Transfers Beckham wants Ibrahimovic to stay at Manchester United amid MLS interest Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 12:38 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Kenzo Tribouillard Transfers LA Galaxy Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United MLS Premier League The former Red Devils and LA Galaxy star doesn’t want to see the Swedish star leave for Southern California just yet David Beckham wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay at Manchester United amid reported interest from the LA Galaxy.ESPN reported Sunday that the Swedish striker is closing in on a deal to join the five-time MLS champions, with United manager Jose Mourinho explaining Monday that he wouldn’t stand in the way of a potential move.Speaking at Monday’s event that confirmed his Miami franchise as the next MLS expansion team, Beckham said he isn’t ready to see his former Paris Saint-Germain teammate make the move to Southern California just yet. 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 “No matter how you talk about him, he’s one of the best players, one of the best people, and if he comes to this league at some point it would be great,” Beckham told ESPN. “But at the moment he’s a Manchester United player and I’m happy about that, and I want him to stay there. But at some point he might come here.”Beckham played for United from 1992 to 2003 and the Galaxy from 2007 to 2012, giving the former England captain a unique insight into Ibrahimovic’s decision-making process.While some critics believe Ibrahimovic would be coming to MLS too late, with the 36-year-old limited to one start in the Premier League this season after recovering from major knee surgery, Beckham is more optimistic.”Any mention of any great player like Zlatan coming to this league can only be good for the league,” he said. “The fact that I joined [the Galaxy] from a small team like Real Madrid — when you’re playing for a team like Real Madrid and you make that decision and that time to actually come to a league that is not as established as it is now, that was a big move for me back in the day.”But now this league is talked about globally. You’re talking about players that have played in this league already — you look at players as great as Kaka, he’s come in and he’s played in this league.”And when you talk about Zlatan, yeah, it’s great that it’s talked about like that, and he would be more than welcomed into this league by fans, by players. It doesn’t matter what injuries he has had over his career — he’s a beast.”
Real Madrid Real Madrid suffer Marcelo blow after early injury against Betis Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:19 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Real Madrid Primera División Real Betis v Real Madrid Real Betis The Brazilian was forced off after going down clutching his hamstring in Seville, with Theo Hernandez entering in his place Real Madrid face a nervous wait to find out the extent of Marcelo’s injury after the full-back lasted just 30 minutes of Sunday’s clash against Betis.The Brazil international started again for Madrid after scoring midweek against Paris Saint-Germain. But just before the half-hour mark he attempted to play his way out of a tight spot deep in his own half, and went down holding his right hamstring without being touched by a Betis player. 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 Marcelo originally tried to continue, but looked in severe discomfort on the pitch as it became clear he would not be able to play on. Theo Hernandez was chosen to replace the left-back, who must now wait to find out what damage has been incurred to the muscle at a pivotal point in Madrid’s season. Madrid began Sunday 20 points behind Liga leaders Barcelona, albeit with two games in hand over their arch-rivals. As well as Marcelo the Merengue have been shorn of the services of Toni Kroos this week through a knee sprain, with centre-back Jesus Vallejo the only other current casualty in the squad.
