Gin Kings keep Aces winless

first_imgSonny Thoss was just the third man in twin digits for Alaska with 11.Meanwhile, Star slugs it out with Rain or Shine on Sunday afternoon, looking to not only remain the only undefeated team but also to move closer to the first playoff spot at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Hotshots have a 4-0 record and will come into the 4:30 p.m. contest as the favorites over the Elasto Painters, who will welcome back Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan.Coach Chito Victolero has been bracing for this game for quite a while now as it starts a tough stretch for his Hotshots, who will clash with Barangay Ginebra next Sunday before colliding with Meralco.Those are first-rate teams and Victolero got the jumpstart he was hoping for last week when Star ran roughshod over Phoenix Petroleum, 100-81.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “The players are jelling well and are learning their roles,” Victolero said. “This (game against the Painters) will be very crucial for us because it starts a tough stretch for us.”A win would shove the Hotshots to within another victory of nailing the first quarterfinal slot, though Victolero has been very vocal about what the true target of his squad is.“Of course, we want to finish in the top four,” he said as the first four placers earn twice-to-beat privileges in the first round. “But we are taking it one game at a time and we cannot look past any opponent.”Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, after dusting off the rust in a 115-112 nipping of GlobalPort on Friday, battles rejuvenated NLEX at 6:45 p.m.NLEX has a 5-2 record and can claim the first playoff slot with an upset of the powerhouse Beermen. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding From mall to medal: Journey on skates ends in gold Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PBA IMAGESCEBU—It was hard to see anything that would say that Barangay Ginebra was coming off a 21-day break.With three men in its starting lineup finishing with double-doubles and Japeth Aguilar coming off the bench to carve one of his own, Ginebra plastered Alaska, 94-80, to win a fourth straight game and stay in the upper half of the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Gin Kings were dominant right from the start of the Petron Saturday Special Game at Hoops Dome here as they buried the Aces in an avalanche of baskets early to take command and eventually rise to 4-1.Alaska, on the other hand, still didn’t see an end to its franchise mark in futility, dropping to 0-6 overall after losing its 14th straight game dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. And this one was the most lopsided in this tournament as the Aces simply didn’t have an answer to Ginebra’s game-long intensity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJustin Brownlee had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Greg Slaughter contributed 12 and 13, and Scottie Thompson missed a triple double by just two points after plucking down 11 boards and issuing 10 assists.Calvin Abueva, Alaska’s big contribution to the Gilas Pilipinas program, finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but import LeDontae Henton sealed his 10th point only inside the final minute when the game was all but decided. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Live Blog: National Signing Day Coverage

first_imgBrock Martin — DEThe premier outside edge rusher in the state isn’t from Jenks. Or Union. He’s from Oologah. Martin, who is a stat monster in high school, has a promising career as an edge rusher/defensive end at Oklahoma State.Thabo Mwaniki — DBDenton Guyer (Texas) has treated Oklahoma State very well with the likes of Jimmy Bean, J.W. Walsh and Josh Stewart. Mwaniki’s up next.Malcolm Rodriguez — SafetyAs a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back for Wagoner High School (Oklahoma), Rodriguez has the ability to play anywhere on the field. But he’ll play safety for OSU.J.D. King — Running backYou know Chuba Hubbard, right? J.D. King is his future running mate. At 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, King shattered nearly every Georgia preps high school rushing record from small school Fitzgerald. He runs like Ezekiel Elliott. That seems like a good thing for OSU.Another letter is in! Welcome to the family JD! #okstate #NSD17— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Kris McCune — DBDallas Christian School safety Kris McCune hasbeen a quiet sleeper in OSU’s class, but this Blue-Grey All-American could turn some heads at OSU with his quick feet and coverage.Braydon Johnson — WRTylan Wallace and LC Greenwood are two of the receivers everyone’s talking about in this class. But Johnson is a sleeper in the class. Think Chris Lacy, he’s a strong blocking receiver but also has proven he can produce as an outside receiver.Tracin Wallace — QB/ATHOklahoma State is getting a good one in Tracin Wallace, a dual-threat QB/ATH from Fort Worth South Hills. Before two devastating knee injuries, he and his twin brother, Tylan, were considered the best athletes in Funky Town. That’s saying something.Tylan Wallace — WRI don’t put much stock into ESPN’s recruiting rankings, but Tylan is the only ESPN300 recruit in this class. And he’s a consensus top-100 player. He leaves Texas high school football as a top-10 receiver all time in terms of production. Oklahoma State may be able to find a spot for him right away with his speed. He’s always open.Tylan Wallace’s letter has arrived and he’s officially a Cowboy! #okstate #NSD17— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Tre Sterling — SafetyFrom small school Sunnyvale, Texas, Tre Sterling is a defensive back who has a long-term ceiling for OSU. Given the current state of the safety position at OSU, he may be able to redshirt and get adjusted to the next level. That’d be a luxury.“OSU is getting a player who is still discovering his potential, Sterling said on his skills. “I’m a very physical safety who isn’t shy to come down hill and hit someone! My coverage is just as good but most people don’t see that because my physicality is what stands out.”LC Greenwood — WRThe second four-star recruit of the class, Greenwood is built in the form of Marcell Ateman at 6-foot-3, and a reported 4.49 40-yard dash time. He was a late bloomer on the recruiting trail but OSU is getting a steal.Jake McClure — KickerFrom Chattanooga, Tennessee, McClure is a promising kicker/punter. He’s got insane range (as you can see from kick #1 here). With his strong leg, I think he could at least challenge for a spot in place kicking/field goal kicking.The first letter of the day is officially in! Welcome to the #okstate family Jake!— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Fua Leilua — Defensive TackleAfter committing to OSU in the process, TCU and Utah State came knocking late. But he stuck with his original feeling, and the Snow Junior College defensive tackle is OSU bound.“I’m just another kid from a small town with big dreams,” Leilua said last week. “One thing I promise is that Oklahoma State will be getting nothing but the best out of me as a player as well as a person. I’m going to give a 110% effort in everything I do. I’m just humbled and blessed to have this opportunity.”Chuba Hubbard — Running backCanadian speedster Chuba Hubbard is one of the last to send in his LOI. But he runs on Canada time. Four-star tailback with speed and size, Hubbard is more than a one-trick pony.“They’re getting a versatile player. A playmaker,” he told PFB. “You know everyone talks about my speed, but in my senior season, I worked more on key things to prepare for Oklahoma State, like switching the ball, running harder, hands, etc. Now I feel I can break those long runs but when you need me on the third-and-3, I’ll be able to get that. I’m planning to come in around 205 pounds and after this track year I’m hoping to come in faster than ever.”Sione Finefeuiaki — TECollege of San Mateo tight end prospect Finefeuiaki is a fullback/tight end — and one that will likely see significant time as a junior next season. He’s a strong blocker, has a history of catching balls downfield, and will be a key cog in the running game from day one.Sione Finefeuiaki’s letter is in and he is officially a Cowboy! Welcome to the #okstate family! #NSD17— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017 Happy National Signing Day!Recruits from across the country will be sending in their National Letters of Intent. This is when Oklahoma State commitments can make things official and become “official” Cowboys. Follow along for live coverage all morning with the live blog and constant updates. As letters of intent roll in, we’ll update the post.Early EnrolleesArlington Hambright — OLHambright, a prospect who signed from Garden City Community College, is a left tackle who could come in right away to help shore up the left tackle position left void by Victor Salako.LaMarcus Morton — CBOut of Gilmer, Texas, Morton is one of two early enrollees out of high school. Playing wide receiver/safety/cornerback at the high school level, Morton is believed to enroll early with hopes of solidifying a spot at cornerback.Patrick Macon — ILBAll-American linebacker Patrick Macon is an instinctive inside linebacker with some of the most impressive versatility OSU has signed in the middle. He’s on campus and as the NJCAA defensive player of the year last season, will likely be an instant impact.Brendan Vaughn — OLBMacon will slot in as an inside linebacker, and Forney (Texas) outside linebacker/safety is a recruit with a high ceiling that will play OSU’s STAR linebacker position. He has good coverage skills and a versatility that will allow him to drop back in coverage on defense.Jelani Woods — QBLast of the early enrollees, but certainly not least, the 6-foot-7 Woods from Ellenwood, Georgia, is one I’m most excited about. He can make all the throws. He has a cannon that allows him to stretch the field. And once Mike Yurcich gets ahold of him, I think he’s going to be a gem.Last but not least for the class of 2017 early enrollees, we are excited to welcome quarterback Jelani Woods out of Ellenwood, GA! #okstate— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017 Baron Odom — TEThe latest of additions, Wynnewood (OK) prospect Baron Odom flipped from Rice to Oklahoma State just a day ago. At 6-foot-4 with the versatility to line up wide, he’s a nice pass-catcher at the tight end position.Enoch Smith, Jr. — DTFormer Michigan State and blue-chip defensive tackle Enoch Smith, Jr. transferred from the Spartans program to spend a season at the JUCO ranks. He brings legit experience at the Division I level and at 6-foot-2, 293 pounds, his presence lessens the blow of Vincent Taylor opting for the NFL.Brendon Evers — DTOne of the first pledges of the 2017 class, in-state (Bixby) defensive tackle Brendon Evers is a monster in the middle. Just look…Out of Bixby, OK, Brendon Evers is the newest addition to the 2017 class! #okstate #NSD17— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Projecting the Ceiling for OSU Freshmen in 2017

