Month: October 2019

  • a month agoSouthampton keeper Angus Gunn never doubted England commitment

    first_imgSouthampton keeper Angus Gunn never doubted England commitmentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn has never wavered over his England commitment.The 23-year-old played under ­Gareth Southgate for England’s ­U-21s and choosing which nation to ­represent was never in doubt despite his dad, ex-Norwich keeper Bryan, being a proud Scotsman and winning six caps for his country.“I have always focused on England. My dad is fully Scottish, I’m half Scottish, there’s part of my heart where I look at Scotland, it’s a great country, the ­passion they show for their team is amazing,” said Gunn to the Mirror.“But since I started with ­England U-15s, I have played at every age group up until the U-21s and my ultimate dream is to play for ­England. If it happens then it will be the pinnacle of my career. It’s a target for all of us younger guys and now we’re all playing in the Premier League, it’s something that can help us all push each other.“It’s suddenly happened that we are all ­coming through.“Dean (Henderson) got promoted at Sheffield United, Aaron ­Ramsdale has done well at Bournemouth to get the No.1 shirt and the other guys already in the ­England squad have performed well for a couple of seasons now.“They are the targets for us younger guys to get towards. Everyone can improve and, personally, playing in the Premier League gives me a chance to get called up and live my dream.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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  • 16 days ago​Giroud defiant in Chelsea position: I’ll keep fighting every day

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Giroud defiant in Chelsea position: I’ll keep fighting every dayby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is defiant about his position at the club.The veteran attacker has found it very difficult to get game time, due to the rise of youngster Tammy Abraham.And the Frenchman knows that while he wants to play more often, he must wait for his chance in the coming weeks.Giroud told The Athletic: “There are two reactions to being left out of the side. There is one where you put your head down, start complaining that you’re not playing.”The other way is you transform that frustration over not playing into a positive energy. You need to maintain a good feeling to bounce back, to show your character. That is what I try to do at training every day.”I’m a competitor. It takes a lot more to get me down. I will always fight to get back in the team. Have I spoken to Frank? No, not yet. I have nothing to say, because Tammy is doing so well. It is difficult to get a striker out of the team when he is being this successful and scoring regularly.”I just have to stay focused, to keep concentrating on what I have to do in training and show I’m ready for whenever the manager needs me.” last_img read more

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  • 15 days ago​Liverpool trio undergoing extra sessions for Man Utd clash

    first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool trio undergoing extra sessions for Man Utd clashby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool trio Alisson Becker, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are pushing to be fit for their next Premier League game.The three of them are working at the club’s training ground during the international break as they look to find full fitness.The Liverpool Echosays the trio are in line to get into the squad for the Manchester United game at Old Trafford in less than two weeks.Alisson is recovering from a calf injury, while Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana are trying to get themselves up to full match fitness.The latter did not make the England squad, which means they have the entire two-week break to focus on getting fit for Liverpool. last_img read more

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  • 2 days agoLiverpool midfielder Milner: Every player wants to be playing more

    first_imgLiverpool midfielder Milner: Every player wants to be playing moreby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner admits he’d like to be playing more.Milner has been restricted to just two Premier League starts so far this season.He said: “I think as a player you want to play as many games as you can.“Every time you get that chance to go out there and perform, you need to do it to the best of your ability and make it difficult for the manager to leave you it.”We have a strong squad of players and the competition is strong in every position and that is what we need to push each other to perform.“Having a lot of games is what happens when you’re successful, we are lucky enough to have been that (successful) and we are still in all the trophies.“We go out there to win every game that we can so we will try to do that.“All the players are used to it (a lot of games), it doesn’t make it any easier, the boys with the internationals and travelling and that but we have gone the distance in this competition for a couple of years so we know what it is all about.“We need to carry on doing that, we need to keep looking after ourselves, have the luck with injuries and things like that as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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  • Here Is How This Week’s Playoff Rankings Compare To Simulated BCS

