Liverpool star rules out summer exit

first_imgDivock Origi has admitted that is happy at Liverpool and wants to remain at the club and develop under Jurgen Klopp’s charge. Loading… Origi also revealed what it felt like to score a Champions League final winning goal, adding: “I took a lot of pleasure from that moment. It was a very calm moment. “I was able to connect with the supporters. I saw their facial expressions. It is a feeling that is very difficult to explain. “[Andy] Robertson jumped on my back, Fabinho joined and Virgil [van Dijk]. Unbelievable. “The more days pass, the more I can enjoy it. It’s like wine, it matures with time.” Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe is said to be considering a massive new PSG deal that would reportedly put him on the same salary tier as £600,000-a-week Neymar. read also:Liverpool closing in on £110m double deal for Lille’s Soumare, Osimhen The hottest property in world football has been strongly linked with moves to both Liverpool and Real Madrid this summer, but it appears that the French giants are ready to throw their financial might at the 21-year-old in an effort to make him stay. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Belgian international striker signed a long-term deal last summer, following his crucial goals throughout the 2018/19 campaign. Origi scored the all-important Anfield brace which helped down Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League last year, and it was his strike against Tottenham which sealed Liverpool’s sixth title in Madrid back in June. Speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws, as cited by Goal, the 25-year-old admitted he wants to keep improving at Anfield and is not interested in looking for a regular starting job elsewhere – despite Liverpool’s links to the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Timo Werner. “I am a better player than last year,” the forward explained. “Klopp has given me the space to develop myself. “I always listen to my instinct and continue to work. We have spoken with Liverpool and we have a nice course ahead of us. I just want to get better here. “It is a project for me and I want to follow it. I don’t know how long I will do that. I feel that I am making progress, so it was a pity that the season stopped [due to coronavirus].” Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Rihanna Museum Is Probably Opening SoonThe Best Cars Of All TimeLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!last_img read more

IMCA Racing returns at Open Wheel Nationals

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. was the IMCA Modified winner at Park Jefferson Speedway’s much anticipated Open Wheels Nationals. (Photo by Jim Steffens) JEFFERSON, S.D. (April 25) – Dirt track racing made its much anticipated return Saturday night at Park Jefferson Speedway’s Open Wheel Nationals. The feature stayed green following a lap three caution and Thornton ran with lapped traffic the last nine times around the oval. He pulled away as a multi-car tussle for second ensued behind him. Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Robby Sawyer; 4. Chris Abelson; 5. Jim Thies; 6. Jacob Hobscheidt; 7. Sean Barragan; 8. Kelly Shryock; 9. Joel Rust; 10. Jake McBirnie; 11. Jim Cole; 12. Kenny Wallace; 13. Ken Schrader; 14. Tyler Madigan; 15. Grey Ferrando; 16. Kyle Brown; 17. Aaron Johnson; 18. Matt Bonine; 19. Jason Schneiders; 20. Jordy Nelson; 21. Chris Mills; 22. Jay Noteboom; 23. Shane DeMey; 24. Ricky Stephan. Fourteenth starting Robby Sawyer was scored second most of the way before 11th starting Jeff Taylor snuck by to take the runner-up finish by all of .023 of a second.center_img Already a Fast Shafts Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate, Thornton made his charge from seventh starting and caught Sean Barrigan for the lead on the sixth of 25 laps. Chris Abelson started 10th and finished fourth while Jim Thies completed the top five.  Ricky Thornton Jr. outran a star-filled field, representing nine states, for the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win. The first sporting event of any kind held in much of the country this spring, the Open Wheel Nationals played out in front of an empty grandstand but with a worldwide audience watching online.last_img read more

Dalman: I’m not leaving Cardiff

first_img A turbulent campaign ultimately saw the Bluebirds relegated back to the Championship, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Malky Mackay as manager midway through the season. But in a statement published on the club’s official website on Friday, Dalman said: ” What nonsense. The article reporting on my future at Cardiff is total nonsense. “I have no plan to go anywhere and will continue to play a role in the future of Cardiff City Football Club.” Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman has dismissed as “total nonsense” a report suggesting he is planning to step down from his role at the Welsh club. The report claimed that Dalman could leave the Bluebirds to concentrate on other business commitments. Dalman joined the club’s board in January 2012 and became chairman 18 months later as Cardiff prepared for a first season in the Barclays Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

