DONE DEAL: Bournemouth sign Liverpool striker Solanke on long-term dealby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Dominic Solanke has joined Bournemouth on a long-term deal.Bournemouth have reportedly paid £19m plus add-ons for the England international striker, who made zero appearances for the Reds this season.”I think the club is going somewhere,” Solanke told Bournemouth’s website.”Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.”I spoke with the manager this morning [Friday]. He is a really nice guy. From playing and watching the Premier League, I know the sort of manager he is.”I was excited to meet him and am really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’s about.”My main target is to score goals and, being a striker, hopefully I can get a few for the team and help the team get wins.”Playing in the Premier League, every game is tough and together we can try to do as well as we can.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham ready to sell Dembele to Beijing Guoanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are ready to sell Mousa Dembele to Beijing Guoan.The Daily Mail says Dembele is discussing his departure from Tottenham after Beijing Guoan offered £11million for the 31-year-old.Mauricio Pochettino is willing to sell the Belgium international as he has plenty of cover in midfield and talks are progressing. Dembele is fit again after his ankle ligament injury and has been training but isn’t in the squad to face Chelsea.Tottenham are willing to sell owing to the emergence of Oliver Skipp and the resurgence of Moussa Sissoko. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool striker Mane happy with Messi praiseby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSadio Mane is happy to receive praise from Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi.Messi voted for Mane in the FIFA Men’s Best Player of the Year award.Mane told reporters: “It’s a great compliment when Messi votes for you. If you look at where I’ve come from, it shows I’ve come quite far.”All I can say [to kids] is to keep working hard and go for your dream.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
jim kelly erin kelly chad kellyMost Ole Miss fans probably already know this – but former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is actually Chad Kelly’s uncle. It looks like he’s quite supportive of his nephew, too.Saturday, Erin Kelly, Jim’s daughter, posted a video of her family watching Ole Miss’ game against Memphis. They go crazy when Chad throws a touchdown to Damore’ea Stringfellow. Check it out:Ole Miss is on upset alert against a talented Tigers team, but the Rebels currently lead 14-0 early.
Twitter/@hawkeyeFBvideoVirtually every college football team makes changes from season to season. Players graduate, enroll, and transfer out and in, coaches take new jobs and rise through the ranks, and systems change all the time. In college football, you can have a team like TCU, which was a 4-8 club in 2013, find itself on the precipice of the College Football Playoff in 2014. While not every rise or fall is that drastic, the sport does lend itself to steep turnarounds. This year, Larry Fedora, Kirk Ferentz, and Bob Stoops all answered questions about their job statuses with remarkable runs, and all are positioned to go to top bowls, if not compete for national championship.These improvements bare themselves out on the stat sheets as well. When comparing the numbers from 2014 to 2015, it isn’t very shocking which teams have seen the biggest jumps this season.Using scoring offense and defense, we measured which power conference teams improved the most in total point differential from 2014 to 2015. Many of the top ten teams are among those that helped define the 2015 college football season. Next: Florida State >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12
Marcelo Bielsa has been reminded of his responsibilities by Leeds United, and the club’s owner Andrea Radrizzani has apologised to Derby County counterpart Mel Morris over the spying scandal.Derby claimed on Friday that a man caught acting “suspiciously” near their training ground a day previously was a Leeds employee, an incident that will be investigated by the Football Association.Police confirmed a man was found and questioned at the perimeter fence of the complex, before being sent on his way with no arrest made. 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? Leeds boss Bielsa accepted in a pre-match interview before Friday’s 2-0 win over the Rams that he was personally responsible for sending a club employee but showed little remorse in defending his actions.He told Sky Sports : “Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he told me I didn’t respect the fair play rules. I have a different point of view but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby County think.”I didn’t ask permission from Leeds United to do it so it’s my responsibility. Without trying to find a justification, I’ve been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina.”It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press. For some people, it’s the wrong thing to do and for other people, it’s not the wrong thing to do.”The Championship leaders have now stated their intention to speak with Bielsa, who conceded he personally sent the man in question without notifying the club, regarding his remarks.A club statement read: “Following comments made by Marcelo Bielsa yesterday the club will look to work with our head coach and his staff to remind them of the integrity and honesty which are the foundations that Leeds United is built on.”Our owner Andrea Radrizzani has met with Derby County’s owner Mel Morris to formally apologise for Marcelo’s actions.”We will make no further comment on this matter.”The issue has received widespread condemnation, with former Newcastle United and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas – now a prominent pundit – calling for Leeds to be hit with a points deduction, while Keith Andrew labelled the incident “disgusting”.
