Liverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler is keen on the Bristol Rovers job.Fowler has moved to declare his interest in the post at the Memorial Stadium which became available when Darrell Clarke left earlier this week.Clarke had been at the club for four and a half years but left with them 21st in League One and four points from safety.“I’ve thrown in a few [CVs] over the years, still waiting for a call,” Fowler told Soccer AM.“Bristol Rovers has obviously come up; would I be interested? Of course I would!“I went over to Thailand and loved being a manager.”People in this country think I’m inexperienced but I’ve done it before.“I came home, did all my badges, I’m properly, properly qualified, so I think it’s just a case of watch this space.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti: I want Sarri’s Chelsea in Europa League finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to meet Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in this season’s final of the Europa League.Sarri left Napoli to be replaced by Ancelotti last summer.And the latter says: “I will be judged on the results of the team, but I think Napoli is doing a very good job. We did not qualify for the Champions League, but we knew from the start that it would be very difficult. “Napoli was up against two of the best teams in Europe. I would like to reach the final. It would be even better to be able to play against the Chelsea of Sarri. I think even Sarri would be happy to face Napoli. “Napoli versus Chelsea in the final of the Europa League, it would be magnificent. For me, it would be special to play Chelsea, one of my former clubs.”
TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Free & nasty: Why Pepe the old ‘basket’ this Man Utd needsby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: They’ve already had the conversation. Jose Mourinho and Jorge Mendes. The Manchester United manager will have been all across it – and well before yesterday’s announcement…’So, do you want him? He fancies it…,’ the pitch from Mourinho’s agent will have been made. Short. To the point. Just as he offered Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao to the then Chelsea manager some four years ago. That is, before delivering them to Ed Woodward, United’s vice-chairman exec. Mendes will have given Mourinho first refusal on his latest client to become available. A player to parachute into the shambles that is United’s back four this season. A player who has gone to war for Mourinho. Who has spilled blood for the manager. Both his and the opposition’s. One who revels in being a right old basket. The sort of basket this United locker room has sorely missed. Ryan Giggs, the Wales coach, said as much yesterday. Picking over the wreckage of what was left at Anfield, Giggs took aim at Romelu Lukaku – though with a twist. As bad as the Belgian was, argued United’s famous No11, the lack of confrontation inside the locker room was doing him no favours.”I look at Lukaku and his touch was bad,” stated Giggs, “but also I don’t see any other player having a go at him, saying: ‘Listen we need you to hold it up.’ “What that does is, Lukaku might have a go back and you get fired up.”It’s like when you get tackled or fouled, you get fired up. You don’t see that in that Manchester United team. “We’re playing in a different era to when I used to play when you had a lot more leaders and characters but if your team-mate isn’t performing, you tell them. You must do.” Step forward Pepe. The three time Champions League winner. Of Real Madrid fame. Now wrapping up his stay with Besiktas. In a day or so he’ll be a free agent. A leader. A winner. A personality to organise those around him. To demand they follow the manager’s instructions. And one who won’t flinch if a rollicking is needed for a young teammate – even if that young teammate boasts a World Cup winner’s medal.We know Mourinho has been seeking such a player. Those Andreas Granqvist stories weren’t plucked from thin air. United had a presence at Helsingborgs games this season. The veteran centre-half – at 33 – was a consideration for Mourinho. Granqvist knew it. The HIF board knew it. Like Pepe, the Swede’s experience and organising know-how was what had attracted the United manager. Though this is one we can’t confirm, it’s perhaps no coincidence that Granqvist – after some excitement last month – announced over the weekend he was “99.9 per cent sure” an Old Trafford move was now off. Maybe, just maybe, the word had reached Granqvist’s reps that another veteran was now Mourinho’s focus.After Liverpool. After the confusion. The chaos. Mourinho needs something different. Something to stop the monotonous lurching. From crisis to inevitable crisis. He needs a circuit breaker. And Pepe can be just that.The 35 year-old isn’t leaving Besiktas because of form. Nor any type of personality clash. With the Black Eagles struggling to pay the bills, the Portuguese has agreed to terminate his contract. The defender made an on pitch farewell yesterday for Besiktas’ draw with Trabzonspor. This just days after he left thousands in an envelope for club staff to share as a personal Christmas bonus.So now he is free – and been offered to Mourinho. Someone to help bring on Diogo Dalot. To guide and develop the raw talent of Eric Bailly. The potential of Victor Lindelof. And one to demand better from those around him. The leader on the pitch. The personality inside the dressing room. The one Mourinho has lacked since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure a year ago.That call from Mendes last week could be just the Lifebuoy Mourinho has been desperately seeking all season.