first_imgMalcolm Rodriguez, safety: Rodriguez has a high ceiling, but I think he’ll remain on the floor as a redshirt in 2017 with the depth OSU has.Thabo Mwaniki, safety: Mwaniki, too, is a highly talented player with big upside. But I’d be stunned if he plays in 2017.Tre Sterling, safety: I won’t budge from this: any safety OSU signed is likely to redshirt. Maybe that changes depending on depth and injuries, but Sterling likely won’t play as a freshman.Brayden Johnson, wide receiver: Given the depth at receiver, Johnson is a redshirt candidate.Brock Martin, defensive end: Call me crazy, but I think Brock Martin sees the field as a freshman. He’s a wildly talented pass-rusher with good hands he developed as a wrestler, and uses his leverage to his advantage. I think he’ll earn some buzz in fall camp similar to what Justice Hill and James Washington have over the past few years.Brendon Evers, defensive tackle: Just like Martin, I think the door is open for Evers to make an impact as a freshman. He’s built like a MACK truck and has the mindset needed to compete at the Division I level.JD King, running back: I don’t mean to sound hot-takey, but King reminds me a lot of Ezekiel Elliott. He’s got a quick burst through the gaps, he’s a solid pass-blocker, and he’s a heckuva runner in the open field. If someone told me that King, not Hubbard, has more rushing yards as a freshman, I wouldn’t be shocked. I think he’s going to be a beast.Brendan Vaughn, linebacker: Linebacker depth is almost always a concern, but this year might be the exception. Vaughn, an early enrollee, could be part of a rotation as a third man. But if he plays more than that, injuries will have a big role.Kris McCune, safety: Of all the freshman safeties, I think I like McCune to contribute early the most. Like I said above, I think all safety signees will redshirt. But McCune is a freak athlete who could see the field and it wouldn’t surprise me.Jelani Woods, quarterback: A battle for the backup position might be won by Taylor Cornelius, but Jelani Woods will have his shot, too. The 6-7 athlete will compete against Keondre Wudtee and John Kolar for the gig. But I think the plan is for him to redshirt next season.Tracin Wallace, quarterback: After two brutal ACL tears, OSU has the luxury of redshirting Wallace and rehabbing his knees. He’ll do well as a scout-teamer in 2017.LaMarcus Morton, cornerback: Morton was an early enrollee and could be an early contributor, given the lack of depth at cornerback.Shamond Greenwood, wide receiver: For as good as Greenwood is, his best option will be redshirting and waiting to replace Marcel Ateman in 2018. 6-foot-4 receivers don’t grow on trees, and he’s in for a solid college career if he can stay healthy. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With 12 returning starters on offense and defense combined, OSU’s roster for 2017 is loaded with experience and explosiveness on paper.Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill and James Washington form a lethal big three on offense that proved to be unstoppable at times last season. And on defense, Chad Whitener and Jarrell Owens headline what should be a formidable front line that finished on a high note last season.Regardless of how far the returning starters can propel the team in 2017, though, it seems every year there’s a newcomer that makes a bigger-than-expected impact at a position of need. Just a few seasons ago, it was James Washington who caught 28 passes for 456 yards as a freshman. Last season, it was Justice Hill running for over 1,000 yards and earning freshman All-American honors. So who might it be this season? I’ve got some ideas.AdChoices广告Let’s take a look at the ceiling of impact for each incoming freshmen.Baron Odom, tight end: Odom was a late addition to the 2017 recruiting class after a late flip from long-time pledge Tyler Henderson to Baylor. As such, I don’t see Odom contributing — and he likely won’t be expected to. A former Rice commit, Odom will likely redshirt in 2017.Tylan Wallace, wide receiver: Even with Tyron Johnson, James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Chris Lacy, Wallace has a shot to make an impact in 2017. He’s a fast, shifty receiver who Gundy says is “tremendous in a phone booth.” I think his ceiling is a 25-catch season for ~400 yards — similar to what James Washington accomplished as a freshman.Chuba Hubbard, running back: In any other scenario, Hubbard might be an auto-redshirt. But behind Justice Hill there’s no real quality depth that’s been developed outside Jeff Carr. I think Hubbard is due for a breakout season as a true freshman. He won’t have the same year Hill had (rushing for 1,000+ and earning All-American honors), but I think he’ll grab 600 rushing yards and be a threat as a pass-catcher out of the backfield..@Hubbard_RMN: V fast.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) July 25, 2017last_img read more

