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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
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 [email protected]_dobbs1 @SpecialSpacesUS did something pretty cool for him. Watch at 11. pic.twitter.com/FNy5kjaGRe— Casey Wheeless (@WVLTCasey) April 24, [email protected] 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.
Kylian Mbappe has put an end to rumours linking him with a switch to Real Madrid this summer by insisting that he has no intention of leaving Paris Saint-Germain after an impressive World Cup campaignThe 19-year-old became the first teenager to score in the final since Brazil legend Pele in 1958 against Sweden to score France’s fourth goal in their 4-2 win against Croatia on Sunday.Mbappe’s four goals in seven appearances at Russia also saw being named the FIFA Young Player of the World Cup with Croatia captain Luka Modric being named the Golden Ball winner.But with PSG under pressure to meet the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations by UEFA, there have been some suggestions that the Ligue 1 giants may sell the young star to Real Madrid this summer in order to ease their troubles.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But Mbappe is adamant he will be at the Parc des Princes next season.“I will stay with PSG, continuing on my path with them,” he said, as stated on beinSPORTS.“I am at the beginning of my career.”Mbappe scored 21 goals in all competitions last season for PSG.
What a guy! Shortly after helping Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 on Saturday, N’Golo Kante later apologised to a fanThe France international played the full 90 minutes of the five-goal thriller London derby and impressed once more in his more advanced midfield role.Chelsea got off to a strong start at Stamford Bridge by racing into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes with goals from Pedro and Alvaro Morata.Arsenal levelled the scoreline before the end of half-time thanks to goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.But Marcos Alonso turned home Eden Hazard’s cross to seal the three points for Chelsea.It meant that Arsenal had lost their first two games of the season for the first time in 26 years.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.And Sharky, a Gunners supporter, approached Kante afterwards and explained to him how sad he felt about the result.“Just met this man. Told him I was an Arsenal fan and I was upset about the game this weekend but he smiled at me and said “sorry”. What a guy,” Sharky wrote.Just met this man. Told him I was an arsenal fan and I was upset about the game this weekend but he smiled at me and said “sorry”. What a guy ? pic.twitter.com/L8sukTnc7L— Sharky (@afcSharky) August 19, 2018
The Italy and Roma footballer is happy with his club and nation right now and hopes he can still prove himself to fansRoma and Italy national team player Lorenzo Pellegrini is currently making his dreams come true for club and country right now.“I really liked De Rossi when I was a kid. Now he is my friend and teammate,” said Pellegrini to Football Italia.“The best player I worked with was probably Edin Dzeko, as he really impressed me at Roma. The strongest opponent was Leo Messi.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Gianluigi Buffon in goal. Paolo Maldini in defense. For the midfield, De Rossi and I, with Roberto Baggio upfront,” he said about his perfect Italian squad.“I don’t have a dream goal for Italy. I’d just be happy if the ball went in the net. I expect great things of this Nazionale, despite the fact we had a difficult moment. We are a strong and young squad who can do well.”“Against Portugal, we have to play with grit and determination, as we are in front of our home fans and want to bring home all three points,” he concluded.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened up on his frustration on being without a job since he left the London side.Rumours were rife that he was very close to agreeing on a deal to take over AC Milan, but the man himself insisted it was “fake news”.Though he hasn’t yet confirmed where his next job will be, the veteran is keen to get back into coaching.“I don’t feel retired at all but I feel frustrated,” Wenger told Football Italia via BeIn Sports.“I am basically a competitor and what I miss – honestly there are many things I don’t miss at all, like all of the stuff around the game you have to deal with.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“But of course, the day, the competition, the achievement that you can do together, sharing emotions, sharing competitions, ups, and downs with others, of course, you miss that because I spent my life in that“I’m not finished. People always want to put you in cases, like you are retired or you are finished. People want to finish you completely when you have got older.“But as long as you have an appetite for life I will go on.“One advantage I have from 35 years in the game is sharing what I know with other people and if you don’t do that then life is useless.“You should not leave this world without trying to give something to the people.”
Following Barcelona’s 2-0 win against Celta Vigo yesterday, Barca left-back Jordi Alba’s discussed his contract with the club as well as a plan to move for a new deal.Jordi Alba’s contract won’t expire until the summer of 2020, but he confirms he wouldn’t mind moving forward with talks on a new deal.“It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said when asked about a new contract after the game via Marca.“When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.“I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.“In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.“A deadline? When the contract ends.”Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba played together again in the clash against Celta Vigo and the left-back spoke of the bond with Lionel Messi.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“For the first goal he was looking for me and I held the run well,” he said afterward.“On the second, [Ousmane] Dembele and Luis Suarez’s runs left him alone and he never fails.“I know that most of the assists I give will end up going on [the goal].”“We faced a great team that like to play football,” he added.“The first half was very good and in the second we dropped our rhythm a bit and they were able to create.“We are happy with the result.”Barcelona won’t have any more fixtures until a clash with Getafe on January 6.
The legendary Brazilian defender believes the Real Madrid youngster has what it takes to make history with the Spanish club.Vinicius Junior signed for Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid when he was just 16 years old.But when he turned 18, he completed his £38 million moves, and after some games with the B squad, his finding his way into the first team without any problem.And this is why legendary Brazilian full-back Cafu has tipped the teenager to do great things with Los Blancos.“What Vinicius is doing is not a surprise to me, as we knew about his potential,” Cafu was quoted by The Daily Mail.“He is not Cristiano Ronaldo and there is still a lot of difference between the two, as Cristiano made history at Real Madrid and Portugal.”“Vinicius, however, has what it takes to create make history at Real Madrid,” Cafu added.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Vinicius started his youth career with the Brazilian Flamengo youth system in 2005.“He has to be focused on football, have commitment and ambition,” Cafu warned the youngster.“Great players always have to demonstrate something else and can’t lose focus.”Vinicius has played in the last nine matches for Real Madrid, each one of them playing better and better.“He’s responsible, as Brazilian players are accustomed to wanting to assume that kind of responsibility and particularly in clubs as big as Real Madrid,” Cafu concluded.The Brazilian forward is also making his way into the national team, having already been called to the U15, U17, and U20 squads.He has yet to be called to the senior team, but his good performances mean that will come soon.