Gaming FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: Di Maria and Kroos star in TOTW 20 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:10 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages Gaming Neymar Eden Hazard Sergio Agüero Premier League Ligue 1 Primera División Bundesliga The Real Madrid and PSG stars are joined in the best XI by the likes of Jerome Boateng and Dries Mertens Toni Kroos and Angel Di Maria feature in a star-studded FIFA Ultimate Team Team of the Week.Kroos was on target as Real Madrid got themselves firmly back on track in La Liga with a win over Valencia. The midfielder helped Zinedine Zidane’s side to a vital 4-1 victory in Spain’s top flight.Di Maria also finds himself back in favour at Parc des Princes having played a starring role for Paris Saint-Germain against Montpellier in Ligue 1 last weekend. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Napoli attacker Dries Mertens enjoyed a stunning 2017 and continued his bright form after Italy’s winter break by bagging a couple of goals against Bologna at the weekend.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng anchors the defence, and Besiktas trickster Ricardo Quaresma has also made the squad.The Team of the Week is available from 1800 GMT on Wednesday, January 31. STARTING XIGK – Viviano – Sampdoria – 82>84CB – Boateng – Bayern Munich – 88>89RB – Juanfran – Atletico Madrid – 83>85CB – Naldo – Schalke – 82>86CM – Kroos – Real Madrid – 90>91RM – Quaresma – Besiktas – 83>85RM – Samu Castillejo – Villarreal – 80>83CM – Meite – Bordeaux – 77>81ST – Mertens – Napoli – 86>89RW – Di Maria – PSG – 85>86ST – Kostic – Hamburg – 82>84BENCHGK – Van Crombrugge – KAS Eupen – 70>78RB – Arias – PSV – 77>81RM – Visca – Istanbul BB – 79>82ST – Hanni – Anderlecht – 77>81RW – Berghuis – Feyenoord – 76>81ST – Petersen – Freiburg – 81>84CF – Diego Castro – Perth Glory – 76>81RESERVESST – Fabricio – Portimao – 67>76LM – Roux – Metz – 73>79LM – Sobota – St Pauli – 68>78ST – De Tomas – Rayo Vallecano – 72>79ST – Kean – Hellas Verona – 64>74
Key Opta stats:- Swansea have won all three of their Premier League home games against Burnley; the only side they’ve faced more than once at the Liberty Stadium and have a 100 per cent record against in the competition.- Only Tottenham (15) have won more Premier League points than Swansea (14) since Carlos Carvalhal took charge of the Swans.- Ki Sung-yueng scored his first Premier League goal since May 2016 at West Ham, ending a run of 37 games without one in the competition.- Swansea have won their last three home games in the Premier League, after winning just two of their opening 11 this season. Swansea City 1 Burnley 0: Ki unlocks Clarets defence Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 2/11/18 Getty Images Swansea City’s remarkable revival continued apace at the Liberty Stadium as Burnley were beaten 1-0 in the Premier League. Ki Sung-yueng kept Swansea City’s great escape going under Carlos Carvalhal with a decisive late strike in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Burnley.The South Korea international produced the only moment of quality with nine minutes remaining at the Liberty Stadium, his low effort creeping past Nick Pope to extend Burnley’s winless run to 10 matches.Ki pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area to seal all three points for Swansea, a win that sees them climb to 15th in the Premier League table – two points clear of the relegation zone on the back of a five-match unbeaten sequence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was another disappointing day for Sean Dyche’s Clarets, though, who have not tasted victory since December 12, and they rarely looked like ending that run here.Half chances were the best they could muster, Lukasz Fabianski rarely called upon as Burnley’s attacking woes continued.The hosts were little better until Ki’s late strike, and the defeat leaves Burnley in seventh ahead of a two-week break due their elimination from the FA Cup.KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/W321InZDOe — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 10, 2018 Swansea’s 8-1 thrashing of Notts County in that competition on Tuesday offered hope of goals from the hosts, however a drab opening 45 minutes failed to deliver.Both Fabianski and Pope were mere spectators for much of the half as play got bogged down in the middle of the pitch.The one moment of quality came with 12 minutes on the clock as Sam Vokes latched onto Ashley Barnes’ knockdown, however the Wales international fired wide from 20 yards.Swansea offered very little in the attacking third and only fired one shot vaguely towards Pope’s goal before the interval, Sam Clucas’ effort sailing over the crossbar.Little changed after the restart with Barnes curling an effort wide of goal for the visitors, while Johann Gudmundsson finally brought a save out of Fabianski with a rising left-footed shot.Moments later Pope also got his gloves dirty dealing with Ki’s ambitious free-kick, the Burnley keeper having no problems dealing with the South Korean’s weak effort.Carvalhal introduced Andre Ayew and Tammy Abraham to try and snatch a late winner but it was Ki who secured a vital three points with his first of the season.
