PSG to face sanctions if they can’t raise €60m

first_imgPSG PSG in line with FFP but will face sanctions if they can’t raise €60m Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 02:00 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) ParcdesPrinces-Cropped Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 Neymar The club may be punished if they are unable to generate a significant amount of income by the end of June Paris Saint-Germain have for now been cleared of breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations but the Ligue 1 champions’ recent transfer dealings will remain under scrutiny.European football’s governing body announced on Wednesday that it had reviewed transfer contracts and analysed management related accounts, and deemed these to be in line with FFP regulations.It added that PSG’s break-even result “remains within acceptable deviation” for the financial years 2015, 2016 and 2017. However, UEFA added that PSG will “remain under close scrutiny and will be thoroughly looked at in the coming weeks”. 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 Omnisport understands that PSG will face sanctions if they are unable to raise €60 million (£53m/$71m) in income by the end of June.A statement released by UEFA read: “The CFCB (Club Financial Control Body) decided to close the investigation into Paris Saint-Germain. Such decision follows a detailed review of transfer contracts and an analysis of the related management accounts which confirmed that such transactions were in line with the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.”Furthermore, the chamber concluded that after significant fair value adjustments of several club sponsorship contracts – on the basis of evaluations performed by independent third party assessors – the break-even result of the club remains within acceptable deviation for the financial years ending in 2015, 2016 and 2017.”The financial impact of transfer activities as from the 2017 summer – up to and including the upcoming transfer window – and compliance with the break-even requirement for the 2018 financial year will remain under close scrutiny and will be thoroughly looked at in the coming weeks.”UK newspaper the Financial Times reported in April that PSG could be sanctioned under FFP rules having secured sponsorship deals valued at more than the fair market rate.The contracts were reported to be worth in the region of €200m (£176m/$236m), helping to cover the shortfall left by Neymar’s world-record move from Barcelona in August.PSG also agreed to pay €155m (£137m/$183m) to complete a permanent deal for Kylian Mbappe, who they signed on loan at the club from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.The club denied the Financial Times report.PSG were previously punished under FFP rules in May 2014 when the Qatari-owned club’s sponsorship agreement with the Qatari Tourism Authority was judged to have an unfair value by UEFA’s independent investigation panel.last_img read more

Tunisia wary of ‘future of English football’ Alli

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Future of English football’ Dele Alli singled out by Tunisia as Three Lions’ main threat Ryan Benson 00:45 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli England 2017-18 Getty Images World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Nabil Maaloul is aware that the Tottenham midfielder will prove difficult for his side to handle in a World Cup 2018 opener on Monday Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul thinks “the future of English football” Dele Alli is England’s main threat ahead of the two teams’ meeting on Monday and fully expects the Three Lions to banish the demons of their Euro 2016 humiliation.England head into the World Cup in confident mood having cruised through qualifying and shown some encouraging signs under Gareth Southgate in their pre-tournament friendlies.Southgate has been praised for getting England playing dynamic, attacking football that has been led by a group of younger, exciting talents such as Alli, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford. 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 Alli’s spiky personality has occasionally got him in trouble in the past and that attitude has been suggested as a potential weakness for other teams to exploit, but Maaloul only sees a great player.”You gave me a good idea,” Maaloul joked at Sunday’s news conference when asked if Tunisia may use Alli’s petulance in their favour in the Group G clash.”I hadn’t thought about it. He’s an excellent player, he’s the future of English football. He can play anywhere in midfield, behind a forward, as a forward, even out left.”He’s very important especially because we know the association between him and Kane, they played together all season.”We need to divide them on the pitch, that’s what I’ve said to the players, it would be very good, but they play collectively, dangers can come from anywhere.”From the back with Maguire and Cahill, through the middle, out wide with [Kieran] Trippier and [Danny] Rose there are many opportunities for them in attack. But their most dangerous weapon is Alli, the way he sees the match and his last pass.”Two years ago at Euro 2016 England were dumped out in the first knockout phase by Iceland in a major shock , however,Maaloul believes their current crop of players are “much stronger”.”I was in the stadium watching and analysing the 2016 matches,” he said. “I can say frankly that I have not really focused on analysing that performance.”I think that more than 70 per cent of the players have changed. I think there is a new team which we see with England. The current team is much stronger than 2016, so it won’t be the same.”last_img read more

10 months agoPirlo confident Gattuso’s job safe at AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Pirlo confident Gattuso’s job safe at AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo is confident coach Rino Gattuso’s job is safe.There have been claims Gattuso could be sacked by mid-January.Pirlo has made it clear his fellow World Cup winner could not have done any better in the circumstances.“I have no doubt, Rino deserves to stay at Milan,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“He’s doing everything he possibly can in a complicated situation, so for me Gattuso will stay at Milan.” last_img

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini: Anderson capable of 20 goals a season