Manchester City can keep pace with Premier League leaders Liverpool on Monday if they are able to overcome the visit of giant-killing Wolves at the Etihad Stadium.Pep Guardiola’s side need three points to remain firmly in the rearview mirror of Jurgen Klopp and their title rivals in the race to defend their crown.But they face something of a banana skin with Nuno Espirito Santo’s team, who have already turned over the Reds, along with Chelsea and Tottenham this season against the odds. 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? Will the Midlands club spring another surprise when they travel north? Or will the hosts cruise to an easy victory? Game Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Date Monday, January 14 Time 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, while it will be streamed on the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Manchester City squad Goalkeepers Ederson, Muric, Grimshaw Defenders Danilo, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Walker, Stones, Mangala Midfielders De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva, Gundogan, Foden, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Delph Forwards Sterling, Sane, Jesus, Bolton Pep Guardiola still cannot call on Claudio Bravo at the back or Benjamin Mendy, while Vincent Kompany may miss out due to a lack of match fitness.Gabriel Jesus will likely lead the forwards then with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane playing as wide, roaming attackers.Sergio Aguero, a question coming in, begins on the bench, as does Kevin De Bruyne.Confirmed Manchester City staring XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo; Bernardo, Fernandinho, David Silva; Sterling, Sane; Jesus. Position Wolves squad Goalkeepers Rui Patricio, Ruddy, Norris Defenders Bennett, Coady, Boly, Dendoncker, Iorfa, Vinagre Midfielders Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Giles, Watt, Goncalves, Gibbs-White, Saiss Forwards Costa, Jota, Jimenez, Cavaleiro, Ashley-Seal, Bonatini, Traore Nuno Espirito Santo has a clean bill of health from which to pick his squad for this big clash, and having named a mostly full-strength side for the FA Cup win over Liverpool, is unlikely to tinker too much.Matt Doherty has come back into the side to play out wide on the wings while Belgium international Leander Dendoncker has shifted inside.Confirmed Wolves starting XI: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jota, Jimenez.Betting & Match Odds City are heavy favourites to prevail with the three points in this game and can be backed at 2/11 with bet365. Wolves are priced out at 16/1 while a draw is 7/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview A victory over title rivals Liverpool and two more wins with a combined 16 goals netted has given Manchester City a perfect start to 2019.But the Premier League champions still need to do the business if they hope to keep pace with the Reds, who reopened a seven-point lead at the top of the table with victory over Brighton on Saturday.Pep Guardiola is missing a handful of faces for his latest match, but having been able to rotate his squad across FA Cup and Carabao Cup games means that he will have hopefully fresh legs to call upon.The Sky Blues will be looking for a fully-fit Kevin De Bruyne to help provide the midfield spark once again to light up another incendiary performance at the Etihad Stadium, though it will be off the bench as he was not handed the start.They face an unusual challenge in the shape of Wolves though, who, under Nuno Espirito Santo, have confounded expectations since their promotion last season.The Portuguese’s side have suffered some soft losses upon their return to the top flight – but have also turned over some of the bigger names without breaking a sweat.Wins over Chelsea and Tottenham in the league, plus their defeat of Liverpool in the FA Cup earlier this month, proves that they are not to be taken lightly as opponents.With no injuries either, they are able to call upon their own talents, several of whom know how to find the net.A leaky defence has been an issue this season though – they sit inside the top half of the table with a minus goal difference – which means City might find chances not too difficult to come by to put this game to bed early on. 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Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder scored in the second half to earn Sevilla a deserved 2-0 victory over Barcelona, who rested Lionel Messi, in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final. Messi came off the bench to help Barca beat Leganes in LaLiga at the weekend, but Ernesto Valverde left his captain out entirely at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Wednesday, handing a debut to shock signing Kevin-Prince Boateng in attack instead.Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho came on as substitutes but, if Barca are to win the Copa del Rey for a fifth year in a row, they will have to overturn a first-leg deficit as they did in the last round against Levante. 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? Sarabia struck to capitalise on a period of Sevilla dominance with Ben Yedder adding a late second, Pablo Machin’s side bouncing back from a run of three straight losses in all competitions to stun the holders, although they lost talismanic winger Jesus Navas to injury.Sarabia & Ben Yedder put @SevillaFC_ENG in charge of their #CopaDelRey quarter-final!Sevilla 2-0 Barcelona pic.twitter.com/l0hpKHTdXc— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 23, 2019Sevilla thought they had been awarded a penalty in the first half when Arturo Vidal blocked a cross with his upper arm, but a VAR review opted not to give a spot-kick. Ben Yedder should have given Sevilla the lead in the 36th minute, brilliantly beating Gerard Pique during a dazzling solo run but slicing his shot badly wide of the post. Barca missed an even better chance before the break, Malcom running on to a sublime Arthur pass to round Juan Soriano but hitting his finish into the side-netting. Quincy Promes and Ibrahim Amadou wasted good opportunities after the restart as Sevilla continued to impress, the opening goal deservedly arriving in the 58th minute. Promes raided down Sevilla’s left wing and floated