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town Newcastle United Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Huddersfield Town Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town Newcastle United Huddersfield Town Premier League Rafael Benitez’s side are looking to edge further away from the relegation zone when they host a side struggling away this season Newcastle United may have climbed up to 13th in the Premier League, but Rafael Benitez’s side have little room to relax in their fight for survival.The Magpies picked up a much-needed 3-0 win over Southampton before the international break to move four points clear of the relegation zone.But with a few of their rivals near the bottom of the table taking on top half sides this weekend, Newcastle have a chance to push further ahead of those struggling below them as they welcome Huddersfield Town. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although David Wagner’s team sit just a point behind Newcastle, they have just one point from their last three games and have lost 10 on the road this term, and Benitez’s men will be hoping to record consecutive league wins for the first time since September.Newcastle injuries The hosts are likely to have Matt Ritchie fit, despite his early return from the Scotland squad, but Islam Slimani is still injured and yet to make his first appearance for the club, while Jonjo Shelvey is a doubt.Newcastle suspensions Newcastle do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.Newcastle potential starting line-upRitchie could make the starting XI after training during the week so could take his place on the right.With Shelvey’s availability unknown, Isaac Hayden could be the man to partner Mohamed Diame in midfield.Huddersfield Town team news Jon Stankovic, Michael Hefele and Danny Williams are all out injured, while Terence Kongolo and Sean Scannell remain doubtful.Huddersfield have no suspensions heading into this game.TV channel & kick-off time The fixture will not be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom), but can be watched in the United States on NBC Gold and kicks off at 10:00 ET.Best Opta match facts Newcastle haven’t won three consecutive matches at St. James’ Park in the Premier League since a run of four under Alan Pardew in December 2014. Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their last three Premier League games. It’s their third run of three consecutive goalless league games this season, but they’re yet to go four without a goal in the Premier League. The Terriers have only scored in four of their 15 away Premier League games this season, but they haven’t lost any of those games in which they’ve found the net (W3 D1). After failing to score with his first 43 shots in the Premier League this season, Matt Ritchie has found the net with two of his last four in the competition. Aaron Mooy has scored in each of Huddersfield’s last two league matches against Newcastle, netting the winner in this season’s reverse fixture.
Transfers Man City chairman suggests no repeat of £200m summer spending spree Dejan Kalinic 15:38 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Manchester City The Premier League champions spent big as Pep Guardiola remodelled the side, but it is unlikely that there will be a similar splash this year Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insisted the Premier League champions would only sign players that could improve their “high-quality squad” in the off-season.City spent more than £200 million ahead of the 2017-18 season and Pep Guardiola’s men delivered in the Premier League, winning the title with a record-breaking campaign.But the big-spending outfit are unlikely to repeat that this close-season, with Al Mubarak suggesting there would be more caution about their spending. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “In terms of improving the squad, we have had a lot of learning in the past. Today, we have a superbly high-quality squad,” he told City TV.”You don’t get to 100 points without a full, high-quality squad, which is what we have. Any additions have to improve the squad.”This is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club. When winning, bringing in new players is a very important decision because you have a winning formula that has just won.”Whatever you can add, it has to be a decision that you don’t take very lightly at all. You have to bring in players that will strengthen, improve and add competition into the squad – that is key.”City claimed 100 points in the Premier League and scored 106 goals, while losing just two of their 38 games.But Al Mubarak said he expected Guardiola’s side, who were eliminated in the Champions League quarter-finals, to get better.This time last week… pic.twitter.com/4eERAFPMxt— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 20, 2018″My expectation, and the manager’s expectation, is that this team will continue to improve,” he said.”We have a manager in Pep who is relentless.”There’s not going to be any content or relaxation here, that I can assure you. I have no doubt that this summer we’re going to come back and be hungry and be more aggressive and we’ll continue to grow and improve.