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini: Anderson capable of 20 goals a seasonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Felipe Anderson is capable of scoring 20 goals a season.Anderson scored both goals in their 2-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Thursday. The Hammers travel to Turf Moor to face struggling Burnley on Sunday.”I always say that Felipe must know better the Premier League,” Pellegrini said. “That is why he is improving with every game he is playing. I always trust in him.”Same as Declan (Rice), he always listens and I am absolutely sure that in the second half of the season Felipe will be much better than the first.”We are happy because we are in a good moment, but we must be very clear that we must improve because, for me, to be ninth is not good. I don’t like to be in that position.”Not because I think we deserve to be higher, because we started very bad, but I think this team must demonstrate what they can do and we have to continue to prove we are a big club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa on his way to Flamengo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa on his way to Flamengoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa has dropped a big hint over a move to Flamengo.Globo Esporte reports the 22-year-old has signed for Flamengo on loan until December.Gabigol tweeted a video of himself playing Pro Evolution Soccer as Flamengo, scoring a goal and celebrating, although the club have yet to comment on his arrival.Sabe aquela brincadeira que só acontece no vídeo game ou em sonho:⠀”Um dia eu vou jogar no Mengão, no Maraca lotado, com toda aquela nação gritando meu nome!” Meu sonho agora é realidade. ⠀Eu sou jogador do @Flamengo! Tamo junto Nação! ⠀#FechadoComOMengãopic.twitter.com/WRDHIFc7fg— Gabriel Barbosa (@gabigol) January 9, 2019 last_img read more

9 months agoPhilippe Coutinho & Man Utd: Why Barcelona left door ajar after shock approach

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Philippe Coutinho & Man Utd: Why Barcelona left door ajar after shock approachby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: If it was up to him, they’d tell ’em to go jump. Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona. And Manchester United… the problem is, at least for the player, United haven’t had the door shut…For Liverpool fans, there’s no reason for concern. At least not yet. Coutinho isn’t about to turn traitor and make the move to Old Trafford. Yes, he’s frustrated over his diminished role in recent months. Yes, he’s been alarmed at the public criticism coming from coach Ernesto Valverde and certain members of his staff. But he’s not about to jack it all in after a six-week slump.After all, he sacrificed far too much to get to Barca to give it all away now. Giving up a €10m signing on bonus to help them meet Liverpool’s asking price a year ago. Foregoing a Champions League knockout campaign to make the move. And even risking a fans’ backlash at Liverpool when infamously slapping in his transfer request last summer. To go through all that. To sacrifice so much. Coutinho isn’t ready to give up on his dream just yet.But inside Barca. Inside the boardoom. And on the La Masia training pitch. There’s another train of thought. Is there any genuine argument in favour of having a €140m investment sitting on the bench? Particularly when those in charge of selection are so clearly disappointed with Coutinho’s response to his current predicament?Jon Aspiazu, who is closest to Valverde amongst Barca’s backroom staff, left no doubt last week where their thinking was regarding the Brazilian. “Coutinho is not at the level of last season and (Ousmane) Dembélé has overtaken him a little,” conceded Aspiazu, his comments simply mirroring what Valverde has also stated.”He needs to fight on the pitch to reverse this situation,” has declared Valverde. “He has to improve, that is logical. But we all have to improve.”So what’s happened? Well, it’s simply circumstances and the sudden emergence of the tardy Ousmane Dembele as a key player in Valverde’s team. A November hamstring strain in the Champions League tie with Inter Milan forced Coutinho to the sidelines and opened the door for Dembele to right his early season wrongs. And the Frenchman, with an alarm clock that now works, hasn’t looked back.So much so that Dembele is now regarded as the better natural fit for Valverde’s system and style. Faster than Coutinho. Better in one-on-ones than the Brazilian. And with a greater goal threat. Dembele has proved himself the superior option. He can’t pick a pass like Coutinho. Indeed, he can’t run a game like Barca’s No7. But that’s not what Valverde is seeking from either player. In his system, unlike what Coutinho experienced at Liverpool, he doesn’t see the Brazilian as a central player. He likes the more defensively minded Sergio Busquets, Arthur and Arturo Vidal to work the middle of the pitch. If Coutinho is to play, it will be out wide – and for him – out of position.As Aspiazu says, last season such a demand wasn’t a problem. Particularly with Dembele no genuine threat. But cycle six months forward and Coutinho’s hopes of filling the void left by Andres Iniesta’s departure for Japan have been dashed. Valverde, who had quietly been planning for life without Iniesta well before the Vissel Kobe agreement, simply saw no need for a player of the former captain’s qualities in his midfield. The engineroom of today’s Barca is all about a physicality which can support and get Leo Messi on the ball as quickly as possible. The alternative threats arrive from out wide – and with pace. Coutinho has simply found himself swept away in the transition.That’s not to say Valverde is writing him off. Indeed, while it appears it’s currently an either/or concept, the coach insists he can see Coutinho and Dembele in the same XI.”At certain times they may be compatible,” he said, admittedly with more than a hint of hesitation. “I try to play with balance when attacking and defending and there are things that can come to us well if they are together and other times when they are not.”When I played Philippe they asked me why Dembélé did not do play and now it’s the other way around.”But away from the pitch and inside the boardroom, the attitude is more stark. One source declaring: “He’s a good kid, he talks little. He has a lot of quality, in training it is noticeable, but he needs to be doing more in matches. He still cannot find his place.”Another front office insider was even more forceful: “He needs to wake up!” Hence the encouragement for United. An enquiry was lodged last week. And the feedback was positive. The door is ajar. Not for this month. But certainly for the summer. And definitely if Valverde is persuaded to sign new terms.It’s a situation that also suits Coutinho. With a second daughter recently born in Barcelona, he and his wife are happy in Castelldefels. A wait and see policy has been agreed upon between the player and his management.But if things don’t change, Coutinho will find little push back from inside the club should he decide to leave. For some within the boardroom, having their record signing sitting on the bench is intolerable. Which was just the message relayed back to Old Trafford last week. last_img read more

