Transfers Madrid-linked Icardi in ‘goodbye is to grow’ cryptic message Chris Burton 19:08 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Internazionale Primera División Serie A The Inter forward has caused a storm on social media, with one post sparking talk of an imminent move for him or a sought-after colleague in Milan Inter striker Mauro Icardi, amid links to Real Madrid, has cast doubt over his future and that of Marcelo Brozovic with a “goodbye” post on social media.The Argentina international is among those to have registered on the Santiago Bernabeu transfer radar this season as the Blancos prepare to freshen up their ranks.Despite being reigning La Liga champions and holders of the Champions League crown, Zinedine Zidane’s side have toiled for much of the 2017-18 campaign and are expected to invest heavily in addressing their issues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Icardi has been mooted as a top target, having netted 18 times for Inter this term, and the 24-year-old has fanned the transfer flames with a message on Instagram which read: “To say goodbye is to grow.”Icardi’s post also includes the words “Chau Chau” and a waving emoji.Many are reading between the lines and expecting a move away from San Siro to be made in the near future.Others, however, have been quick to point out that Icardi is quoting the lyrics to an Argentinean song called ‘Adios’ by Gustavo Cerati.The presence of a second emoji – one which resembles Brozovic’s ‘Epic Brozo’ goal celebration – has also sparked interest.The Croatian midfielder is another of those to be generating transfer talk – with Arsenal and Everton among those said to be keen – and he could be on the move before the winter window closes.Icardi could, therefore, have been bidding farewell to a team-mate heading for the exits.He could also have been hinting at a move for himself, or merely quoting a song he likes.For now, only he knows, with talk of a possible new contract at the San Siro adding to the confusion.
Transfers Chelsea sign Giroud from Arsenal for £18m Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 00:45 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Getty/Goal Transfers Chelsea Premier League Arsenal Olivier Giroud The 31-year-old has struggled for playing time at the Gunners this season and has left for their London rivals on the final day of the transfer window Chelsea have completed the signing of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal for an estimated £18 million.The France international will join the Blues on an 18-month contract with an option to extend it for another year after the two clubs agreed a deal on Wednesday.The move has now been made official after Arsenal confirmed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, who have just loaned Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A triangle of transfers developed between the three clubs over the last few days of the January transfer window, with each move seemingly hindering on one of the others going through.While Dortmund wanted Batshuayi as Aubameyang’s replacement, Chelsea were reluctant to let him go without bringing in another alternative to Alvaro Morata and turned to Giroud after failing to land Edin Dzeko from Roma.Arsenal, however, were awaiting their club record signing from the German side before relinquishing the France international.Giroud told Chelsea’s official website: ‘Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.’The 31-year-old had grown frustrated at the Gunners after being dropped to the bench following Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival from Lyon.Giroud started just one of his 16 Premier League games this season, scoring four goals, and had been linked to West Ham, Everton and Borussia Dortmund in recent months but opted to stay at the Emirates Stadium.Although first-team opportunities were rare, Arsene Wenger urged him to stay at the club for the remainder of the season.Chelsea Football Club has today completed the signing of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal.Full story https://t.co/XDqSwzsZmO#GiroudIsBlue pic.twitter.com/5d1sRuBNrB— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018But the forward admitted in December that a move in January was likely, with a spot in the France squad at the 2018 World Cup in his sights.“I have the World Cup at the back of my mind weekly, almost daily,” Giroud said last month.“Each time I go onto the pitch, it’s to be more clinical and keep on track for the World Cup.“If I wasn’t able to leave this summer, it was because of the opportunities I had… but it’s certain that eventually, even in January, I’m going to have to ask myself the question again.”Wenger has spoken of his respect for Giroud, telling the club’s website: “Oli is a guy who gave great service to the club, he never let us down on the commitment front and he saved us many times,” said Arsene Wenger. “We signed him from Montpellier and he became a strong, regular international player for France, and we have gone together through good and bad. But always I believe that his behaviour has been top, top class. “He always had his heart 100 per cent in the team and he was committed.”Giroud departs north London with Arsenal sitting sixth in the Premier League, while Chelsea sit third, three points behind Manchester United.Giroud arrived at Arsenal in 2012 as a Ligue 1 champion with Montpellier and went on to make over 250 appearances for the north London side, scoring 105 goals and winning three FA Cups with Arsene Wenger’s side.