King of The Game: OSU vs. Tulsa

first_imgCarlie GoekelerBet against the Spread: OSU by 21There are bound to be mistakes in this game from OSU simply because it’s the first. However, there is no way Tulsa beats the spread.More Catches: TulsaOkay I’m drinking the orange kool-aid and all but Tulsa will have more catches than Washington. With a receiving core as strong as ours, there is no way Washington has a chance.Over/Under: UnderTulsa did win 10 games last year and their coach doesn’t accept sloppy play. I think this game will be fairly clean overall.King of the Game: Ramon Richards.I’m all in on Ramon and this position change. It sounds like this bet was made for Ramon. Someone who you have always cringed while watching but also the first guy you send off the sidelines when OSU is up 1 with 5 seconds left and OU is on our 20. Ramon seems to be the guy who is in the right place at the right time and we all know he has the competitive spirit to do something crazy.Prop bet: Tyron Johnson takes the first returnable kick to the house.I’m really excited to see what this caged ex-tiger can do. Listening to him talk to the media, you can tell he’s really excited for the opportunity to play for a team that makes plays that result in 7s instead of 3s. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We are starting a new weekly post this football season. A weekly competition I like to call “King of the Game.”The rules are simple. Each week five people will make predictions about the upcoming game. The predictions will vary each week. Plus, each contestant get’s the opportunity to earn bonus points by making a wild prop bet.Our contestants will consist of myself, Kyle Cox, Nick Welch, someone from the enemy’s side, and an OSU fan contributor. This week’s picks from the enemy come from Hunter Hart of Reign Cane Sports, an independent Tulsa Sports Blog. Basically, it’s the Tulsa version of PFB.Our fan picks come courtesy of Carlie Goekeler. How could we not pick her after this tweet?AdChoices广告I hate to pull the woman card, the alum card, the homecoming queen card, the Coop fan card but I did. There are my cards. Pick me.— Carlie Goekeler (@carlizzle93) August 28, 2017She offered a little insight into herself.“My name is Carlie Goekeler and I am a 2016 alum of Oklahoma State. I am currently pursuing my D.O from OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Being a medical student takes up 99% of my time so the Pistols Firing Blog is my lifeline in the fall (my favorite part being the podcasts). My parents met at OSU and have been taking me to all the home football games since 2001. I’m a total OSU fanatic and perfect evidence that even a part science nerd/part sports junkie/part girly girl can win homecoming queen.”We begin our competition with this Thursday’s season opener against Tulsa! The Cowboys and Golden Hurricane are facing off for the first time since 2011 (has it been that long?).Here are this week’s bets:Bet Against the Spread: OSU -17More Catches: James Washington or all of TulsaOver/Under: +2.5 turnover margin for OSUKing of the Game: Defense (OSU or Tulsa)Prop BetWithout further adieu…center_img Phillip SlavinBet Against the Spread: OSUI think Tulsa’s offense will try to run the ball in the first half (unsuccessfully) and be forced to throw in the second, which won’t go well either. OSU will be slow out of the gate as they have been the past few years, but get things rolling in the second quarter and win handily.More Catches: TulsaOSU will want to get its various wide receivers opportunities. If the Cowboys are up big in the second half, which I think they will be, they’ll get other guys the chance to show in-game what they can do.Over/Under: OverWhen Tulsa is forced to throw the ball in the second half to keep things from getting ugly, Ramon Richards and A.J. Green are going to have fun against an in-experienced starting quarterback.King of the Game: Chad WhitenerTulsa should try and run the ball a lot, especially in the first half. They have a solid offensive line, which should open up opportunities for the linebackers to get tackles. I’m going with Whitener to lead the team in tackles this game.Prop Bet: Oklahoma State gets three defensive scores.Saying one isn’t interesting, neither is saying two. I’ll go with one on special teams, a blocked punt or field goal run back, and two more by the defense. Maybe a pick-six and a scoop-and-score.Kyle CoxBet Against the Spread: TulsaI’ll go with my prediction from my summer preview which was a 38-24 win. So, the Cowboys get it done but do not cover. This is still the first game of the year and there might be a couple of bugs to work out. Still, I think it’s a handily-won victory. Somewhere around 32-7 in the second half and Gundy gives it to Justice and J.D. King to grind out the clock.More Catches: TulsaThey are retooling and at the time of this yet to name a starting QB. But think of them as Art Briles’ Baylor-lite, or extra-lite or however that works. Regardless, Philip Montgomery coaches a system that works and it get his playmakers in space. Tulsa averaged 20.5 catches per game last year and I don’t expect that to drop off too much. Besides, James Washington has never had double-digit catches in a game his entire career.Over/Under: OverWhoo momma! Let’s swing for it and say two picks from the greenish QB (whoever it is) and a forced fumble. Hopefully, that’s all it takes to win that battle 3-0.King of the Game: Ramon RichardsThis feels like a Ramon interception game. He’ll get at least one of those. On Tulsa, I’ll go with senior free safety Jordan Mitchell who had nine pass breakups last year. They’ll need to get a lot from their secondary to stay in this one.Prop Bet: Oklahoma State will go for it on fourth and 2-plus yards early in the game.Nick WelchBet Against the Spread: OSUI’ll take the over, so higher than 17-point difference.More Catches: TulsaTulsa>WashingtonOver/Under: OverI’ll take the over, probably like three.King of the Game: Darrion DanielsMy own opinion, TU has an average O-Line, with an inexperienced quarterback and I think he gets a coverage sack or two, maybe a fumble recovery.Prop Bet: Eight different Oklahoma State receivers catch a ball.Is that crazy enough? If not, OSU kicks and makes a 45-plus yard field goal.Hunter HartBet Against the Spread: I’ll take OSU here.OSU has had struggles with teams like Central Michigan, Texas Tech, and Iowa State which gives me hope, but Tulsa has too many unknowns offensively to score the points necessary to ultimately keep it close.More Catches: Easy choice here, I’ll take all of Tulsa.I know Tulsa has never faced a receiver like Washington, but they did play Courtland Sutton last year. Sutton is expected to be a 1st- round draft pick, and he had 8 catches in that game. With all the options that Rudolph has, I see Washington getting around that same number. TU will probably throw about 20-25 passes, so I think (hope) that we will complete more than 10 of those.Over/Under: Under.Last year Tulsa was middle of the road in turnover margin, but the lead RB only lost the ball 2 times out of 264 attempts. I trust him, and I don’t think Coach Montgomery will put our new QBs in situations where they can make mistakes.King of the Game: Chad Whitener. Tulsa needs to run the ball effectively on Thursday. I think that TU’s offensive line will give a good push, but if Whitener is able to stuff the run then the Hurricane will be in for a long day. Additionally, Whitener will need to stay disciplined on the read option which is typical of a Montgomery-run offense. Prop Bet: Tulsa will have more yards than OSU after the first quarter.TU traveled to Ohio State last season, and after the first quarter TU had more yards on offense than the Buckeyes. It is a different team this year, but I still think TU will be able to run the ball effectively. Honestly, I don’t know how TU’s defense will stop OSU, but prop bets are supposed to be wild and fun!last_img read more