McCullough impresses O’Neill

first_imgDoncaster defender Luke McCullough gave Northern Ireland hope for the future with a highly promising debut against Uruguay on Friday night. The 20-year-old was promoted to Michael O’Neill’s senior squad for the first time for the tour of South America despite playing just 15 times last season for a Doncaster side that was relegated from the SkyBet Championship. And, with fellow centre-backs Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley, Alex Bruce and Craig Cathcart all absent from the trip, he found himself thrust into the starting XI in the 1-0 defeat, lining up against Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan. Press Association The former Manchester United trainee performed with unexpected maturity in Montevideo’s packed Estadio Centenario, despite being unable to prevent Christian Stuani winning it for the hosts. Manager Michael O’Neill was full of praise for the new recruit, one of three debutants on the night alongside substitutes Paul Paton and Ryan McLaughlin. “We were asking a boy to do a man’s job in front of 60,000 people against a team who are highly fancied to do well at the World Cup,” he said. “He played as if he’d played in that situation throughout his career and he hasn’t, he’s played about a dozen times for Doncaster. “Against that level of opposition – Cavani and Forlan – he was fantastic. A couple of the older lads, Chris Baird and Aaron Hughes, were fantastic in beside him and Roy Carroll behind him, but it really was a high level performance. “Luke is very good positionally, has good self assurance and uses he ball well.” Captain Steven Davis was equally complimentary, making a point of congratulating his team-mate at full-time. “I was delighted with Luke. I went to see him after the game and said ‘well done on a great debut’,” added the Southampton midfielder. “It will give Michael something to think about in the future if he can put in performances like that in the future.” McCullough will face a tough task dislodging seasoned heads like Evans, McAuley and Hughes when all are fit and available, particularly if he is playing his trade in the third tier, but he has got the feel for international football and does not want to let it go. “That’s the biggest crowd and the best atmosphere I’ve been part of. it gives you the bug for it, big time,” said the former Manchester United trainee. “It definitely gives you a taste for more. “Now that I’ve won my first cap I’m hoping it’s the first of many. I want to be a regular international. “The lads beside me, Chris and Aaron, are both quite senior and there’s a lot of caps there so they talked me through the game and helped me along. “We had a game plan to try and get a result and it worked for a long time.” last_img read more

Ba ready to showcase talent

first_img “The interest shown by the fans and the new stadium project won me over,” Ba said on the club’s official website, bjk.com.tr “I’m very happy to be here, all that is left is a few formalities, I will undergo a medical and sign the contract. “I am excited to be here and can’t wait to start playing. “I want to showcase my talent to the fans as soon as possible, this is a huge club and I want to become a part of it. “I want to thank the fans for their warm welcome and I am sure we are going to establish a great relationship.” Ba, who joined Chelsea in January 2013 from Newcastle, was greeted by hundreds of fans at Itanbul’s Ataturk airport on Wednesday morning. Besiktas president Fikret Orman was delighted with his club’s new acquisition. “Ba is a player we all believe in, we put in a lot of time and effort to complete the transfer to the best of our interests,” Orman said. “The transfer is within our budget and we are delighted to have completed the move.” Ba only made 23 starts in 51 appearances for the Blues, scoring 14 goals. Press Association The Senegal striker announced on Besiktas’ website that he is on the verge of completing a move to the Turkish outfit. The 29-year-old is in Istanbul and posed with the number nine Besiktas jersey that he will wear once his reported £8million transfer fee is done. center_img Chelsea striker Demba Ba is excited at the prospect of his imminent transfer to Turkish side Besiktas.last_img read more

Sixteen years and Jose Mourinho still hasn’t learnt to lose with dignity – Parker