a month agoFred delighted with winning Man Utd return

first_imgFred delighted with winning Man Utd returnby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFred was delighted to be back for Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Leicester City.The Brazilian replaced Nemanja Matic in the 67th minute at Old Trafford and put in an assured display alongside Scott McTominay at the base of United’s midfield.And taking to Instagram after the match, Fred revealed his delight at being back on the pitch as he wrote:“Win! Well done guys! I’m glad to be back. Thanks for all the support.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4 days ago​Liverpool battle Everton for Wigan whizkid Gelhardt

first_img​Liverpool battle Everton for Wigan whizkid Gelhardtby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Everton are both interested in signing Wigan attacker Joe Gelhardt.The 17-year-old has recently broken into the Wigan first team.He is from Merseyside, which means that a move to either club might appeal to him.Gelhardt has also impressed at youth level with England, while he has a contract with Wigan until 2021.Teamtalk suggests that he could have a choice between the two top clubs from MerseysideIt may come down to choosing the club that Gelhardt believes would offer him a better path to a first team place. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Referee Speared By 2 High School Football Players “Wants” To Press Charges

first_imgHigh School football players seconds before they spear a referee.High School Players RefereeThis past weekend, a video of two high school football players intentionally spearing a referee went viral, for obvious reasons. It turns out the two young men, who play for John Jay High School in San Antonio, could be in a great deal of trouble following the incident.According to Wayne Elliott, a secretary from the Austin Football Officials Association, the referee from the contest, whose name has not been released, is “very upset” and wants to press charges. ESPN reported the news early Tuesday morning:“The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again,” said Elliott, who declined to release the referee’s name and added he was seeking guidance from the state officials association.Here’s video of the incident, if you somehow missed it. It’s despicable, to say the least.We’ll keep you updated on the situation.last_img read more

Death of Inter fan confirmed following ultras clash

first_imgThe death of an Inter fan caught up in violent clashes between rival ultras during the build-up to a Boxing Day meeting with Napoli has been confirmed by Italian police.Supporters of the two Serie A sides were involved in a heated confrontation ahead of a fixture at San Siro on Wednesday.Local authorities allege that a group of Inter followers attacked a bus carrying Napoli fans to the ground. 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? In the chaos which ensued, one man was hit by a car and, despite the efforts of medical professionals, passed away as a result of his injuries.One other supporter is said to have been stabbed and three more left with heavy bruising.Police services in Milan have called for action to be taken against those responsible.They are seeking a ban on away support for Inter through to the end of the season and the closure of the Curva Nord section of San Siro until March 31.Milan police chief Marcello Cardona told reporters at a press conference held on Thursday: “The clashes broke out abruptly.“These ultras hit the coaches carrying Napoli fans with bars and sticks.“There was an effort to flee and in the opposite lane, some cars passed by and an ultra from Inter, who had a stadium ban, was hit by an SUV.“We still do not know who was driving and where they came from.“Four Neapolitans were wounded slightly, one with a cut and then three with bruises. “At this moment we have arrested two Inter ultras and are looking for another.“We have identified three from the images and we do not rule out further arrests as what happened is very serious.“I want to prohibit away followings for Inter until the end of the season and seek the immediate closure of the Inter Curva until March 31.”In the wake of trouble outside the stadium on Wednesday, further issues were caused inside it once the action got underway.Certain sections of the Inter support subjected Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to racist taunts , with Carlo Ancelotti stating afterwards that he will remove his players from the field if a similar situation arises in the future.He said, having seen Koulibaly dismissed amid disturbing scenes: “Koulibaly was certainly irritable. Usually, he is very calm and professional, but he was subjected to monkey noises throughout the game.”We asked three times for some action to be taken, but the match continued. We keep being told play can be halted, but when? After four or five announcements?”Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us lose the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it.”last_img read more