Bournemouth boss Howe warns Fulham: Mousset going nowhereby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham will not be getting their hands on Lys Mousset anytime soon.The struggling Premier league club had hoped they would be able to sign the youngster, but Bournemouth see him as a key part of their plans.He started the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea in midweek and was impressive.After the game, Howe spoke about the possibility of Mousset leaving: “It sounds like we’re going to be left with no strikers at this rate!”Lys [Mousset] did very well. That was probably his best performance for the club.”His fitness levels were much improved and technically, he produced a really high-level game and he’s a big part of our future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
West Ham boss Pellegrini: Enough chances for at least Watford pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini felt they created enough chances to earn something from defeat to Watford.Gerard Deulofeu sealed a 2-0 Watford victory after Troy Deeney had scored a first half penalty.“I think we deserved a little bit more, at least to draw the game, as we had too many options,” Pellegrini observed. “We played most of the game one goal behind and it is always more difficult for the team to play under pressure and it’s easier for Watford [once they are in front].“They are a very good team and they played a good game and when you are winning 1-0 you have more time to prepare the actions in the last third. We hit the post twice and had two or three clear options to draw this game.“Maybe we felt the pressure losing 1-0 at the beginning of the game, but there are so many things in football that can happen and be why you don’t score. In the last game [at Fulham] we had two chances and we scored two but today we couldn’t score one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez: The defence kept saying ‘clean sheet, clean sheet!’by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez was delighted to keep a clean sheet in Arsenal’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.The Gunners kickstarted their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Martinez said after the game: “We said before the game that we had to stick together. We worked to make sure we kept the clean sheet. “The back four were talking all the time and saying, ‘Clean sheet, clean sheet’, even when we scored the first goal. We need to build on that, keep more clean sheets and we know that we can create loads of chances with Pepe, Auba, Bukayo and Martinelli. “They’re really good going forward so we have to stick together to keep more clean sheets.”
Atletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias: I spoke to James about moveby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias admits he spoke to James Rodriguez about a possibly joining him this season.James was tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer, with Atletico being touted as a possible destination, but he ended up staying at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.”We talked about Atleti,” Arias, who plays with James in the Colombian national team, told Onda Madrid.”I asked him if the rumours were true and I explained how things were here, but not much else.”There were options, but we didn’t speak about it much more because it was down to the clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
It’s been a long year for both Michigan and Rutgers on the hardwood. Saturday, the basketball Gods decided to make it just a little bit longer. During the first half of the contest between the Wolverines and the Scarlet Knights, the lights went out at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Here’s video of the incident.Lights going out at Rutgers-Michigan game mid-play. #B1G pic.twitter.com/DjuypIi3gw— Matt C (@05HAWKI) March 7, 2015The issue was quickly fixed, and the teams have resumed play. Michigan is up 41-26 with two minutes to play in the first session.
andrew harrison racial slur frank kaminsky final four kentucky wisconsinKentucky sophomore guard Andrew Harrison took to Twitter early Sunday morning to apologize for an offhand comment he made regarding Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky at his team’s post-game press conference after the Wildcats’ Final Four loss. As his teammate, Karl-Anthony Towns, was being asked a question about Kaminsky, Harrison appeared to mutter the words “f*** that n****” to himself. Unfortunately, his microphone was turned on, and his words were far more audible than he’d likely have hoped. Harrison told his followers that the phrase was “used in jest.” He also claims that he called Kaminsky himself to wish him good luck in Monday’s title game.First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015Here’s a Vine of the incident, if you somehow haven’t seen footage yet. Harrison is most likely headed to the NBA, so we’re not sure if there will be any repercussions here. Regardless, it’s good that he addressed the situation immediately and took ownership for the mistake.