Muntari joins Seedorf at Deportivo

first_imgTransfers Muntari joins Seedorf at Deportivo La Coruna Jamie Smith 22:38 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sulley Muntari Getty Images Transfers Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña v Espanyol Primera División The former Ghana international has joined the La Liga side on a free transfer after a successful trial period at the club Sulley Muntari has signed for Deportivo La Coruna, the La Liga strugglers bringing in the free agent to boost their relegation battle.Clarence Seedorf was appointed by Depor this month but is yet to oversee a victory, or even see his side score a goal.And the Dutchman has signed former AC Milan team-mate Muntari in a bid to give Depor a greater chance of avoiding the drop. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Muntari, who played in three World Cups for Ghana, was available on a free transfer after leaving Pescara at the end of last season.The 33-year-old had an unhappy spell at the club, saying he was “treated like a criminal” after claiming to have been racially abused during a Serie A match at Cagliari.Muntari’s most successful period came at Inter Milan, where he played for four seasons between 2008 and 2012. At Inter, the midfielder won two Serie A titles, two Coppas Italia as well as the Champions League in 2010.He began his professional career with Udinese in 2002 before moving to Portsmouth, while also spending time at both Milan clubs, Sunderland, Saudi side Al-Ittihad and Pescara.Depor, second bottom in the table, are three points from safety with 14 league games still to playlast_img read more

Bayern confident Lewandowski won’t join Madrid

first_imgTransfers Heynckes shoots down Lewandowski to Madrid rumours: Top players stay at Bayern Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 15:52 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Transfers Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski Primera División Bayern München Bundesliga Videos The Polish striker changed his agent in recent days to prompt suggestions that he was ready to leave the Bundesliga giants in the summer Jupp Heynckes claims he “can’t imagine” Bayern Munich sanctioning the sale of Robert Lewandowski after the striker’s recent change of agent prompted fresh transfer links with Real Madrid.Lewandowski is said to have severed ties with Cezary Kucharski, previously his agent for 10 years, in favour of Pini Zahavi, regarded as one of the football world’s leading representatives.Zahavi played a role in Neymar’s world-record €222 million switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August and there have been suggestions Lewandowski’s decision has been made with a view to securing a big move to Spain. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Heynckes is not worried about such a scenario, however, and is adamant Bayern are not a selling club.When it was put to Heynckes that Lewandowski’s decision could be to secure a transfer, the coach said: “Well, that’s your interpretation.”I think there’s nothing wrong with a player changing his agent. I can’t judge the reasons.”It doesn’t mean anything at all for us, given the way I know the officials here at Bayern and what I’ve heard from them.”Bayern is not a club that sells the top players. Top players at Bayern stay at Bayern. I can’t imagine there’s a chance of him leaving Bayern.”last_img read more

Eriksson: England will never win World Cup

first_imgEngland Eriksson: Why ‘tired’ England will never win the World Cup Chris Burton 19:39 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. England World Cup Premier League The former Three Lions boss believes global glory will remain elusive for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break England have been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.The Three Lions will go in search of global glory once again this summer, with Gareth Southgate the latest man to be charged with the task of delivering on expectation.There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives : “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.Sven-Goran Eriksson GFX“I will probably go into football in another way. Maybe on TV,” he explained. “Then I think about buying a football club somewhere, not in England, it’s so expensive.“It won’t be in Sweden either because of the rules about club ownership. But, I am planning something which is going to be on a very low level in another country.“I’m not quite ready to slow down. Football has been my life and I miss it. I miss the Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the adrenaline in the body goes up, it’s just not the same watching it on the TV.”last_img read more