Mexico vs Canada: TV, stream & preview

first_imgMexico’s Gold Cup campaign began in style but they will have to step things up against Canada in Denver on Wednesday.El Tri recorded a thumping 7-0 success over Cuba, the lowest-ranked side in Group A, giving them an ideal springboard to approach what, on paper, will be their toughest challenge en route to the knockout stages.Canada, 78 in the FIFA Ranking at the outset of the tournament, was also a convincing winner in Matchday 1, sweeping away Martinique 4-0 to effectively give the players a free hit at one of the tournament favorites. 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? Game Mexico vs Canada Date Wednesday, June 19 Time 3:30am BST / 10:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision / Fox Sports 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on FreeSports. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports N/A Squads & Team News Position Mexico squad Goalkeepers Ochoa, Orozco, Gonzalez Defenders Moreno, Reyes, Gallardo, Araujo, Salcedo, Alvarez, L. Rodriguez, C. Montes, Sanchez, Navarro Midfielders Guardado, J. Dos Santos, L. Montes, Pineda, Gutierrez, Alvarado, C. Rodriguez Forwards Jimenez, Pizarro, Vega Mexico boss Tata Martino is hopeful that Edson Alvarez could be fit, having suffered an injury against Venezuela in a pre-tournament friendly. His return could mean that Carlos Salcedo is pushed to the bench, having himself felt a knock recently.Jonathan dos Santos could be handed some role after being kept out of the opening match with a heel problem.No chances are expected to be taken over Rodolfo Pizarro, meaning Uriel Antuna should continue in attack. He trained alone on the eve of the game, along with Hector Moreno, whose return is not programmed for this match.Mexico XI: Ochoa; Rodriguez, Reyes, Araujo, Gallardo; Dos Santos, Alvarez, Gutierrez; Antuna, Jimenez, Alvarado Position Canada squad Goalkeepers Leutwiler, Borjan, Crepeau Defenders Brault-Guillard, Morgan, Cornelius, Henry, Miller, Godinho Midfielders Johnson, Piette, Teibert, Arfield, Hoilett, Davies, Hutchison, Kaye, Okello, Osorio Forwards Larin, Millar, Cavallini, David Canada will be eager to tighten things up at the back after some nervy moments in their victory over Martinique, particularly against opponents they know to be so prolific.Coach John Herdman should have his full strength to be able to select from and is liable to set up in a more circumspect manner than in the opening match.Canada XI: Borjan; Brault-Guillard, Cornelius, Henry, Kaye; Teibert, Hutchinson, Johnson, Davies; Cavallini, LarinBetting & Match Odds Mexico are strong 1/4 favourites with bet365. Canada are 11/1 to cause an upset, while the draw is on offer at 9/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Tata Martino MexicoOn the opening night of 2019 Gold Cup action, Canada provided the appetizer at the Rose Bowl as it trounced Martinique 4-0 before Mexico, battered by injuries and call offs, took to the same field less than an hour later and sent notice to their rivals as they hammered Cuba 7-0.Now the Canadians are hoping to avoid becoming the main course, with Tata Martino’s side starting to build formidable momentum after an impressive run of five-straight victories, including strong friendly successes against Venezuela and Ecuador in the build up to the competition.Uriel Antuna grabbed the headlines on opening night by bagging a hat-trick, though Raul Jimenez was not far behind with a double, while Diego Reyes and Alexis Vega were also on target.It was a result that sets Mexico up nicely for what is to come, though head coach Martino still feels his team must prove themselves.“I’m still convinced we have to perfect the Plan A,” he explained on Tuesday. “That’s something you hear a lot in Argentina, people demanding about a change of plan when long term we’re always talking about the lack of time for a national team manager. They demand a Plan B or Plan C when in reality what you have to do is perfect the A. What we’re doing is starting with the A.“I’m really happy because I think there’s a clear form to the team, apart from the opponents and the strengths they have, to come out and try to dominate the game. In this sense, we’ve played better at times, other times not as much but the way in which the team plays can clearly be seen.”Canada, meanwhile, goes chasing its first victory over Mexico since 2000 off the back of six-straight wins, albeit against far less illustrious opponents. Nevertheless, it made a strong start to its Gold Cup challenge thanks to two goals from Jonathan David, followed up by efforts from Junior Hoilett and Scott Arfield.Coach John Herdman is aware, however, of the challenge facing his side on Wednesday.“Mexico have characteristics similar to the team they had at the 2018 World Cup but Martino has players who move very well. It’s amazing to see them work,” he said. “It’s a damn good team and I hope one day Canada can reach its level.“I think Mexico is always the team to beat in CONCACAF, they’re full of stars and it’s the biggest soccer country in North America, it’s a good opportunity to come in as the underdog, it’s a David against Goliath.”Canada have used videos of the Toronto Raptors’ NBA title success in order to motivate the team ahead of this clash, though it would surely go down as one of the shocks of the tournament if it was to come out on top.last_img read more

