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.