10 months agoWatford captain Deeney praises (sort of) Arsenal: But they’re four years behind elite

first_imgWatford captain Deeney praises (sort of) Arsenal: But they’re four years behind eliteby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney has launched a fresh attack on Arsenal.Deeney irked the soft-touch Gunners in 2017 when he accused of them of lacking “cojones”.And, although he has seem dramatic improvements under Unai Emery, he has once again told them they are miles off the Premier League pace.Deeney told 5Live: “Everyone knows me and Arsenal don’t get on too well.“But I think there has a steeliness that has been brought in and there are goals throughout the team.“They have different styles of play now and can play with the two boys up front that are always going to score goals and give you something to build on.“But football works in six-month periods between transfer windows and they are going to have to go again.“Look at how transfer windows they are behind the big boys. They are probably six, seven or eight behind the big boys. That is just being realistic.“I know people are saying it is a massive improvement but that’s only on what they had last year.“But they are still behind the likes of Man City and United, not just in spending but in the quality they have brought in.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 days agoDONE DEAL: Burnley goalkeeper Harry Allen joins Curzon Ashton

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Burnley goalkeeper Harry Allen joins Curzon Ashtonby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley youth team goalkeeper Harry Allen has joined Vanarama National League North side Curzon Ashton on a short-term loan.The former Manchester United shot stopper has joined U23 goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park, who is also on loan at the Ashton-under-Lyne Club.Allen has played in all, but one league matches for Tony Philliskirk’s side this season in the U18 Professional Development League.Meanwhile, Calderbank-Park is currently away on international duty for Australia U19’s, with the goalkeeper returning back to England on Tuesday. last_img read more

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12 days agoMan Utd, Liverpool target Kai Havertz admits Low transfer influence

first_imgMan Utd, Liverpool target Kai Havertz admits Low transfer influenceby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz says he’ll speak to Germany coach Joachim Low for advice on his transfer.Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been attributed with interest in the 20-year-old, who starred for Germany in their recent draw with Argentina.The attacking midfielder netted 20 goals across all competitions for Bayer last season and is seen as one of the next big things on the continent, leading to rising interest in his signature.“I listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision. “I will embrace any advice Low will give me because he has a lot experience – it wouldn’t be smart to not listen to him,” he said. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Mike Trout, A Duke Fan, Pranked His Angels Teammate, Utah Alum C.J. Cron

first_imgDuke cheerleaders carry school flags onto the court.OMAHA, NE – MARCH 25: The Duke Blue Devils cheerleaders carry their schools flags on to the court prior to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional against the Kansas Jayhawks at CenturyLink Center on March 25, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim star outfielder Mike Trout might just be the best player in baseball. A first-round draft pick out of Millville (N.J.) High School in 2009, Trout never attended college. He had been committed to East Carolina but eschewed the college route to begin his promising pro career. Apparently, the 23-year-old Trout has adopted Duke as his college basketball program of choice. Trout’s Blue Devils will take on Utah tomorrow in the Sweet 16, and he decided to have some spring training fun at the expense of his Utah alum teammate, 1B/DH C.J. Cron. Still can’t believe Utah alum @CCron24 would root against his team !! #DukeNation pic.twitter.com/TidR1szKuO— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) March 26, 2015The Blue Devils are definitely favored tomorrow night, but it remains to be seen whether Trout or Cron will have the last laugh in the Angels’ locker room.last_img read more

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After Missouri President Resigns, Ben Shapiro Says It’s Time To End All College Football

first_imgA general view of Missouri's football field.COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Monday morning, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned amid student protests – namely one by the football team – regarding inaction despite mounting racial tension on campus. Some have criticized the team. Others are focusing on how powerful football players, collectively, have become. One person – political commentator Ben Shapiro – has a completely different take.Shapiro, who is the editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire (among other responsibilities/titles) penned a piece Monday afternoon, calling for the end of college football. He believes that the loyalty to universities is now “centered” around loyalty to sports performance. Here’s more:College sports are a relic of a time when students actually engaged in being, you know, students. As in studying things. Studying, perhaps, to gain a skill set besides kicking a football or tackling another man or tossing a sphere through a hoop.It soon became clear, however, that loyalty to universities centered around loyalty to sports performance. Donors began giving cash to football programs in order to generate enthusiasm about the university more broadly. And in order to boost those football programs, universities began recruiting the best players without the best academics.Shapiro goes on to discuss his views on the financials of college athletics, recruiting practices, and academics. You can read the whole column here.Clearly, this isn’t going to happen anytime soon – college football is far too important to too many people. What do you think, college football fans? Are any of Shapiro’s points valid?last_img read more