    first_imgA list of college football teams and their playoff rankings.Twitter/@BCSKnowHowThis week’s College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the debate is heating up. Clemson remains No. 1, Alabama jumps to No. 2 after beating LSU, and Notre Dame slides into the four-team field. Many wonder if the selection committee has done the best possible job. BCS Know How calculates how the old BCS formula would rank the teams each week, and released a side-by-side comparison with playoff rankings just minutes after they were released. Here is how the BCS would slot things:Side-by-side comparison of the latest @CFBPlayoff ranking and what the #BCS would have looked like this week pic.twitter.com/HxjFHK6wTP— BCSKnowHow.com (@BCSKnowHow) November 11, 2015The biggest differences: the BCS is far more kind to Utah (four spot jump), Oklahoma State (three spots) and Baylor (two spots), while the Playoff prefers Utah, Notre Dame, and Iowa (two spots each). Which ranking do you think works better?last_img read more

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  • Tuchel ‘scared’ PSG won’t make winter signing

    first_imgThomas Tuchel said he will “sleep well” once Paris Saint-Germain sign a new player during the transfer window as he eyes reinforcements.PSG have been linked with star Napoli midfielder Allan in January, while Adrien Rabiot is set to leave the Ligue 1 champions.And Tuchel admits the difficulty of landing new players during the winter has him nervous. 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? “[Sporting director] Antero [Henrique] and the president said that I would have a recruit and I trust them,” he told reporters after Saturday’s comfortable Ligue 1 win over Amiens. “But, in the same time, I’m afraid [of not having one]. I know that the transfer window in winter is complicated.”I hope [a new player will arrive], but I’m scared too [to not have him]. When I get this recruit, I’ll sleep well.”PSG bounced back from their shock Coupe de la Ligue elimination by defeating 10-man Amiens, despite the absence of superstar Neymar.Neymar – who has been linked with a sensational return to La Liga champions Barcelona – was rested but PSG still reigned supreme thanks to Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe after the midweek defeat to Guingamp.”It was the best answer, and necessary. Against Guingamp, it was weird, but we lost it,” Tuchel said. “We missed some things and today we have played with a lot of qualities mentally.FT: Three goals and three points for @PSG_English   @AmiensSC as this season’s unbeaten run extends to 18 games! #ASCPSG pic.twitter.com/lKH8Dm21ps — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 12, 2019  “We started strong for 30 minutes, then we lost a little bit, and in the second half we exchanged [Julian] Draxler and Dani Alves, that was very good, and I’m very happy. It’s our challenge to find the solutions against defensive teams, but there’s been a lot of effort. “Sometimes it’s hard for the team to win all the time and stay focused. It’s like that in a big club, but it’s never easy to find the motivation. The team showed it all season and Guingamp was an exception.” PSG return to the pitch next Saturday to face Guingamp, with the Paris side looking to extend their sizable lead atop the Ligue 1 table.last_img read more

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  • Berizzo admits there is no easy way to stop Messi

    first_imgLionel Messi must be stopped by a collective effort from Paraguay in Wednesday’s crunch Copa America clash, according to their head coach Eduardo Berizzo.Both teams endured disappointing starts to the continental showpiece, with Paraguay letting a two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw against Qatar, while Argentina were abject in a 2-0 loss to Colombia.Paraguay conceded two goals within ten minutes after the hour mark to draw the game, and their head coach is fully aware of the task that now lies ahead. 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? Berizzo’s side face Argentina next, before their final group game against Colombia. Argentina meanwhile sit bottom of Group B after one game, and end their group campaign against Qatar.As his quest for major honours with his country trudges on, Argentina will again look to Messi for inspiration, and former Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao boss Berizzo concedes there is no easy solution when it comes to tackling the Barcelona superstar.”To annul a player like Messi is not an individual task, it is a collective task,” he told reporters ahead of taking on his native country.”When you try to neutralise him, he opens the way [for others]. So the question is not centred only on him, but on the possibilities that are generated from him for other players.”Paraguay’s late collapse against Qatar stung Berizzo and he wants to see a response from his players, particularly in terms of game management when they are in possession.”We have talked about what happened and what we have to improve,” he added.”That is control of the ball and [making sure] that the process of the match does not escape us depending on the result.”We have to sustain the plan from beginning to end.”last_img read more