Everton 1 Manchester City 3: Guardiola’s men one win away from title Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 02:21 4/1/18 Twitter @ManCity A first-half blitz laid the foundations for Manchester City’s latest win as Everton were brushed aside on Saturday. Manchester City warmed up for a season-defining month with a commanding 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park to set up a potential Premier League title party against rivals United.Pep Guardiola’s side face Liverpool over two legs in the Champions League quarter-final and welcome their bitter Manchester rivals to the Etihad Stadium in April, when they will also travel to Tottenham.It is a run of games that could see them win the Premier League and take a huge step towards European glory, making Saturday’s dominant triumph a timely one as a victory next weekend would seal the top-flight crown. 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 The damage was done inside 12 minutes against a lacklustre Toffees team, with Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus on target, the former capping a fine move.Everton won this fixture 4-0 last season, serving Guardiola with the biggest league loss of his managerial career, but the hosts – who also grabbed a draw in Manchester in August – were well off the pace on this occasion.Guardiola’s 50th English top-flight victory – which saw City become only the third team to beat all 19 opponents in a single Premier League campaign – was wrapped up before the break as Raheem Sterling got in on the act, with Yannick Bolasie’s consolation goal doing nothing to prevent the leaders restoring their 16-point advantage at the summit.FT | 1-3 #efcvcity #mancity There we were, now here we are.One win from the title. pic.twitter.com/QczDcWyJtZ — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 31, 2018 The visitors soon forged ahead in eye-catching fashion as Aymeric Laporte and David Silva brilliantly linked up, the latter driving the ball across goal for Sane to expertly volley in from eight yards.Bolasie then missed a glorious chance to level things up, heading over from close range, and Everton were quickly punished.City sprung forward and Jesus converted his first league goal since November from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross to put the champions-elect in control.A near-miss from Leighton Baines’ curling free-kick showed Sam Allardyce’s men carried some attacking threat, but it paled next to the brilliance of his counterpart’s well-oiled team.Silva shot narrowly wide from just outside the box and then returned to his familiar role of provider, laying on a simple finish for Sterling at the end of a rapid City counter-attack.37. @ sterling7 ‘s 21st goal and @ 21LVA ‘s 11th assist of the season! Absolute FLAMES, boys!0-3 #efcvcity #mancity pic.twitter.com/821ra0yZPz — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 31, 2018 Fernandinho’s deflected strike called Jordan Pickford into action early in a second half during which Everton finally sought to challenge their opponents’ authority.That bolder approach paid dividends in the 63rd minute when Bolasie’s low, skidding effort beat Ederson and went in off the Brazilian’s right-hand upright to break the winger’s 525-day Premier League scoring drought.City were hardly rattled, though, and soon reasserted themselves by dictating the play, quashing any outside hopes of a Toffees revival in the closing stages.While City will simply hope for more of the same in their upcoming blockbuster fixtures as they go in pursuit of a treble, Everton must pick themselves up for the Merseyside derby, when the home crowd will be far less forgiving of a performance like this one.Key Opta Stats:- Pep Guardiola is now the second quickest manager to reach 50 Premier League wins in the competition’s history, doing so in just 69 matches. Only Jose Mourinho (63 games) reached 50 wins faster.- Guardiola has now beaten 21 of the 22 Premier League teams he has faced as a manager in the division, only failing to beat Middlesbrough in two attempts (D2).- This was the first time that Everton conceded three or more goals in the first half of a Premier League game at Goodison Park since August 2009 against Arsenal.- City are just the third club to have three players (Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva) reach double figures for assists in a single Premier League season, after Liverpool (1995-96) and Arsenal (2004-05).- David Silva has provided six Premier League assists against Everton, more than he has against any other side.- Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 42 assists in the Premier League, more than any other player in the top five European leagues.- Raheem Sterling has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season; only one Englishman in the Premier League has more – Harry Kane (35). read more
Iniesta ‘You can’t take it anymore’ – Iniesta opens up on struggle with depression Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:09 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Friendlies Spain v Switzerland Switzerland Spain World Cup The midfielder struggled with his mental health before the 2010 World Cup and has revealed the extent the toll had on him Andres Iniesta has revealed he felt like he could not “take it anymore” as he suffered with depression following the death of his friend Dani Jarque.Jarque died in 2009 when he suffered a heart attack while on pre-season duty with Espanyol. The loss of his national youth team colleague at the age of 26 had a huge impact on Iniesta, who felt his passion for life leave him for a period before going on to score the 2010 World Cup-winning goal and dedicating it to Jarque. 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 “You feel that it’s not you, that you don’t enjoy things, that the people around you are just people,” he said on Antena 3 TV. “You have no feelings or passion.”You end up feeling empty inside and there is a moment that you realise that you cannot take it anymore.”I had the ability to see that I needed to see someone to get out of that situation. The important thing is that in that period I never lost the spark.”The midfielder is set to enter a new chapter in his career after leaving Barcelona to join Vissel Kobe in Japan.First, though, he travels to Russia to compete for another World Cup title and is excited to get underway after their disappointing group stage exit in 2014.”We have a good team, a good mix of young people and those with more experience,” he said.”We will go with a lot of expectation, I think we had two warnings at the European Championships and in Brazil which means that we have our feet on the ground.”We will go step by step and we do the things right then we will be fighting for the title.”
