Liverpool boss Klopp: Roma style hid Alisson strengthsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is delighted with the impact of Alisson this season.The Reds splashed out £67million on the goalkeeper from Roma.Liverpool have conceded just eight times in 20 matches – a staggering eight fewer than title rivals Manchester City.And Klopp has admitted he’s been surprised by just how good the Brazilian has been.Asked which Liverpool player has surprised him this season, Klopp told ESPN Brasil: “Well, maybe that Ali is such a good football player.”It was always very clear that he was a very influential player with the ball, but that he’s this good I didn’t see it, honestly – maybe because of a different style Roma played.”That was a little bit of a surprise, and a very nice surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham captain Noble hopes Arnautovic staysby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble hopes Marko Arnautovic will stay this month. But he admits it was “realistic” for the Austrian to be considering a big-money move to China.West Ham last week rejected a £35m bid from a Chinese Super League club, believed to be champions Shanghai SIPG, for Arnautovic, whose brother and agent has said he wants to leave.”I spoke to him (before the match) and he said, ‘Mark, whatever happens, it is out of my hands, but as long as I play for this team, I am going to give 100pc’,” Noble said.”You saw that (against Arsenal). Marko has got a reputation of maybe being a little sulky but, let me tell you, he is a great lad around the dressing room. Do we hope he doesn’t go? Of course, he’s probably our best player.”But I always think it is such a short career. You work until you are 35 and then you have got to find another living. You go to China for five years on £400,000 a week, you don’t.”
Barcelona 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 say
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops knows the value of landing a top transfer quarterback, given the team’s rise under the command of Baker Mayfield this season. Apparently, whoever runs his Twitter account – whether it’s him or a member of his staff – wants to keep an eye on former Texas A&M signal-caller Kyler Murray. Thursday afternoon, just a few hours after it was reported that Murray will transfer from the Aggies’ program, Stoops followed the former five-star on Twitter. The courtship didn’t last long, however. Stoops’ accounts unfollowed Murray in less than a minute.Was it a mistake? Was it an attempt to ping Murray? Who knows – but it’s interesting. Murray, according to ESPN, is blocked from transferring to SEC schools and any school on A&M’s schedule. Oklahoma would theoretically be a possible landing spot.
Twitter/@appstequipmentAppalachian State helmets have been customized for today’s Camellia Bowl against Toledo.The Mountaineers and Rockets face off in Montgomery at 5:30 p.m. E.T., and App State is celebrating the occasion with some cool Camellia Bowl-themed helmets, featuring the camellia flower in the ‘A’ logo.Here is our new helmet decal for the #CameilaBowl!! @AppState_FB @appstatesports Thanks to @schuttsports and @Tucker_P for their help! pic.twitter.com/GfRTwGzumX— App State Equipment (@appstequipment) December 17, 2016I always love uniform flourishes and customizations for bowl games like this, and App State’s is pretty well done.Appalachian State went 9-3 this year, its third at the FBS level, and won the Sun Belt with a 7-1 record.According to OddsShark, the Rockets opened as a 2.5-point favorite, but the line has swung in favor of the Mountaineers, who now have a one-point edge at most sportsbooks.
