About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri hails outstanding Hazard: He’ll be even better soonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri hailed the performance of Eden Hazard for their 2-1 win at Hazard scored one goal and assisted another as Chelsea, who started without a striker, held on to beat the Seagulls.The 27-year-old set up the Blues’ opener with a wonderful pass across the face of goal for the arriving Pedro to tap in on 17 minutes.Willian then pounced on a loose pass from Leon Balogun and played in Hazard, who ran from just over the halfway line, outpacing the Brighton defence before slotting past Mat Ryan.”I think that Hazard could have played better because his level is a very high level,” said Sarri. “He can do more for him and for us.”But I think after the two injuries, he lost the physical condition. Now he’s improving. In one or two matches he’ll be back at the top.”He added: “We could have won by more goals. We conceded a goal in a moment when we were in full control. The last five minutes against a very physical team were difficult to manage.”
Flamengo launch cash bid to beat West Ham to Gabigol signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFlamengo hope an offer of €22m will be enough to land Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa.The Brazilian, after an outstanding season on-loan at Santos, is up for sale at Inter ahead of the January market.West Ham have been regarded as favourites to land Gabigol given their relationship with his agent of Kia Joorabchian. Everton and Crystal Palace are also keen.However, Gazzetta dello Sport says Fla hope an immediate cash offer of €22m can trump their English rivals.Inter paid €35m to sign Gabigol two years ago from Santos. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sevilla refuse to rule out move for Chelsea striker Morataby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla have refused to rule out a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The 26-year-old has scored five Premier League goals to his name from 11 starts and the Blues are reportedly willing to move him on.Sevilla are in the market for another striker after loaning striker Luis Muriel to Fiorentina. And when asked about Morata, sporting director Joaquin Caparros refused to rule out a move for the Spaniard.He said: “We are working on many names. The important thing is that the player wants to come to Sevilla.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Brahim Diaz delighted to make winning Real Madrid debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz was delighted to make a winning debut for Real Madrid in their Copa del Rey triumph over Leganes.The former Manchester City starlet, who was presented as a new Whites’ player on Monday, came on in the 78th minute to replace Vinicius Jr.The midfielder spoke at the end of the match: “This is a big, unforgettable and unique day, to make my debut at this stadium and with these fans has been a dream since I was a kid, winning makes the dream even better, but I’m calm about it all. I have to give everything out on the field because this club and these fans deserve it, I’m going to frame the debut jersey and hang it in my room.”He added: “Sergio Ramos congratulated me and told me to continue like this, he said that everything comes and that I’ll get a lot of minutes, he’s a top player and playing with him is a moment to savour, it’s a dream.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool charged by Uefa after pitch invasionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have been charged by Uefa after fans ran onto the pitch during their 4-3 Champions League victory against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.Salzburg have been charged with the “throwing of objects” by their supporters during the game at Anfield.Uefa’s hearing into the case will take place on 17 October.Mohamed Salah scored the winner for Liverpool after Salzburg had recovered from 3-0 down to level the match at 3-3 early in the second half.
Everton will aim for back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since October when they travel to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.Marco Silva’s side won for the first time in six when they beat Burnley on Boxing Day , having recovered from a 6-2 annihilation at the hands of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur last week to reclaim a spot in the top half of the table.Brighton managed to hold Arsenal to a draw last time out but they remain winless in four games, and will be keen to stretch the 10-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone. 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 Seagulls have not beaten Everton since 1982, which is a reassuring stat for the Merseysiders who are playing their record 4,500th game in the top-flight. Game Brighton vs Everton Date Saturday, December 29 Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Gold fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not being shown live on TV or being streamed live online, but highlights will be available on the BBC and Sky Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Brighton squad Goalkeepers Ryan, Steele, Button Defenders Bruno, Bong, Duffy, Balogun, Schelotto, Montoya, Suttner, Bernardo Midfielders Stephens, Kayal, Bissouma, Knockaert, Gross, March, Propper Forwards Locadia, Andone, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, Izquierdo, Andone Lewis Dunk returns from suspension and is likely to be recalled for the visit of the Toffees.But manager Chris Hughton is without goalkeeper Matt Ryan and winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, both of whom have gone to the Asian Cup.Jose Izquierdo is still missing with a knee problem which has disrupted much of his campaign.Possible Brighton starting XI: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens; Knockaert, Gross, Propper, Locadia, Murray. Position Everton squad Goalkeepers Pickford, Stekelenburg Defenders Holgate, Baines, Keane, Zouma, Jagielka, Digne, Mina, Coleman, Browning, Kenny Midfielders Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, McCarthy, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Davies