World Cup Alexis Sanchez, Sane & 26 stars watching the World Cup from home Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:30 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty World Cup England Spain Germany Brazil Belgium Netherlands Portugal Chile United States Wales France Sweden Italy Argentina Morata Karim Benzema David Luiz A. Sánchez Gareth Bale Anthony Martial Zlatan Ibrahimović Failure to qualify, untimely injuries and unfortunate snubs mean some of the finest talent on the planet will be absent from a Russian showpiece
Aleksandar Mitrović Mitrovic targets World Cup knockout stage with Serbia after bright Fulham loan Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 18:13 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serbia Newcastle United Fulham Costa Rica World Cup Championship Premier League The Newcastle United loanee has credited his temporary club with getting him into the squad for Russia 2018 and hopes to shock Brazil and Switzerland Aleksandar Mitrovic says his loan spell at Fulham was responsible for him getting into Serbia’s World Cup squad and expects to reach the knockout rounds of the tournament.Mitrovic had been struggling for game time at Newcastle United in the first half of the season, leading to him dropping down a league on loan. His 12 goals in 17 Championship starts were instrumental in helping Fulham to a 23-match unbeaten run which saw them just miss out on automatic promotion to Cardiff City before they sealed a spot in the Premier League with a Championship play-off final win over Aston Villa. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The 23-year-old has since staked his claim for a starting spot in the national team this summer, having scored a hat-trick against Boliva in Serbia’s final friendly ahead of the World Cup.And Mitrovic credits that fruitful spell in England’s second tier as a key factor in him getting the trip to Russia, where he hopes to surprise Group E oppnents, Brazil, Costa Rica and Switzerland.”I will try to make them proud. I just wanted to play football and enjoy on the pitch,” Mitrovic told Goal. “I came into a team that played football that is really good for me and my abilities. I had a lot of balls and crosses. If the team plays well and gives me the ball then the goals will come.”So credit to my team-mates, staff and club. They gave me great support from the first minute I came here. They trusted me and I feel like I’ve been here for a few years, not a few months. It is a big thing for me, my family, the country and all people in Serbia.”I tried to give my best, play the best I can and do my job. I think that the main target is to try and pass our group, then after it is just knockout football and anything can happen, but we aim to pass our group.”Mitrovic has yet to have confirmation on whether he will play for Newcastle or the newly promoted Fulham next season. Serbia begin their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica on Sunday before facing Switzerland and then concluding the group stage with a game against Brazil.
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery blasts Xhaka critics: We need him there!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists Granit Xhaka deserves praise for filling in at centre-half.Ahead of their clash with Burnley, Emery was asked whether he was overplaying fit-again Laurent Koscielny.He replied, “But I trust him and we have solutions for who can play in this position. For example, I read a little criticism for our midfielders like Xhaka playing centre back, but I am very happy with him because his mentality is a very big mentality. He helped us, and he played left back too sometimes and I think he played well. This reason, for me, is that I trust in another player and tomorrow we are going to play with the first 11 and other players in the bench with our performance.”I think we’re in a good position to play against Burnley. With respect, but with believing in our work, in our possibilities in other players to play, like a centre back or a midfielder. Above all, I think the mentality is a very big mentality to help us. We have the players and they are playing out of position, like Xhaka and Lichtsteiner last week at Southampton.”