Twitter/@OU_AthleticsCollege football week five features a very deep slate of games from noon through past midnight. For Oklahoma fans, things are kicking off at 11 am central time, with a huge game against an impressive West Virginia team. To celebrate the morning Big 12 battle, OU put out a unique hype video, featuring the song “Good Morning,” made famous by the 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain. Fry up some eggs, pour yourself a glass of orange juice, or maybe a screwdriver if you’re so inclined, and get ready for some early Sooners football.No matter the time, it’s always a great day for Sooner football! Get ready for tomorrow with a little twist! https://t.co/lOz473epYX— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) October 2, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) YouTube/Jim HarbaughWe knew that Jim Harbaugh would respond to the recent NCAA vote to ban satellite camps. That was a certainty. Even with the Michigan head coach’s history of lashing out, we wouldn’t have predicted just how hard Harbaugh swung back in response. In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh slams the NCAA, and even the term “student-athlete” in light of the vote.As Harbaugh tells SI : “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again.” …Harbaugh says the ruling was “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.’“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study. What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”Satellite camps are no new concept, but Harbaugh put a special emphasis on them after taking over at Michigan, with a specific target on the Southeast, home of many ACC and SEC power programs.“During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term ‘student-athlete’ ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions. Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the ‘student-athlete’ with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.“I suggest we drop the term ‘student-athlete’ for consistency.”Harbaugh wasn’t afraid to take targeted swipes at rival coaches either, specifically Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze who recently defended the decision.“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh says. “They power-brokered that out … the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”Harbaugh saw Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze say, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go,” and it did not sit well with him.Says Harbaugh: “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.” While some may assume Harbaugh is the coach affected most, he’s done a great job at Michigan so far, and that program rarely needs help on the recruiting trail. He’ll get his players. This really hurts small schools that aren’t in talent-rich areas this most, and players who aren’t in position to receive the exposure that those in places like Florida, Georgia, and Texas receive. We’ll see if Harbaugh’s complaints hold real weight, or if they will just fall on deaf ears.[Campus Rush]
Alabama head coach Nick Saban got a little heated during somewhat of a rant about satellite football camps and the need for a college football commissioner. Simply against the idea of satellite football camps, and with little belief in the positive narrative surrounding them, Saban let loose Tuesday afternoon in front of the media at the SEC Spring Meetings. As usual, AL.com was on the scene and posted the video to YouTube. AL.com did a terrific job describing the scene as Saban went off, and you can watch their video in its entirety here.
Arsenal have been told that they missed their chance to sign Gary Cahill, with there little logic in making a move for the Chelsea defender now.Back in 2012, the defender was proven performer as he preparing to head for the exits at Bolton.Having established himself as an England international, there was no shortage of suitors for Cahill. 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? Chelsea eventually won the race for his signature and have seen him go on to make close to 300 appearances for the club while claiming two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.Arsenal should have been in for his services before he headed to Stamford Bridge, says Smith.No deal was done then, though, and a former Gunners striker sees no reason why Unai Emery would want to bring in a 33-year-old Cahill during the January window after seeing him slip down the pecking order at Chelsea.Smith told Express Sport: “Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill before he went to Chelsea.“He spoke and had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and it didn’t happen.“But he went on to become a fine, fine defender.“Now you’d be signing somebody who’s in his latter years and is not at his peak.“I don’t see that as a goer.”While Smith has questioned the merits of making a move for Cahill, the experienced defender is attracting plenty of interest.He is considered to be a useful short-term option for any number of clubs, with Manchester United credited with holding an interest prior to Jose Mourinho’s departure.A move away from Stamford Bridge is expected to be made during the winter window, with Cahill struggling for regular game time under Maurizio Sarri and eager to find minutes elsewhere as his contract in west London runs down.
Eden Hazard has looked like a man carrying a great burden this season, as he has all too often found himself having to win games for Chelsea almost all on his own.Against Newcastle United on Saturday evening, though, Pedro and Willian helped lighten the brilliant Belgian’s load, with both men on target in a hard-fought but vitally important 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.David Luiz’s fantastic through-ball – remarkably, his 26th of the Premier League season – cut out Newcastle’s midfield to tee up Pedro for the opener, though the Spaniard deserves great credit himself for a sublime first touch and a delicate lobbed finish over Martin Dubravka. 