first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Thomas Partey: Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has admitted he’s had frustrating times at the club.Watched by Arsenal this season, Thomas says he wants to be considered by coach Diego Simeone for all of Atletico’s big games.”Sometimes I feel unhappy in Atleti,” Thomas said in a statement to Gol. “To feel happy you have to play the important matches and feel stronger and more confident.”The midfielder declared, in this sense, that he has had a “very good season” so far, “There have been games that I’ve played well.” last_img

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Winks hits back at ‘Spursy’ claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Harry Winks has dismissed claims of a “Spursy” defeat to Wolves on Saturday.Winks was not having it after only a second defeat in 15 matches for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.“I have to be careful about this…” he said. “We are doing really well. We have had one defeat since ­Arsenal away.“We have had some fantastic results in the Champions League and the Premier League and it is important to remember how well we are doing and not get carried away with a defeat.“Listen, when people use the word Spursy on social media, that is their own opinion. They are ­entitled to that. But inside the club we know how good we are, we know how far we can go, we have belief, regardless of this result.“It shows how well we are doing this year to be considered title ­contenders and to be sitting here disappointed that we aren’t closer to the top.“We have high expectations ourselves and, if we don’t come away with a win against Wolves at home, we get frustrated at that. It shows how high our standards are at the moment and how ambitious we are.“We said before the game that it was must-win so to come away with a defeat has left the dressing room feeling very down. Everyone is fuming, but it is football. We are still in the race.”Spurs now have to pick themselves up for a tricky New Year’s Day trip to Cardiff.Winks added: “The mood in the dressing room was very calm. ­Everyone was very quiet and kept themselves to themselves.“Everyone is gutted — frustrated as well. The most important thing is to reflect on it and then go into the building bright and smiley and feeling positive and try and get ourselves ready for the next game.“We can’t keep that negative ­energy around, because otherwise it can affect matches.” last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini adamant West Ham will not sell Arnautovic or Carrollby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic will not leave West Ham United this month, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.Both strikers have been linked with moves away from the London Stadium.”Andy will still be here with us, he is an important player for us,” Pellegrini said ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Birmingham.”He is just coming back from a long, long injury, and the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.”I am also sure Marko Arnautovic will stay here with us. Good players always have offers but that is different to rumours.” last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: This squad marvellousby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he has nothing to do with transfer planning.Solari says he’s happy with his squad.Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey second leg against Leganés – they lead 3-0 from the first game at the Santiago Bernabéu – Solari said: “I always say it is not my position to explain the policy of signings. The squad we have is marvellous, with a lot of young players, a lot of experienced players and they are all 100 per cent committed.”Asked to assess his forward players, he added: “They are all different players, not necessarily specialist ‘number nines’. The specialist we have is Karim Benzema and he is injured.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Zidane slammed for taking day offby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOutspoken Spanish pundit Josep Pedrerol has launched a withering attack on Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is under huge pressure after a poor start to the season and this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.Speaking on his El Chiringuito show, Pedrerol blasted: “Zidane always speaks of intensity, that’s enough. “The physical preparation was wrong, almost all the players got injured. Why does Zidane not explain the disaster in midfield? Why does he say Real suffer in the middle of the field but let (Dani) Ceballos leave? “Intensity is just an excuse, how can he speak of intensity if after the humiliation of Paris he has granted himself a day off? Zidane, the intensity begins with you!” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Sack Solskjaer? Why dumping manager won’t change anything at Man Utdby Chris Beattie16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Pick a manager… Allegri, Poch.. any manager. Would any manager be able to get a tune out of this lot at Manchester United…?With international week comes the sack talk. Partly due to the need to fill the vacuum left by a barren league programme. But also due to the growing belief inside boardrooms that the best time to remove a manager is during such a recess. A chance to regroup and allow the new man to get his feet under the table before the action resumes.They’re already at it in Italy. AC Milan dumping Marco Giampaolo on Tuesday – just three months into his job. And they won the weekend, never mind being beaten at Newcastle United.But should defeat at St James’ Park be the last straw for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?Well, for many – including some United ‘exes’ – the answer is ‘yes’. With the headlines blazing and the place apparently leaking, it only appears a matter of time before the board admit they were wrong and send Solskjaer back to Norway.Max Allegri has picked up his English lessons again. Mauricio Pochettino is trying to engineer a way out of Tottenham. It’s all lining up. Ed Woodward can get rid of Solskjaer and replace him with someone more suited to the job. Or so they say…Because no matter who is in the dugout, they’ll still have to make do with what’s available to them. Sunday’s team on Tyneside was nothing like what Solskjaer had at his disposal on the opening day for that win over Chelsea. Three of the back four were missing: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw. Paul Pogba was also absent, as was Anthony Martial in attack. Essentially, injury has robbed Solskjaer of almost half his first-choice team. And while critics will argue ‘it’s a squad game’, it really isn’t when you’re undergoing an overhaul as Solskjaer is now driving through. With Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez now pulling on an Inter Milan shirt for a living, the attack may be paper thin, but long-term it was the right call to shuffle off both players. Indeed, Lukaku is already finding how things can quickly turn in Italy. His coach at Inter, Antonio Conte, having to defend a sluggish performance from the striker for their defeat to Juventus. It was Lukaku’s first big test since his move from United – and it ended with his manager explaining away a lethargic showing.Of course at United, Lukaku would be getting a game today. But that’s not the issue. Solskjaer, with the support of the board, wanted to go in a different direction. And crucially, that support remains.As mapped out here, the club’s top brass have recognised the predicament that has befallen their manager. If results had been the same with Solskjaer’s first-choice XI, then serious questions would be asked. But not today. Not with this reality.Instead, the discussion has been about what’s been put in place – and whether it’s working. And the consensus is positive. The youth policy is showing the right signs. The progress of Scott McTominay and the introduction of Axel Tuanzebe have both pleased management. As have the impact of their three summer signings, Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Wan-Bissaka. On what they’ve seen this season, no-one inside Carrington have doubts about any of these five not being long-term prospects for the club.Indeed, the only criticism, said in some jest, is that Maguire could be doing better by his manager at the other end of the pitch. Being more decisive with that chance at 1-0 at West Ham, along with a soft free header at Newcastle, and the spotlight wouldn’t be so acute on Solskjaer as it is today.But in the aftermath of that Toon defeat, there were some positives – if we care to consider the long-term.It was significant that the two leading voices to react to the loss were David de Gea and Marcus Rashford. Both fresh from committing themselves to new contracts, their reactions were of men who have bought into something. They were taking ownership. Not so much for the result, but something far bigger – the project. De Gea, particularly, spoke of someone determined for this plan to succeed – and well aware of his place inside it. Time will tell if a new leadership group is forming, but the signs are that De Gea and Rashford do have the stomach for this fight the club is in.And it is a fight. Results have the club spiraling. But there are reasons. Reasons the board have accepted. They know, given current circumstances, a change of manager would make little difference. last_img read more