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Pep tells Sterling how he can get even better

first_imgPep Guardiola has challenged Raheem Sterling to become Manchester City ‘s big-game player.And the Etihad Stadium manager is confident the England forward will rise to the task with a little more experience.Sterling, 24, has contributed directly to 20 City goals so far this season, most recently scoring the opener in the 7-0 FA Cup win over Rotherham on Sunday. 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? But Guardiola believes he can do more, especially against the top teams when chances are at a premium – and says the former Liverpool man must be ‘more clinical’.”Raheem’s work ethic, his physicality is incredibly strong, he has this mentality to create chances and score goals and it’s good for him,” said Guardiola.”He’s scored more goals now than in our first season.”He has to be more clinical and precise in the important games. We created a lot of chances (against Rotherham) but if we play against Liverpool or in the Champions League we create just two or three chances.”We don’t have more because the opponents are good, so in that moment we need him. We need him to be precise and to be there.”I think he improved a lot and it’s the same with Phil [Foden]. We cannot expect him to be precise and clear and make good decisions in every single action.”When he is 26 or 27 he will be an incredible, much better player, give us more joy with the way he plays but he still has many things to improve.”Sterling has grown to become a key player for club and country in the last few years.But Guardiola refused to take personal credit for his rise, adding: “All the credit, we said many times… when the game starts, the influence from myself and our staff is zero on what happens in the game.”We have one idea, we tell them what maybe is going to happen. The players are the artists, the credit absolutely belongs to them.”City face Burton in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at the Etihad on Wednesday before returning to Premier League action against Wolves next Monday night.last_img read more

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Atletico to sign €35m Real Madrid midfielder Llorente

first_imgAtletico Madrid are set to seal the signing of midfielder Marcos Llorente after announcing a deal with city rivals Real Madrid has been agreed.Llorente will undergo a medical before signing a five-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano in a move understood to be worth an initial €30 million (£26.7m/$33.9m), with the potential for a further €5m to be paid in add-ons.The 24-year-old midfielder is primed to replace Spain international Rodri, who is said to be on the brink of a switch to Premier League champions Manchester City. 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? Atletico have already signed defender Felipe from Porto and are reportedly set to bring in Benfica’s teenage sensation Joao Felix.Further moves are set to follow with a number of high-profile players departing Atleti – including Diego Godin, Juanfran and Lucas Hernandez – and Antoine Griezmann expected to leave.Agreement over the transfer of @marcosllorente, pending medical tests.https://t.co/MWB7wMEBLp#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/FqeXEC7xRD— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) June 20, 2019Rivals Madrid have also been active in the transfer market, bringing in Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy in addition to previous deals for Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes.Madrid released a statement to confirm Llorente’s imminent move on Thursday.”The club wants to show its gratitude for all these years of dedication and professionalism and for [Llorente’s] exemplary behaviour from when he arrived in 2008 to his trajectory with the first team,” it read.”Real Madrid wishes you good luck on your new stage.”Llorente made just seven La Liga appearances last season, although he was a top-flight regular for Deportivo Alaves in 2016-17.He also made a handful of games in the Champions League, as Los Blancos failed to defend their title after winning three crowns on the bounce.Signed to the Madrid youth system in 2008, he made his debut for the club in October 2015 as a substitute and scored his first goal last December against Al-Ain in the Club World Cup final, in which he was named man of the match.His limited opportunities on the whole at Santiago Bernabeu has arguably cost him the chance of a senior call-up, with Llorente having played at under-19 and under-21 level for his country.He leaves with two years remaining on his contract, having initially signed an extension in September 2017 that took him through until the end of the 2020-21 season.last_img read more

