10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde welcomes deal for Jeison Murillo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde welcomes deal for Jeison Murilloby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has welcomed the deal for Jeison Murillo.The defender joins Barca on-loan from Valencia with the option to buy.”We are in a delicate moment with our centre-backs and so far we have managed it well, but we don’t know how it will go going forward,” Valverde explained in a press conference on Friday.”We took into account the situation of the club and we wanted someone on loan who could play immediately and who knew the league well.”Murillo met those requirements and he can help us in the short term so the club did a good job with his signing.”Signings at this club need to be familiar with us as we’re continuing our fight for two major competitions soon and we couldn’t have brought along players who need to adapt.”Murillo is a good player who can help us and be important for us so we will push forward and hope for the best.” last_img read more

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a month agoBurnley fullback Matt Lowton: Excited by season prospects

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley fullback Matt Lowton: Excited by season prospectsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley fullback Matt Lowton believes the foundations are in place for a successful season as he prepares to head back to former club Aston Villa.The Clarets are sitting ninth in the Premier League table with eight points from their opening six games.“We finished strong and we wanted to make sure we took that into this season,” said the Clarets’ right-back to Burnley’s website.“We’re very happy with the way we’ve started. We have got a lot of points on the board and but for a late goal at Wolves it could have been a few more.“There’s probably been only one half of football (at Brighton) where we’ve not been where we wanted to be, and we put that right last weekend, so the way we have started we’ve got a great platform to build on.“We didn’t start last season the way we wanted to and we were down the bottom and struggling a little bit. It’s hard to get the results together when you are looking over your shoulder.“The way we have started this time has given us a great platform to kick on and hopefully we can do what we did a couple of seasons ago.” last_img read more

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15 days agoChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regrets

first_imgChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regretsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists he has no regrets missing a move to Real Madrid.Kepa was all set to leave Athletic Bilbao for Real in January 2018, only for Zinedine Zidane to block the switch.He recalled: “It was a few months in which my grandmother saw me more in the newspaper than in person. There was a lot of talk about me. Also because of an injury I was not going through good times.”I was finishing my contract and since January I could talk to teams. I didn’t get to see what happened. “I ended up renewing and with the idea of staying and after six months I left. It’s the only contradiction.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Report: Leeds 2 Derby 0

first_imgLeeds United put pre-match controversy to one side to defeat Derby County 2-0 and move five points clear at the top of the Championship.Marcelo Bielsa took responsibility for the Leeds spy scandal, after Derby had accused their opponents of sending a staff member to view the Rams’ training session on Thursday, with the incident set to be investigated by the Football Association.But the admission from the Leeds boss had little impact on his side’s fine performance as Leeds bounced back from a three-match losing streak in all competitions. 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? Andre Wisdom’s clumsy foul on Ezgjan Alioski 32 seconds in saw referee Andy Davies award Leeds a penalty, but a surprising offside flag came to Derby’s rescue.Frank Lampard’s side could not match their hosts’ intensity, however, and were behind when Jack Clarke marked his first Championship start with a sublime assist for Kemar Roofe to hammer home from close range.The @roofe39 is on fire at Elland Road! pic.twitter.com/W4jIFzSxP3— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 11, 2019Clarke turned on the style again after the restart, looping in a cross that Scott Carson could only parry to the waiting Alioski, who teed up Jack Harrison for a simple finish.Referee Davies failed to spot a foul in the box by Tom Lawrence soon after, although Bailey Peacock-Farrell was fortunate to escape punishment for a high lunge on Duane Holmes at the other end.Leeds’ victory takes them five points clear of nearest challengers Norwich City, who face fourth-place West Brom on Saturday, while Derby remain in sixth. read morelast_img read more

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Report: NCAA President Would Prefer 8-Team College Football Playoff