Man Utd to bid for £130M-rated Leicester duo Maddison and Chilwellby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are planning to bid for £130m-rated Leicester City duo James Maddison and Ben Chilwell.The Sun says United have sent scouts to watch the Foxes pair during their recent matches against Tottenham and Liverpool.It is understood the Old Trafford chief was impressed with Maddison and Chilwell during their 1-0 home win over Leicester earlier this campaign.A United source said: “We have already compiled a scouting report of both of them. We have been watching them for a few years now.“They fit all the right requirements and criteria in terms of quality and keeping an English core which is important.“Ole likes them but it would be difficult to get them both at the same time. We will have to wait and see what happens.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nebraska Football/TwitterAfter a week of heartbreak, the Nebraska football community is turning sorrow into pride.Last weekend, the Nebraska Huskers lost Sam Foltz, their senior punter, in a fatal car crash in Wisconsin. His funeral was yesterday in Grand Island, Neb.Yesterday, the Huskers released a video that highlights the incredible career of the three-year starter, as well as his significant leadership role both on the team and in the local community.“My message today is all about teamwork,” the punter says.Now, the Huskers honor Foltz’s legacy by joining together in memory of their brilliant teammate with this video memorial.You can watch the tribute video here:“My name is Sam Foltz, I’m the starting punter here.My message today is all about teamwork.” pic.twitter.com/Sb885pH3VR— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) July 30, 2016Unfortunately, the car crash that took Foltz’s life also killed former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, also in the accident, managed to escape the burning vehicle.Foltz, a Nebraska native, was entering his fifth year in the Huskers program. Named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List earlier this summer, he was expected to be one of the best punters in the country.
Jose Mourinho says he insisted Chelsea sign Didier Drogba from Marseille, claiming he told Blues owner Roman Abramovich to “pay and don’t speak”.Drogba moved to the west London club in 2004, the same year Mourinho joined, completing a £24 million ($31m) transfer from Ligue 1.The Ivory Coast international was 26 years old at the time and had scored a total of 39 goals from 80 appearances in the French league. 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? Speaking to beIn Sports this week, Mourinho said: “Drogba is the kind of guy who is so loyal that he never forgot that I took him from Marseille to the Premier League, where he was not even expected, because he didn’t start very young at that level.“He had already played for Guingamp, Marseille, Le Mans, so when I took him to Chelsea I remember clearly Abramovich was asking me, ‘Who? Who do you want as a striker?’“With all the big names in Europe at that time I said Drogba. ‘Who is he? Where’s he playing?’ (I said) ‘Mr Abramovich – pay. pay, and don’t speak’.“And Didier was an iconic player for Chelsea, for the Premier League.”Drogba went on to score a total of 164 goals for Chelsea in 381 appearances for the club across two stints, leaving him as their fourth-top scorer behind Frank Lampard, Bobby Tambling and Kerry Dixon.Having won two Premier League titles under Mourinho, Drogba lifted another in 2009-10 and pick up four FA Cup winner’s medals plus a famous Champions League victory immediately before he left for China, scoring the winning penalty in Munich. After brief stints with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray between 2012-14, the Ivorian was again signed by Mourinho at Chelsea and scored four Premier League goals to help the Blues to another league title.The Ivorian then moved to the MLS with Montreal Impact, and later become a player/co-owner of Phoenix Rising before finally retiring in November last year. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gonzalo Higuain has admitted that Maurizio Sarri is the coach who gets the best out of his skill set as the Argentine and the Italian are reunited at Chelsea.Higuain burst into life against Huddersfield after a quiet start to life at Stamford Bridge, netting two goals as the Blues hammered their opponents 5-0 in the Premier League at the weekend.AdChoices广告’Pipita’, as he is affectionately known, had been struggling for goals prior to his move to England, finding chances hard to come by in an AC Milan side that many believe to lack creativity. 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? It was in Serie A that the Argentine enjoyed his best ever goalscoring season, however, having scored 36 times in the 2015-16 under Sarri at Napoli.As such, the 31-year-old is understandably elated to be reunited with his old boss.“Sarri is the coach who has got the best out of me as a player,” he said after Saturday’s victory. “He’s someone who knew how to work with me, particularly on the emotional side.“The 2015-16 season was a wonderful one in which I broke the goal-scoring record, which is very important out there [in Italy].“It was a fantastic year for myself and Maurizio, a period which we shared together, even thought it was for a short time.