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Ronaldo inspires Richarlison in Copa bid

first_imgRicharlison has revealed Brazil legend Ronaldo to be his inspiration as he prepares to chase down Copa America glory at the Maracana.The Selecao are one game away from international glory on home soil.Peru stand in their way in Sunday’s final, with Tite’s men having swept aside old adversaries Argentina in the last four to edge a step closer to the title. 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 Richarlison is hoping to play some part in a showpiece event after being laid low with an untimely bout of mumps.Illness kept him out of a meeting with Lionel Messi and Co in the semi-finals.The Everton forward is, however, in contention for a run out at a legendary venue which has been graced by a number of iconic figures from Brazil’s past.“I’m trying very hard to improve my English,” Richarlison told the St. Domingo zine“It’s interesting to learn the history of this famous ground and to know that the great names of Pele and Ronaldo have also played before me here.“It makes me want to continue to represent Brazil here.”Richarlison Brazil Qatar Friendly 05062019Pressed further on who his idols are, Richarlison added: “Ronaldo, especially. I grew up watching his goals on YouTube.“The two goals against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final bring back a lot of joy for me.“It was a big moment of inspiration to go outside and emulate him.”Richarlison has taken in 12 appearances for Brazil to date, netting five goals.Every time he finds the target, the opportunity presents itself to bring out his famous pigeon dance celebration.Explaining where that comes from, the 22-year-old said: “The celebration is from a holiday with my friends in Rio.“We were playing football on the beach and, for some reason, I created this celebration.“It brought joy in the moment, and I decided to take it on to the pitch when I scored.“It really is a beautiful thought to imagine the joy the celebration brings the fans.”Richarlison broke into the Brazil squad in 2018 after completing a big-money move to Everton.He recorded 14 goals in his debut campaign with the Toffees and is now looking to end the footballing year on a high with international honours.last_img read more

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Video: Star QB Appears To Angrily Refuse Help From Teammates

first_imgThe Carrier Dome during an old Big East clash between Syracuse and Miami.SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 30: Arena Stadium view as the Syracuse marching band takes the field during the game between the University of Miami and Syracuse University at the Carrier Dome on November 30, 2002 in Syracuse, New York. Miami won 49 to 7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)Florida State’s football program hit a new low under first-year head coach Willie Taggart today, as the Seminoles were blown out on the road by Syracuse.The loss drops FSU to 1-2 on the season. The Seminoles were blown out by Virginia Tech in Week 1 and barely scraped past Samford in Week 2.It was an especially hard day for Deondre Francois. The Florida State quarterback was under fire all game. He was sacked countless of times.After one final sack, he appeared to let out some frustration.Video shows Francois appearing to angrily refuse help up from his teammates.Deondre Francois doesn’t even want help from his offensive lineman off of the ground. He’s taken a beating today vs. Syracuse. pic.twitter.com/FvdvPIUVbP— J Reid (@JReidNFL) September 15, 2018That has to be tough for Florida State fans to watch.FSU will look to rebound next weekend against Northern Illinois.last_img read more

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Kyler Murray Is Reportedly Expected To Declare For NFL Draft

first_imgkyler murray in the fourth quarter against alabamaMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Star Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is reportedly expected to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.Murray, a top 10 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is reportedly planning on declaring for the NFL Draft this weekend.The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Oakland A’s are expecting Murray to choose football – at least temporarily.Declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft does not mean Murray is 100 percent choosing football over baseball, but it could mean he’s leaning towards that.An @sfchronicle exclusive: Oakland A’s expect top pick Kyler Murray to enter NFL draft https://t.co/YAeClwywN1— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 10, 2019From the report:The A’s expect Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, the team’s top pick last June, to declare for the NFL draft on Sunday, multiple sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday.Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray, an outfielder Oakland selected ninth overall, will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A’s outright, but it certainly increases the chances that Oklahoma’s star quarterback will decide to go pro in football rather than baseball.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Murray is expected to be a first or second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.NFL execs believe Murray is “magic” and his name would be called that Thursday or Friday. https://t.co/cp6DxjGXIU— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2019Murray will have to return his signing bonus to the A’s if he decides to play football, which is reportedly what he’s leaning towards.last_img read more

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