Month: October 2019

10 months ago​Chelsea defender Cahill will fight for his place – Zola

first_img​Chelsea defender Cahill will fight for his place – Zolaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea veteran Gary Cahill will stay and fight for this place.That is according to assistant manager Gianfranco Zola.The club legend, who is assisting Maurizio Sarri this term, says that Cahill is always one who will compete for a first team spot.There is speculation that Cahill will move on in January as he is not getting much playing time.”It is difficult to say about that,” Zola said during the press conference.”It was not Gary has done badly when he played, but at the moment there are players performing very well. “I don’t know what will happen, but he is a fighter. “It was a surprise to find out his personality, he will try to fight for a place.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoBurnley boss Dyche open to rotating squad for Norwich

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche open to rotating squad for Norwichby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche will likely rotate his squad for Saturday’s clash with Norwich City at Turf Moor.Substitute Jeff Hendrick popped up to score a stoppage-time equaliser against Brighton on Saturday.Matej Vydra and Jay Rodriguez also impressed off the bench, and Dyche says he might give his fringe players a chance when the Canaries come to town.”All three of them affected the game so I was pleased with that,” the Burnley boss said.”I’ve told them there will be certain players (rotated), obviously defenders it doesn’t change as much, but you have to keep everyone involved.”I think that’s the important thing here, we’ve always worked on a group mentality, so I want to keep everyone’s mind on it.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Liverpool assistant Lijnders: Klopp impact like Cruyff at Barcelona

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool assistant Lijnders: Klopp impact like Cruyff at Barcelonaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has compared Jurgen Klopp’s impact at the club to that of Johan Cruyff at Barcelona.Klopp has been credited by many for restoring a winning mentality and positive atmosphere at the Anfield club.They won the Champions League last season and came within a whisker of the Premier League title.And Lijnders believes that Klopp deserves all the credit for those successes.When asked about Klopp winning the Best Manager award at a FIFA gala, Lijnders said at a press conference: “[It is a] big compliment for our structure, I think. For our owners to have faith in Jurgen from the start, giving him a six-year deal. That helps with the trust, to build.”Big compliment for our team, because without success the individual prizes will never come. Then of course a big compliment for Jurgen himself. I’m really proud. It says a lot.”He is not only the face of the team, he’s the face of the club and not many foreign managers in a different country made the impact he has made.”An example I always say is that Cruyff at Barca had an impact in that it’s not only about now, but about the future also.”He [Klopp] created a real identity about the way we play, the way he wants to play, and that could last for a long time.” last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Thinks Chip Kelly, Kevin Sumlin Will Be USC’s 2 Leading Candidates

first_imgpaul finebaum talks on tv.paul finebaumESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum usually sticks to covering the SEC, but given the turmoil out in Los Angeles this week, he’s broadening his horizons. Tuesday, he commented on USC’s heading coaching situation. He thinks there are two “leading candidates” for the job.Finebaum said that former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL, is one. The other is current Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. He joined ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning:On @MikeAndMike, @finebaum just said he believes the two leading candidates for the USC HC job will be Chip Kelly and Kevin Sumlin.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2015Finebaum expanded on Philadelphia radio station 97.5 Middays later on:On NOW: @finebaum with @975Middays to discuss his claim that Chip is a leading candidate for the USC head coach job.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: Chip Kelly will be high on USC’s list. He may not want the job, but USC is the Pac 10 & has talent, so it may entice him.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum on dealing w/ boosters: USC isn’t a job like Alabama. LA is LA. You may have to do lunch w/ Spielberg once in a while but that’s it— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: To me it all comes down to what makes Chip Kelly tick. I don’t know what interests him (but USC seems like a fit).— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: Chip is the Jon Gruden of five years ago; he is the most coveted coach by colleges.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Regarding Kelly, we’re obviously a few steps from it even being a possibility. Kelly would have to either coach his way out of his job with the Eagles or make the decision that he wants to return to the college ranks. As for Sumlin, given the momentum the Aggies have right now, it’s hard to see him jumping ship for a job that’s been very unstable recently.That being said, USC is still one of the most desirable jobs in college football. It’ll be interesting to see if Finebaum winds up being right.last_img read more

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Videos: Clemson Hosted A Pretty Fun Looking National Signing Day Party

first_imgWhen it came to big National Signing Day events, Michigan definitely led the way with its “Signing of the Stars” fundraiser. The Wolverines weren’t the only ones to have a good time celebrating the big day, however. Clemson posted three videos from its party, and it looked like a pretty good time in its own right. No Derek Jeter, Lou Holtz, or Migos, but I don’t think the Tigers are complaining.  What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #Clemson #NationalSigningDayA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 3, 2016 at 6:14pm PST  (Part I) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:07am PST  (Part II) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:08am PST  (Part III) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:09am PST Most importantly: Clemson’s class finished in the Top 10 nationally, and No. 2 in the ACC. Wednesday was a good one for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers.last_img read more