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers ‘Am I ready for another crazy challenge? I’m not sure’ – Wenger drops retirement hint Robin Bairner 21:24 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Arsène Wenger Arsenal The veteran coach has previously expressed his desire to feed his footballing addiction, but has now suggested that he will not necessarily go on Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he does not know what the future holds for him.The Frenchman stepped down from his role as Gunners boss at the end of the previous season after nearly 22 years in charge. While he has previously said that he is interested in a return to management, he has suggested for the first time that he may be willing to quit the game if he does not feel that he can give any future job the commitment he feels is necessary. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Do I still have the desire to be a coach? It’s the question I’m going to have to answer in the next two weeks,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’ programme.“Do I still have the desire to be a coach? Yes. Do I have the desire to throw myself into another crazy challenge? I don’t know. It’s a job that requires total commitment. “I must give myself a little distance, which is something I’ve never done. I’ll have to see how much I miss it.”Wenger first moved into management in 1984 with Nancy, where he stayed three years before moving on to Monaco. A successful spell at Stade Louis II last seven seasons before he left the club. After a brief sojourn from the game, he made a surprise move to Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight.He joined Arsenal in 1996 and would be at the club for over two decades. He led the Gunners to numerous trophies, including three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. Moreover, he also guided them to the Champions League final of 2005-06.Since departing Arsenal, he has been associated with a potential switch to Real Madrid, where countryman Zinedine Zidane recently stepped down after winning three successive Champions League trophies, while he has also been touted as a potential replacement for Didier Deschamps at the head of the France national team should they flop at World Cup 2018.There have also been links to Paris Saint-Germain, where he could go as a sporting director to work with head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea Sarri re-emerges as Chelsea manager hunt threatens to delay transfer plans Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent 14:30 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Chelsea Carlo Ancelotti Antonio Conte Napoli Premier League The Blues are still looking at the Napoli head coach but he is among a group of other candidates as complex negotiations continue Chelsea are set to renew their push to bring Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to the club as their new manager, Goal understands.With Antonio Conte still expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, the Blues have struggled to find a replacement due to the complexities of hiring primary target Sarri.Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis – who has already hired Carlo Ancelotti to replace Sarri in Naples – remains firm in his stance that Sarri’s £7 million ($9.4m) release clause be paid as compensation despite it officially having expired on May 31. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Chelsea’s reluctance to pay such a fee has led them to look elsewhere, with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc and Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic high on their shortlist.Blanc has already begun sounding out potential backroom staff should he be offered the role, but both ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco have been ruled out of the running despite having spoken to Chelsea regarding the potential vacancy.The five-time Premier League winners remain hopeful, however, that Sarri can be prised from his contract having led Napoli to second place in Serie A last season.The delay in finding a new manager means the west London outfit have fallen well behind their rivals when it comes to securing new signings for next season.Sarri himself has already highlighted Napoli defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Elseid Hysaj as individuals he would want to bring with him to England, though Chelsea would still get final say on potential incomings as they have previously with other head coaches.The confusion over the club’s future is also creating uncertainty within the squad as star players potentially weigh up exits from the club.Widespread reports have claimed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will look to move on this summer while Eden Hazard has spoken publicly on a number of occasions that he will only make a firm decision on his future once he knows who will be in the dugout next term.The Belgium forward is keen to play more attacking football than under Conte and continues to be linked with Real Madrid despite Zinedine Zidane’s departure from the Champions League winners.The hold-up in appointing a manager also means that deals for Chelsea’s annual army of loanees cannot be signed off on, with the Blues having had 35 players out on temporary deals last season alone.And with owner Roman Abramovich having had to take up Israeli citizenship after being denied a Visa to enter the UK and with plans to extend Stamford Bridge on hold, there is a real sense of uncertainty around one of England’s most successful clubs of the past decade.
