Man City boss Guardiola not dropping De Jong pursuitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t dropping his pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.De Jong is preparing to move from Holland in 2019 and has courted interest from across Europe – including Barcelona and PSG.Indeed, De Jong’s father has talked up a move to Barca.However, Telefoot says City remain in contact, where Guardiola is driving the move.The Catalan is convinced De Jong can fit seamlessly into his system and has made his addition a priority for next year. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford chief Duxbury admits Gracia sacking was harshby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford chief Scott Duxbury admits Javi Gracia’s sacking was harsh.But added that it was a necessary decision for the club’s future.”There’s no doubt it’s harsh from a human and personal perspective,” he said.”I get that. But I’ve got to make a professional decision and what I think is best for the football club is not perhaps what the media and pundits think is best.”Unlike the media and the pundits, I’m here and at the training ground every day, I see what’s working and I see what’s not working and am able to make an informed decision.”I don’t believe waiting and hoping for results to improve will work and that I need to make a change. It would be wrong of me to wait just because it looks better.”I’ve got to be decisive and I’ve got to make that change. Can it look harsh? Yes. But is it a decision made in the best interests of the football club? Absolutely.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Everton U23 coach Unsworth: EFL Trophy good for developmentby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton U23 coach David Unsworth was delighted with their EFL Trophy win over Burton Albion.Unsworth admits he’s a supporter for the competition and the potential introduction of B teams.Asked if the competition has worked for Everton, Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo: “Yeah, I think it has. It’s a competition we’ve been delighted to be in. For the first couple of years, there was almost a novelty for the players to play against first-team players.“You know me and you know I’m a big advocate of what happens everywhere around Europe with B-teams and for the purpose of developing young players quicker, it is brilliant the way they work throughout the leagues in Europe.”When we’ve had a sniff of playing first-team opponents, I’ve been all over it. Even in pre-season, it is something I feel very passionately about.“You’ve seen tonight, a very, very good mid-table League One club with an experienced manager, we’ve been the better team and won quite comfortably.”People slag off under-23s football, the Premier League do the best they can and it’s a league that has improved year after year and it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. You’ve seen that tonight.”Technically, we’ve looked the better team, we handled the ball brilliantly and the way we work proves it’s right, in terms of being like a first-team and working a lot on physicality and speed and tempo and limited touches because tonight we were just awesome.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Lys Mousset overjoyed to score Sheffield Utd winner against Arsenalby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLys Mousset was delighted to score for Sheffield United in Monday’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal.The summer signing from Bournemouth endeared himself to the Blades faithful after his 30th minute strike sealed a memorable victory at Bramall Lane.He told Sky Sports: “It was a good feeling and it was good to be back in the team.”I wanted to say thank you to the manager for bringing me to Sheffield United and he told me just to play my football and try to score.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have never been shy about their love for the Duke Blue Devils – they’ve been spotted attending home games and hanging out with players in the locker room. Sunday night, it looks like the duo will be in Houston to watch their favorite college basketball squad try to reach this year’s Final Four. Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer snapped a photo of them finding their seats behind Duke’s bench.Early Tony Romo and Jason Garrett sighting behind the Duke bench pic.twitter.com/kMXVHx0N3R— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 29, 2015If Duke loses, expects the conspiracy theories to start flying.
Arizona State Bobby HurleyNew Arizona State head basketball coach Bobby Hurley is best known for his play as a point guard at Duke and later in the NBA. However, Hurley did play a little baseball growing up in Jersey City, N.J., and last night he had the opportunity to put some old skills to use. Hurley was a guest of the Arizona Diamondbacks and threw out the first pitch before the team’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Beforehand, he had a chance to meet some of the D-Backs players and coaching staff, and was even interviewed by Sun Devil quarterback Mike Bercovici, who was in attendance with teammate Jordan Simone. He is in the house! pic.twitter.com/DEtkghvLSW— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Sun Devils in the house. Tuffy. Hurley. Graham Rossini. #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/R886wvabYM— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Hey look at @MikeBerco and @JordanSimone38 with @BobbyHurley11 pic.twitter.com/g2hKLjipAs— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Don’t ask him tough questions Berco. pic.twitter.com/GPVxePXdfU— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015The @BobbyHurley11 family is here to support him. Unless he bounces it. pic.twitter.com/OjcVsLRy24— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015To add another degree of difficulty to Hurley’s toss, the Curtain of Distraction, usually employed by ASU’s student section to harass free-throw shooters, was brought out. It didn’t seem to affect him much, as his throw was accurate.Calm, cool and collected. Nicely done, @BobbyHurley11. https://t.co/sMyggvY9Yh— #VoteDbacks (@Dbacks) May 24, 2015Looks like Hurley is still comfortable with the ball in his hands, even if it’s not a roundball.