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‘Great offer’ could land Barcelona target Rodrigo

first_imgValencia have no intention of parting with highly-rated forward Rodrigo, but head coach Marcelino has admitted to Goal that a “great offer” for a man being linked with Barcelona could alter that stance.The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international has enjoyed two productive campaigns in Spain.He has been in La Liga since being acquired by Los Che from Benfica in 2014, but has burst into life with 19 goals in 2017-18 and another 15 this term. 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? His exploits have been drawing admiring glances from afar, with Barca and Roma among his mooted suitors, and Marcelino has told Goal of his future: “Rodrigo is not going to leave Valencia because that is not a thought in his head. “But, like every player of that age and trajectory, if a great offer arrives, a good one for both parties, the coach has to accept it. “I have tried to have an important role in discussions, but in sales the coaches cannot be part of that process. “For us, Rodrigo is a very important player, but it will be the club and the player who decide. There must be an offer that is good for both parties. The market will dictate that.”The financial muscle of Barca and Real Madrid allows them to continue cherry picking talent from across Europe, but Marcelino admits it would be better for Spanish football if the playing field were to be levelled.He added: “It would be great for the league if the distances were shortened, it would be nice for the competition and there would be six or seven teams competing. “We are seeing it in the Premier League. I hope it can be done here, because Barcelona and Madrid are two monsters. “Atletico [Madrid] are bearing the fruit of their magnificent work over recent years and are moving away from the rest and right now it is leaving a league for the remaining 17 clubs.“Fortunately, Valencia has been the champion of ‘the other league’ these last two years. “I hope there can be more candidates. But Barca and Madrid have had two geniuses, [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have marked an era. “Messi with that ability to be different, there are few like him and Cristiano. His legacy will be more evident when he is gone. It’s complicated at the moment.”Marcelino ValenciaFor now, Valencia are hoping to find value of their own in the summer transfer market, allowing them to try and close the gap on the Liga elite.“We have to strengthen the squad,” said Marcelino.“Teams grow when, in addition to winning, they are thoughtful and smart in how they grow. “There is always a condition, which are sales, which are dictated by the offers that arrive. “The club must be prepared for important players to leave and react in the market. “From there, we want to grow. On the offensive side we have not been effective, although we have good players. “We have to assess the offensive side, not only the strikers, but all attacking players. We will analyse the market and see what can be done.”last_img read more

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College Football’s 5 Biggest “Sleeping Giants”

first_imgAn interior view of Texas A&M's football stadiumCOLLEGE STATION, TX – APRIL 13: An interior view of the stadium before the start of Texas A&M Aggies Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The term “sleeping giant” gets thrown around a lot in the college football world. Which programs best fit that mold in 2018?A year ago, Georgia would’ve made the list. The Bulldogs have long been considered one of the programs that should be better than they are. Some believe UGA is one of the two or three best jobs in the country.Kirby Smart is starting to help prove why. Georgia is bringing in ridiculous recruiting classes and is coming off a national title game appearance.Clemson is another program that could’ve made the list a couple of years ago. The Tigers are now firmly one of the sport’s best.What programs have the potential to do something similar in the next 10-15 years?Here are five.5. Maryland (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland has been on a lot of these lists. Maybe it will never happen, but the Terrapins possess a couple of things that could propel them to elite status. The deal with Under Armour is big, as is being located in the Washington, D.C. corridor. UMD will likely need Ohio State and Penn State to falter a bit before they can really take advantage of all of this, but if that were to happen, and the Terps are ready to pounce, big things could come to College Park.4. Arizona State Arizona State Sun Devils cheerleaders perform during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the USC Trojans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Will Herm Edwards be the man to take Arizona State to a higher level? Maybe not. But it only takes a couple of minutes on ASU’s campus to realize that it shouldn’t be too difficult to get top high school recruits to want to play for the Sun Devils.3. Nebraska (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)Nebraska has everything an elite program could want, except for an elite recruiting state. That’s never going to change, but with Scott Frost at the helm of the program, the Huskers might just need consistent top 15-20 recruiting classes to vault to College Football Playoff contention. Wisconsin is really the only program in their way from making the Big Ten Championship Game a near-yearly trip.2. UCLA UCLA Bruins takes the field for the Cactus Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Chase Field.(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)UCLA is located in one of the best recruiting states in the country and the Bruins are now led by former star college coach Chip Kelly. It shouldn’t take the program too long to get back to the top of the Pac-12, right?1. Texas A&M (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Texas A&M is spending so much freaking money that the Aggies almost have to become a top 10 program at some point in the future. Jimbo Fisher has proven to be able to take a team to a national title level. The recruiting area and program infrastructure are in place to make that happen.last_img read more