“I’m just happy to be working with him again at a big club, which has so much history and wonderful team-mates. I want to get back to that level.“Everything is set on the right path to achieve our goals by the end of the season.”Higuain was also quizzed on the differences across leagues, having never played in England before, and he believes that he has a good base to work with as he endeavours to return to the peak of his game.“The defenders here go into you harder,” he said. “Especially when you receive the ball to feet. That’s a big difference, but I have a good impression of English football. It will only get better for me.“When I was growing up I watched all of the different leagues, but lately you see a lot more of the Premier League so I knew about it before I came here.“I think it’s a very fascinating league,” he added. “Especially the way they play here in England – with a lot of dynamism – is really great.“The stadiums are full and there’s a great atmosphere. You don’t have to worry about many things and this is important for players because it allows you to live life like an ordinary person.”Higuain returns to action with Chelsea on Sunday, February 10, with a trip to English champions Manchester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ESPN radio host Mike Golic is not a fan of Ohio State’s hug rule.Earlier this week, it was revealed that Ohio State’s players, to combat the possibility of dropping the ball before the goal line on a touchdown, are forced by the coaching staff to hand the ball to the referee and give an offensive lineman a hug after a score. It’s a move that seems pretty intelligent, at least to most fans. ESPN radio host Mike Golic doesn’t seem to like Urban Meyer’s rule, though.Friday, Golic, on Mike & Mike, made it clear that he believes “forced” hugs aren’t authentic. The entire Mike & Mike staff then attempted to hug him live on-air.Ohio State fans have responded to Golic on Twitter.@MikeAndMike Golic is missing the point. Hug a Big Guy is all about the TEAM & how to win! The bigs are why the guy got into the endzone.— Woodridge Football (@WoodridgeFB) September 23, 2016@MikeAndMike that being said… @espngolic is just being cranky because defensive guys are too “tough” to be hugged lol— Timmy Jordan (@Timmy_Jay9) September 23, 2016@espngolic @MikeAndMike @Espngreeny Urban uses psych motivation. Adding a second to-do, “hug a big guy” increases the chances both get done— Jesse Gardner (@jmgkid) September 23, 2016@espngolic @Espngreeny Golic I usually agree with you but in this case I don’t. When you win three national titles you can criticize Urban— Tim Byrd (@MEATBAT24) September 23, 2016@MikeAndMike @Espngreeny Despite @espngolic hating @OSUCoachMeyer & @OhioStateFB today, the hogs are loved #GoBucks https://t.co/PxJM8jj9ks— Kevin McCune (@KevinMcCune) September 23, 2016@espngolic “disdain” for @OhioState team rule on celebrating after a score is silly. @NCAAFootball has some problems. Talk about those. ?— Patrick Gregg (@PatrickGregg) September 23, 2016Is Golic just being cranky, or does he have a point? Regardless, no Ohio State players have made the mistake yet – and it doesn’t look like any will.
Arsenal are set to sign Lille forward Nicolas Pepe for €80 million (£72.9m/$88.7m), according to Lille president Gerard Lopez.Pepe hit 22 Ligue 1 goals and registered 11 assists last season as Lille finished second in the table behind Paris Saint-Germain.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel made his admiration for the Ivory Coast forward clear, with Liverpool, Inter, Bayern Munich and Manchester United among the other major clubs linked with the winger. 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? Carlo Ancelotti also confirmed the player was a target for Napoli, but the 24-year-old is instead set to become Arsenal’s record signing.”I think it should be done in the next 24 hours,” Lopez told RMC Sport.”It is €80m fixed, plus some other details.”In talking with Nico and his agents, things focused on the certain clubs that we wanted to focus on, the two projects that interested the player.”Pepe will join an impressive forward line at Arsenal, who also boast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and former Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.He will become the Gunners’ fourth signing of the close season after teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli arrived from Ituano, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos joined on loan and St Etienne defender William Saliba chose Unai Emery’s side over rivals Tottenham.However, 18-year-old centre-back Saliba is set to stay on loan in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 season.The Gunners have a couple more deals in the pipeline, too, with steady progress being made as they look to close out a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, 22, as well as adding a central defender to shore up their leaky backline.Any deal for a centre-back will depend on the likely exits of Laurent Koscielny – who dramatically refused to join Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States – and Shkodran Mustafi, whose errors look to have cost him his place at the club.Arsenal were linked with a clutch of other wide players before settling on Pepe, chiefly Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, but the likes of Ryan Fraser, Yannick Carrasco, Malcom and Ivan Perisic were all mooted.