Josh Dobbs SurpriseTennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs is known for being a fan-favorite, and for his accessibility for the Vol supporters that love him. So maybe it isn’t that shocking to see what Dobbs did over the weekend.In conjunction with Special Spaces of Knoxville, Dobbs gave 5-year-old Tennessee fan A.J. Cucksey the surprise of a lifetime. Cucksey, who is stricken with an inoperable brain tumor, received a new play room stocked with UT memorabilia. Best of all, he got to hang out with Dobbs, who has known the boy for some time. Warning: these videos might make you choke up a bit. This boy has an inoperable brain tumor.@josh_dobbs1 @SpecialSpacesUS did something pretty cool for him. Watch at 11. pic.twitter.com/FNy5kjaGRe— Casey Wheeless (@WVLTCasey) April 24, 2016@WVLTCasey Here is a video I took today of Aj singing Rocky Top to Josh Dobbs. Thought you might want to see it 🙂 pic.twitter.com/7srV4ZhRis— Steve Winfree (@KnoxSportsGuy) April 24, 2016It’s easy to see why Dobbs is such a beloved figure in Knoxville. To watch the entire featue from WVLT, click here.
Twitter/@bigtenAfter FOX agreed to buy up half of the Big Ten’s available media rights for a reported $240 million per year, many speculated that a Big Ten/ESPN divorce could be on the horizon. FOX’s move does mean big changes for the conference, but ESPN will still have a major Big Ten presence. According to a report by Sports Business Daily, ESPN is set to buy the other half of the Big Ten’s package for $190 million per year over the next six years.ESPN will buy the second half of the Big Ten’s media rights package, ending months of speculation that the two were about to sever their 50-year relationship.ESPN will pay an average of $190 million per year over six years for essentially half the conference’s media rights package, according to several sources close to the talks. Two months ago, Fox Sports agreed to take the other half of the package for an average of $240 million per year. CBS Sports also has told the conference that it will renew its basketball-only package for $10 million per year.FOX will air the Big Ten Championship Game, and gets first choice for games, meaning that college football fans will be flipping to the network, and not ESPN, to watch Michigan vs. Ohio State in the future.FOX gets a game selection advantage over ESPN in that reported deal. So Michigan-Ohio State is probably moving to FOX for a while.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) June 20, 2016With the combination of FOX and ESPN’s deals, the Big Ten is set to pull in $2.64 billion for its media package. On the field, you can have a very healthy debate over which conference reigns supreme, but in the bank accounts, it is hard to argue against what the Big Ten has pulled off this off-season.[Sports Business Daily]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
It is safe to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is off to a flying start with Manchester United, as the 45-year-old closes in on a club record that has stood since the 1940s.Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford saw the Red Devils to a 2-0 win over struggling Newcastle on Wednesday, making it four wins from four outings for Solskjaer as interim boss. Among Manchester United managers, only Matt Busby can claim as strong a start, with Wednesday’s result having vaulted Solskjaer over Jose Mourinho into second place among all Old Trafford bosses in terms of fastest starts. 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? Busby, who first took charge for the 1946-47 season, holds the best mark of any manager in the club’s history having won his first five matches in charge.Solskjaer will get his chance to win his fifth in a row with an FA Cup clash against Reading on Saturday and will then face his sternest test as manager as he tries to make it five league wins from five against Tottenham on January 13. 4 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only the second manager in Manchester United history to win his first four league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby in 1946. Revival. #NEWMUN pic.twitter.com/Dt9XpCfGms — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019 The win has Manchester United sitting sixth in the league table, three points back of fifth-placed Arsenal and six back of Chelsea and the Champions League places, and much of the thanks for the win must go to Lukaku and Rashford. The Belgian made an immediate impact off the bench , netting with his first touch of the game just 38 seconds after stepping onto the pitch. The goal continued a trend of the 25-year-old being a terror for Newcastle. In 12 Premier League matches against the Magpies he has now had a hand in 11 goals, scoring seven times and adding four assists. And for Rashford, who scored on 80 minutes to put the game to bed, the latest strike was a continuation of his stellar form. The 21-year-old has now been directly involved in 10 goals in his last five matches, scoring five with five more assisted. Wednesday’s win also marked the first time Manchester United have won four league matches on the bounce since April of last year, when the club ran off five in a row, and handed the club its 68th win in the month of January, the most of any team in the Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal’s inability to keep Aaron Ramsey at the club is “staggering” and “astonishing”, claims Martin Keown, but they only have themselves to blame.The Gunners have found themselves in an all too familiar situation this season when it comes to the future of one of their prized assets.Having previously faced similar struggles with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere, Wales international Ramsey is now heading towards becoming a free agent. 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? Those in north London have failed to put suitable terms in place, having taken an offer off the table, and are about to lose the 28-year-old to a leading European rival in Juventus.Keown considers that to be unacceptable, but believes recent transfer deals, and contract extensions, have contributed to an unfortunate saga in north London.The former Arsenal defender told the Daily Mail: “If Arsenal are admitting they are only able to sign loan players, then it is staggering that they are happy to let one of their prized assets leave for nothing.“Juventus looks the most likely destination for Aaron Ramsey when his contract runs out at the end of the season. The Italian champions must be rubbing their hands together.“Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.“The team are still formidable going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to grace any team in the Premier League’s top six.“But the £100 million spent to sign those players last season and hefty wages given to other star players has led to this situation.“Unai Emery must look at his back line – where they are short at centre half – and wish he could bring in reinforcements. After all, Arsenal are only three points off the top four.“Emery is finding that decisions made before he arrived have left him with his hands tied.”The Gunners boss has conceded that he has no transfer kitty to work with in the January window, with the club only able to bring in loans.He is, however, hoping to bring fresh faces on board, with Goal revealing that a loan agreement is close to being completed with Barcelona for midfielder Denis Suarez.