Transfers Cruz Azul announces Aguilar signing as additions continue Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 07:36 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Don Emmert Transfers Cruz Azul Tijuana Liga MX La Maquina added the Tijuana center back after signing another defender plus a promising young attacker earlier in the day Ricardo Pelaez isn’t wasting any time.The new Cruz Azul sporting director has been tasked with improving La Maquina, and after the season finished Sunday with Santos Laguna lifting the trophy, Cruz Azul announced three signings Monday.Pablo Aguilar will return to Mexico City, where he played for Club America during Pelaez’s previous stop. The club announced Monday afternoon that the center back, who played for Club Tijuana during the Clausura, has joined. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Earlier in the day, the team announced the addition of two players from Necaxa: Center back Igor Lichnovsky and midfielder Roberto Alvarado. Aguilar and Lichnovsky should make up a new center-back partnership with Enzo Roco and Julian Velazquez set to leave the club during the summer.Alvarado, who at age 15 was the youngest player ever to debut in the Mexican second division, could reinforce an attack that scored 22 goals but fell short in critical moments for Pedro Caixinha’s squad.It could be a critical season for Cruz Azul, one of the league’s four ‘grandes’, the biggest clubs historically, but one that hasn’t won a title since 1997. After ending the league’s longest playoff drought by reaching the quarterfinals in the 2017 Apertura, Cruz Azul finished 12th in the Clausura, again falling short of the postseason in Caixinha’s first season, despite a late charge that saw the team avoid defeat in its last four matches.The club is set to play at the Estadio Azteca, sharing the stadium with Club America, after leaving Estadio Azul at the end of the season. Pelaez’s arrival, and the moves he has helped facilitate, could help Cruz Azul return to relevancy. In addition to the additions announced Monday, the club also is bringing in winger Elias Hernandez who has starred for Leon in the last several tournaments. The only departure announced so far is that of Rangers loanee Carlos “Gullit” Pena. The midfielder reportedly has struggled with substance abuse and disciplinary issues, and Caixinha announced he won’t return.
Manchester United Victoria Lopyreva expects Pogba to stay at Manchester United as she promises ‘best World Cup ever’ Carlo Garganese Global Head of Features 21:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League FA Cup Paul Pogba José Mourinho Opinion The 2018 World Cup ambassador and former Miss Russia is confident that her friend will not leave Old Trafford this year World Cup 2018 ambassador and Manchester United fan Victoria Lopyreva is desperate for Paul Pogba to remain at the club this summer despite his frosty relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has been cast into doubt following a difficult second half to the 2017-18 season in which he was dropped from the starting XI for a number of big games amid reports of a falling-out with his Portuguese boss.However, former Miss Russia, Lopyreva, who is a huge Man Utd supporter and a friend of the Frenchman, believes that the ex-Juventus star won’t quit the team he re-joined two years ago. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Mourinho is a winner, he is used to winning. Pogba is a super-cool player and sometimes when there are two people who both have great personality, there can be a kind of tension between them,” Lopyreva told Goal in an exclusive sit-down interview in London.“But it’s not such a conflict that Pogba would leave. And I really wish, as a Manchester United supporter, that Pogba will stay because, honestly, I cannot imagine the team without him.”Lopyreva, an actress, presenter and model, is a huge star in her native country and has been labelled the ‘Face of Russia 2018’.She is the World Cup’s official ambassador and she says that Pogba has been very kind to support her zero discrimination World Cup programme, which aims to tackle prejudice against all social groups.“I’m a UNAIDS ambassador for the World Cup and I’m running a zero discrimination programme. I asked a few football players to support me,” Lopyreva explained.“Pogba’s a very nice guy and I say thanks to him for supporting me, along with Neymar, Brazil national team coach Tite and Francesco Totti. Leo Messi has promised to support me also.“It’s a great message and we need to spread this message as much as we can.”There have been concerns outside of Russia ahead of the World Cup about security, hooliganism and the tolerance towards some racial and social groups, like the LGBT community.These concerns have been heightened following some recent political tensions between Russia and some countries in the West, particularly England.However, Lopyreva is confident that the tournament will be a big success and that everyone travelling to Russia will feel safe and welcome.“First of all, I share your thoughts [about the concerns] and I am super-happy that this is the first World Cup supported by UNAIDS programmes for zero discrimination,” she explained.