Hungary head coach Marco Rossi has compared new Manchester United signing Daniel James to Usain Bolt and former Brazil striker Ronaldo.Rossi is readying his Hungarian troops to take on James and his Welsh team-mates on Tuesday, in their Euro 2020 qualifier.The 54-year-old appears to have earmarked James as one of Wales key men ahead of the game, despite the youngster earning just two senior caps to date. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The winger has gleamed a reputation for his unstoppable pace in the past year, which Rossi is all to aware of. In fact, so rapid is James, he has been compared to the world’s former fastest man, Usain Bolt.“James’ speed reminds me of Usain Bolt – to be so fast like him is really incredible,” said Rossi.“In the last years I don’t remember one player that gave me this sensation. His acceleration is so peculiar, which is why Manchester United have bought him.”It’s not just figures from the world of athletics that James has been likened to – Rossi believes he even share similar characteristics with one of the all-time greatest strikers. “In the past I played against a very fast player who, for me, was the best after [Diego] Maradona – Ronaldo,” said the Hunger coach.”He was just not known for speed, but for everything. His acceleration looked like James, though at the moment the skills are a little bit different.”James capped off a remarkable 12 months on Friday, when Manchester United announced that a deal was in place to sign the winger from Swansea, just one season on from being sent back from an unsuccessful loan spell at League one side Shrewsbury Town.However, James excelled in 2018/19 with the Swans and his five goals and 10 assists in all competitions caught the attention of a number of Premier League sides.In the meantime, the 21-year-old will be hoping for an improvement in Wales’ fortunes on Tuesday after they lost 2-1 to Croatia at the weekend.Ryan Giggs’ men are currently fourth in the qualification group, but are just three points behind first-place Hungary. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Big Ten Network football analyst Matt Millen has battled amyloidosis, a rare and incurable condition that affects his heart, since 2011. Unfortunately, Millen’s health issues will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2018 college football season.Millen, a former NFL linebacker and general manager, is stepping away from the booth to continue treatment for amyloidosis, Big Ten Network announced today. Millen had called games the first five weeks of the season.“We will certainly miss seeing Matt this fall, but his health is the clear priority for everyone involved and we plan to support him in any way possible,” said Mark Hulsey, senior vice president of production and executive producer at BTN.Matt Millen is stepping away from the broadcast booth for the remainder of the 2018 season in order to focus on his health. pic.twitter.com/Ku1j1UD8i7— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 3, 2018Play-by-play man Kevin Kugler, who is partnered with Millen on BTN telecasts, tweeted a heartfelt message of support for his colleague this morning.I am really going to miss my partner. Please keep Matt and his family in your prayers. https://t.co/Ei7AvsjcB0— Kevin Kugler (@kevinkugler) October 3, 2018Amyloidosis is “a rare disease that occurs when abnormal proteins called amyloids, which are produced in bone marrow, build up in organs or tissue.” In Millen’s case it affects his heart.Back in April, it was announced that Millen may eventually need a heart transplant. He underwent eight months of chemotherapy last year and in early 2018 to treat his condition.Our thoughts and prayers are with Millen as he continues to battle this awful disease.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The college football regular season concludes this weekend. It’s rivalry week all across the nation as some of the most-heated rivalries will take place: from Michigan-Ohio State to Auburn-Alabama.One of the biggest rivalry games this weekend features a team in the College Football Playoff conversation and another in a very down year. Notre Dame enters its contest against USC as the No. 3 team in the country and a near-lock to make the playoff.The Trojans, however, need a win just to make a bowl game this season.According to OddsShark’s computer prediction, the Trojans will slide to 5-7 on the season with a blowout loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.The Fighting Irish enter the game as a 10.5-point favorite over the Trojans. If OddsShark’s score prediction is correct, that line isn’t even close to the eventual outcome.Notre Dame and USC kick off on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Penn State and Kentucky are set to square of in the Citrus Bowl in what will be their first meeting in nearly two decades.The Nittany Lions started the season 4-0, but lost back-to-back games to Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Michigan State, and lost to Michigan several weeks later.At 9-3 on the season, the team needs to win the Citrus Bowl to secure their third straight 10-win season.The Wildcats similarly struggled in the middle of the season before a late rally secured them nine wins. A win in the Citrus Bowl would give them their first 10-win season since 1977.Penn State and Kentucky have played each other only five times before.The two sides split a four-game series played between 1975 and 1978.The only other bowl game in which the two teams faced off was in the 1999 Outback Bowl, which Penn State won 26-14.ESPN’s Football Power Index computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that Penn State has the best chance to win. The computer model gives the Wolverines a 67.6 percent chance to win this Saturday’s bowl game.That leaves upstart Kentucky at 32.4-percent to win the match-up. ESPNThe game will be played at 12 p.m. EST on ABC.
BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index has updated its conference champion predictions for the major leagues following the third week of the season.There hasn’t been too much shuffling in the major conference champion predictions, though there were some notable upsets in Week 3.Multiple top 25 teams – Maryland, Michigan State and USC – lost to unranked teams on Saturday.Here are the latest picks for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. ACC: Clemson, 90.6 percent CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Big 12: Oklahoma, 69.3 percent LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners breaks free from the defense of Quentin Lake #37 and Osa Odighizuwa #92 of the UCLA Bruins during the first half of a game on at the Rose Bowl on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Big Ten: Ohio State, 48.0 percent BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 and Chris Olave #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate a touchdown in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)Pac-12: Oregon, 55.9 percent BERKELEY, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)SEC: Alabama, 52.4 percent ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 31: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)***Who are you picking in the major conferences right now?