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.
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.”
SYDNEY, Australia — A court has dismissed a last-ditch challenge and approved the merger of television network Nine Entertainment and newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into an Australian media giant to be known only as Nine.Fairfax shareholders voted for the merger last week. But major shareholder Antony Catalano argued in his Federal Court challenge that the Fairfax shareholders had not been allowed to consider his proposal to acquire 19.9 per cent of the company’s shares, which would have scuttled the Nine merger.Justice Jacqueline Gleeson approved the Nine-Fairfax deal on Tuesday.The new entity will begin trading on the Australian share market on Dec. 10.The Associated Press
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) attempts to run through a tackle by Northwestern defender during a game Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Big Ten football schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons were released by the conference Wednesday.Ohio State is scheduled to play new conference foe Rutgers for the third time at home in 2018. The Buckeyes are also set to host Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Michigan and travel to Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State and Maryland.A season-opening home game for 2018 is yet to be determined, but OSU is scheduled to visit TCU and host North Carolina to round out its schedule that year.OSU hosts Michigan State, Wisconsin, Maryland and Penn State as part of its conference slate in 2019, and is scheduled to travel to Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan.The Buckeyes open Big Ten play that year with back-to-back road games at Indiana Sept. 14 and at Nebraska Sept. 28. OSU hosts TCU between those games Sept. 21. It will be the first time the Horned Frogs will play in Columbus since 1973.The 2019 visit to Northwestern marks the first time OSU will play in Evanston, Ill., since this year’s 40-30 victory Oct. 5. The Oct. 26 date with Wisconsin will be the first time the Badgers will return to Ohio Stadium since losing to OSU 31-24 on Sept. 28 of this year.Maryland and Rutgers officially join the conference next season, and the B1G will sport a new alignment with East and West divisions.The Big Ten is scheduled to expand its conference schedule to nine games beginning in 2016, the same season OSU is set to play nine straight weeks of B1G contests. 2019 Ohio State Football ScheduleAug. 31 —TBASept. 7 — CincinnatiSept. 14 — at IndianaSept. 21 — TCUSept. 28 — at NebraskaOct. 5 — Michigan StateOct. 19 —at NorthwesternOct. 26 — WisconsinNov. 9 — MarylandNov. 16 — at RutgersNov. 23 — Penn StateNov. 30 — at Michigan 2018 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 1 — TBASept. 8 — RutgersSept. 15 — at TCUSept. 22 — North CarolinaSept. 29 — at Penn StateOct. 6 — IndianaOct. 13 — MinnesotaOct. 20 — at PurdueNov. 3 — NebraskaNov. 10 — at Michigan StateNov. 17 — MarylandNov. 24 —Michigan
The Buckeyes line up prior to taking the field for warmups before the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) has found itself in the midst of a hot stretch. But through no fault of its own, that stretch will be put on hold this weekend.The Buckeyes have a bye week and will not play until they welcome No. 2 Penn State to Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in a battle of Big Ten powers.“It’s definitely going to be fun to have a week off and refresh,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said after the Buckeyes’ 56-14 win over Nebraska. “It’s a good time because we’ve got two weeks to prepare for Penn State. As everybody knows that’s a great team, so it’s definitely good for us.”Since its Week 2 loss to Oklahoma, Ohio State has rolled on both sides of the ball, even though its special teams has looked incompetent. The Buckeyes have defeated their past five opponents — Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska — by a combined score of 266-56 and have outgained opponents by 1,885 yards. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett has thrown for at least 200 yards every game and accounted for 22 touchdowns over the span without an interception. In the past five games, opponents have scored just three first-half touchdowns against the starting defense. “This is a good time to be cooking, but it’s also a good time to have a bye week and get these guys fresh,” Meyer said Saturday. “We’re still finalizing how we’re going to do the bye week.”After its longest road trip of the season and the third night game away from home, Ohio State took Sunday off. For the first time all season, it did not feel rushed to jump into preparation for its next opponent, even though the Nittany Lions might be the most formidable opponent of the year. Redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin said Ohio State appreciates the week off, which allows it to focus heavily on its next opponent, but it also must balance that with maintaining steady improvement.“As far as just keeping the pedal off the gas, we’ve got to keep it going,” McLaurin said. “We’ve got a nice train rolling right now. We just want to come into this bye week focused and ready to get better.”Nearly a year ago, then-No. 2 Ohio State traveled to State College, Pennsylvania, to take on Penn State, a team that had just come off a bye week and handily defeated Maryland before its off week. Conversely, Wisconsin took the Buckeyes into overtime before Ohio State was able to come away with a hard-fought 30-27 overtime victory in Madison, Wisconsin. As the Buckeyes battled, the Nittany Lions rested.Both teams’ schedules are flipped this year.Not only will the Buckeyes be playing a game for the first time in two weeks when they play host to Penn State, but the Nittany Lions will be coming off a game against No. 19 Michigan. Even though the Wolverines have not looked as threatening this year, their stingy defense has not allowed more than 20 points in a game and will test a strong Nittany Lion offense.Though the Buckeyes have avoided outright saying they were looking forward to avenging last year’s loss to Penn State in prior weeks, it’s not a stretch to believe it has been in the back of their minds since the white-clad fans stormed Beaver Stadium as the Scarlet and Gray walked dejectedly back to the locker room.Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis admitted as much saying the team has had an eye on Penn State for a while and mentioned the coaches have been preparing for this matchup for weeks. But for now, Ohio State rests, awaiting a chance for revenge.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Christian Karembeu believes that his former club are the clear favourites to retain their Champions League title for a third consecutive seasonZinedine Zidane’s side have had a rather humbling domestic season, after their success last season, with Real currently 15 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and they were left stunned when Leganes knocked them out of the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.But Karembeu, who won the Champions League twice in his time at the club, is confident that they can win the competition this season against the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.