“This means that the main FIFA message for this World Cup is: everyone is welcome. Of course, everywhere you can find good and bad people. And if someone really wants to do something bad, they will probably try to do that. But security is so high that it will be not so easy.“And I think that the concentration of positive emotions in this World Cup is going to be on a very high level. People will go to Russia not to fight with each other but to celebrate. Football is something that really unites people.“I believe that football is out of politics and it doesn’t matter what nationality you are, what your social background is, what colour skin you have, all other football fans are your friends. Football is a universal language.“I’m very excited, like all other Russians. It’s going to be the best World Cup ever and it is going to be the safest World Cup ever.”The 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The fund will award $15,000 USD worth of grants to sporting clubs or associations throughout 2010. Details for this year’s fund can be found on the Sportscover website. Click on the following link to be taken to the website:http://www.sportscover.com/supporting-sport.asp?id=1577
Thanks to our friends at Hoyts Distribution, Touch Football Australia has 10 double passes to give away to see the new ‘The Sweeney’ movie, which is only at the movies from Thursday, 14 February. Legendary Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner George Carter (Ben Drew) are old school crime fighters enforcing the law in a modern underworld. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad (rhyming slang Sweeney Todd) have their own unique way of operating, however, they always get the results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no nonsense Guv (Damian Lewis). Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller directed by Nick Love (Outlaw).For your chance to win a double pass, send an email to email@example.com telling us why you’d like to win tickets to this film. The best 10 answers will receive a double pass and TFA will be in contact with you if you are a winner. Related LinksMovie Giveaway
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: I’ve learned from our defeatsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he has learned from their defeats this season.The Italian has been looking back at his opening months at Stamford Bridge, after victory over Watford marked the halfway point in his debut Premier League campaign, with the defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City his only regrets so far.”We made the mistakes in two matches, Wolves and Leicester,” said Sarri. “Leicester only in the second half, because we played very well in the first half. I think it was one of the most important performances in our season, in the first half. We were not able to react to the difficulty.”So we could have gained three or four points more in those two games. I don’t want to talk about the match at Tottenham, because we lost without problems. But on the other hand it was very difficult because we had a very unusual pre-season.”We had three weeks for working, then we started to play every three days, so it’s not easy here to work to improve the individual players or improve the team. It’s quite difficult.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Kante back in full training for Lille clashby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is back in full training.The Daily Mail says the Frenchman has been absent due to a series of injuries, starting the campaign with a lingering ankle issue before pulling his hamstring.But Kante was back in training and looking in high spirits on Tuesday, as Chelsea prepare to return to European action against Lille on Wednesday.The Blues travel to France for their Champions League group stage clash, for which Kante is hopeful of playing some part.It is understood that Kante has featured in elements of training before missing last weekend’s Premier League showdown with Brighton, after Blues coaches were intent on monitoring his progress.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery says Arsenal youngsters deserve their chanceby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery says Arsenal’s youngsters deserve their chance to shine.The likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have all impressed so far this season.And Emery will continue to give them opportunities if they maintain their high level of performance.Speaking after Thursday’s win over Standard Liege, in which Martinelli and Willock scored, Emery said: “We want to give them chances, but we need to find our very high demands in our performance to achieve our targets.”We are in one process and we want to do it as quickly as we can because our targets for the season are very important to achieve.”Each match for the young players when they have the chance to play, if they play like tonight or before in the pre-season, then they deserve to be with us and to continue creating our way with them.”Matches like tonight are good to use them because this competition is an important competition after the Premier League.”They deserve to be with us in the next matches and they are coming in at a key moment with a high level. I think they are close with us.”