first_imgPAUL Parker is deeply concerned about Manchester United after three consecutive defeats, but insists the blame should stop with Jose Mourinho.There are three guarantees in football: players will make mistakes, referees will make mistakes and managers will make mistakes.Unfortunately, Jose Mourinho refuses to accept that final point. After 16 years as a manager, he still hasn’t learnt to lose with dignity – shifting the blame for everything onto referees and his players. I’ve been concerned from the moment Manchester United took him on and his scathing remarks about Luke Shaw only make me more concerned.Mourinho thinks he can go around and say what he wants – because of his name and what he’s achieved – and the players will accept it.Newsflash: they won’t. If it was Sir Alex Ferguson, the players would bite their tongues, but even he never went to the press and pulled out one player. You would have thought Mourinho had learnt his lesson from Chelsea.There are a lot of worried supporters right now. They know the history of the man. Sure, there are some who believe Mourinho will win the Premier League in his first season, but there are many more who fear déjà vu and Chelsea round two. Why did they take on someone who upset so many people at Stamford Bridge?United had a great start to the season … allegedly. But whom did they play? Bournemouth and Hull are games you would expect them to win with 10 players. Four years ago, everyone would have predicted United to win those games at least 3-0.Then they got absolutely smashed when they played the first team of any note. No one would have been at all surprised if Manchester City went in 4-0 ahead at half-time in the derby. The scoreline flattered United. They were smashed.There’s a danger United will finish outside the top four again – there’s a huge gulf between them and a few sides in the Premier League. City, Spurs and Liverpool have shown how to control games, but United are just nicking goals and not imposing themselves against lesser teams. When you see them against Watford at the weekend, you get a little disturbed. Their three wins are deceptive.WHY IS ROONEY PLAYING IN MIDFIELD?Everyone has been talking about Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a long, long time. He made his name at Borussia Dortmund as a No.10. So why did Mourinho decide to start him out of position in the Manchester derby, then punish him by substituting him at halftime?I’m shocked that a manager of his alleged calibre is putting square pegs in round holes. It’s happening on a regular basis and Louis van Gaal did exactly the same. Are you not allowed to drop Wayne Rooney, because he’s England captain? Every single fan is laughing at the situation. Mkhitaryan must be thinking: ‘Rooney isn’t fit to lace my boots… he can’t even run.’Mourinho previously vowed to never use Rooney in midfield. Regardless of what the teamsheet says, Rooney is playing in that exact position.Mourinho hasn’t told the truth. If you’re going to play Rooney, it has to be upfront. Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t being asked to run in behind, or into the channels, so Rooney could play this role – not holding hands with the defensive midfielders.And what about Paul Pogba? He can’t be held accountable for the current results. United have to get people around him to extract the best from him. Bring back Bastian Schweinsteiger.The man’s a World Cup winner and has won numerous amounts of medals playing as one of the best central midfielders in world football. He could do a good job in a deeper position, allowing Pogba the freedom to play. Currently Pogba feels obliged to do everything because he doesn’t trust what’s around him. (Eurosport)last_img read more

NEXT IN LINE: The years waiting that brought Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito to the cusp of stardom

