About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City face rap over knuckles from Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City face a rap over the knuckles for their Premier League media conference this week.The Times says City could be in hot water for rearranging their Friday press conference for Saturday afternoon.Premier League rules state that for matches played on a Sunday clubs must hold press conferences by Friday at 1.30pm, but City have delayed theirs by a day.City must now provide an adequate reason for delaying their press conference.
West Ham boss Pellegrini still keen on Medelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini remains keen on Gary Medel.The Mirror says former Cardiff midfielder Medel could be heading back to England.Reports in Turkey say West Ham have held talks with Besiktas over the Chilean.The Hammers are reportedly ready to make an £8m bid.And Besiktas are prepared to sell as they seek to balance the books this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane wants Mendy as Real Madrid first-choiceby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is eager for Ferland Mendy to establish himself.The France left-back was signed this summer from Lyon and is battling Marcelo for a place in Zidane’s starting XI.And Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, revealed: “Mendy is a player that I think is the great success of the signings. “The idea that Zidane has is that he is the starting left side, the first-choice in all the lineups.”Physically, he is out-of-the-box and he is going to be a star in Madrid. He (Zidane) likes him better than Marcelo right now.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say WOW! Vidal delivers home truths to Barcelona pal Dembeleby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArturo Vidal insists Barcelona must keep hold of Ousmane Dembele.Despite his problems off the pitch, Vidal says the France attacker has world class potential.He told L’Equipe: “Above all, Ousmane is a footballer with a crazy talent. When he reaches maturity, he will be an important player for Barça and the France team. “But, clearly, he needs to mature. To listen to his body, to be better prepared to avoid injuries. In football, if you want to be the best, you have to get up, eat and go to bed thinking football. And then, do not rest on your achievements. “Football evolves so fast, you have to constantly innovate, discover other ways to surprise the opponent, be curious … You can not bet everything on your talent. I think Ousmane will realise at some point that he has to do more.”
O.J. Howard VideoVideos of athletes going unrecognized when taking to the street and interviewing unsuspecting fans are always a good watch. This clip featuring Alabama tight end O.J. Howard is no different. Howard speaks with a slew of seemingly clueless Crimson Tide fans who have no idea who they’ve been approached by. Howard even asks one of them which tight end on the roster he thinks will stand out most next year and the fan cites TY Flournoy-Smith, Howard’s back-up. Howard hauled in 17 passes for 260 yards and no touchdowns in 2014. A gifted athlete, he should be a bigger factor in Alabama’s offensive attack this fall as a junior. If that happens, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to sneak up on any more fans.
Mohammed Al-Musallami guaranteed Oman’s place in the last 16 of the Asian Cup with a last-gasp goal sealing a 3-1 victory over Group F rivals Turkmenistan.The two teams appeared set to be eliminated with the scores locked at 1-1 after 83 minutes at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, but Muhsen Al Ghassani and Al-Musallami got the goals they needed to advance as one of the best third-placed teams.Oman took the lead in the 20th minute through a sensational free-kick from Ahmed Al Mahaijri, but Altymyrat Annadurdyyev drew Turkmenistan level before half-time. 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? After the Gulf Cup champions missed out on a penalty for a handball by Mekan Saparov, Al Ghassani put them ahead in the 84th minute and Al-Musallami headed home nine minutes later to complete a huge victory.When you qualify to the #AsianCup2019 RO16 with a stoppage time goal!Congratulations to @OmanFA pic.twitter.com/gVMozBRCeP— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 17, 2019There was nothing the Turkmenistan goalkeeper Mamed Orazmuhamedov could do to stop Oman moving ahead through Al Mahaijri’s 25-yard free-kick that flew into the top-left corner.Annaguliyev Guychmyrat fired a glorious chance over when he was somehow not deemed offside, while Serdar Geldiyev had the ball in the net only for play to be pulled back for a perceived foul by Mekan Saparov on keeper Faiyz Al Rusheidi.Turkmenistan got an equaliser in the 41st minute as a deflected pass fell kindly for Annadurdyyev, who drilled beyond Al Rusheidi at his near post.Oman were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Saparov handled the ball in the area and Orazmuhamedov pawed the deflection off the line, while Khalid Al-Hajri had a goal-bound shot blocked from the resultant corner.Pim Verbeek’s team ramped up the pressure and got their rewards when Al Ghassani turned home from Al Mahaijri’s cutback six minutes from time.And there were scenes of jubilation when Al-Musallami headed Salaah Al-Yahyaei’s corner into the bottom-right corner to send Oman through to the knockouts for the first time in their history.