Alabama running back Kenyan Drake is rapidly approaching full-strength. The Crimson Tide halfback broke his ankle against Ole Miss on Oct. 4 and had surgery shortly after, having to miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Last Friday, Drake posted a video of himself doing agility drills – he looked good. Drake has followed that up with some more videos of him back on the field. Drake posted the following videos Thursday night with the caption, “Don’t call it a comeback.” Drake might not want to call it a comeback, but it’s a very impressive one.
Vine/NFLToday has been a very good one for Notre Dame’s Will Fuller. The former Fighting Irish star wide receiver just blew away the competition in the 40-yard dash, running a position-best official 4.32. This is what 4.33u speed looks like. (@NDFootball‘s @Will_Fuller7) #NFLCombine https://t.co/UABKPetdcO— NFL (@NFL) February 27, 2016Will Fuller’s official 40 time is 4.32.— Andrew Owens (@BGI_AndrewOwens) February 27, 2016Fuller beat out TCU’s Kolby Listenbee, who is still rehabbing from a hip injury, but still managed a 4.35.Top official 40s for WRs:GOLD: Will Fuller 4.32SILVER: Kolby Listenbee, 4.35BRONZE: Trevor Davis, 4.42#NFLCombine— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) February 27, 2016With that speed, and a ton of production at Notre Dame—back to back 1,000 yard seasons and 30 career touchdowns—Fuller is definitely a name to watch when the draft rolls around.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of 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)The first AP Top 25 of the 2016 college football season is coming out soon. The season starts a month from today. The first Saturday of the season is Sept. 3. When will the first college football AP Top 25 be released?In about two and a half weeks.The AP‘s national college football writer, Ralph D. Russo, tweeted today that the first AP Top 25 poll will come out on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. E.T.I should be saying it every day, three times a day: Aug. 21, 2 https://t.co/pmaVCTDEOz https://t.co/GMcQoIOCTb— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 3, 2016The AP and USA TODAY polls have been deemed mostly irrelevant since the start of the College Football Playoff, which has its own committee that votes on its own poll. The College Football Playoff’s first poll won’t come out until much later in the season.What will the first AP Top 25 look like?Maybe something like this…Predicting The First College Football Top 10 Poll
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has rejected speculation he is ready to take charge of Manchester United.ESPN reported that the Italian is keen on moving to Old Trafford at the end of the season, with the Premier League club seeking a successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho.Allegri has won domestic doubles in each of his four years in charge of Juve, who are nine points clear at the top of Serie A and among the favourites for this season’s Champions League. 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? But he has denied claims he is coming to the end of his time in Turin.”I still have a year and a half on my contract,” he told reporters at a news conference. “I’m fine here and we’re doing important things.”Now we are in December and it’s better to wait. From here to June there are many games.”@OfficialAllegri: “In Bergamo I turned too animatedly towards the fourth official and I apologise. We conceded two goals so it was going to happen sooner or later, however I’m happy with how we managed to finish the game.”#JuveSamp #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 28, 2018Juve dropped points for only the second time this season when they drew 2-2 at Atalanta last time out, the rested Cristiano Ronaldo coming off the bench to head a late leveller after Rodrigo Bentancur’s 53rd-minute red card.Allegri’s side had kept six clean sheets in a row in Serie A prior to their draw in Bergamo and the coach scoffed at suggestions Juve need reinforcements in the January transfer window.”I saw a bit of stuff after the match in Bergamo because we drew,” Allegri added prior to the win over Sampdoria. “Let’s see how we finish tomorrow, but we have 50 points and that’s not to be sniffed at.”I heard that someone said that we are in crisis, but in Bergamo we got an extraordinary result because to play for 45 minutes with 10 men against Atalanta is not easy. Even at the end we also had the chance to win.”At the moment, after tomorrow’s match I do not know how it ends, the team did not make a mistake with 16 wins and two draws.”We finished first in the Champions League [group], so when I hear that Juventus is in crisis, I think that the panettone went down the wrong way with someone. But maybe someone was joking…”