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)NCAA President Mark Emmert has some thoughts about the College Football Playoff.Mark Emmert offered his thoughts on the College Football Playoff at the Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York City on Wednesday.According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the NCAA president would prefer and eight-team College Football Playoff so “all Power 5 conference champions are guaranteed a bid.”NCAA President Mark Emmert says he would prefer an 8-team CFB Playoff so all Power 5 conference champions are… https://t.co/f8GPQdvctn— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 7, 2016Emmert isn’t the only one with this thought as many fans and members of the media have delivered their opinion that the CFB Playoff field should expand beyond four teams.The biggest debate isn’t necessarily if the field should expand – instead it is how many teams should be in the competition.In the simplest of terms, a four-team Playoff doesn’t make great sense seeing how there are five ‘Power 5’ conferences therefore one conference champion would always be left out.last_img read more

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Report: Argentina 0 Colombia 2

first_imgColombia heaped misery on Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 2-0 victory in their Copa America opener on Saturday.Runners-up in 2015 and 2016, Messi’s Argentina were looking to banish their past demons in pursuit of a first major international title since 1993.However, Argentina were upstaged by Colombia, who made a winning start in Group B thanks to Roger Martinez’s 71st-minute stunner and Duvan Zapata’s late sealer. 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? As Argentina pressed and probed, first-half substitute Martinez sent a thunderous strike past Franco Armani in Salvador and Zapata made sure of the win during the closing stages.Argentina came into the tournament off a 5-1 rout of Nicaragua and with the most Copa victories in history (119) but the South American giants did not look like winning against Colombia.Martinez – a replacement for Luis Muriel in the 14th minute – linked up with Radamel Falcao but his shot deflected just wide of the post as Colombia appeared the more likely to strike first.Overall, it was a forgettable opening 45 minutes, which did not see a single shot on target from either team, with Messi subdued.It was more of the same in the second half, though Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina was finally called into action after a vicious volley from Leandro Paredes approaching the hour mark.The match did come to life moments later when Juan Cuadrado’s tackle on Messi threatened to spark a melee as Argentina players rushed in to confront the Colombia winger.That triggered Argentina, who almost took the lead after Nicolas Otamendi’s powerful header forced Ospina into a low diving save, while Messi was unable to head home the rebound with the goal at his mercy.But Colombia broke the deadlock with 19 minutes remaining – Martinez collecting the ball on the flank and drifting inside before beating Armani from distance – and fellow substitute Zapata doubled the lead four minutes from the end courtesy of an emphatic close-range finish.71’GOOOOOOOOLLLL DE COLOMBIAAAAAA.@rogermartinezt9 adelanta a Colombia en el marcador.Colombia  1 vs. 0  Argentina#COLARG #VamosColombia #ElEquipoDeLaGente pic.twitter.com/m905bHTi2L— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 15, 2019What does it mean? Long road ahead for ScaloniIn the build-up to the match, head coach Lionel Scaloni joked he would retire if Argentina win the Copa America. Scaloni does not appear any closer to retirement based on Saturday’s result and performance. After last year’s World Cup last-16 exit and Messi’s brief international absence, the South American giants have a lot of work ahead.Martinez makes himself a heroWhen Muriel went down with an injury early in the first half, Carlos Queiroz turned to Martinez. And as Falcao struggled to make an impact on proceedings, 24-year-old America forward Martinez emerged a hero with his first international goal since 2016.Pressure builds on Messi and Co.The weight of a nation falls on Messi’s shoulders and the captain was helpless to prevent another poor result on the international stage. Still searching for his first senior title with Argentina, Messi was relatively subdued in the team’s first game.Key Opta Facts- Colombia’s win was their third against Argentina at the Copa America and first since 1999.- They also ended an eight-game winless run against Argentina.- Argentina lost their Copa opener for just the third time and first time since 1979.- Argentina attempted only one shot (blocked) and had just one touch in the opposition box in the first half against Colombia.- Messi has now played 22 Copa America games. Only Javier Mascherano (26) has played more for Argentina.What’s next?Argentina meet Paraguay on Wednesday, while Colombia face guests and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar. read morelast_img read more