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first_imgA general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This season will go down as a disappointment for the Auburn Tigers, especially after a 6-3 start through nine games. While the sky isn’t falling yet, changes have to be made to the coaching staff.One of the main issues with the Tigers is the lack of creativity on offense. However, college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes there is one former coach that could possibly solve those woes.It would definitely stir some interesting conversations around the country, but Finebaum can see Hugh Freeze joining Auburn.From 247Sports:“I believe the biggest issue for Hugh Freeze had to do with the sanctions,” Finebaum said on his weekly WJOX morning Monday radio spot. “Now that the sanction train has passed, I think it will be much easier. I’m not saying that I have any more insight than you or anyone else, but spending time with him, I was able to hear him out. I think he’s very sincere about the mistakes he has made. And I think he’s also realistic that as long as Ole Miss was on probation, it was not a good look for him to be coaching against Ole Miss. Now that the season ends and the sanctions are gone based on what happened the other day, I think he will be back. It’s going to be one of the easiest predictions to make that the first call he will get will be by Gus Malzahn.”Of course, Freeze was the head coach for Ole Miss for five years, going 39-25 in that span. Nonetheless, his recruiting violations will always be the most notable aspect of his career.All eyes will be on the coaching staff when Auburn completes its regular season. Maybe Finebaum’s prediction will come true in the offseason.last_img read more