Where to watch all UK TV football this week

first_imgPremier League Live football on TV: UK match schedule this week, online streams & free to air websites Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Getty/Goal composite Premier League UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League FA Cup Primera División Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 If you are planning to take in some live football on television this week, Goal has a comprehensive guide to what’s on Trying to figure out what football is being shown live on TV this week? Look no further!There is plenty of action taking place across the globe, not least in Europe’s top leagues, with some interesting match-ups that are bound to get you excited.Four Champions League last-16 ties will be decided, with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Man City and Juventus in action, while Arsenal continue their Europa League campaign against AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United take on Crystal Palace on Monday before heading into a crunch clash against rivals Liverpool later in the week, while Barcelona will look to take a step closer to La Liga glory.As well as that, there are some enticing derby games going on in Scotland, with Edinburgh giants Hibernian and Hearts facing off before the Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers.To help you choose what to watch, Goal has taken a look at all the football on TV in the UK today,  tonight and this week, including some that you can watch for free and live stream. All live football matches on UK TV this weekSaturday March 10, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix A-League 08:50 BT Sport 2 Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners A-League 11:00 BT Sport 2 Darmstadt vs Ingolstadt Bundesliga 2 12:00 BT Sport 1 Eibar vs Real Madrid La Liga 12:00 Sky Sports Football Man Utd vs Liverpool Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 Aston Villa vs Wolves Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga 17:30 BT Sport 2 Getafe vs Levante La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Red Button Willem II vs PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 18:45 Sky Sports Red Button Cardiff Met. University vs The New Saints Welsh Premier League 19:00 S4C Verona vs Chievo Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 2 Malaga vs Barcelona La Liga 19:45 Sky Sports Football Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City MLS 23:00 Sky Sports Football Sunday March 11, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Espanyol vs Real Sociedad La Liga 11:00 Sky Sports Mix Fiorentina vs Benevento Serie A 11:30 BT Sport 3 Rangers vs Celtic Scottish Premiership 12:00 Sky Sports Football Wrexham vs Chester National League 12:00 BT Sport 1 Arsenal vs Watford Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League Anderlecht vs Antwerp Jupiler League 13:30 FreeSports Ajax vs Heerenveen Eredivisie 13:30 Sky Sports Red Button Juventus vs Udinese Serie A 14:00 BT Sport ESPN Nottingham Forest vs Derby County Championship 14:30 Sky Sports Football Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig Bundesliga 14:30 BT Sport 3 Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo La Liga 15:15 Sky Sports Mix Feyenoord vs AZ Eredivisie 15:45 Sky Sports Red Button Bournemouth vs Tottenham Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League Lyon vs Caen Ligue 1 16:00 BT Sport 2 Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 17:00 BT Sport 3 Genoa vs AC Milan Serie A 17:00 BT Sport 1 Las Palmas vs Villarreal La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Football Atlanta United vs D.C. United MLS 19:00 Sky Sports Mix Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes La Liga 19:00 Sky Sports Football Inter vs Napoli Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 1 Toulouse vs Marseille Ligue 1 20:00 BT Sport ESPN New York City vs LA Galaxy MLS 21:00 Sky Sports Football How to watch football for free in the UKToni Duggan Demi Stokes EnglandThere are a number of games throughout the week that can be watched live for free on a variety of different channels.National broadcasters such as BBC, BBC Scotland and S4C occasionally show matches from the UK, with a few available to watch this week.Free-to-air channel Freesports shows games from Portugal’s Primeira Liga and Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, while BritAsia TV broadcasts games from the Indian Super League.See the table below for the free games on UK TV this week. Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel USA Women vs England Women SheBelieves Cup Mar 8 / 00:00 BBC Two Cardiff Met. University vs The New Saints Welsh Premier League Mar 10 / 19:00 S4C Anderlecht vs Antwerp Jupiler League Mar 11 / 13:30 FreeSports Furthermore, highlights from all Premier League matches are shown on BBC One’s   Match of the Day programme, which generally airs on Saturdays at 22:30 .On Channel 5, you can watch highlights from the Championship on Football on 5: The Championship , which airs on Saturdays at 21:00.Sky Sports News , which regularly shows clips and highlights from games, is available to all Sky and Virgin Media subscribers regardless of package.How to legally stream football in the UKAshley Young Jordan Henderson Manchester United LiverpoolAs well as being able to watch football on TV in the UK, fans can stream games live online and using various apps.Sky TV customers, for example, can access the Sky Go facility, which allows users to stream matches live and on demand on any mobile, laptop or tablet device.BT Sport, similarly, offer the BT Sport app, through which customers can stream games live and on-the-go on a variety of devices.The likes of Sky Go and the BT Sport app are generally available for most Apple iOS and Android devices.Furthermore, for games that are broadcast on BBC, viewers can opt to use the BBC iPlayer, which is a streaming service compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and a host of other platforms. 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More great info on web analytics

first_imgBeth Kanter’s great post on web analytics is well worth a read today. A highlight is this quote:“Web Analytics packages are sold as if it’s an automatic coffee maker. In fact, it is more like buying a coffee plantation. You can still get your cup of coffee (eventually), but your going to have to stick your hands in a lot more manure than you ever knew.” Tom Cunniff – Yahoo Web Analytics ForumYes, it’s messy – but vital – to know who is coming to your site and what happens when they’re there.last_img read more

Power to the People: How to Use Policy and Advocacy Tools to Improve Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on August 30, 2010June 21, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Communications Manager, Women DeliverClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)At today’s session on “Policy and advocacy tools,” panelists presented on web-based and new media options for disseminating maternal health research and messages. Though online technology is an often-untapped resource for the maternal health field, the panelists laid out specific ideas and strategies that have the potential to catalyze policy change.Panelists discussed:•    Leveraging new and online technology for maternal health advocacy and communication; Mari Tikkanen, M4ID•    An Atlas of Birth: mapping the global challenges and solutions to maternal mortality; Sarah Neal, University of Southampton•    Lives Saved Tool: influencing maternal and child health policy; Koki Agarwal, MCHIP“Maternal health doesn’t have a global movement,” said Tikkanen. “We need these tools to reach out to a broader audience.”It was interesting to hear the panel talk about the need to present evidence in ways that capture attention and provoke action among a diverse array of stakeholders. It’s true. Research is incredibly important. But we also need to take scientific research, like the data used in the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), and make it accessible. Data visualization and creative maps, like those created in the Atlas of Birth, are fantastic ways to capture policymakers and express complex issues quickly.But maps are a natural next step for researchers and academics. What else can we be doing? We can be blogging, updating our Facebook pages, tweeting, downloading iPhone apps, sending text alerts, and more. I am a strong supporter of all new media initiatives, but I think it’s important to remember the difference between awareness-raising and advocacy. Though raising awareness is a step towards advocacy, we should be mindful that our social networking and online tools have an intended impact on policy change. It is not enough to just exist on social networks; we must strategize and use tools that benefit our organizational mission and the broader maternal health cause. And we must tailor our messages to specific audiences.We also need to work hard to combat those who think online tools are trivial. Betsy McCallon of the White Ribbon Alliance and moderator of the session gave a great example: “In the US, where global development aid support is sliding, policymakers need to hear from their constituents that these issues are important,” she said.I encourage maternal health organizations who look down on new media, or who fear the rapid pace and inherent transparency, I encourage you to join the movement. Social media and online tools put the power in the hands of the people. It’s our job, as maternal health advocates, to make sure that power is maximized and targeted.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTFand @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, clickhere.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Forsberg opens transfer door to Arsenal & Liverpool