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At the World Cup, very little breaks through the USWNT bubble

first_imgFollow the U.S. women’s national team for any significant period of time at this World Cup, and there’s bound to be a word that will surface soon enough.“Bubble.”For many members of the USWNT, the only way to deal with the increased focus and scrutiny that comes with playing on the world’s biggest stage is to block it all out entirely. 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? There are a myriad of talking points that accompany this team outside of the pitch.From their continuing fight over equal pay to the controversy over their enthusiastic celebrations in their 13-0 win over Thailand, so much is written and talked about the USWNT that has nothing to do with tactics, formations and line-up choices.Ask many players and coach Jill Ellis about these topics, though, and you may get an answer that sounds like Ellis’s recent response to a question about a non-soccer query.“When you’re in your bubble, it’s not something that permeates.”Of the 23 players on the USWNT roster, 11 are making their first appearance at a World Cup. Staying entirely present has been extra imperative for the rookies, who are experiencing the increased scrutiny of a World Cup for the first time.Some have even taken more drastic measures.“I’ve actually been deleting social media every camp since about last year,” midfielder Rose Lavelle said.“I knew it was something that if I didn’t start slowly, like trying to wean off it, it could be something that maybe negatively affected me during this tournament.”Lavelle’s fellow World Cup newbie Mallory Pugh, the team’s second-youngest player, has done the same.“I’m not on social media [at the World Cup],” Pugh said. “I’m learning this process so it’s testing what works best for me and for right now, it is to stay off social media and just be solely in this environment.”Mallory Pugh USWNTOf course, not every player is doing the same as Lavelle and Pugh. And some controversies will inevitably pierce the bubble, no matter how hard the U.S. tries to block it all out.The USWNT couldn’t help but be aware of the outcry over their celebrations against Thailand, and they crafted a winking response with their golf-clap celebration in the following game against Chile.As Alex Morgan said knowingly after the game: “The whole team is having fun with this.”Veterans like Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and others have been active on social media during the tournament, or at least one of their handlers has. Because as much as players want to remain in their bubble, they know there is still value in connecting with the outside world.“A lot of us have just tried to spend less time on social media or looking at media in general, but I think at times there are so many positive things,” midfielder Sam Mewis said.“You want to interact with people,” she continued. “I get a lot of messages from friends and people like that, so parts of it are really positive.”There may be positives from social media, but several players have decided that they aren’t worth the effort while they are in France. Connecting with the outside world can certainly be gratifying but for one month at least, winning a World Cup is priority number one.“Whatever is outside our bubble, whatever situation it is, these players are locked on,” Ellis said.“The trappings of everything else is probably more for everybody externally to deal with, but right now the focus has to be what we’re doing inside our bubble.”last_img read more

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Zidane fumes after Atletico put SEVEN past Real

first_imgZinedine Zidane is upset but “convinced” Real Madrid will enjoy a good season following their 7-3 rout at the hands of rivals Atletico Madrid  at the International Champions Cup.Madrid were put to the sword in New Jersey, where La Liga neighbours Atletico led 5-0 at half-time in the pre-season fixture on Friday.Diego Costa took centre stage with four goals before he was sent off, along with Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal, following a clash in the second half. 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? It was an incredible match at MetLife Stadium, where the margin of defeat could have been greater if not for some desperate defending and late goals from Karim Benzema and Javi Hernandez.Discussing the result post-match, Madrid head coach Zidane – whose team conceded after just 43 seconds – told reporters: “What happened is that we entered the game very badly. A high-level competition, we entered very badly.”At eight minutes we were down 2-0. There was no response from us to change something. The first part was difficult. We never entered the game. We have lacked everything. Especially intensity.”Zidane continued: “They scored seven goals, it can’t happen. That is also known to the players, who are disappointed. You don’t have to spin it over. It’s a pre-season game. They’ve been better at everything. There is nothing more to talk about.”We are preparing a season and being calm. We have to be on August 17, with the first league game. For now, we have lacked things for sure tonight.”Diego Costa Atletico Madrid 2019-20Madrid, who overturned a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal after losing to Bayern Munich 3-1 in their pre-season opener, finished third behind champions Barcelona and runners-up Atletico in La Liga last season.”We will be motivated. I have no doubt about that. Our season is going to be good. I am convinced,” added the Frenchman, who saw Luka Jovic leave the game in the first half with an apparent leg injury.”Today we cannot be happy. For the rest I am convinced that I have a team that will compete and very well. That’s it. We have to go back and get some rest.”It doesn’t worry me, but it hurts. When you lose … you don’t play to lose. But that’s it, we can’t look back. It’s a bad game and you have to think about what we’ve done.”Madrid will face Tottenham (July 30) and Red Bull Salzburg (August 7) before opening their La Liga campaign against Celta Vigo on August 17.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Reportedly Has His 2019 Offensive Coordinator