“Don’t even ask the question,” the former Madrid midfielder told Omnisport, according to SportsKeeda.“Only Real can win it [the Champions League], that’s it.“In Kiev, who’s going to play against Real, this I don’t know. Real will be in Kiev however, yes.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Karembeu also voiced his support for Zidane and is full of optimism about his potential at the Santiago Bernabeu: “He [Zidane] was an amazing player and he will become an amazing coach,” he added. “He’s doing it already.”The former French international is also backing Didier Deschamps to lead France to glory in the World Cup: “France will win because 20 years ago we did it,” he added. “Didier Deschamps is experienced and knows his group.“They played a final of a European Championship at home.“He saw some interesting performances. It was a successful competition. He has to bounce back.”Karembeu spent three season at Real from between 1997 and 2000. As well as winning the Champions League twice, the now 47 year-old also won the Intercontinental Cup in 1998.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has sent his best wishes to former teammate Dani Alves after it was confirmed that he will miss the World Cup this summerThe experienced right-back was expected to be one of Tite’s key players for Brazil in next month’s World Cup in Russia, but suffered a cruciate ligament injury in Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de France victory over Les Herbiers.Alves was being touted as one of the prime candidates to wear the captain’s armband for the Selecao at the World Cup.But the 35-year-old is now out with PSG yet to announce a timeframe for Alves’ return from injury.“There’s never a good time to get injured, but keep your head high + positive mind as you always do. You will be back in no time to keep lifting trophies!” wrote Ter Stegen on Twitter.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Not just football will miss you at the @FIFAWorldCup , also your GOOD CRAZY MOOD @DaniAlvesD2 ! There’s never a good time to get injured, but keep your head high + positive mind as you always do. You will be back in no time to keep lifting trophies! TAMO JUNTO MEU IRMÃO???? pic.twitter.com/FbPkIKRNnr— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) 15 May 2018Ter Stegen himself is expected to be Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper as they bid to successfully defend their World Cup title this summer.
The Manchester United legend believes it will take some time for the French footballer to return to his best level in the English Premier LeagueManchester United footballer Paul Pogba has been on the spotlight recently.Before the start of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season, he was rumored to be moving away from Manchester.But he stayed and now his form has been under attack lately.And for former Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel, it will just be a matter of time to be able to see the real potential Pogba has.“Paul’s come back from the World Cup having won it, he’s come back very early and it’s really difficult,” Schmeichel told talkSPORT as quoted by Goal.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I’ve obviously never been all the way to the final but I went to the quarter-final and to come back with very little break, very little holiday after you’ve been on this incredible high – you find yourself in this state that’s been going on for three or four weeks and then it’s gone.”“You completely deflate and to inflate yourself again it just takes time,” he said.“Unfortunately, the football calendar is such that even the guys all the way to the final won’t have much of a break.”“Hopefully later on in the season there is an opportunity to give those players just a little bit of a breather – it is so difficult, honestly,” he added.“Your mind is somewhere else, you look at the 11 months ahead of you and think, ‘This is the steepest mountain’ and at some point, you need to just get away from it.”
Burnley winger Aaron Lennon insists he is not expecting a national team call-up despite putting on an impressive display in front of the England national team coach.The ex-Tottenham Hotspur player scored his first goal since 2016 when he scored Burnley’s second goal of the game during their 4-0 win over Bournemouth.The 31-year-old made his England debut as a teenager and is yet to be called to the national team setup since February 2013.He said, according to Sky Sports:“It’s a long time since I played international football. You never know. But the only thing I am concentrating on is playing well for Burnley. Whatever happens, happens.”He said of his goal drought: “It’s been preying on my mind to be honest. I should score more. I’ve had a few chances this season but it is great to get the goal.Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“If you are playing every game you want to aim for double figures. But for me getting assists is just as important. It makes my day if the other lads score as well.”“It didn’t matter how we won. We knew it was just important to get back to winning ways. To win 4-0 was even better.”“We worked on it all week, getting back to basics, being on the front foot and doing what we do. From minute one we were in their faces and it has paid off for us.”The win takes Burnley off the foot of the table and Lennon believes the team can push on from here.He said: “I don’t see why not. The squad is pretty much the same, we’ve brought in a few quality players, as you can see, and obviously we’re out of the Europa League now and we go back to one game a week so we get to work on the training pitch and hopefully we can kick on from there.”
Arsenal and Tottenham have appealed to fans to be on their best behaviour in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie. after a racist abuse marred the last encounter.Arsenal ran away 4-2 winners in the last encounter earlier this month but it made headlines for the wrong reasons when a Spurs fan threw a banana onto the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring a goal.A Tottenham supporter has been fined and handed a four-year football banning order after pleading guilty to throwing a missile and both sides are keen to avoid a repeat of any such unsavoury incidents for the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.“Local derby matches are always passionate affairs and it is important that supporters play their part on these occasions by getting behind the team in a positive way and making them memorable for the right reasons,” Tottenham said on their official website.A message to all supporters attending tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 19, 2018Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby encounters over the years and the vast majority of fans have generated incredible atmospheres on these occasions.“However, there were incidents in our most recent Premier League fixture against Arsenal earlier this month where a small number of supporters of both sides behaved unacceptably.“Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, we wish to remind supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium that any kind of racist, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the club.“As a club that has suffered from abuse in the past from opposition supporters, we wish to make clear that there is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in or outside of football.”