first_imgTransfers Forsberg opens transfer door to Arsenal, Liverpool & Roma Chris Burton 16:17 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Emil Forsberg Sweden South Korea World Cup 2018 Getty Transfers Arsenal Germany v Sweden Sweden Germany RB Leipzig Liverpool Roma World Cup Bundesliga Serie A Premier League The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of “the strongest clubs in the world” Emil Forsberg has offered hope to the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Roma by hinting that he could be on his way out of RB Leipzig this summer.The Sweden international is under contract in Germany until 2022, but has suggested that a move elsewhere could be on the cards.Having impressed over the course of four years with Leipzig, interest in the 26-year-old has been building steadily. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 Leading sides in England and Italy are said to be plotting big-money moves, with Forsberg conceding that he hopes to be turning out for one of “the strongest clubs in the world” in the not too distant future.He told Fotbollskanalen: “I’m ready for the next big step. That’s going to be very interesting. “I am in dialogue with RB and always had a good relationship with the club. “I have the dream of playing for the strongest clubs in the world.”Arsenal were recently urged to make a move for Forsberg by Anders Limpar, with the former Gunners winger eager to see a fellow countryman complete a switch to north London.Emil Forsberg RB LeipzigHe told Football.London: “If we get Emil Forsberg, we will be so lucky.“He’s the biggest prospect we have in Europe. He has been really good in the Bundesliga and has been outstanding for the national side.“If we get him, we would get a hell of a player who could produce points with assists and goals.“Please God, we should sign him straight away – if we can.”For now, Forsberg is away on international duty at World Cup 2018.He did figure in Sweden’s opening 1-0 victory over South Korea, but struggled to make his mark in that contest and is aware that he needs to offer more if he is to be of benefit in the present and a man on the move in the future.“I have a lot of pressure on me, but I like it,” Forsberg added.“I want it to be that way. When I’m not playing well, it’s not good. So I have to be good. I’m trying my best.”last_img read more

I gave up on asking Messi for his jersey – Rebic

first_imgWorld Cup Argentina were so bad I didn’t want Messi’s jersey – Croatia hero Rebic Hrvoje Tironi 05:23 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Ante Rebic Croatia Argentina Getty World Cup Croatia Argentina v Croatia Argentina Lionel Messi The winger was glowing after his side’s win but was disappointed by Argentina’s behaviour, stating “athletes should know how to deal with defeat” Ante Rebic was so disappointed in Argentina’s performance and conduct in Croatia’s 3-0 win over them that he decided not to ask Lionel Messi to swap jerseys.Rebic opened the scoring in the second half when he capitalised on a Willy Caballero error to volley past the goalkeeper before Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic completed a resounding win as Croatia booked their spot in the last-16 of the World Cup.Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko taunted the Argentina players for their reaction to the loss, saying they were “crying like girls”, and Rebic was even more disappointed with Messi and Co. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 “To be honest, I wanted to get Messi’s jersey for my friend, who is a big fan of Leo,” the 24-year-old player told Goal. “But the Argentines made such a bad impression on me that I gave up on asking Messi for his jersey.”Honestly, I expected much more. At least of those players from the Premier League, who are used to a high tempo and duels. You saw Nicolas Otamendi – in the fourth minute Mandzukic passed by him and he was rolling on the floor. I am disappointed by their behaviour and lack of fair play, not to mention how they provoked us. An athlete should know how to deal with defeat.”The Eintracht Frankfurt player moved his criticism on to referee Ravshan Irmatov, suggesting the Uzbek did not have enough experience at the top level to run such a game.”The referee was not of a quality level and it is not the first time it has happened at the World Cup, with many referees without experience in some of biggest competitions like the Champions League.”We felt a lot of decisions went Argentina’s way, so I was sure he wasn’t going to show me a second yellow card. I appreciate this is the World Cup and you have to have referees from all over, but it’s important that these matches be led by referees who can match the importance and the pace of the match. For example, the referee didn’t even have football boots but only regular sneakers! That shocked us.”I feel sorry to be nervous about some referee’s decisions now rather than enjoying my goal and the fact we smashed Argentina. When Otamendi deliberately kicked Rakitic with the ball, that was clear red card. But, it only makes our victory sweeter.”Rebic scuppered an opportunity in the first half when he sent an effort wide of the target but recovered shortly after the break, and was delighted to see the ball hit the top corner of the net after Caballero’s wild pass fell perfectly for him.Ante Rebic Croatia Argentina“I don’t even know how many messages I received after the match!” he added. “This was the best game I’ve played for Croatia and, along with the recent German Cup final against Bayern, the best in my career.”I’ve looked at my goal 100 times by now. Turned out pretty good, didn’t it? I thought defenders would catch me if I was to bring the ball down and control it before shooting, so I shot first time without thinking much.”I had big chance at the end of first half. I did everything wrong: first touch, shot, I didn’t pass the ball… Luckily the half-time break arrived, I needed it to pull myself together.”After the Nigeria game we didn’t celebrate much. I spent most of the time at the doping test, but this time we celebrated in the locker room, the bus, the plane… But, we shouldn’t stop here, now that we’ve passed the group stage.”last_img read more