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first_imgEvander Holyfield on College GameDay.The College Football Playoff kicks off in just a few hours as No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame get things started from the Cotton Bowl. After the Fighting Irish and Tigers settle their differences, the most-anticipated match-up of bowl season takes place: Alabama vs. Oklahoma.The Crimson Tide and Sooners feature the No. 1 and No. 2 players in college football this season – Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa. Murray took home the Heisman, but Tua leads a heavy favorite into their contest tonight.Alabama enters as a 14-point favorite, but on College GameDay analyst likes the Sooners to pull the upset.Desmond Howard revealed he’s going with Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night.Will the Heisman winner lead his team to an upset victory, or will Nick Saban and company make yet another title game? We’ll find out tonight.Alabama and Oklahoma kick off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

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first_imgstephen a. smith talks on first takeTwo months ago, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith made a controversial comment regarding Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The ESPN personality suggested he would take Kyler Murray over Haskins because he viewed the former Buckeyes star as “more of a runner than a thrower.”The take seemed counter-intuitive at the time and Haskins himself weighed in on Smith’s comments.“Run or throw Ima still win the game,” Haskins said with a popular meme of LeBron James.Two months later, Haskins made the rounds on ESPN’s plethora of morning shows with just a week remaining before the draft.During his appearance on First Take, Stephen A. Smith started the show with an apology to Haskins for his misguided analysis of the former Ohio State star.“I just want to say welcome to the show. My apologies for being ignorant. [Max Kellerman] was on the money about you, but I was being an ignorant fool. I had to go back and watch the tapes. My bad, my bad,” Smith said to Haskins on Friday morning.Here’s full video of the clip.Stephen A. doesn’t often admit when he’s wrong, but in the presence of Haskins, Smith had no choice.The former Ohio State star is expected to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft.last_img read more

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first_imgOhio State's Nick Bosa sacking Wisconsin's QB Alex Hornibrook during Big Ten game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Alex Hornibrook #12 of the Wisconsin Badgers is sacked by Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Willie Taggart needs something to change. The former USF and Oregon head coach took over for Jimbo Fisher at Florida State with much fanfare, but is just 6-9 to start his tenure. After a 1-2 start to 2019, with the one win coming on a missed extra point by UL Monroe in overtime, Taggart hopes that Alex Hornibrook, the quarterback transfer from Wisconsin, can help jumpstart things a bit.James Blackman is still the QB1 for the Seminoles. Team success aside, his raw stats are pretty good.Blackman is 75-for-110 for 843 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions. He definitely hasn’t been the issue for FSU.Hornibrook has earned his way onto the field as well, though, and will get some time early in Saturday’s game, per a report by 247Sports. Ahead of what is all of a sudden a big game vs. Louisville, the head coach praised Hornibrook, and said that he hopes he has a chance to get him into the game. James Blackman is still the starter, but two sources told Noles247 that Hornibrook is integrated into this week’s game plan. One of those sources said that Hornibrook is expected to be given a series early in the contest on Saturday.[…]Coach Willie Taggart was asked about how Blackman performed this week and if Hornibrook was pushing Blackman in practice during his media session on Thursday morning. His comments, below, can be interpreted in different ways although it sounded like he was interested in seeing how Hornibrook performed in a game setting.“James, again, James has some throws that he wishes he could’ve had back, could’ve helped our football team. Looking to see him improve from there,” Taggart said. “And Alex has been doing a good job for us. We have some plays and things where we want to be able to get Alex in, let him run some of those plays. Hopefully we get a chance to do that.”Taggart said that Blackman was very down on himself after failing to lead FSU to a touchdown on the bizarre final drive of last weekend’s loss to Virginia, but has bounced back well and has looked good at practice. It sounds like this is more about getting Alex Hornibrook some run in his final college season than Blackman’s issues.However it happens, Taggart needs to get the ship righted, and soon. He finds himself on a very hot seat just 15 games into his tenure.Florida State hosts Louisville at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Cardinals, expected to be in a deep rebuild this fall, looked pretty competitive against Notre Dame in Week 1. Getting a win this season is pretty essential for Taggart.[247Sports]last_img read more

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