On Wednesday, 19 June, the third annual Active Deaf Kids Sports Day took place at Belconnen Stadium, Canberra, with the event attended by Federal Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy.The day looked to raise awareness of Deaf Sports Australia and encourage children with hearing impairments to participate in sport. The day allowed the children that attended to participate in various sports clinics, including one run by Touch Football ACT.Senator Lundy gave a short speech over morning tea which recognised Touch Football ACT, along with several other sporting organisations, for their work with Deaf Sports Australia.She also implored the kids present to get involved in sport, pointing towards both the health and friendship advantages that participating brings.“[There are] wonderful benefits of playing sport. Being fit and active is part of it, but also sport is something that unites us all,” she said.The event was also the forum for an announcement that $60,000 extra funding would be put forward by the Federal Government to go towards deaf sports stars attending the Deaf Olympics.Related LinksDeaf Sports Day
All the championships on offer are heading to the sunshine state after an emphatic final day performance by Queensland teams at the 2017 Defence Nationals in Brisbane.In the Men’s Open division, ACT/Country qualified for the big dance with a thrilling one touchdown victory over North Queensland in the Semi Final. The win set up a showdown with South Queensland A, the front runners all tournament and seeking an impressive sixth consecutive championship in a row nonetheless.If there were any thoughts that this game would be a walkover, they were quickly squashed with both teams scoring five touchdowns a piece in an enthralling try for try first half.In the second half the South Queensland boys got a small break thanks largely to Liam Ross’s third score for the match – a feat that would earn him the Player of the Final and eventually get his side to hold on to claim a 9-7 victory – their sixth consecutive Men’s Open championship.In the Plate Final Northern Territory A faced Sydney Metro, with the men from the territory edging out Sydney Metro 6-4 to claim the Plate Final.Men’s Open Grand Final Results: Championship: South Queensland A defeated ACT/Country (9-7)Plate Final: Northern Territory A defeated Sydney Metro (6 -4)Player of the Final: #4 Liam Ross (South Queensland A)Player of the Series: #23 Stephen Holmes (ACT/Country)In the Men’s 30s final it was an all-South Queensland affair with the undefeated South Queensland A team up against their B team teammates. The match was closer than many predicted thanks to a gutsy effort by South Queensland B, however South Queensland A showed their class led by Daniel Judas (Player of the Final) to eventually run out winners 8-5 and maintain their undefeated status.Men’s 30s Grand Final Results:Championship: South Queensland A defeated South Queensland B (8-5)Player of the Final: #5 Daniel Judas (South Queensland A)Player of the Series: #13 Matthew McKeon (South Queensland A)After success in both Men’s divisions South Queensland were looking to complete the trifecta in the Women’s Open division, however they were met by a formidable North Queensland outfit who had been mighty impressive all tournament in the Final.Despite a fighting performance by the southern girls, North Queensland proved far too strong in the final running away with the game in the second half to record a comfortable 8-2 victory.Sheree O’Grady was outstanding all tournament receiving both the Player of the Final and Series awards to go with her championship medallion.The win ensured a decisive victory for Queensland teams at this years nationals.Women’s Open Grand Final Results: North Queensland defeated South Queensland (8-2)Player of the Final: #1 Sheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Player of the Series: #1 Sheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Whilst South Queensland narrowly missed out on a clean sweep of all divisions they were duly recognized as the Champion CB for 2017. Northern Territory received the Most Improved CB.CB Awards Champion CB: South Queensland Defense Touch AssociationMost Improved CB: Northern Territory Defense Touch AssociationFinally, congratulations to following individuals who made the 2017 Defence Nationals Merit Teams in recognition of their outstanding performances throughout the tournament.2017 Defence Nationals Merit Teams Fran Hanson (Team Leader)Annette Coleman (Team Leader) Fran Hanson (Team Leader)Annette Coleman (Team Leader) Women’s Open Merit TeamSheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Amanda Thomas (North Queensland)Brooke Moselen (North Queensland)Courtney Kerr (North Queensland)Tanielle Larkin (North Queensland)Nicola Emsley (North Queensland)Nikki Hall (South Queensland)Sarah Patterson (South Queensland)Rebecca Ringma (South Queensland)Pauline Glassie (South Queensland)Melinda Mckeon (South Queensland)Sallyanne Reiners (South Queensland)Isobel Ponte (Sydney Metro)Mary Yakuac (Sydney Metro) Men’s Open Merit TeamStephen Holmes (ACT / Country)Matthew Bowker (ACT / Country)Owen Winkley (ACT / Country)Neil Wakeling (ACT / Country)Jonte Heirdsfield (ACT / Country)Gilbert Patterson (Sydney Metro)S Collinson (North Queensland)David Krause (North Queensland)B Kingston (North Queensland)Joshua Woo (South Queensland A)Jaruis Nolan (South Queensland A)Liam Ross (South Queensland A)Steven Johnson (South Queensland A)Sam Davidson (Northern Territory A)
Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelliby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Gabriel Martinelli after his performance against Nottingham Forest.The youngster was one of several fringe players who got a chance in the Carabao Cup game, which Arsenal won 5-0.And Martinelli was singled out for praise by Emery in his post-match comments to the club’s official website.Emery said: “Martinelli is a very young player. But he came here and we were waiting and watching him, how he could improve with us and really, really in the pre-season he played very well. “He was working in each training with a big spirit and with a big performance and I spoke with him to have some passion for when he gets his opportunity to play, to do like he was doing in the training and the matches in the pre-season. Tonight he did that. “Really, he deserved it because he is very humble, a humble player and he fights, he is hungry to have that opportunity to help us and really it was perfect, his work tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Dybala delighted after Juventus defeat SPALby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala was pleased after Juventus’ 2-0 defeat of SPAL.Miralem Pjanic opened the scoring, then Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a Dybala cross.“It’s important to win these games. We were a little slow in our movements in the first half, but fortunately we broke through at the last second before the break and that meant SPAL had to open up,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.“It created more spaces for us and we had a lot of chances, the goalkeeper did well, but we got the second in the end.“The move for the second goal was a well-worked team approach with a lot of one-touch football.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Diasby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.United may have to splurge up to £80million to prise the 22-year-old away from the Portuguese capital, says The Sun.They made moves for the Portugal international in the summer but missed out.Now with Benfica set to offer the centre-back improved terms, his release clause will rise dramatically from £60m.Benfica are desperate to keep hold of their star man and are believed to be willing to pay him big money in a new deal.But the lure of Manchester United could prove tough to resist for the player.
Twitter/@andrewflowersEvery week, ESPN’s advanced statistics-based FiveThirtyEight updates its probability rankings for the College Football Playoff, utilizing three different sets of rankings: the selection committee’s most recent Top 25, in-house Elo ratings, and ESPN’s predictive FPI. This week, FiveThirtyEight‘s top three teams match what the selection committee has, but No. 4 is a slight surprise: the Oklahoma Sooners. OU is aided by a No. 1 ranking by FPI, jumping them over teams like Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.For more on how FiveThirtyEight’s system works, read this by the site’s editor, Nate Silver. Here is the probability ranking table:Q: Notre Dame, what’s in your rearview mirror? A: the Big 12 coming for your playoff spot: https://t.co/FtHBJPCoM6 pic.twitter.com/BDsWBFe55N— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 18, 2015[FiveThirtyEight]
Liverpool need to resign themselves to the fact that Matthijs de Ligt “will end up elsewhere” and focus on reinforcing other areas of their defence, says John Aldridge.Many have urged the Reds to join the clamour for a highly-rated centre-half on the books of Ajax.Aldridge is among those to have talked up a possible move to bring a Netherlands international into Anfield alongside fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk. 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? De Ligt is, however, attracting interest from leading sides across Europe and is set to form part of a deal that includes a sizeable fee and a lucrative contract whenever a transfer is made.With that in mind, Jurgen Klopp has been urged to put any funds at his disposal to better use elsewhere.There are considered to be greater needs for the Reds than another centre-back, with cover for Andy Robertson one of several more pressing priorities.Former Liverpool striker Aldridge has said in the Irish Independent: “While I said that a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk’s Dutch central defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt would be great for Liverpool, the money he and his agent appear to be demanding means he will end up elsewhere.