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  • FIFA 19 Flashback Riyad Mahrez SBC

    first_imgThe 2015-16 Premier League season was a magical time. We all became believers as the country watched in awe as Leicester City beat the 5000/1 odds and lifted the Premier League trophy. One of the stars that season was Riyad Mahrez who appeared to be magical himself at times with his beautiful ball control and powerful shot.EA Sports have decided to pay tribute to that season by giving the Algerian a Flashback card relating to his 93-rated TOTS in FIFA 16. His new FIFA 19 card has the same overall rating, making it his best card in the game with 93 pace, 94 dribbling, 92 shooting, 93 passing and 80 physicality. Some of his in-game stats are outrageous, too, like his 96 acceleration, 94 long shots, 95 curve and his 99 agility. All that as well as five-star skills and a four-star weak foot makes this Mahrez card extremely strong so Goal is here to help with the Squad Building Challenges.Flashback Riyad MahrezFlashback Riyad Mahrez 1 – Leicester CityRequirements: Minimum number of Leicester players: 1, minimum number of informs: 2, minimum squad rating of 84, minimum team chemistry: 75, numbers of players in the squad: 11. 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? Solution : Kasper Schmeichel (2,800), Team of the Season Lee Yong (19,750), inform Kang Min Soo (11,250), Andreas Christensen (1,200), inform Kim Min Woo (11,250), Thorgan Hazard (1,500), Axel Witsel (9,400), Javi Martinez (5,300), Yann Sommer (1,900), Thomas Muller (19,000), Andrej Kramaric (1,800) (85,150 coins total). Rewards : One mega pack which is worth 35,000 coins.Flashback Riyad Mahrez 2 – Premier LeagueRequirements:  Minimum number of Premier League players: 1, minimum number of informs or TOTS cards: 2, minimum squad rating of 86, minimum team chemistry: 60, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution : Iker Casillas (2,000), TOTS Robert Skov (45,000), Kepa (2,700), Felipe (1,500), Jardel (1,300), Fabinho (12,000), Danilo Pereira (1,800), Pizzi (2,000), TOTS Viktor Tsygankov (47,000), Bruno Fernandes (3,700), Jonas (4,100) (123,100 coins total).Rewards : One rare mega pack which is worth 55,000 coins.Flashback Riyad Mahrez 3 – 86-Rated SquadRequirements : Minimum number of informs or TOTS cards: 2, minimum squad rating of 86, minimum team chemistry: 60, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution : Bernd Leno (2,700), TOTS Robert Skov (45,000), Andreas Christensen (1,200), Sokratis (4,900), TOTS Viktor Tsygankov (47,000), Hakim Ziyech (2,000), Danilo Pereira (1,800), William Carvalho (3,900), Pizzi (2,000), Bruno Fernandes (3,700), Jonas (4,100)​ (118,100 coins total).​Rewards : One rare players pack which is worth 50,000 coins.Flashback Riyad Mahrez 4 – 88-Rated SquadRequirements : Minimum squad rating of 88, minimum team chemistry: 60, numbers of players in the squad: 11.Solution : Iker Casillas (2,000), Lucas Leiva (1,500), Felipe (1,500), TOTS Varela (24,750), TOTS Vierinha (37,000), Danilo Pereira (1,800), TOTS Robert Skov (45,000), Pizzi (2,000), Bruno Fernandes (3,700), TOTS Viktor Tsygankov (47,000) TOTS Eran Zahavi (51,000) (214,250 coins total).Rewards : One prime gold players pack which is worth 45,000 coins.last_img read more

