About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was satisfied with three points against FC Astana.United should have run away with the game, given the number of chances they created.But they made it difficult for themselves and had to rely on a second half goal from Mason Greenwood to nick a 1-0 win.But Solskjaer is more concerned with getting points on the board so they can qualify for the knockout rounds.”The main thing now is to get through the group stages,” he said to reporters after the game. “And to do that you need to win your homes games, and get one or two draws away from home or win away from home and then you should be through.”There’ll be plenty of minutes for the boys, definitely, but it’s still an experienced side out here with loads of capped internationals.”
Gudmunsson close to Burnley returnby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohann Berg Gudmundsson is getting closer to making his Burnley return.Manager Sean Dyche believes that Gudmundsson should soon be available after recording from a calf problem.He suffered the injury against Wolves at the end of August and has not played since.But Dyche believes that a week of training could be enough for him to play in their next Premier League game.”It’s yes and no with Johann,” Dyche said when asked if the winger was ready to return by reporters.”Yes, physically he’s fit, but no in the sense he’s had three or four weeks with hardly any training time.”So I’ve spoken to him and assured him we believe in what he’s doing, he’s really fit and his eye is in, but he needs a good week’s training, to get back to training every day and making sure his body is right.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his startby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi deserved his place for their defeat of Southampton.Hudson-Odoi was making his first league start of the seasonLampard said, “He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released himself to the full-back. It was all the things I want from the wingers. “He could have got a goal, he got in behind a few times where he can be lethal. That’s where I want him.”He can get better. He has had a serious injury so fitness has been a bit of an issue, and looking after him. Now he’s showing he’s getting towards proper match fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
INSIDER: PSG president Al-Khelaifi prepared to sell Neymarby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is prepared to sell Neymar – but not at a loss.Both Real Madrid and Barcelona tried and failed to sign Neymar over the summer. Indeed, Barca have since confirmed they had two offers for the Brazil captain rejected by PSG.But on the set of El Chiringuito, pundit Francisco Buyo revealed the intentions of Al-Khelaifi regarding Neymar. “Al-Khelaifi wants to recover the investment made for Neymar,” stated Buyo.PSG’s owners paid a world record €222m to Barca for Neymar in 2017. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli: Watford point a reliefby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli admitted “relief” after their 1-1 draw with Watford.Abdoulaye Doucoure had given the Hornets the lead and they had a penalty appeal controversially turned down by the referee and VAR after Jan Vertonghen appeared to foul Gerard Deulofeu.Alli equalised after controlling the ball with his shoulder and the goal stood despite the wrong message being displayed on the big screen.The goalscorer said: “Of course it’s a relief. There were two times he [the referee] stopped it when he was making the decisions. We weren’t sure why.”I was sure it didn’t hit my hand but then you start thinking, ‘did it?’ I tried to make sure it didn’t touch it so I could get the strike away.”We know we have a world-class team so it’s about showing what we can do when things don’t go our way. It’s important we turn it around. We know how good we are, we just have to start showing it on the pitch.”
Turkish Super Lig club Kasimpasa announced they had parted company with manager Ibrahim Uzulmez four hours after unveiling him as their new boss.Uzulmez played 322 games for Besiktas and had apparently agreed a one-year deal with fellow Istanbul club Kasimpasa. His rein was brief, though, with his would-be employers claiming they had disagreements during contract negotiations and promptly cancelled their agreement. 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? A club statement read: “With Mr. Ibrahim Uzulmez, there were differences of opinion during the negotiation of the contract and the parties gave up on the agreement to sign a contract.”Uzulmez, 45, led second-tier side Genclerbirligi to promotion this season, finishing runners-up by just two points.That was his second consecutive promotion campaign after he steered Caykur Rizespor to the second division title in 2017-18, with Rizespor going on to finish 10th in the top flight this term. Kasimpasa have a history of parting ways with managers in unconventional circumstances, and Uzulmez’s situation has similarities with events that occurred last year.In January 2018, then-manager Kemal Ozdes resigned following a 2-1 defeat to Besiktas.He said on his departure: “The club president had some criticism about me. I met him and we thanked each other. Now I have heard the board have fired me.”But four days later, the club changed their mind and reinstated Ozdes, announcing him as their “new manager”. Ozdes lasted another nine months in his job and then, having started the 2018-19 campaign with 12 points from seven games, was sacked again. Just like Uzulmez’s departure, Kisampasa cited contractual disagreements as the reason.”As a result of the disagreements in our discussions with our manager Kemal Ozdes, our manager has decided to leave,” a club statement said on that occasion. “We wish him and his team success in their next job.”Kasimpasa had won all of their first four league games, although they lost their last three before Ozdes ultimately left.He was replaced by Mustafa Denizili who departed the club last month with two games of the 2018-19 season still to play. In an open letter published on the club’s website at the time, Denzili wrote: “This season we set big goals in the Super Lig race. We are at a point where we cannot realise what we wanted to. This situation led to the formation of a negative psychological environment in my team and management.”Like Denzili, Uzulmez is now also without a job having already been sacked by Genclerbirligi on Friday despite their promotion-winning season.