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.