Sampaoli: Argentina suffer if Messi doesn’t feel ‘secure’

first_imgWorld Cup Sampaoli: Argentina suffer if Messi doesn’t feel ‘secure’ Jamie Smith 06:54 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Argentina Nigeria World Cup Russi 2018 26062018 Alex Livesey/Getty Images World Cup Lionel Messi Nigeria v Argentina Nigeria Argentina The Barcelona star helped to drag his side into the World Cup’s last 16 and his manager wants the team to support their star man Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli believes making captain Lionel Messi “feel secure” is key to his side’s chances at the World Cup.Messi scored the opening goal as a late Marcos Rojo volley earned Argentina a decisive 2-1 win over Nigeria in St Petersburg on Tuesday to set up a last-16 clash with Group C winners France.Sampaoli used his third different tactical setup of Russia 2018 in a bid to get the best out of Messi, who drew blanks in a 1-1 draw with Iceland and a 3-0 loss to Croatia, missing a penalty in the former match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 And the Argentina coach, who has been strongly criticised by former players including Diego Maradona, makes no excuses for building his team’s attacking threat around Barcelona superstar Messi.”When Leo came and hugged me it made me very proud and happy, because he knows I am passionate every single day,” Sampaoli said.”I have had the opportunity to travel with him and share moments with him. He knows me well, and knows we have this dream to come to Russia and do something important for Argentina.”His position in the team – playing three midfielders and Leo on the right trying to create more passes on the inside to get to the goal on the outside.”I was pleased with Ever [Banega], Enzo [Perez], Javi [Mascherano] and Leo, they have stopped our opponents creating any transitions.”A coach who has to train Leo knows everybody surrounding him needs to make him feel secure, and if we are able to create passes to Leo we can create chances. Otherwise we suffer.”We have the best player in the world and the other players need to benefit from that. That’s why I said the match against Croatia was our problem, not his problem.”The knock-out stage, so far… #FRAARG #URUPOR #ESPRUS #CRODEN #WorldCup — FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) June 26, 2018 Argentina survived a scare to progress, a penalty appeal for an apparent handball by Rojo rejected after the referee checked the VAR , the defender going on to score the winner with four minutes to go.But Sampaoli said his side deserved to go through to the next round, where they will be tested by France.”We had planned and I think the first half went well. We were better than Nigeria,” Sampaoli added. “We were also able to move forward and have many touches in the midfield.”After the penalty we got nervous and were worried about not going through, but we were very happy at the end. “As I have said before, my players play with heart, they are true rebels. They had a very difficult thing to do, and this is now a good opportunity for the future.”The first half today was great. Now we need consistency in the future. We’ve managed to do so and have been able to go through. Every match is a final. We need to be cohesive to win against France.”last_img read more

Neuer: Germany cause no ‘fear or respect’

first_imgWorld Cup Neuer: No reason for teams to ‘fear or respect’ Germany Patric Ridge 06:43 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Manuel Neuer Germany World Cup 2018 ROMAN KRUCHININ World Cup Germany South Korea v Germany South Korea The Bayern Munich star slammed his side’s performance at the World Cup, claiming the 2014 winners “did not deserve” to go through Manuel Neuer believes it would be “bitter and pathetic” for Germany’s players to revel in their past glories in the aftermath of their dreadful 2018 World Cup campaign.The defending champions’ shambolic tournament came to a resounding end on Wednesday , as South Korea claimed a 2-0 victory in Kazan to ensure Germany finished bottom of Group F.While Joachim Low’s side lifted the trophy in Brazil in 2014, they joined Spain, Italy and France in the list of teams to have been dumped out in the group stage following victory in the previous edition of the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 And Neuer, who only returned from injury in time to captain Germany at this World Cup, insists Die Mannschaft cannot dwell on past achievements.”We had it in our own hands, but we did not make it,” Neuer, who confirmed his intention to remain available for international selection, said. “To revel in the past brings us nothing, that’s bitter and pathetic. Even if it had worked today, there would have been halts in the knockout phase. We just did not deserve it. “We did not really convince in any game. Of course it is very disappointing.”We need to analyse this and it has to be said very clearly that we just do not deserve it. Even after the three games, you have not seen in any game that there was a German team on the pitch, in front of which one has fear or respect. “Even if we had made it in the last 16, everyone would have liked to play against us. How should we be dangerous to an opponent if we deliver such performances?”I’ve always tried to take responsibility, always tried to take the team. In the locker room, during training and on the pitch. Of course, I am also responsible for it.”4/5 – #GER are the fourth defending champions to be eliminated from the Group Stage at the World Cup in the last five tournaments:2002 France2010 Italy2014 Spain2018 Germany. Surprise. — OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 27, 2018 Like Neuer, Thomas Muller broke through the ranks in Germany’s national team at World Cup 2010, although the Bayern Munich forward was benched for the crunch clash with South Korea, and the 28-year-old admitted the squad were embarrassed by their displays.”No matter what we say now, it will not be right,” Muller told reporters.”We are seriously disappointed and shocked. We are responsible for that. It is embarrassing that we will be eliminated from the table in this group.”With this squad and these claims. We scored just one goal in three games and in each game we got a goal against us. Therefore, we are powerless against any argument.”last_img read more

Rooney completes D.C. United move

first_imgTransfers Former Manchester United star Rooney completes D.C. United move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:35 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rooney DC United Goal/Getty Transfers DC United New England v DC United New England Everton MLS England’s all-time leading scorer completed his switch on Thursday, with Everton and the MLS outfit announcing that a deal has been wrapped up Wayne Rooney has joined the likes of David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in making the switch to Major League Soccer, with the 32-year-old completing his move to D.C. United on Thursday. Reports that Rooney would move to United this summer and that he and the club were in advanced talks  cropped up in May, with Everton manager  Sam Allardyce confirming that negotiations were taking place just days later .The former Manchester United and England star now joins a D.C. United club that sits dead last in the MLS standings having picked up just 10 points from 12 matches so far this season.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 While terms of the deal were not released, the striker has signed a three-and-half-year deal that will reportedly net him around $13 million (£10m), which would make him the highest paid player in team history and one of the top earners in MLS. “It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,” Rooney told the club’s official website.”Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me.”I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.”When I visited earlier this summer I was really impressed with everyone I met connected with the club, and of course the new Audi Field.”Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”Rooney will begin training with his new club this week but cannot officially join until the MLS transfer window opens on July 10. #NoWayneNoGain— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 28, 2018That date puts him on track to debut for the club when it opens its brand-new stadium, Audi Field, a 20,000 seat venue with a $400 million price tag, on July 14. United will be in action twice more before Rooney is eligible to play, with trips to face the New England Revolution and the LA Galaxy on tap ahead of opening the new venue against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Jason Levien, the club’s managing general partner and CEO, said of a high-profile arrival: “This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization.”Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at D.C. United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country.”Wayne has thrived when competing at the most elite levels of soccer and we’re thrilled to have his leadership as we enter this new era at Audi Field.” Dave Kasper, United general manager and VP of soccer operations, added: “Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself.”He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work-ethic and winning mentality.”We are beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber and we are thrilled to welcome him to D.C.”last_img read more