Cristiano Ronaldo said Zinedine Zidane made him feel special at Real Madrid as he hailed the legendary French midfielder’s coaching skills.Ronaldo left Madrid ahead of the 2018-19 season, joining Juventus in a blockbuster deal after three consecutive Champions League titles under Zidane’s leadership.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner enjoyed great success during his time with Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu, also winning La Liga in 2016-17. 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? And Ronaldo heaped praise on Zidane – who is in his second stint in charge of Madrid – as he discussed the pair’s relationship.”The confidence that a player needs doesn’t only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach,” Ronaldo told DAZN.”You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special.”He helped me a lot. I already had a lot of respect for him but working with him made me admire him more.”That’s because of what he’s like as a person, how he talks, how he led the team and how he treated me.”He’d tell me, ‘Cris, relax and just play your game – you are the one who is going to make the difference.'”He was always honest with me and that’s why I’ll always have a real affection for him.”Zidane returned to Real Madrid in March after departing following the 2018 Champions League final victory over Liverpool.He had been replaced by Julen Lopetegui, who lasted just a matter of months before being replaced himself by Santiago Solari.However, Solari didn’t fare much better as his tenure lasted just months as well before the club opted to move on to its third manager of the campaign.Following Real Madrid’s shock Champions League elimination to Ajax and with the club sputtering in La Liga, the Spanish giants turned to Zidane once again as the Frenchman signed a new deal that will keep him at the club through 2022.Ronaldo scored 21 Serie A goals in his first season with Italian champions Juventus, who won their eighth successive Scudetto.Juventus are set to open their Serie A campaign against Parma on August 24 while Real Madrid’s La Liga season begins this Saturday with a visit to Celta Vigo.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former SEC football standout received some tough news this morning. He’s been released by his NFL team.Aaron Davis, a former standout defensive back at Georgia, was hoping to make the New York Giants roster this fall as an undrafted free agent. That won’t be happening, though.The Giants announced this morning that they’ve waived/injured the rookie defensive back.#NYGiants sign TE Scott Simonson, waive/injure DB Aaron Davis.DETAILS: https://t.co/nizvFe7AKg pic.twitter.com/Ce0wholOh8— New York Giants (@Giants) June 12, 2018Here’s the release:Simonson is a native of Red Bank, N.J. who played at Middletown High School. At Assumption College, he played in 36 games with 31 starts and had 104 receptions for 1,537 yards and 15 touchdowns.Simonson joins Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams, Kyle Carter and Ryan O’Malley on the Giants’ current roster.To make room for Simonson, rookie defensive back Aaron Davis was waived injured.Davis, a Georgia native, started in all 15 games for the Bulldogs last season. He was fifth on the team with 43 total tackles.Hopefully he can land somewhere else.