Petr Cech’s decision to head into retirement at the end of the season has left Arsenal legend Bob Wilson stunned, with the 36-year-old told he may be walking away too soon.Having enjoyed a 20-year career in which he exceeded all of his personal expectations, an iconic figure of the modern Premier League era has revealed that he is to hang up his gloves.That decision has been taken after slipping behind Bernd Leno in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium. 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? He will head out of the Gunners fold with fond memories of his time in north London, and across the capital at Chelsea, but Wilson believes he could have still had many seasons left in him.The former Arsenal keeper told talkSPORT: “I’m absolutely shocked, I’m truly in shock.“Three weeks ago I went up to the training ground and I went over to see Bernd Leno and Petr, I watched the two of them and was very impressed. You could see no difference whatsoever between him and Leno, his reactions were absolutely up there.“In my opinion, at his age it quite shocks me.“Petr Cech is still capable of playing at the very highest level of the game, without any question.“Of course he’s a modern day player so he’s not like Peter Shilton at 43, Pat Jennings retired on his 41st birthday, David Seaman was in his 41st year.“He’s won a multitude of things with Chelsea and won the FA Cup with Arsenal as well, so the players of today are often in a position to retire and maybe not work for the rest of their lives.“I’m really surprised he’s going as early as he is.”Wilson believes there is a case to be argued for Cech still being first-choice for Arsenal, with Bernd Leno still adjusting to the demands of the Premier League and struggling to iron out faults when it comes to dealing with crosses.“The sad thing for me is this: Due to the speed of the modern ball, modern goalkeepers are really, really dodgy when it comes to crosses,” added Wilson, who made over 300 appearances for the Gunners.“But Petr Cech remains the best Premier League goalkeeper in helping out his defence by catching crosses.“Leno is learning and he’s a tremendous shot stopper, but on crosses he punches, punches, punches.“I’m at all the Arsenal home games and I’m pulling out my hair in that situation.“What your defence needs is to kill that move and Cech does that with authority.”Cech will be walking away as a four-time Premier League title winner and with five FA Cup winners’ medals, three League Cup successes, a Champions League triumph and Europa League victory to his name. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The two most-famous college football players of the 21st century were together at the Heisman Trophy ceremony.Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel were standing next to each other at the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York on Saturday night.Before Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was given the trophy, the following photo was snapped. People are having fun with it.This picture is perfect if you envision Tebow and Manziel as the Angel and Devil on your shoulders in tough life decisions. pic.twitter.com/sgnmwDc8FI— Mike D (@MichaelDillon34) December 11, 2016BREAKING: Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel to run against Donald Trump in 2020 Presidential Election. pic.twitter.com/eK499g6UD7— FlightMike (@TheFlightMike) December 11, 2016If you can’t handle me at my Johnny Manziel then you don’t deserve me at my Tim Tebow pic.twitter.com/CWvq3KwWQh— Jenna Smoot (@jennasmoot) December 11, 2016Tebow – Dont do something badManziel – Do the bad thing pic.twitter.com/H2jC7q1vxV— Washed BSG (@BiasedSportsGuy) December 11, 2016Tebow: “You should start studying for finals now if you want to pass them all”Manziel: “Who cares just binge Netflix all day” pic.twitter.com/RdvOfjFXHu— Jhony Islam (@jhonyfootball) December 11, 2016Well played, internet.