Man Utd, PSG & 10 clubs that Bale could sign for

first_imgWhile Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said that he is content that Gareth Bale is part of his squad, he also claimed that the former Tottenham star did not want to come on during the team’s 3-1 ICC defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.Agent Jonathan Barnett has labelled Zidane “a disgrace” over his handling of the 30-year-old but has claimed that Bale will not depart Santiago Bernabeu on loan.As such, rumours are swirling as to where he could end up when the transfer window finally closes. 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? Here are 10 possibilities:last_img read more

‘Emery couldn’t control PSG but Arsenal are exciting’

first_imgArsenal are a “tremendously exciting” prospect for 2019-20, says Charlie Nicholas, with Unai Emery now taking on a challenge that he can control after struggling with “explosive stars” at Paris Saint-Germain.The Gunners’ Spanish coach is into his second campaign at the helm in north London.He was unable to deliver a top-four finish or major silverware last season, but did offer signs of encouragement and has seen formed part of a productive summer transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Arsenal, with the likes of Nicolas Pepe and David Luiz on board, are considered to be a much stronger proposition than they were last season, with the perfect man at the helm.Emery has enjoyed success in previous posts, but has been freed of the big personalities that were so difficult to control during the role he occupied immediately prior to arriving at Emirates Stadium.Former Gunners forward Nicholas told Sky Sports: “I am extremely happy with Arsenal’s start to the season and the way the market has gone.“We have to wait on a couple of players getting fit, but I genuinely do think that Arsenal are going to be a tremendously exciting team going forward this year.“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is up and running, while Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe will add to this.“I think what Unai Emery has now after a year is very promising.“People can debate whether you spend £300m or £1m, whatever it may be, but you can improve the team with coaching and create the right togetherness.“He has identified that they are weak at the back, and that is going to take time so he will try to improve that. To counteract that he needs a plan B and that is to score as many goals as they can.“He was the PSG manager with some explosive stars. Emery couldn’t control it and neither could the players, and PSG may win titles but they do not threaten anywhere else.“Is the project working there? It’s not. He has a project at Arsenal that he trusts and believes he can go somewhere.”Arsenal opened the new season with a 1-0 victory away at Newcastle and will be back on home soil this weekend when they play host to Burnley.After their latest clash at the Emirates, the Gunners will switch their focus to a huge trip to Anfield to face European Champions Liverpool on August 24. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Major Update On Michigan QB Shea Patterson’s NFL Decision

first_imgShea Patterson of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines should cherish every game with Shea Patterson in the starting lineup, as the transfer quarterback has the potential to leave for the NFL. While nothing is official yet, reports are circulating that his decision could be leaning heavily in one direction.In 10 games with the Wolverines, Patterson has 1,927 passing yards, 19 total touchdowns and just three interceptions. His ability to constantly move the chains has turned Michigan into one of the most balanced offenses in the country.Unfortunately, the Wolverines won’t have Patterson under center forever, and it turns out that he could enter the 2019 NFL Draft.Multiple sources have reached out to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, revealing that Patterson is expected to declare for the draft.From Bleacher Report:Another underclassman quarterback expected to declare is Michigan’s Shea Patterson. The source explained that Patterson and Haskins both feel they can drive their stock up in this class and will benefit by not competing with the 2020 group that includes Jake Fromm and Tua Tagovailoa.It would be hard to blame Patterson for this decision. After all, this upcoming draft lacks elite talent at the quarterback position.Jumping into the dangerous waters of the NFL would be tough, but Patterson has shown before that he can adapt. From Ole Miss to Michigan, the right-handed gunslinger continues to perform well.With the regular season approaching its end, it’ll be worth monitoring his draft status.last_img read more

Hunter Renfrow’s Surprising Clemson vs. Alabama Take

first_imgHunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after scoring a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after scoring a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Having won two of the last three national titles, it seems clear that the Clemson Tigers are right up there with Alabama as the top college football program in the country.However, Clemson wide receiver and captain Hunter Renfrow has a slightly different take on the issue of where his school stands in the hierarchy.In a recent interview with AL.com at the Senior Bowl, Renfrow explained that while the Tigers are “gaining ground” on the Crimson Tide, we would not state that the team is “on their level” at this time.“They’ve won two of the last four and we have too,” Renfrow said at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. “I feel like we are gaining ground but I wouldn’t say we are on their level yet. We are just little ol’ Clemson and we are trying to get to the top.”Renfrow played in each of Clemson’s four College Football Playoff appearances against Alabama, winning two national titles in the process.He famously caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson in the 2016 title game.In 2018, Renfrow was a part of the Clemson team that made history, becoming the first-ever 15-0 team in college football history, winning the ACC title, Cotton Bowl and the National Championship Game in the process.[AL.com]last_img read more