Tulane football has unveiled a number of different uniform options in the last few years, many featuring the school’s “Angry Wave” logo. None are quite as bold as the newest Green Wave helmet.Tulane hosts Memphis football on Friday night for an AAC match-up. The helmet for the game was unveiled today, and is making its way around the college football internet.The Angry Wave logo takes up basically all of the new Tulane football helmet.The reveal was done with a video from Tulane football.The team will be wearing black jerseys and pants with the bold green and blue helmet.? ⚫ Friday Night Lights ⚫ ? #UniReveal for tomorrow’s game vs. @MemphisFB, courtesy of @TulaneEquipment. #RollWave @uniswag pic.twitter.com/XlBUF6Ya3q— Tulane Football (@GreenWaveFB) September 27, 2018Tulane blog Fear the Wave grabbed a screenshot of the helmet, showing the Angry Wave in all of its glory.!!!! pic.twitter.com/rNTDOredEC— Fear the Wave (@FearTheWaveBlog) September 27, 2018Tulane is 1-3, but has had a pretty tough schedule to start. The team beat Nicholls State, the team that knocked off Kansas earlier in the year, 42-17. It fell by one score to Wake Forest in overtime and UAB in Week 3.Last week, the Green Wave traveled to Ohio State, and served as the first opponent for Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes won 49-6.Memphis has been one of the top teams in the AAC over the last few years, and are off to a 3-1 start. The Tigers have double-digit wins over Mercer, Georgia State, South Alabama, and a one-point loss to Navy.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)A good recruiting day for Ohio State’s football program just turned into a great one, as the Buckeyes have landed another top commitment.Earlier today, Ohio State was able to flip running back Marcus Crowley, who had been committed to Miami. Crowley visited the Buckeyes this weekend and announced his decision shortly after his visit ended.Tonight, Ohio State has added a commitment from a four-star wide receiver.Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a four-star wide receiver in the 2020 class, announced on Twitter that he’s committed to Urban Meyer and Co.The Buckeyes beat out Nebraska, Notre Dame and Texas Tech, among other programs.I just want to thank GOD! pic.twitter.com/brVbw7XuLo— Jaxon Smith-Njigba (@jaxon_smith1) November 5, 2018The four-star wide receiver is ranked the No. 59 WR in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Ohio State’s 2020 class now has 7 commitments and is ranked the No. 3 class in the country.
Only two weeks remain in the 2018 college football regular season. We have a new Coaches’ Poll heading into Week 12.The top 10 is virtually unchanged, with WVU and Ohio State flipping spots. Outside of that, Iowa State and Boise State made sizable leaps, with Kentucky, Boston College and Mississippi State all dropping at least eight spots.The full top 25 is as follows:RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTS1ST PLACE VOTESPREVCHANGEHI/LOW1Alabama10-01624641–1/12Clemson10-0156112–2/43Notre Dame10-0149003–3/114Michigan9-1141504–4/225Georgia9-1136905–2/66Oklahoma9-1127306–5/117West Virginia8-111730816/208Ohio State9-1113507-12/99Washington State9-1111909–9/NR10Louisiana State8-21078010–4/2411Central Florida9-01042011–9/2312Syracuse8-2849013112/NR13Utah State9-1698016313/NR14Texas7-366201957/NR15Penn State7-364602058/2016Florida7-3604021511/NR17Washington7-359101816/1918Iowa State6-3403025718/NR19Utah7-3387024516/NR20Cincinnati9-1383023320/NR21Kentucky7-3318012-912/NR22Boston College7-3309014-814/NR23Mississippi State6-4219015-814/NR24Boise State8-21290NR1417/NR25UAB9-11020NR425/NRThe newest AP Top 25 will be unveiled at around 2 p.m. ET.This week’s College Football Playoff rankings will drop on Tuesday night on ESPN.For now, here are ESPN’s expert picks.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: An American flag is held on the field during the national anthem to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl between the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 31-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The first New Year’s Six bowl game set to be played today is the Fiesta Bowl, which is pitting LSU against UCF.The Tigers are the favorite in this one, especially with the Knights being without star quarterback McKenzie Milton.However, LSU’s defense will be tested – heavily.UCF still has one of the country’s most-potent offenses and it will be facing an LSU defense that’s missing a ton of key starters.Several LSU players have opted to skip today’s game, putting their NFL future in priority.LSU is lacking a lot of depth up front.Neil Farrell and Jonathan Giles both among the guys not dressed out for #LSU. Presumably injuries for both. Tigers down a ton of bodies for today’s Fiesta Bowl.— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) January 1, 2019Nelson Jenkins and Davin Cotton both not dressed out. #LSU’s available bodies on the defensive line are dwindling fast. pic.twitter.com/kXfq9TTb1x— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) January 1, 2019This is going to be tough for #LSU fans to read. Starting defensive line is Rashard Lawrence, Glen Logan, Tyler ShelvinAvailable backups: Two. Justin Thomas and Dominic LivingstonTigers don’t have much room for rotation today.— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) January 1, 2019LSU and UCF are set to kick off at 1 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.