Eight months since injuring his ACL on debut for Celtic, Australian attacker Daniel Arzani is determined to leave a more lasting impression in Scotland.Originally joining the Hoops on a two-season loan from Manchester City, the departure of former Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers has cast some doubt over where Arzani will spend next season but the 20-year-old says he’ll ‘110 per cent’ be playing for the Scottish champions.Speaking on the Fox Football Podcast, Arzani revealed he’s eager to live up to his significant hype next season as he approaches full fitness. 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? “I’ve set my eyes on next season being a big one for me,” Arzani said. “A lot of people have been saying I have potential…but at the end of the day there’s still a lot unproven.”Right now my main focus is just getting back from this ACL injury and feeling good.”For me (Rodgers’ departure) doesn’t change anything. It was a challenge for me to play under Brendan Rodgers at the beginning – his mindset was to have his attackers defend a lot.”It’s not an easy team to break into.”While his first season with Celtic ended with Arzani stuck on the sidelines, he has no regrets about making the move to Scotland after breaking out with Melbourne City.The Socceroo did however stress that other young Aussies shouldn’t dismiss the A-League as a stepping stone. “Obviously I hadn’t played a lot of games before I went away but I also felt like I had achieved as much as I wanted to achieve in the league there,” Arzani said.”Not achieve maybe, but I felt like if I had a really good season the next year I’d be in the same position as I was. “I see a lot of young players now saying ‘I can’t get game time in the A-League, I’m gonna go overseas’ but if you can’t play in the A-League what are you going to do over there.”When I was coming out of the AIS I had a lot of offers to go overseas…we went to Man City….Schalke, Ajax. It was never really a decision for me as I wanted to break into the A-League first.”
Harry Kane scored an incredible last-minute winner from the centre circle as Tottenham beat Juventus 3-2 in the International Champions Cup in Singapore on Sunday.The striker smashed home from distance with a single touch when the ball rolled into his path after Spurs attacker Lucas Moura challenged Adrien Rabiot in the middle of the pitch.The shot caught Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny off guard as he rushed back and dived in an attempt to get a hand to the ball, but ended up in the net with it. 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? HARRY KANE!! 😍WOW!! 🔥That is incredible from the @SpursOfficial man!!#ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/sfSeE02SJ5— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) July 21, 2019Kane’s impressive strike capped off a thrilling match between the two sides. Spurs took the lead in the 31st minute when Erik Lamela headed past Gianluigi Buffon, but Juve struck back in the second-half with goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.Lucas equalised for Mauricio Pochettino’s team before helping set Kane up for the decisive strike.HARRY KANE SCORES THE WINNER FROM THE HALFWAY LINE! 😱 pic.twitter.com/zDLgGyoLGN— ESPN (@espn) July 21, 2019Kane is coming off the back of a 24-goal campaign for Spurs, helping the north London side reach the Champions League final and finish fourth in the Premier League.The England international was limited to just 40 appearances in all competitions because of injury. The 25-year-old missed his side’s last six league games but returned on time to play all 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the European decider.Spurs are hoping to improve on last season’s performance and have splashed out a club record €60 million (£54m/$68m) fee to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon so far this transfer window. Meanwhile, Jack Clarke completed his move from Leeds, but was loaned back to the Championship for a season.They continue their preparations for next season when they travel to Shanghai to face Manchester United on Thursday, a day after Juve face Inter in Nanjing.