Former Alabama Star Appears To Respond To Nick Saban’s Comments

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches a play during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 14: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches a play during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Nick Saban’s recent comments about college players for leaving early to enter the NFL draft have rubbed plenty of people the wrong way. But one player appeared to be especially upset at the Alabama head coach seemingly calling him out.Saban referenced a third-round NFL draft pick who left Alabama a year early, but did not reference him by name, and discussed how he could’ve made more money by returning to school.“If you’re a third-round draft pick, and we had one here last year — I’m not going to say any names — goes and starts for his team, so he’s making third-round money, which is not that great,” Saban said Saturday, clearly referencing Harrison. “He’d be the first guy taken at his position this year, probably, and make $15-18 million more. So, the agent makes out, the club makes out, and now they’ve got a guy that’s going to play for that kind of money for three more years.”The player in question was former Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison, who did not take kindly to being called out like that. He took to Twitter on Sunday and fired back at Saban.Harrison appeared to harshly criticize his former coach, asserting that coaches are being “butt hurt” for living out their dreams rather than staying in school. Harrison also suggested that Saban cared more about the program’s success than the success of his student-athletes.Coaches get so Butt Hurt Now Days About a Kid Making a Decision to live out his dreams and Go Pro. Makes me think do you really care about the success of the kid or how well your program performs?Coaches get so Butt Hurt Now Days About a Kid Making a Decision to live out his dreams and Go Pro. Makes me think do you really care about the success of the kid or how well your program performs? 🤷🏿‍♂️💯 #KeepMyNameOutYaMouth #Bama #Saban #GodGotIt— Ronnie Harrison II (@Rharr_15) April 7, 2019Harrison was a star defensive back for Alabama. In three seasons with the Crimson Tide he recording seven interceptions, 17 passes defended, two fumble recoveries, over 150 tackles, and 3.5 sacks.After his junior year, Harrison decided to forego his senior year to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. He was taken 93rd overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.last_img read more

ESPN’s Prediction For Tonight’s Oklahoma-Houston Game

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader holding up a Sooner sign during a football game.NORMAN, OK – AUGUST 31: Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders leave the field before the game against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks August 31, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Louisiana-Monroe 34-0. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)In a rare college football clash on a Sunday, the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners will host the Houston Cougars.Oklahoma’s last two seasons have been nearly identical: An 11-1 regular season record, a Big 12 title win, and a loss in the College Football Playoff semifinals. For the third straight year the Sooners also have a different quarterback. This year, it’s former Alabama starter Jalen Hurts.Houston, meanwhile, hired Dana Holgorsen out of West Virginia in what the Cougars hope kicks off a new era. Though they’ve made it to bowl games in six straight years, they have only one conference title to show for it.ESPN’s computer model has released its projection for the Oklahoma-Houston game.The computer model indicates that Oklahoma should be overwhelmingly favored against Houston. ESPN’s computer gives the Sooners a 95.5 percent chance to beat the Cougars in tonight’s game.This will be only the fourth meeting between the two schools. Houston got their first-ever win over Oklahoma back in 2016.Unfortunately for Houston, Oklahoma is a 23-point favorite. Sunday’s game may end up being a relatively easy stroll for the Sooners, especially within the confine of their own stadium.The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. EST on ABC.last_img read more

Rain thwarts play again in New Zealand-Bangladesh second Test

first_imgRain thwarts play again in New Zealand-Bangladesh second TestNew Zealand vs Bangladesh: Play was called off for the second day in a row after umpires decided the ground conditions were not going to be conducive to play despite the covers being off and players having completed their warm-ups scorecard graphs No data available! advertisementcenter_img commentary view more view less Reuters WellingtonMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 10:22 IST Play was called off for the second day in a row at the Basin Reserve in Wellington (@BLACKCAPS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWeather had cleared enough on the second day to suggest the possibility of some playLight rain continued to hamper the work of the ground staff to prepare the Basin ReserveUmpires though decided the conditions were not going to be conducive to play in WellingtonRain continued to blight the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh on Saturday with the second day’s play abandoned without a ball being bowled.The first day’s play was washed out after persistent heavy rain fell in Wellington, but the weather had cleared enough on Saturday to suggest the possibility of some play in the scheduled final session.Light rain, however, continued to hamper the work of the ground staff to prepare the Basin Reserve and while the covers were removed and both teams went through warmups, the umpires decided the conditions were not going to be conducive to play.There are always silver linings! @ANZ_NZ coin-toss kid Ruby got right in the mix with the boys at the end of a rained-out day two in Wellington #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/d4KIltiOdJBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 9, 2019The forecast for the third day on Sunday does not look any better with further light showers expected throughout, with fine weather not due until Monday afternoon.New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0 after an innings and 52-run victory inside four days in the first match in Hamilton.Also Read | West Indies bowled out for 45 as England win T20I seriesAlso Read | Afghanistan go 2-1 up after 109-run win over Ireland in 4th ODIFor 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 New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow 2nd testFollow Day 2Follow RainFollow wash outFollow New ZealandFollow BangladeshFollow 2nd Test day 2last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli won’t be affected by IPL performance, says Kuldeep Yadav