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)College Football Week 1 is coming in just about 100 days. There’s a pretty good first week lineup, featuring some intriguing Power Five battles. We now know which games are getting the prime time treatment.Once again, Week 1 is going to be a multi-day affair. With the NFL a week away, college football is going to be playing games all the way from Thursday to Monday night. There are even a few games the on Saturday, August 25, although that day lacks a marquee match-up.Saturday, September 1 is what most will acknowledge as the first true “College Football Saturday” of the year. That night has two big-time match-ups already set.College Football Week 1 prime time matchups:Alabama vs. Louisville will be the first big ABC game of the year. The Crimson Tide and Cardinals kick off their seasons in Orlando at Camping World Stadium. That game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.Over on NBC, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish get the spotlight, as you’d expect. The Fighting Irish host rival Michigan in what should be an awesome night game, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET.On Sunday, LSU and Miami play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.Monday night’s game sends Virginia Tech to Florida State for an early season ACC tilt. Willie Taggart’s debut kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.ABC has also selected prime time games for weeks two and three. ESPN made the announcement on Wednesday.News: ABC’s Saturday Night Football First Three WeeksKickoff Week: 2018 Camping World Kickoff: Louisville vs. Alabama from OrlandoWeek 2: Penn State at PittWeek 3: Ohio State vs. TCU from Arlington, TexasMore: https://t.co/7Iwnoep3Wj pic.twitter.com/IoktxO5BHr— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) May 16, 2018We’re still waiting on ESPN’s selection for its Week 1 Saturday night game. Auburn vs. Washington, Oklahoma vs. FAU, Cal vs. UNC, Tennessee vs. WVU, and Ohio State vs. Oregon State are some of the other intriguing games that day.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)An ESPN college football recruiting analyst has made a bold claim for Nick Saban and his Alabama football program.The Crimson Tide have consistently brought in elite recruiting classes to Tuscaloosa. Usually, Alabama’s classes rank No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation.This year’s class could be special, though.ESPN’s Tom Luginbill believes Alabama’s 2019 class could actually end up being Saban’s best class ever.“Over the next three days, if the chips fall where I think they will, this could end up being Nick Saban’s best signing class at Alabama,” he said this morning.ESPN’s @TomLuginbill just now: “Over the next three days, if the chips fall where I think they will, this could end up being Nick Saban’s best signing class at Alabama.”— JOXRoundtable (@JOXRoundtable) December 18, 2018Alabama’s 2019 class currently ranks No. 1 in the country. The Crimson Tide have 24 commitments, including two pledges from five-star prospects.You can view Alabama’s full class here.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Marching Band perform prior to facing the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The Peach Bowl provided an opportunity for Michigan to end the season on a positive note, but right now everything is going Florida’s way.With several starters out of action for the Wolverines, which includes Devin Bush and Rashan Gary, the defense is struggling to prevent the Gators from gashing them on the ground. Clearly that hasn’t been the case though, as Florida already has over 150 yards rushing with plenty of time remaining in the fourth quarter.It hasn’t been easy for Jim Harbaugh’s offense either, specifically in the trenches. Shea Patterson has been under constant pressure through the majority of this game.Despite leaving the first half down by just a field goal, the Wolverines looked anemic entering the third quarter and surrendered 14 unanswered points.Florida currently leads 27-13 over Michigan, and it’s obvious that fans of the Wolverines aren’t thrilled by any means.Unfortunately this is turning into a miserable afternoon for the fans that made the trip from Ann Arbor. In fact, two fans in specific are generating a lot of buzz on social media because of their reactions.Here is the photo going viral on Twitter:”We could’ve been at the Gathering of the Juggalos instead.” pic.twitter.com/MVOGqRQFgo— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) December 29, 2018Michigan has just over 12 minutes to mount a comeback against Florida.The game is available on ESPN.
From a Combine-centric Up to the Minute: Potential top overall pick #OSU’s Nick Bosa is healthy and ready for Indy after healing up from his core muscle injury. pic.twitter.com/rPxHblzijE— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019Bosa finished his college career with 17.5 sacks in 29 games. He was a first-team All-Big Ten performer and the Smith–Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017.Bosa is slated to be a top-three pick at least, and very well could be the first player off the board.The NFL Scouting Combine will take place this week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. You can follow along on NFL Network. COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A core muscle injury cut short Nick Bosa’s 2018 season at Ohio State. Bosa ultimately wound up leaving the team to focus on his rehab and preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft.It looks like that move is working out just fine. According to a new report, Bosa has healed up enough to be a full participant at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.Bosa, a potential No. 1 overall pick, is ready to go, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. It sounds like he won’t be limited at all.“My understanding is that Nick Bosa is healthy enough to do all the drills at the combine,” Rapoport said. “He is going to be good to go.”