a cross into the Barca box, Sarabia meeting the ball with an excellent first-time finish that gave Jasper Cillessen no chance. And Sevilla gave themselves a further cushion ahead of the return fixture when they scored what might prove to be a decisive second goal in the 76th minute. Andre Silva and Ever Banega combined to tee up Ben Yedder at the back post, the striker using his celebration to show a message of support to missing Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala. What does it mean? Messi magic missed by BarcaValverde has a tricky task to juggle Messi’s fitness with the Champions League returning next month, but the Barca coach must be careful of giving his side too much to do in a competition they have dominated in recent years. For the second round in a row, Barca are going to have to come from behind in the return leg. Messi will surely start on home soil.As for Sevilla, who were beaten by Barca in the 2016 and 2018 finals, they will be desperate for revenge.Promes promise begins to shineWhen Promes moved to Sevilla from Spartak Moscow for the 2018-19 season it was regarded as one of the most exciting deals in Europe. The Netherlands winger has struggled, though, starting only three LaLiga games, but he showed enough verve and intensity to suggest he can be an asset over the second half of the campaign.Malcom wastes his big chanceWith Messi and Ousmane Dembele absent, Malcom was handed a rare opportunity to impress Valverde. However, a poor miss just before the break showed why the Brazilian could still be allowed to leave the club during the January transfer window. He was unsurprisingly hauled off after Sevilla took the lead.What’s next?What promises to be a thrilling second leg will be played at Camp Nou next Wednesday, but before then Sevilla host Levante in LaLiga on Saturday, with Barca going to Girona a day later. read more
Nabil Fekir may still leave Lyon but the Ligue 1 club will sanction no other departures following a period of upheaval.Talented left-back Ferland Mendy and star midfielder Tanguy Ndombele have departed for Real Madrid and Tottenham respectively, while the club will enter the 2019-20 season with a new head coach in Sylvinho.Juninho Pernambucano is also settling into his seat as director of football and the Brazilian is determined to guard against a further drain on talent. 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 That means Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembele and Houssem Aouar are all set to stay, but captain and World Cup winner Fekir could still find a new home after entering the final 12 months of his contract.”For now, the only possible departure is Fekir,” Juninho said.”I have spoken with him. It was about personal things, to know his life. I translated for the coach. [Sylvinho] likes him personally.”It’s hard to convince him to continue – he’s a world champion and his generation has left. It’s not a closed matter, but I’m telling you the truth.”We would like to keep him.”@NabilFekir’s got hands… pic.twitter.com/yr1yPESfnr— OL English (@OL_English) July 10, 2019Arsenal are reportedly weighing up an approach for the Liverpool-linked France international, but no movement appears to have been made since Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas declared his willingness to listen to offers.The 25-year-old will not feature in Saturday’s friendly against Swiss side Servette due to an adductor issue.Juninho, speaking at the presentation of new left-back Youssouf Kone, confirmed talks are continuing with Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen.”We will be far ahead in the transfer market if we sign Andersen. I’m quite satisfied,” he said.
Thiago Silva is hopeful Neymar will remain at Paris Saint-Germain amid ongoing rumours suggesting he could return to La Liga before the European transfer deadline.Neymar’s future in Paris has been the subject of much speculation throughout 2019, with Real Madrid and Barcelona both interested in securing his services before September 2.The Brazil international failed to report for pre-season training with the PSG squad, after expressing a desire to go back to Spain following a difficult two-year spell in the French capital. 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? Neymar’s time at PSG has been hampered by two serious injuries and disciplinary issues, with supporters turning against the man who joined the club for a world record €222 million (£200m/$243m) fee from Barcelona in 2017.Speaking after Thomas Tuchel’s side lost 2-1 away to Rennes in Ligue 1 on Sunday, Silva insisted Neymar remains a vital part of the Parc des Princes dressing room.The centre-back believes his fellow countryman could still end up remaining at the club, but also concedes that “anything could happen” before the market closes.”Of course we miss him,” Silva told reporters post-match. “I hope that in the end, he will be able to stay with us because he is an incredible guy, an indispensable player for this team but we have to wait for what will happen at the end of the transfer window.”When asked if he thinks Neymar will stay with PSG, the 34-year-old responded: “I cannot answer, but I feel he can stay.”Neymar is a key player on this team, and he decides if he’s happy to stay or not. We do not have to talk, it’s always complicated, for a lot of things, we try to talk a little bit about it.”It is difficult to get into things like that, it’s between him and the club right now. We have to wait until the end to see what he decides but I hope that in the end, he will stay. That way we will be much stronger.”Silva also confessed PSG are not as strong in the absence of Neymar, who is still returning to full fitness following an ankle injury suffered just before the Copa America in June.Barcelona also suffered a loss at Athletic Club this weekend, with Lionel Messi absent due to injury, which Silva referenced when discussing the importance of Neymar.”It’s hard to admit Neymar is missed,” he added. “For Barcelona’s first match, Messi was also missed. These are different players from everyone else. Neymar can do incredible things, like Messi, like Cristiano [Ronaldo].”Tuchel has insisted that Neymar will not be sold unless PSG can bring in a suitable replacement, but the club are reportedly open to letting him leave on loan.