“Instead, Klopp needs to focus his defensive reinforcement by signing cover at left-back following the departure of Alberto Moreno, as a long-term injury to Andy Robertson would be a major blow given they don’t have a quality stand-in.“The return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from injury will feel like a new signing in midfield and if he starts performing at the levels he was producing before he picked up his long-term problem, he could be a very useful asset for Liverpool next season.“Despite my musings here, Liverpool are not in need of too many changes this summer after Klopp’s back-up players confirmed they have what it takes to step up to the plate when they came from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.“Yet the great teams strengthen when they are in a strong position and if Klopp can add a couple of extra components to his magnificent machine, Liverpool will be ready to take on Manchester City in an era when 90 points is the bare minimum required to challenge for the title.”Along with a new left-back to counter the loss of Moreno, Champions League winners Liverpool are also expected to be in the market for another striker to replace the departed Daniel Sturridge and more creativity in the middle of the park. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide shakes hand with head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers after the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Auburn Tigers 55 to 44. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re less than three months away from the start of the college football season. In less than two months, teams will be starting training camp.Where does that leave us now? With plenty of offseason chatter and rankings.This week, Athlon Sports ranked every coach in the SEC heading into the 2018 season.Who’s the worst coach in the league? Ole Miss’ Matt Luke.From Athlon Sports:Luke is the ideal coach to lead the Ole Miss program and landed the full-time job after guiding the Rebels to a 6-6 record as the interim last fall. He’s a native of Gulfport, Miss., played at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and worked as an assistant in Oxford from 2002-05 and again from ’12-16. In between those stints as an assistant for the Rebels, Luke coached at Tennessee (2006-07) and Duke (2008-11). After a successful 2017 season as the interim coach, Luke was promoted to the full-time role following Ole Miss’ victory over Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. The Rebels won three games in SEC play and lost two others by a touchdown or less. After a successful stint as the interim coach, can Luke successfully make the difficult transition to the full-time leader?As the write-up hints, Luke has his work cut out for him at Ole Miss. It might not be fair to rank him here because the situation he inherited is a mess, but that’s where Athlon put him.You can view the full rankings here.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)A former four-star recruit appears to have left his program during the middle of the 2018 college football season.Charles Perry, a four-star linebacker in the 2015 class, is no longer listed on Miami football’s roster.The West Palm Beach, Fla. native appears to have left the Hurricanes’ program.Perry played in four or less games so far this season, so he’s able to take a redshirt year and transfer.#Canes Senior LB Charles Perry has left the team. Perry had one tackle in a reserve role this season. As he’s only played in four games, Perry is eligible for a redshirt and can transfer to another program as a grad transfer next season https://t.co/8rwlQPOYYt— Stefan Adams (@stefan_adams305) October 12, 2018Perry was ranked the No. 27 ATH in the 2015 class by 247Sports coming out of high school.Miami, No. 16 in the latest polls, is set to play at Virginia today. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ahead of what might be the biggest game of the college football regular season, betting lines are out for the Alabama-LSU game.According to SportsBookReview, the Crimson Tide have opened up as a whopping -14.5 favorite on the road against the Tigers.Alabama have been nigh-unstoppable so far this season, racing out to an 8-0 start.The Crimson Tide offense has been unstoppable, scoring 39 or more points in every game this season. The historically good defense has not missed a beat either, holding five opponents to 14 points or less.Bama opens -14.5 at LSU, Georgia -12 at Kentucky. College football odds are out from @SBRSportsPicks. Full list here: https://t.co/pLBprEInQJ— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 28, 2018However, LSU are no slouches.Despite a mid-season loss to Florida, LSU have scored 30 or more points in five of their seven wins. Defensively, they’ve allowed over 21 points just once this season (in the aforementioned loss to Florida).Trends don’t favor the Tigers though. Alabama have won each of the last seven meetings, dating back to the BCS National Championship game played between the two sides in 2012.