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Urban Meyer kept his job as Ohio State head coach, but the findings in the school’s investigation aren’t going to impress too many college football fans. One bit in the report – about Meyer’s text messages – is very concerning.Ohio State’s report alleges that Meyer, after hearing about Brett McMurphy’s report on August 1, discussed with staffer Brian Voltolini how he could delete all texts older than a year from this phone.The next day, when Meyer’s phone was obtained by Ohio State, it did not include text messages that were older than a year old.Ohio State found the situation “concerning” but couldn’t prove that he’d changed the setting between August 1 and August 2. Directly from the report:(ii) Upon seeing this report when it first came out (at about 10:17 a.m.), Brian Voltolini, who was on the practice field with Coach Meyer went to speak with him, commenting that this was “a bad article.” The two discussed at that time whether the media could get access to Coach Meyer’s phone, and specifically discussed how to adjust the settings on Meyer’s phone so that text messages older than one year would be deleted.(iii) Our review of Coach Meyer’s phone revealed no messages older than one year, indicating that at the time it was obtained by OSU on August 2nd , Coach Meyer’s phone was set to retain text messages only for that period, as Coach Meyer and Brian Voltolini discussed. We cannot determine, however, whether Coach Meyer’s phone was set to retain messages only 15 for one year in response to the August 1st media report or at some earlier time.It is nonetheless concerning that his first reaction to a negative media piece exposing his knowledge of the 2015-2016 law enforcement investigation was to worry about the media getting access to information and discussing how to delete messages older than a year.Meyer wound up being suspended three games without pay – though he’s allowed to coach practice ahead of two of the games.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Notre Dame finished its regular season on Saturday, as the Fighting Irish knocked off USC in Los Angeles. Brian Kelly’s program finished the regular season at 12-0.The Fighting Irish are now a lock for the College Football Playoff, right?Well, actually…ESPN’s computer model thinks there’s actually a chance Notre Dame could still miss the College Football Playoff.According to ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, if Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma all win next weekend, the College Football Playoff probabilities are as follows:Alabama – 99%Clemson – 99%Ohio State – 70%Oklahoma – 68%Notre Dame – 62%So, yes, according to ESPN’s computer, Notre Dame would miss the College Football Playoff if those other four teams win on Saturday.It seems unlikely that the College Football Playoff selection committee would actually keep a 12-0 Notre Dame team out, though.Stay tuned.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and wide receiver JD Spielman #10 acknowledge the fans after the win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football is looking for a big improvement from the 4-8 debut campaign under head coach Scott Frost. One national analyst is extremely bullish on the Huskers.247Sports’ Brad Crawford put together “10 bold predictions” for the 2019 season. Among them is one for Nebraska that really fits the bill.He think that under Frost and with Adrian Martinez taking a leap as a sophomore quarterback, the Huskers could jump all the way up and win the Big Ten West. It will be an uphill climb, but as Crawford notes, the schedule may work in the team’s favor.From 247Sports:Perhaps the boldest prediction on the list, could the Huskers really turn the tables on a 4-8 season with a Big Ten Championship appearance? It would take a Herculean effort from sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez, but more importantly, better-than-expected play out of a defense facing questions entering the season. But there’s two factors that weigh heavily on Nebraska’s chances — the Huskers don’t play in the black-and-blue division and face one of those rare schedules conducive to success. Scott Frost’s team won’t play a single Top 25 opponent on the road and their two toughest games — Ohio State and Wisconsin — come in ideal spots. They’ll play the Buckeyes with budding confidence at 4-0 and battle the Badgers following an open week in November. Northwestern won this division last season and I expect it to be wide open once again.Taking a look at the sportsbook odds, maybe Crawford’s Nebraska football prediction isn’t so radical.BetOnline.ag has Nebraska at +4000 to win the College Football Playoff, long odds but still the 14th best in the country, and best in the Big Ten West.Martinez is also at +1200 to win the Heisman, tied for the fourth highest odds with a group of college stars that also features Jake Fromm, Justin Fields, and Travis Etienne.Crawford doesn’t have the Huskers going too much farther though. One of his other bold predictions: the Big Ten will miss the College Football Playoff once again.[247Sports]