Courtois teases Chelsea & Real Madrid with future hint

first_imgTransfers Courtois keeping Chelsea & Real Madrid guessing but admits to future ‘preference’ Chris Burton 23:58 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Belgium v Japan Japan Belgium Chelsea World Cup Primera División Premier League The Belgium international goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and is refusing to rule anything out at this stage Thibaut Courtois has admitted to having a “preference” regarding his future, but has refused to divulge whether he intends to be at Chelsea or Real Madrid in 2018-19.Transfer talk has been building around the Belgium international for some time, with talk of a move to Spain refusing to go away.Courtois has helped to keep those fires burning by admitting on a regular basis that he hopes to complete such a switch at some stage, with his two young children still based in Madrid following a previous loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 Real are reported to be stepping up their interest this summer, as they seek to bring in a new No.1, and a long-standing target has hinted that he could be on the move once his World Cup commitments in Russia come to a close.Courtois told Sporza when quizzed on his future: “I have a certain preference, I already have ideas in my head, but I have moved everything until after the World Cup.”What is most important is my children. My daughter is three years old, my son is a year old, and I have not seen them for a year-and-a-half.“FaceTime is beautiful, but seeing them grow up is something else.“So my children will play an important role in my decision.“Do I want to go to Madrid? I do not know we’ll see. I still have a choice to make.”Courtois’ current contract at Chelsea is only due to run until 2019. As he enters the final 12 months of that deal, the Blues have an important decision to make when it comes to his future.They cannot afford to let the 26-year-old run down that agreement to free agency, with the current transfer window set to present them with a last chance to demand a sizeable fee if no fresh terms can be agreed.last_img read more

Video: Di Maria scores wondergoal vs France

first_imgWorld Cup Video: Angel Di Maria wondergoal makes jaws drop for Argentina against France Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:42 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) World Cup Videos France v Argentina Argentina France The midfielder blasted past Hugo Lloris from distance to pull his side level and spark them into action against Les Bleus in the second round Angel Di Maria hammered home one of the goals of the 2018 World Cup to pull Argentina level with France in Saturday’s last-16 clash.Argentina had fallen behind through Antoine Griezmann’s penalty, awarded for a Marcos Rojo foul on Kylian Mbappe, and looked in danger of conceding more against a dominant French side.France’s threatening forays forward did not come to anything however, and it proved costly after a moment of magic from Di Maria. Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 The forward came to the Albiceleste’s rescue when he collected a pass from Ever Banega. Given a great deal of space outside of the France area, he took what was given and blasted it into the net from distance, with the shot still curling away from the outstretched hand of Hugo Lloris as it went in.The stunning strike – the furthest from goal anyone has scored at Russia 2018 – was Argentina’s only shot on target in the first half but ensured they went in level at the break.It is Di Maria’s first goal of the 2018 tournament and his second in a World Cup, having previously scored against Switzerland at the same stage of the 2014 edition in Brazil.Incredibly, the last time France conceded a goal from outside the box in a World Cup was in 1986 against the Soviet Union.ANGEL DI MARIA! 😱😱😱The Argentinian unleashes a rocket from outside of the box to pull them level just before the half.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018As commentator said that you might see ten thousand replays of this by Di Maria— Saad (@Saad_Guj) June 30, 2018Pavard to Di Maria: Anything you can do I can do better! 🚀😱— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018And that goal would not be the last the round of 16 thriller. Benjamin Pavard would deliver a goal that was every bit the equal of Di Maria’s to once again level the scoreline after Gabriel Mercado deflected home a Lionel Messi shot to give Argentina a temporary lead.Mbappe then got a goal of his own as he danced his way through the Argentina defence in the area and snuck a shot through Franco Armani. He would double his tally not long after to put France on the verge of the quarter-finals. Late substitute Sergio Aguero scored in stoppage time but France held on to win 4-3. Argentina became the first side to score three goals in a World Cup match and lose since the USSR against Belgium in 1986.last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona coach Valverde calls up Dembele for Villarreal clash

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde calls up Dembele for Villarreal clashby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has called up Ousmane Dembele for their clash with Villarreal.The France forward injured his hamstring against Athletic Club in the first game of the season but returned to training last week and has been cleared fit to make a competitive comeback. Dembele has taken Carles Perez’s place in the squad and will compete with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati for a starting berth. “Dembele’s a player that can unbalance the opposition, he can give us a lot of things,” Barca coach \Valverde said. “He has quality and we hope that he shows us all that talent he has on the pitch.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State football to play homeandhome series against Texas in 2022 2023

Ohio State football is scheduled to play a home-and-home series against Texas in 2022 and 2023, the athletic department announced Wednesday. “Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.” The Buckeyes are 1-2 against the Longhorns, having only faced them three times in school history. OSU faced Texas in a home-and-home series in 2005, 2006 and, again, in the in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. OSU is scheduled to travel to Austin on Sept. 17, 2022 and to host the Longhorns a little more than a year later on Sept. 16, 2023 in Ohio Stadium, and the announcement of the series with the Longhorns is almost the most recent agreement to be finalized with a prominent Texan team. On Oct. 2, OSU announced that its football team is slated to play a home-and-home football series against Texas Christian University in 2018 and 2019. “Competing against programs from the state of Texas has always offered exciting experiences for our players and fans,” Smith said. “TCU continues to be one of the top football programs in the country.” 2018’s game is scheduled to be played Sept. 15 in Forth Worth, Texas while the 2019 contest is scheduled to be hosted on Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU has played TCU six times in school history and is 4-1-1 against the Horned Frogs. read more