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide argues with a official during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – OCTOBER 8: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide argues with a official during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)When Mike Locksley left to take the head coaching position at Maryland, it left Alabama looking for an offensive coordinator for the third-straight off-season. Apparently, it didn’t take Nick Saban long to find one.Saban has already identified Locksley’s replacement, according to Football Scoop, and it is someone he already had on staff. The plan is to promote associate head coach and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos to OC.Enos joined the ‘Bama staff after a three-year stint as the offensive coordinator for Bret Bielema at Arkansas. Before that, he was the head coach at Central Michigan from 2010-14.During his five-year run at CMU, Enos went 26-36 overall. He helped the Chippewas reach two bowl games as well.Sources: Nick Saban has his 2019 offensive coordinator https://t.co/8zDsLOWGhD— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 11, 2018Football Scoop describes Enos as “a really well regarded pro-style offense type of mind in a landscape where those type of guys are becoming harder and harder to find.” Alabama has transitioned more to a spread over the last three seasons, so it will be interesting to see how Enos models his offense next year.Enos takes over for Locksley, who replaced Brian Daboll after the 2017 campaign. Daboll took over for Steve Sarkisian, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator only for the national championship game in January 2017.Sarkisian took over the playcalling for that game after Lane Kiffin left following the national semifinal win over Washington. Kiffin was the Crimson Tide OC from 2014-16.last_img read more

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Former Texas Star Limas Sweed Suing NCAA

first_imgTexas wide receiver Limas Sweed runs after a catch for a touchdown against Rice.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Limas Sweed #4 of the Texas Longhorns catches a wide-open pass to run for a touchdown against the Rice Owls in the second quarter on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas leads 54-7 in the third quarter. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)During his time at Texas, wide receiver Limas Sweed was a hugely impactful player. He was a key member of the 2005 National Championship team, and parlayed a strong senior season into being a second round draft pick.According to a new lawsuit, Sweed also claims that he suffered “numerous concussions,” which he played through. He believes these injuries have contributed to a number of issues he experiences, including depression and memory loss.Sweed is going after the NCAA in the suit, for a lack of protection of players at its member schools. From TMZ:In his suit, Sweed says … “While playing at Texas, [Sweed] suffered from numerous concussions, as well as countless sub-concussive hits as part of routine practice and gameplay.”Sweed says when he took a large blow to the head, he would be sent back into the game (or practice) after an “inadequate amount of time.”As a result of repeated damage he took, Sweed now claims he suffers from depression, headaches, memory loss, mood swings, emotional instability, motor impairment and more.Limas Sweed is looking for over $5 million in the lawsuit against the NCAA.Sweed put up 1,915 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns during four years in Austin. That included an impressive 801 yard, 12 touchdown junior season in 2006. His Texas career was cut short the following season due to a wrist injury suffered in the game vs. Oklahoma.Sweed was the No. 53 pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Super Bowl XLIII championship team, but ultimately, had a very brief pro career.A torn Achilles tendon wound up derailing his career in 2010, and he was out of the league in 2011. He finished with seven career catches for 69 yards.[TMZ]last_img read more

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