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 14:26 IST Kuldeep Yadav believes Virat Kohli won’t be affected by the IPL form. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav said the IPL 2019 form will not affect Virat Kohli in World Cup 2019Kuldeep Yadav said Virat Kohli is one the best batsmen in the worldIndia will kick start their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5If India’s tour of England in 2018 is anything to go by, spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will have to play a crucial role if India skipper Virat Kohli is to stand victorious on July 14 at the Lord’s balcony with the coveted World Cup.The second half of the English summer is known to help spinners and that was all the more evident during India’s last tour as Kuldeep had the English batsmen stuck in a web.But the lead-up to this year’s World Cup hasn’t been all that good for the spinner. He was dropped from the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in the latter half of this year’s Indian Premier League as he failed to work his magic in the T20 league. But the mark of any champion cricketer is his ability to strike back and make a statement when the chips are down. And Kuldeep is ready for the challenge.”T20 cricket is vastly different from one day cricket. IPL is different to one day cricket also. In franchise cricket, there is no pressure. When you play for India there is so much pressure. There is always pressure to perform when you walk onto the field. But what is important is how you channelize that to ensure that you achieve your goals. I don’t think there is any added pressure. It is more about being able to tick the right boxes than anything else.”I think as a matured cricketer now and try to play for the team. If you have a quality wrist spinner, he will dominate in any format,” Kuldeep stressed during an interaction with IANS.advertisementEven though there have been talks in the media in the last couple of days over how Kuldeep had said that M.S. Dhoni also makes mistakes, it was a clear case of media going overboard and misinterpreting a comment made in good humour. In fact, his respect for the seniors in the team is evident from the fact that he believes that the success that Chahal and he have managed to achieve is due to the trio of Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.”What we have achieved as a team in the last couple of seasons has a lot to do with the way Kohli bhai and Dhoni bhai guide us in the middle. While you can all hear Dhoni bhai constantly guiding us on the stump microphone, Kohli bhai and Rohit bhai work closely with Dhoni bhai to actually plan our strategies. It is a complete work of the seniors who are brilliant when it comes to first planning and then implementing the plans.”Credit has been given to us (Kuldeep and Chahal), but we couldn’t have been half as effective had it not been for the senior pros guiding us. You need a skipper who backs you and believes in your ability to shine on the big stage. You think we could have been so successful if Kohli bhai had not given us the freedom to attack? I don’t think so,” he revealed.Among the teams at the World Cup, Kuldeep will come up against KKR teammate Andre Rusell and the West Indies all-rounder took the IPL by storm this season. Has he got his plans in place?”I have my plans for him,” pat came the reply. “He attacks spinners less. If you spin the ball, he is not too comfortable with that. If you spin the ball, I think that’s his weakness. Any spinner will benefit if the ball turns. Everyone struggles and Russell is no different.”While Kuldeep had a subdued IPL, India skipper Kohli too did not light have much to write home about. Kohli-led RCB finished last in the 10-team points table and with the bat, the 30-year old, regarded as one of the best batsmen of his generation, scored only 464 runs in 14 innings at 33.14.Kuldeep, though, remained bullish that for a player of Kohli’s calibre, IPL form won’t matter much as he is a different beast when it comes to playing for the country”I don’t think he will be affected by IPL performance. He is too big a player for that. He is one of the best in the world. His passion is at another level when he plays for India. His hunger is extreme,” he cautioned the opposition teams.Also Read | IPL 2019: Shane Watson touched by CSK fans’ support, says keen on coming back next yearAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso SeeadvertisementFor 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 Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhoni World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli won’t be affected by IPL performance, says Kuldeep YadavVirat Kohli-led RCB finished on the bottom of the IPL points table but Kuldeep Yadav feels Kohli’s poor IPL season wouldn’t affect his World Cup performance.advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan suffering from mental block against India: Dilip Vengsarkar