Twitter/@ChrisFischer07Derwin James injury update: the Florida State safety now has a timetable for his return from a torn meniscus.The Seminoles star went down during FSU’s win over Charleston Southern on Saturday. While there was no torn ACL, or other significant damage to his left knee, as some feared at the time, he will be out for a good chunk of the season as he rehabs from surgery to fix the torn meniscus.During a press conference today, head coach Jimbo Fisher said that his star safety will be out at least 5-7 weeks.Jimbo Fisher said the had to sew Derwin James’s knee cartilage. Saved all cartilage, but will take longer to heal. At least 5-7 weeks.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) September 13, 2016The timing is rough for the Seminoles, who head to Louisville for a match-up with red-hot Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson. The sophomore has played himself into early Heisman talks with 13 touchdowns through two games, blowout wins over Charlotte and Syracuse.James has a monster freshman season in 2015, racking up 91 tackles (9.5 TFL), 4.5 sacks, five pass breakups, two fumbles forced, and two fumble recoveries. He was named to the Freshman All-American team by multiple publications, and was an All-American Honorable Mention per CBS Sports.After this weekend’s trip to Louisville, Florida State has games at USF, vs. North Carolina, at Miami, and vs. Wake Forest. Based on the Derwin James injury timeline, he could return for FSU’s huge October 29 game vs. Clemson, which would be a big boost for the ‘Noles defense.
Manchester United legends Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin believe Manchester City will be ‘catchable’ next season, singling out the loss of captain Vincent Kompany as a potential weak spot. Pep Guardiola’s side edged out Liverpool for the Premier League title last season, with the Red Devils meanwhile finishing sixth – 32 points shy of their cross-city rivals. City could now claim the league for a third straight time this coming season, but Robson suggested the loss of a leader like Kompany could see them struggle for direction. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “There’s always a chance of catching a team that’s just won the league,” Robson told Goal.”It depends on City with how they replace Kompany because he’ll be a big miss for them, he was a real leader in the dressing room. It also depends how you start the season, if you start it off really well you can be confident “City have definitely got the ability to go win the league again but they’re definitely catchable as well.”Kompany, who has been with City since 2008, departed the club at the end of the season to become player-manager at Anderlecht. The 33-year-old has left some big shoes to fill according to Irwin, who is all too aware of the gap that separated the two Manchester clubs last season. “City have been fantastic the past couple of seasons and Kompany is a big figure for them, so losing someone like that with his strength in the dressing room will be a big loss,” Irwin told Goal.”But they’ll still be a hard side to beat and there was a large points gap between ourselves and them last year so it’s up to us to rise up to the challenge and start the season really well.”After missing out on Champions League qualification, Robson also stressed a top-four finish is a must for Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side next season. The Red Devils are currently without a recognised club captain after the departure of Antonio Valencia with Robson confident Solskjaer will make the right choice. “Only Ole can decide that, he’s inside the camp everyday and sees who can influence the players on the training ground and on the pitch,” he said. “I think once he gets to know the players a little bit more he’ll make his decision on who he wants to be club captain.”
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Ohio State Buckeyes players hold their helmets on the sideline during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)A torn ACL is a brutal blow for any athlete. It is especially tough to see when it occurs during a player’s senior season.Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic star Ronnie Hickman has suffered just such a fate. The Ohio State commit is done for the year after tearing his ACL last weekend.Hickman was injured in DePaul’s win over Hudson Catholic last week. He sat out the Spartans’ 59-28 loss to Don Bosco Prep on Friday.Hickman finishes his career with 71 tackles, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups. Offensively, he hauled in 70 catches for 1,418 receiving yards and scored 22 total touchdowns.The No. 11 safety recruit in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Hickman has been committed to Ohio State since April.He was a onetime Rutgers lacrosse commit earlier in his high school career.Bad news for @dpfootball: Two-way star and @OhioStateFB commit Ronnie Hickman’s senior season is over after tearing his ACL #NJFootball @Buckeye_Nation @Buckeyes @OhioStateRivals https://t.co/mqysGk5Ko3— Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoobHS) October 21, 2018Hickman getting hurt now means he likely won’t be fully healthy for training camp at Ohio State next summer. That will leave him a little behind in terms of development.We’d imagine the Buckeyes will keep Hickman on scholarship and wait for him to heal. He’s a talented player and it is common practice for schools to stick with recruits who suffer serious injuries.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)While the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish try to continue their perfect season this weekend, the prestigious program received important news pertaining to its future.This Saturday, the Fighting Irish will play against Navy from Qualcomm Stadium. In 2020, these two teams will find themselves playing in an entirely different country.College football is returning to Ireland in two years, as Notre Dame and Navy will play in Dublin.Irish prime minister confirms Notre Dame vs Navy will return to Ireland on August 29, 2020; will be the first of the five-game series to run between 2020 and 2024 (participants in the other 4 TBD): https://t.co/QQX8IVJQjk ???— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 25, 2018In addition, four other matchups are expected to be announced in the future that will also take place at Aviva Stadium, but they haven’t been confirmed yet.Notre Dame’s focus is most likely on this season, as the road to the College Football Playoff is clear for Brian Kelly’s squad.However, it’s hard to ignore this magnificent news for Ireland and college football. Placing a five-game series across the world should develop more fans across the globe.As for the battle taking place this weekend between Notre Dame and Navy, the two sides have much to play for tomorrow night.