Forwards Tosun, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Lookman Brazil international Richarlison should return from the start after coming off the bench and scoring against Burnley.Marco Silva has no injury concerns and has Ademola Lookman available after an ankle problem.Possible Everton starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Gueye; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison.Betting & Match Odds Everton are marginal 5/4 favourites with bet365 . Brighton are priced at 5/2, while a draw looks a good bet at 12/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more . Match Preview Everton boss Silva hailed his side’s character after they recovered from the thrashing by Tottenham to thump Burnley, but they must prove that display was not a one-off when they travel to the south coast.The Portuguese boss allowed his players a new lease of life at Turf Moor but it remains to be seen whether he will deploy similar tactics against a more compact and organised Brighton.Cenk Tosun’s role will be heavily scrutinised with Dominic Calvert-Lewin currently in favour, but Silva is adamant the Turkey international’s future is not in jeopardy.“Of course Tosun has a future here. Why would he not?” he told reporters.“I decided to go with Oumar Niasse for a change, that’s all. James McCarthy and Morgan Schneiderlin were also not in the squad but that was one specific game for which we decided to change the formation.“We showed a good reaction after the Tottenham defeat in a difficult game where we had to show commitment as well as quality.”Ten points might separate Brighton from the bottom three, but Hughton is unwilling to rest on his laurels.No wins in four have seen the club drop out of the top half and the Brighton boss is keen to extend the gap to the lower reaches of the table, and a surprise draw against Arsenal on Boxing Day did well to boost the morale of the players.Hughton said ahead of the fixture: “I think that, for as much as we might want to talk about making progress, it’s still only our second season.”So for me – and I say this in a good way – the most important direction is down. If we can keep that gap between ourselves and the bottom three, for me that’s more important than anything.”It’s a big point (Arsenal) and a point that we needed. We’d had three defeats on the spin. I think we can gain something from the performance as well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@beachmaster_pK’Jakyre Daley, a three-star linebacker out of West Palm Beach, Fla., announced his commitment to the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday morning.Daley made things official with a post to Twitter, detailing his decision.Norman just got a Destroyer added to the squad ❌? pic.twitter.com/ODAzPS2y6R— Destroyer9⃣ (@beachmaster_p) October 7, 2016Oklahoma fans will appreciate those “Horns Down” gloves he has in one of the pictures in that tweet. His full note:“First I want to thank God for fiving me the opportunity to play the sport I love and to play in his name. Next I want to thank all the coaches and teams that recruited me to play and I want to thank coach Warner for everything as well. this was an amazing experience but it has to come to an end. So without further ado, I want the nation to now that I’ll be taking my talents to The University of Oklahoma #OUDNA #BoomerSooner #SoonerSquad17”With his decision, Oklahoma now has 21 members of the 2017 recruiting class, which ranks No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in the Big 12. He is the third linebacker in the class, joining four-star Levi Draper and three-star Kenneth Murray. 247Sports ranks him No. 59 among 2017 outside linebackers and No. 123 in the state of Florida.
Barcelona are Spain’s reigning champions but have plenty to prove after collapsing against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League semi-finals and then falling against Valencia in the Copa del Rey final. The Catalans have brought in stars Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong so that coach Ernesto Valverde can shake up his side and attack the new campaign with fresh vigour and a more exciting style. They are also hoping to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou after two years away at Paris Saint-Germain. Few would deny Barcelona are favourites to win the Spanish title again but Diego Simeone’s rejuvenated Atletico Madrid have also impressed in pre-season and Valverde’s side need to hit the ground running. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? They kick off the league season at Athletic Bilbao on Friday at the San Mames, an instant test for a new-look Barcelona side. Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Attackers Manager How Barcelona could line upGoalkeepersMarc-Andre ter Stegen is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world – certainly among those who play the ball out from the back – and there is no doubt whatsoever that he is the first choice for Barcelona this season.Jasper Cillessen played brilliantly for the club when called upon last term but could not displace the German. The Dutchman has since moved to Valencia this summer, with Neto moving the other way.The Brazilian – who is undergoing surgery on a wrist fracture – will feature in Copa del Rey games when fit but, barring a serious injury to Ter Stegen, will largely get a front row seat on the bench for Barcelona’s campaign.Ter Stegen has impressed from day one and has now eradicated mistakes from his game – despite playing in a daring, impressive way, not afraid to beat attackers pressing him when he has the ball at his feet.DefendersOnly Gerard Pique can be sure of a starting spot in the defence this season, with the other three roles up for grabs.At the start of the season it seems Jordi Alba will play left-back with Nelson Semedo on the right, while it’s a coin toss between Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet alongside Pique at the heart of the back-line.It took Valverde a while but finally the coach appears to be convinced by Portuguese right-back Semedo.Sergi Roberto has been told he can play in midfield this season, with Moussa Wague promoted to the first team to rival Semedo for the right-back spot.However, when the going gets tough it wouldn’t be a shock to see Valverde drop Sergi Roberto back into the defence again, even if he will largely try to avoid doing so.Umtiti and Lenglet have played virtually equal minutes in pre-season (249 and 225, respectively), with Valverde giving few clues away over who will be first choice when both are fit.Junior Firpo has been brought in from Real Betis to provide competition for Alba, and while he will start the season as a reserve, the spot is there for him to win if he’s good enough.MidfieldersBarcelona have far too many midfielders on the books and will spend the next fortnight trying to lose a couple.Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Arthur, Sergi Roberto and Carles Alena are guaranteed to stay at the club, while Valverde would like Philippe Coutinho and Rafinha Alcantara to leave. One of Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic may also depart.De Jong has impressed in pre-season after joining from Ajax for €75 million (£65m/$85m) and will battle Busquets for the holding midfield role. However, the Dutchman is also capable of playing further forward in one of the two interior midfield positions. Alena is hoping for more game-time this year and has done well on the club’s pre-season tours of Asia and America. Arthur is expected to improve and hold down a regular spot, while Sergi Roberto will finally get a chance to play regularly in his favoured position.Valverde has shown a predilection for including a muscle man – Rakitic or Vidal, previously Paulinho – but this year seems more intent on playing a more classical Barcelona style.That was reflected in the 4-0 pre-season win over Napoli in Michigan on August 11 which had supporters salivating, as De Jong anchored the midfield with Alena and Sergi Roberto ahead of him.AttackersIf Barcelona get their hands on Neymar again then Valverde will need to rewrite his plans, but for now the coach is looking at four quality players going into three – and whichever combination he picks should do the job. Captain Lionel Messi, new signing Griezmann, mercurial winger Ousmane Dembele and lethal hitman Luis Suarez are vying for spots in the forward trident. Although poised to miss the first game of the season with a calf injury, Messi will be the first name on the team sheet on the right flank, nominally, with complete liberty to roam. So, it’s really two from three for the others, with Suarez or Griezmann able to play at centre-forward and Dembele or Griezmann on the left flank. Griezmann grabbed his first Barcelona goal in that win over Napoli and as the club’s €120 million (£107m/$134m) marque signing this summer, will be expected to start most matches. Suarez, in theory, should start to be phased out because of his age – he turns 33 in January – but when fresh and fit, the Uruguayan is still one of the deadliest strikers in the world. Dembele has endured two mixed seasons at Barcelona since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 but he turned up a week early to start training this summer and finally seems to have his mindset right. When the Frenchman is at his best he is unpredictable and unstoppable. ManagerValverde faced extreme criticism last season after the collapse against Liverpool and the coach only just kept his job amid crisis talks.Two titles in two years at the helm is impressive but only succeeding in La Liga again will not be enough this time around.He’s expected to play with more pizazz this season, with De Jong and Griezmann two attractive arrivals who will quickly make an impact on how the team plays.Valverde seems set on keeping his 4-3-3, and the team he picked in the win against Napoli looks to be his most likely starting line-up for the trip to face Bilbao on La Liga matchday one.The coach’s decision to bring Sergi Roberto forward shows that this year he will try to play slicker, quicker passing football in midfield, focusing more on possession than power, pleasing the fans who pine for the Pep Guardiola era.How Barcelona could line up
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs runs out of the tunnel prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two of the best football programs in the country are set to open the 2024 season. Clemson and Georgia were reportedly working on scheduling a game for as early as 2021.Although the game won’t come that early, the two teams will play. The Tigers and Bulldogs will open the 2024 season in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the game is scheduled for August 31, 2024.Here’s more from the report:‘We think it’s going to be a tremendous blockbuster game,’ said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc., which operates the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff.Stokan said the contracts for the Georgia-Clemson matchup were signed Thursday afternoon. Both schools’ coaches and athletic directors ‘thought it was very important to renew the rivalry,’ he said.The game is scheduled for Aug. 31, 2024, in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. A formal announcement is expected later Friday.Clemson and Georgia project to be top-five programs for a long time with Dabo Swinney and Kirby Smart at the helm. Both teams made the College Football Playoff last season and have dreams of doing so again this year.Georgia has a giant edge in the all-time series. The Bulldogs are 42-18-4 against the Tigers.[AJC]
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football’s best team right now is Alabama. College football’s second-best team, according to many, anyway, is Ohio State.A Crimson Tide-Buckeyes national title game would certainly be a lot of fun.Ohio State and Alabama met in the inaugural College Football Playoff and gave us one of the best games of the playoff era.What would the betting line look like for an Alabama-Ohio State game look like?A Vegas handicapper has released his prediction.USA TODAY’s Danny Sheridan says Ohio State would be a 7-point underdog.“Ala -7 if this Saturday on a neutral site,” he wrote.Ala -7 if this Saturday on a neutral site. https://t.co/oHtLM6AROy— Danny Sheridan (@DannySheridan1) October 8, 2018Who would you be betting on?