first_img Published on August 29, 2019 at 2:13 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. For three years, Tommy DeVito watched. Watched as the media hyped him up, marrying the four-star recruit to the beginning of the Dino Babers era in Syracuse. Watched as backups started in place of an injured Eric Dungey so DeVito wouldn’t burn his redshirt season. He even watched Dungey return to the starting role despite DeVito saving a game the week prior.“Sometimes you gotta wait your turn,” DeVito said following a practice in August.It’s not just a saying, but a mantra DeVito’s forcefully lived by. DeVito waited in youth football while coaches’ sons played over him. A transfer seized the starting job in high school. So even when DeVito broke out at the Elite 11 prospect camp, it was too late. The guys who had been on the scene — fellow campers Jake Fromm and Tua Tagovailoa — tossed touchdowns in the College Football Playoff National Championship while DeVito hadn’t taken a collegiate snap.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStuck behind a formidable predecessor in Dungey, a four-year starter who set or tied 25 individual school records, it didn’t matter that DeVito understood the offense entering his redshirt freshman season. Maybe the comeback performance against North Carolina should’ve been the turning point. It should’ve been the moment his resume flipped from unproven hype to tangible evidence. From waiting, to starting. DeVito would never say that, not even this fall camp now that he’s the starter and Dungey’s graduated.“It’s always coach’s decision,” DeVito said.DeVito sees the whole picture. Saying he should’ve started now doesn’t earn him back anything. It’s the type of thing that has been ingrained in him. The experiences — the aggressive coaching from an early age and learning to be a backup — have prepared him for this moment, and now it’s finally his.Entering his redshirt sophomore season, DeVito’s the starter for a No. 22 Syracuse squad ranked in the preseason for the first time since the year he was born. Finally, he has the opportunity to join his former campmates in Fromm and Tagovailoa in college football lore. If it’s to work out, if the wait was worth it and DeVito can spearhead Syracuse’s continued success from 2018, it’ll be predicated on the path which brought him here.“He’s used to taking the long road, as long as you get there,” said DeVito’s father, Tom. “But you got to go through the process…now it’s put up or shut up time.”,DeVito’s trained to be a starting quarterback since he linked up with quarterback coach Leon Clarke at six years old. He dissected defenses and developed a quick delivery, effortless long ball and technically sound footwork.As DeVito entered sixth grade, his dad started media training with his son, Tom said. He often simulated postgame interview questions, gearing DeVito’s answers toward position groups, not specific players. He wanted his son to be fluent in “coach speak,” and avoid offending teammates or opponents.DeVito was often featured in articles on Youth1, which ranked top prospects in his recruiting class before high school. Once he reached his sophomore season at Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) High School, DeVito was the expected starter. But then Wesley McKoy, an athlete who could play both receiver and quarterback, transferred and plucked DeVito’s spot.“If you have to sit, you sit,” Clarke remembered instructing DeVito. “You be a good teammate. You wait your turn.”If DeVito didn’t play much on a Friday night, he’d throw with Clarke the next Saturday or Sunday. Practice sessions had clear focuses, from run-pass option drills to situational practice based on ball placement and the area of the field.Clarke’s practice regiments polished DeVito’s skills, but could only take him so far. In DeVito’s final regular season game of his sophomore season — against a rival high school on Thanksgiving — DeVito completed 7-of-16 passes for 155 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, per NJ.com.The next season, Don Bosco hired former NFL quarterback Mike Teel as an offensive coordinator. He brought a new offense, similar to what he played with as a quarterback at Rutgers and with the Seattle Seahawks. The reads started simple: How many safeties were there? If there was only one player as the last line of defense in the secondary, then DeVito would look for one set of receivers. If there were two safeties, he’d throw a different direction. Slowly, it became more advanced. DeVito noted where linebackers dropped to coverage and threw opposite their movements.It was advanced skill play, Teel noted, more comparable to something he’d learned at Rutgers, not in high school. Throughout the season, DeVito learned more about defensive alignments and shifted more play calls at the line. By season’s end, he’d thrown for 17 passing touchdowns and led Don Bosco to a state championship.“It took him some time to kind of figure it out and catch on because it was different and it was probably pretty difficult,” Teel said. “But as he grew and as he became more comfortable, you could see he had a really high football IQ.”The summer after his junior season, DeVito surprised scouts at the Elite 11 and The Opening, another top quarterback camp. He quickly rose to a four-star recruit, but Teel remembers that summer for DeVito staying level-headed. He continued his process with Clarke and became one of the strongest players on the team despite being a 193-pound quarterback.,DeVito’s done the same at Syracuse, where videos have surfaced of him hang-cleaning 330 pounds as receivers gawked at his confidence. He spent the last two years understanding the quick-hitting Babers offense with occasional first team practice reps.He’s stayed quiet publicly, watching and learning from Dungey’s pressers, just as Clarke wanted. But when the time came for DeVito to take his first live snaps at Syracuse, it was similar to his first chance at Don Bosco — some good, some bad, but flashes that ignited excitement.And so, DeVito is done waiting for his chance, just in time to prove himself once more.“It was nothing new to me,” DeVito said. “Always just be ready. If your number’s called, go out and do what you gotta do, play football.”Cover photo by Corey Henry, Photo Illustration by Sarah Allam Commentslast_img read more

Aubameyang Confirms He Wants AC Milan Move

first_imgRelatedDortmund CEO Watzke Slams Milan Over Aubameyang PursuitJuly 20, 2017In “Europe”We Want To Sign A Top Striker – Milan CEO FassoneJuly 16, 2017In “Europe”Quality Striker Search: Milan Meet ‘Super Agent’ MendesJuly 26, 2017In “Europe” Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has declared his desire to move back to former club, AC Milan.28-year-old Aubameyang, who scored 40 goals in all competitions for Dortmund last season, have been reportedly linked with moves to PSG, Chelsea, and AC Milan all summer.When asked about a possible return to AC Milan during a livestream session on his Instagram page, the Gabonese international said: “I want to go back, but they are sleeping. What do I have to do?”AC Milan have been very active in the transfer market this summer since the Chinese Consortium takeover, signing eight players that include, Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Lucas Biglia, and Hakan Çalhanoğlu.AC Milan will kick off their 2017/2018 campaign on August 21, with a visit to Crotone in the Seria A, and are also in contention for Europa League football via the playoffs.last_img read more

EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 The English Football League (EFL) has urged the government not to impose a blanket ban on gambling sponsorships, citing concerns that it could drive more clubs into administration.Published yesterday, the House of Lords Gambling Select Committee’s report ‘Gambling Harm – Time for Action‘ recommended a ban on sports teams kit sponsorships and venue advertising. If implemented, the recommendation gives non-Premier League clubs until 2023 to find new, non-gambling sponsors.On shirt sponsorship for EFL clubs, the report said: “We think they should be given time, perhaps three years, to adapt to the new situation.“They would not be allowed in that time to enter into new sponsorship contracts with gambling companies, but any existing contracts could continue until they terminate and clubs would have time to seek alternative sources of sponsorship.”Reported on the Daily Mail, the EFL has emphasised that many clubs are reliant on gambling sponsorships – highlighting that an impending financial crisis due to COVID-19 has meant the financial contribution from gambling companies is ‘as important now as it has ever been’.An EFL spokesperson said: “The Covid-19 pandemic represents perhaps the biggest challenge to the finances of EFL clubs in their history.“With over £40 million a season paid by the sector to the League and its clubs, the significant contribution betting companies make to the ongoing financial sustainability of professional football at all levels is as important now as it has ever been.“The League firmly believes a collaborative, evidence-based approach to preventing gambling harms that is also sympathetic to the economic needs of sport will be of much greater benefit than the blunt instrument of blanket bans.“It is our belief that sports organisations can work with the Government and the gambling industry to ensure partnerships are activated in a responsible fashion.”During the 2019/20 season, half of Premier League teams have a gambling company as their main shirt sponsor, as do 17 of the 24 teams in the Championship, also sponsored by Sky Bet. StumbleUponlast_img read more

Bethlehem’s Ronald Cruz takes it on the chin in a loss to a sharp Ray Narh

first_imgBethlehem’s Ronald Cruz hadn’t fought in nine months, but Ray Narh, his opponent on Friday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center had the potential for even more rust.That’s because Narh hadn’t fought in two years.Any potential rust never revealed itself as Narh soundly defeated Cruz by unanimous decision to the disappointment of a large hometown crowd that wanted to see the hometown favorite get his welterweight career back on track after his first professional loss.Instead, they saw a dominant performance from Narh, originally from Accra, Ghana.The taller, long-armed Narh couldn’t have been sharper with his punches or his movement in controlling the action all night.The fight was part of another NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” card at the Sands and the place remained packed through seven bouts, including four that showcased local fighters. It was Cruz’s fourth fight at the Sands, but it was not a night he will want to remember.“It was just hard for me to focus tonight,” he said a somber dressing room. “There are no excuses. He beat me fair and square.”One of three judges, Pierre Benoist, didn’t give Cruz a single round. Julie Lederman had it 8-2 in rounds and David Braslow had it 6-4.Narh, who will turn 35 next month, had Cruz on the defensive almost the entire fight. He never allowed Cruz to get inside to use his jab.“There was nothing he did that I didn’t expect,” Cruz said. “I don’t know what to say. I just couldn’t pull the trigger tonight.” The 17-2 Cruz, fighting for the first time since a much closer loss by decision last September, said he was never hurt by Narh, who has 21 knockouts on his resume.“He was a pretty hard puncher, but he never hurt me,” Cruz said.He did get cut under his left eye and his face was bruised at night’s end, while Narh was singing and celebrating with his entourage in one of the Sands’ backstage rooms.Narh, a member of the 2000 Ghanaian Summer Olympics team, hadn’t fought since losing to Mike Alvarado in Las Vegas in May of 2011. He is now 26-2 and both losses were to unbeaten fighters.“It wasn’t that Ray didn’t want to fight; nobody wanted to fight him,” said his trainer Asante Qwamie. “He just needed to stay in shape and get someone to fight him. When this opportunity came up, he took it and made the most of it.’ Qwamie said Narh needed to keep moving and box Cruz.“He was in control the whole time,” Qwamie said.Cruz vowed he’d be back.“I would like to fight again, right away,” Cruz said. “I need to go back and learn from my mistakes, but it’s pretty hard to say what will happen right now.”last_img read more