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  • Report: France 1 United States 2

    first_imgMegan Rapinoe was the United States’ match-winner for the second game running as she netted another brace to help the holders beat hosts France 2-1 in Paris and set up a Women’s World Cup semi-final clash with England.Reign FC forward Rapinoe, who scored twice in the USA’s victory over Spain on Monday, showed no signs of distraction after her war of words with American president Donald Trump as she put her side into an early lead from which a France team featuring six players from Champions League-winning Lyon never recovered.USA have made a habit of scoring early in this competition and France knew all about the attacking threat of Alex Morgan and Rapinoe. However, France nevertheless fell behind after just five minutes when Morgan won a free-kick that experienced forward Rapinoe converted. 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? An expectant crowd at a sold-out Parc des Princes awaited the response from France’s talented front four but could only watch as a USA defence marshalled masterfully by Abby Dahlkemper and Becky Sauerbrunn repeatedly slammed the door in their faces.France had won 17 of their previous 18 matches in all competitions but there was no way back for Corinne Diacre’s players after Rapinoe slid home her second after 65 minutes, despite Wendie Renard’s late consolation, and the USA will take some stopping on current form.2 – Megan Rapinoe is the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back Women’s World Cup appearances since Marta in 2007. Double. #FIFAWWC #USA #FRAUSA pic.twitter.com/bHY3VbMrcj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 28, 2019Rapinoe’s opener came when a low free-kick from the left bounced through a crowd of bodies and evaded Sarah Bouhaddi’s left hand before bulging the net.Shaken by the early goal, France steadied themselves and stemmed the flow of USA attacks but failed to muster a shot on target themselves as they struggled to compete with the physicality of Samantha Mewis and Julie Ertz in midfield.Bouhaddi was called into action early in the second half to make a double save from Mewis and Tobin Heath, before Eugenie Le Sommer snatched at a close-range chance at the other end and blazed wide.USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was finally tested when Valerie Gauvin’s header threatened to loop over her head but she dived backwards to claim it.France were still in the game until Renard was caught napping as Morgan’s pass fed Heath, who had a clear run to the box where she dragged the ball back to Rapinoe for an easy finish.Heath thought she had scored one of her own 10 minutes later but an offside flag ruled otherwise.Renard set up a tense finish when she headed Gaetane Thiney’s free-kick home from 10 yards, but the bullish USA defence held firm. Key Opta Facts:- The host nation has been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in each of the last four Women’s World Cup tournaments – China in 2007, Germany in 2011, Canada in 2015 and France in 2019 have all fallen at this stage.- USA have reached the semi-final in all eight of their Women’s World Cup tournaments.- USA have now won their last 10 matches at the Women’s World Cup, equalling the longest run of wins in the tournament’s history set by Norway between 1995 and 1999.- Six of France’s 10 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup were scored via set-pieces, with four of those scored by Wendie Renard.- USA’s Megan Rapinoe became the first player to score two or more goals in consecutive Women’s World Cup matches since Marta did so for Brazil in 2007. read morelast_img read more

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  • An FCS Program Just Upset An FBS Team

    first_imgLincoln Financial Field ahead of a Temple football game.College football Saturdays are back and they aren’t going anywhere until 2019. Week 1 of the college football season is well underway and there have already been plenty of upsets.On Saturday afternoon, an FCS program took down an FBS program. The battle for Philadelphia between Villanova and Temple ended with the Wildcats on top.Nova walked out with a 19-17 win after a late touchdown gave the Wildcats the lead. Temple’s quarterback threw a late interception that sealed the victory for the Wildcats.Cats WIN at @LFFStadium!#BeatTemple#GoNova#TapTheRock pic.twitter.com/se8O3LDVMo— Villanova Football (@NovaFootball) September 1, 2018It’s the first FCS over FBS game of the day, but it certainly won’t be the last of the year.Villanova dominated the line of scrimmage to the tune of 405 yards of offense to Temple’s 251 yards.last_img read more

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