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Lou Holtz Reveals He Was Involved In Car Accident This Week

first_imgLou Holtz on the field before a game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A former college football coach and current analyst revealed he was involved in a car accident earlier this week. Former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz took to Twitter to share the news that he was in a car accident in the Miami area.The accident occurred on Wednesday, though Holtz made sure to announce that he’s okay. He even made a joke that now he knows how football players feel after a game: sore.Holtz, 81, was speaking at an event at a Buffalo Wild Wings before the crash.Here’s the announcement from the man himself.Spoke for Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday in Miami. Was in a car accident on I-95 as I was headed south, but I’m ok. Now I know how players feel when they are sore all over.— Lou Holtz (@CoachLouHoltz88) October 12, 2018We’re glad Holtz is doing well despite the accident.The Hall of Fame coach has traveled all around the country delivering speeches to different schools and organizations.Holtz is most well-known for delivering a national title to the Fighting Irish though he found success with six different teams and compiled a 249-132-7 over the course of his career.last_img read more

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Why Tate Martell Thinks He Should Be Eligible For 2019 Season

first_imgTate Martell runs for Ohio State vs. Rutgers.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is transferring to the University of Miami. He announced the move on Twitter on Tuesday night.Martell, a former top recruit, is a rising redshirt sophomore. Unless he’s able to graduate by the end of the spring semester – or get a waiver from the NCAA – he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season.It looks like Martell will be attempting to get that waiver.His reasoning: Ohio State underwent a coaching change, as Urban Meyer surprisingly decided to retire following the 2018 season.247Sports had the details:The Ohio State transfer, who just finished his redshirt freshman year in Columbus, would appear to be an unlikely candidate for a waiver without any known hardships. But according to another source — this one close to the Martell family — he has “a better shot than you’d think.”Early indications are that Martell will try to use Ohio State’s sudden coaching change, from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day, as grounds to be immediately eligible.Obviously, if Martell can expedite his graduation at Ohio State by summertime, he’d be clear to play immediately at Miami.Ohio State’s new quarterback, Justin Fields, is also seeking a waiver. He’s hired notable attorney Tom Mars.Will Mars be representing Martell, too? He’s not saying at the moment.Tom Mars said last week he would not represent Tate Martell. I asked him today if the former Ohio State quarterback reached out for his services. The response: pic.twitter.com/ix6GpKqcq8— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 16, 2019Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Former Texas, Atlanta Falcons Great Tommy Nobis Had ‘Most Severe Form Of CTE’

first_imgA general view of fans before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of fans before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Tommy Nobis was one of the greatest Texas Longhorns ever, and was nicknamed “Mr. Falcon” for his NFL career.The late Longhorns great died in late 2017, at 74 years old.He was an All-American two-way player for UT, playing both linebacker and offensive guard.In 1965, his senior year, he captured the Outland Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy.He went on to become the No. 1 pick for the expansion Atlanta Falcons, the first pick in franchise history, and went on to make five Pro Bowls and win Rookie of the Year.Both his alma mater and former NFL home have retired his jersey.Tommy Nobis’ family had his brain tested for CTE, and the results are pretty harrowing.According to Dr. Ann McKee of the Boston University CTE center, Nobis had extremely advanced brain deterioration.From the Associated Press:Dr. Ann McKee, the director of Boston University’s CTE center, said Monday that Nobis had the most severe form of the disease, showing a “severe loss of neurons and large CTE lesions throughout the cerebral cortex.”His family was not surprised.“We knew there was going to be something wrong on his pathology report,” said (Nobis’ daughter, Devon) Jackoniski, who is a physician assistant. “But it was shocking how a human being could still be alive with that little functioning brain.”Nobis’ daughter says that her father displayed signs of the disease during much of his life, and even shared some cautions about the sport of football late in his life.“We were pretty uneasy growing up,” she said. “Although my dad had just some beautiful moments of being a wonderful man, emotionally he was so unstable it was just hard to get close to him.”[…]“He told me before he became very ill he would never turn his back on football or do anything different. But he would educate kids a little different in the game,” Jackoniski said. “There’s something very wrong with slamming your head against a brick wall over and over and over again.”It is a sad but unsurprising result of the test, and a sobering reminder of the impact that football can have, days ahead of the Super Bowl.[Associated Press]last_img read more

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