson, the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach, voiced his frustration with the media during a press conference this morning. He’s refusing to name a starting quarterback for Week 1.“I’m not going to discuss it,” Pederson said.Pederson said he was upset with the media for “putting words in his mouth.” He then had a heated back-and-forth with members of the press.Check it out:Well….this is going swimmingly. pic.twitter.com/k3pcbF3QFr— EROCK (@TheMightyEROCK) September 2, 2018NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that the Eagles were planning on starting Nick Foles against the Falcons on Thursday night.“The #Eagles plan to start QB Nick Foles on Thursday in the season opener, sources say. Carson Wentz (ACL, LCL) has done fantastic in rehab. But this is a long-term decision for the face of the franchise,” he tweeted.The #Eagles plan to start QB Nick Foles on Thursday in the season opener, sources say. Carson Wentz (ACL, LCL) has done fantastic in rehab. But this is a long-term decision for the face of the franchise.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2018Pederson, though, has yet to officially reveal anything.“We’re trying to win a football game,” Pederson said. “I don’t want to put my game plan out there for everybody to see it and read it and teams can scheme. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”OK then.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A star college football quarterback had a pretty telling quote about the state of Alabama’s football team today.West Virginia star quarterback Will Grier was talking about the state of college football this season, saying it’s clear that anyone can lose following Ohio State’s shocking loss at Purdue, but he made sure to correct himself.Anyone but Alabama can lose.“Not including Alabama,” Grier added. “Geez. They’re playing pretty well.”Will Grier said Ohio State losing at Purdue showed that anyone can lose on any given Saturday. “Not including Alabama,” he added. “Geez. They’re playing pretty well.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) October 22, 2018“Playing pretty well” is an understatement, obviously. Alabama has trailed for less than 10 plays so far this season.The Crimson Tide have a big game coming up, at least. Alabama is set to travel to LSU to take on the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La.That game could be close, at least. Maybe.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 20: Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs the ball and tries to fight off Jahsen Wint #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 20, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Saturday, one week after scoring 49 points on Big Ten heavyweight Ohio State, Purdue struggled to move the ball against Michigan State. The Boilermakers managed just one touchdown in the affair, and lost 23-13. They looked like a far different team than they did a week ago.The result was somewhat predictable – middle-of-the-pack teams that take down national title contenders often have a tough time maintaining that momentum the next week. But Purdue’s loss was another reason for Ohio State fans to roll their eyes. They’ve seen this before – pretty much all season.In fact, seven of the eight teams that played Ohio State this season have gone on to lose to their next FBS opponent.Eleven Warriors has the data. The only team to win its next game against an FBS team was Tulane. Even Penn State lost – to Michigan State.Following Purdue’s loss on Saturday, Ohio State’s opponents this season are now 1-7 in their next games against Football Bowl Subdivision teams after playing the Buckeyes. https://t.co/3TrWkc3nd3— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 27, 2018Last year, Iowa, in similar fashion, shocked Ohio State mid-season. The Hawkeyes were then blown out by Wisconsin a week later.To be clear, none of this is shocking. Teams get up to play the Ohio States of the world. But it’s still some strong data.After a bye week, Ohio State gets Nebraska next Saturday. The Buckeyes will be heavy favorites.