TV cameras have captured a lot of “frustrated Urban Meyer” looks on the sideline so far this Ohio State season. Most of them, unsurprisingly, came two weeks ago in the upset loss to Purdue.There are more today, though.Ohio State is hosting Nebraska at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.The Buckeyes lead the Huskers, 16-7, but they’ve given up a lot of big plays early.Meyer has reacted as follows:When you watch the secondary, wondering how they do what they do. pic.twitter.com/w6GkZ3MnSa— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 3, 2018Welp.It’s been a weird day in Columbus, with neither team being able to put together any kind of consistent production.Ohio State and Nebraska are playing on FOX.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum revealed this morning who he voted for in the 2018 Heisman Trophy race.It’s not too surprising.Finebaum revealed during his radio show appearance on WJOX that he voted for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but it was a close decision.Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray ended up winning the award, with Tagovailoa finishing in second.“It’s pretty amazing if I would have told you four weeks ago that Tua wouldn’t win the Heisman, but that’s how it went,” Finebaum said.Finebaum thinks that Murray beating out Tagovailoa for the award could give Alabama an extra edge against Oklahoma.“You look for edges and I think it is for Alabama,” Finebaum said. “You could see some of the reaction from some of the players, Damien Harris namely, and you could tell they were angry. Exactly how much that matters, I don’t know, but it counters the narrative that Alabama is a two-touchdown favorite and should walk away from this. As far as Tua, I think his health is more important than whether he’s upset about it. He didn’t look all that upset, but I’ve never seen him look upset about anything. I think that’s demeanor. I don’t think it’s going to be that big of a deal.”Alabama and Oklahoma are set to play in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Georgia quarterback has led the team to two straight SEC East titles, as well as the College Football Playoff as a freshman.As for Fromm’s potential destination, the Dolphins are currently expected to go through a rebuilding year. They hired first-year head coach Brian Flores, signed journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick in the off-season and traded for Rosen.Suffice it to say, it’s not too hard to believe that the Dolphins will want to make a big investment at the quarterback position in 2020.[CBS Sports] ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs huddles with his teammates before the start of 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The 2020 NFL Draft is widely viewed as having a glut of quarterbacks. With such stars as Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Justin Herbert, and Jacob Eason all on the radar, one quarterback appears to have set himself apart from the crowd.In a new mock draft from CBS Sports analyst Will Brinson, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is picked to go No. 1 overall to the Miami Dolphins. Brinson explained that while the Dolphins invested in Josh Rosen, it won’t prevent them from taking a quarterback.The Dolphins traded for Josh Rosen during the 2019 NFL Draft, and I think/hope he’ll work out in Miami, but I ultimately see a QB going first overall and Rosen wouldn’t prohibit them from taking someone they believe in like Fromm.Such a selection would make Fromm the first Georgia quarterback since Matthew Stafford to go first overall. He would also be only the fifth member of the Bulldogs to go No. 1 overall in draft history.Fromm has started 29 straight games for Georgia since his freshman season. In that span he has thrown for 5,376 yards, 54 touchdowns, only 13 interceptions, and completed 64.9-percent of his passes.
Richard Pybus named Windies interim head coach, Darren Sammy hopes it is fake newsRichard Pybus was announced as the West Indies coach until September of this year but Former Windies skipper Darren Sammy said “please tell me that’s fake news.”advertisement Reuters AntiguaJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 07:44 IST Richard Pybus will be the West Indies Coach for the 2019 World Cup (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRichard Pybus has been announced as the West Indies interim coachThe appointment comes with less than two weeks before England’s tourPybus was the West Indies director of cricket from 2013 to 2016English-born Richard Pybus has been appointed interim head coach of West Indies cricket and will guide the team in a busy 2019 that includes the World Cup and a home series against England.Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the news on Friday, less than two weeks before England arrive for a winter series in the Caribbean.Pybus, 54, will hold the head coach role until September, when a replacement will take over, CWI said.The head coach job became vacant when Australian Stuart Law resigned in September to take over at English county side Middlesex.”Richard comes into the role with previous international experience having worked with both Pakistan and Bangladesh,” said CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams.”Due to his current and previous involvement in CWI, he possesses a good working knowledge of both players and coaches.”Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy though was not happy with the appointment.”Please tell me that’s fake news.. somebody please. After the mess in 2014 he can’t be back.. I refuse to believe that’s true,” he tweeted.https://t.co/XQzuypXIb6 please tell me that’s fake news.. somebody please. After the mess in 2014 he can’t be back.. I refuse to believe that’s trueDaren Sammy (@darensammy88) January 4, 2019Pybus was West Indies director of cricket from 2013 to 2016 and returned as high performance director from last February.England will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 against West Indies starting with the first Test in Barbados from Jan. 23.India will tour the Caribbean in July and August, shortly after the 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.advertisementAlso Read | Mohammad Azharuddin on Rishabh Pant: India have a batsman like Adam GilchristAlso Watch | I don’t think of hundreds, team’s needs my only focus: Rishabh PantFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Richard PybusFollow west indiesFollow interim head coachFollow Darren Sammy