first_img All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg Match Ended 6 0 0 336/5 (50.0) vs Pakistan PAK 84.21 (40.0) 39 0 22 1 1 (40.0) Pakistan PAK Mid on nb 3/47 (10) commentary not out All batsmen are considered right handed – Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) lbw b Vijay Shankar ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 22 77 (65) 126/3 ( F. Zaman 25.2 Overs) , Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed 0 32 9 third Man 53 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 0 view full scorecard 117.94 0 40 4s 6s covers fine Leg 46 Scorecard Pakistan suffering from mental block against India: Dilip VengsarkarIndia vs Pakistan: Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar said Pakistan looked like they were on the back-foot from the beginning against India at Old Trafford on Sunday. India registered their 7th win over Pakistan in as many World Cup matches thanks to a clinical display by their batsmen and bowlers. 44 wd Match Ended Pakistan batting PAK batting 1 Mid off All batsmen are considered right handed 13/1 ( Imam 4.5 Overs) , (50.0) 0 Mid on Fall of Wickets m Pakistan 7.57 third Man 0 0 Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Mid on Imad Wasim I. Wasim not out fine Leg India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (D/L method) advertisement All batsmen are considered right handed Series Status: Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma 0 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 9 r covers 128.57 2 covers Point S/R Mid Wicket fine Leg 2 14 Mid on 0 graphs covers Mohammad Hafeez M. Hafeez c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya 3.55 Square Leg 0 Super Over 52 142.85 third Man 165/6 ( S. Ahmed 34.1 Overs) , Point Mid Wicket Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 20:22 IST India and Pakistan matches in the World Cups have been totally one-sided in favour of the Men in Blue (Reuters Photo)India felt the psychological effect of Javed Miandad’s last ball six of 1986 for over a decade. Now, the tables have turned. On Sunday at Old Trafford, India continued their proud World Cup tradition of never losing to Pakistan.Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was at the receiving end that Sharjah evening when Miandad swatted Cheten Sharma’s low full toss to complete one of the game’s most dramatic last-ball wins. Watching Pakistan’s poor show on Sunday, Vengsarkar is convinced the psychological game has been transposed.”They are suffering from a mental block definitely. If you look at the way Pakistan went, they were looking on the back-foot from the beginning. India took the match away in the first few overs itself. They hardly looked in place,” he tells India Today.India first faced off against Pakistan in World Cup 92′ when Mohammed Azharuddin led India prevailed over their adversary even though Imran Khan led Pakistan went on the win the Cup, that edition. In every subsequent Indo-Pak World Cup encounter from 96′, 99′, 2003, 2011, 2015 and now in 2019, India has won.”I can’t explain these numbers, to be honest. These are high pressure games. You have to deliver amidst pressure from everywhere. The emotions are running high with lot of expectations. India has played extremely well against them over the years,” he says.India beat Pakistan by 86 runs on Duckworth Lewis on Sunday in a match where Pakistan could never match pace with India’s winning unit. Vengsarkar now tips India to win the Cup. “They have the potential to win the World Cup with the world class team they have,” he says.advertisementAlso Read | India have come a long way since Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan have notAlso Read | Stop jumping around at Wagah Border and perform on field: Akhtar to Hasan AliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shahid Afridi credits IPL after India beat PakistanFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019Follow Dilip Vengsarkar Mid off Square Leg Point third Man 2.4 Square Leg 0 Mid Wicket India covers India IND Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Joel Wilson (WI) 12center_img All batsmen are considered right handed c Yuzvendra Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav 212/6 18 3 336/5 Shoaib Malik S. Malik b Hardik Pandya 1 2/32 (9) Point ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) covers 0 Imam-ul-Haq Imam lbw b Vijay Shankar Mid on Square Leg Fakhar Zaman F. Zaman c Yuzvendra Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav 1 third Man Mid off 0 0 6.5 Square Leg Mid off 0 0 Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah 30 8 3 20 Bhuvneshwar Kumar B. Kumar Extras: 8 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 6, NB: 1, P: 0) Square Leg Mid Wicket Mid on 0 117/2 ( B. Azam 24 Overs) , 38.88 o Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav Mid off Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal Point 7 0 Virat Kohli (IND) V. Kohli (IND) 4.12 Babar Azam B. Azam b Kuldeep Yadav Mid Wicket Mid off 212/6 not out Hassan Ali H. Ali 129/4 ( M. Hafeez 26.5 Overs) , e/r Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)(wk) S. Ahmed (c)(wk) b Vijay Shankar 48 82.66 212/6 b Kuldeep Yadav India IND 0 129/5 ( S. Malik 27 Overs) , third Man 1 0 R 8 Shadab Khan S. Khan not out 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 5.5 Mid off 8 Point 57 Toss: PAK elected to field 1 view more view less 140 (113) Vijay Shankar V. Shankar 5.2 fine Leg Mohammad Amir M. Amir No data available! fine Leg B 2 1 (40.0) Kuldeep Yadav (IND) K. Yadav (IND) Point 7 62 1 7 Mid Wicket Wahab Riaz W. Riaz b Vijay Shankar India Bowling IND Bowling b Hardik Pandya w 75 Mid Wicket Mohammad Amir (PAK) M. Amir (PAK) fine Leg Mid on 0 Hardik Pandya H. Pandya 0 2 third Man 2 1 7 covers Nextlast_img read more