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? Chelsea suffered a surprise setback just before the break, when Ciaran Clark levelled matters with a fine header from a Matt Ritchie corner, but a mazy dribble from Chelsea’s main man Hazard opened up space for Willian, who curled home a brilliant match-winning goal early in the second half.Maurizio Sarri’s side remain in fourth place but, crucially, this latest win takes them six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who surprisingly lost at West Ham earlier in the day, and nine ahead of Manchester United, who face Tottenham away on Sunday afternoon.Hazard’s role in the victory wasn’t insignificant but the game once again highlighted the way in which he is so often starved of possession when deployed in a ‘false nine’ role.The 28-year-old gets a huge number of his goals by carrying the ball, either on the counter-attack or in tight spaces in the box. However, as a false nine, he is required to act as a pivot and provide a threat in behind defences, a discipline to which he is still adapting.It often seems like a terrible waste of his talents. Indeed, he had fewer touches than any of his team-mates to have completed the game, which means that much of his work goes into opening space for his fellow forwards.Willian, of course, was a big beneficiary, netting what was only his fifth goal of the season in all competitions. The Brazilian has rightly copped some flak for his work in the final third from some sections of the Chelsea support of late, so Sarri will now be hoping that Willian’s wonderful winner sparks a return to form for the 30-year-old, who the Blues boss criticised in his most recent press conference.Sarri still views him as a pivotal part of his plans, though, and he has said that it is “impossible” for him to leave in January, despite reports claiming Barcelona have made a £50 million bid for the Brazil international as part of a deal that would also allegedly include Blaugrana misfit Malcom.Pedro is another player who Sarri believes he can extract more from, as arguably the best striker of the ball at the club. The 31-year-old began the season on fire, but two injuries have hampered his progress and seen his strike rate drop over the winter period.Again, the hope will be that Pedro’s goal will lift the former Barca man, as Chelsea need a fully fit and firing front three if ‘Sarriball’ is to succeed at Stamford Bridge.Misfiring Alvaro Morata remains the subject of much transfer speculation, with Chelsea looking for ways to offload the Spaniard and replace him with AC Milan striker, and Sarri favourite, Gonzalo Higuain. However, a deal for the Argentine remains both complicated and unlikely at this point.Consequently, Sarri may have to stick with his ‘false 9’ formation for now, meaning Hazard will have to continue in the role in which former winger Dries Mertens excelled at Napoli.However, that would mean an even greater onus being placed upon Pedro and Willian to help out Hazard. Saturday represented a good start in that regard. The challenge now, though, is for Pedro and Willian to continue in the same vein. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Juventus have not missed a beat since returning to competitive action following the winter break after coming from behind to beat Lazio on Sunday.The Old Lady were rescued by a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty which secured all three points and extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 11 points.Now, the focus switches to the Coppa Italia and a trip to Atalanta, as the Italian champions look to secure their fifth league and cup double in a row with the treble still in the back of their minds. 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 Atalanta vs Juventus Date Wednesday, January 30 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast but is available for streaming on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be televised on BT Sport 3 and can be streamed on the BT Sport App. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport App Squads & Team News Position Atalanta players Goalkeepers Berisha, Gollini. Rossi Defenders Masiello, Mancini, Toloi, Palomino, Adnan, Varnier, Djimsiti, Reca Midfielders Gomez, Rigoni, Pasalic, De Roon, Freuler, Hateboer, Castagne, Gosens, Valzania, Pessina Forwards Ilicic, Zapata, Tumminello, Barrow Atalanta come into this game with a fully available squad after Ali Adnan returned from international duty.Atalanta starting XI: Berisha; Palomino, Djimsiti, Mancini; Hateboer, Freuler, De Roon, Castagne, Gomez; Zapata, Ilicic. Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira, Cuadrado Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic, Kean Leonardo Bonucci picked up an injury against Lazio and will miss this game, while Juan Cuadrado remains a long-term absentee.Mario Mandzukic also misses out with injury, while Miralem Pjanic is only fit enough for a spot on the bench. Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Chiellini, Rugani, Sandro; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Ronaldo, Bernardeschi.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are favourites to win this match, with bet365 offering them at evens. Atalanta can be backed at 11/4, while a draw is 23/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Juventus look unbeatable in Italy and have started 2019 in the fashion you come to expect from the Italian champions.The Old Lady are still unbeaten after 21 games in Serie A and they haven’t lost in the Coppa Italia since Roma defeated them at the quarter-final stage in the 2013-14 season.Atalanta have become known as one of Italy’s European challengers in recent seasons and are chasing a Champions League spot once again, as they sit three points behind AC Milan in the race for fourth place.For all of Atalanta’s recent success, they have not lifted any silverware since 1963 after being knocked out by Juventus at the semi-final stage in this competition last season.Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri knows this won’t be an easy test.“There will be no second chances – we need to produce a big performance,” he said.“It won’t be easy. Atalanta have scored more goals than anyone else in Serie A this season and they fought back against Roma on Sunday, creating lots of chances.“Physically, they’re one of the few sides that can match us – but they do give you chances. In these one-off games, the winner is the team that makes the fewest mistakes. We need to take advantage of their weaknesses.”Record signing Cristiano Ronaldo netted again at the weekend taking his tally up to 16 for the season but the Portuguese superstar is yet to find the net in the Coppa Italia for his new club.Atalanta held Juventus to a draw on Boxing Day, with Allegri’s side reduced to 10 men after Rodrigo Bentancur was sent off, and the hosts will be hoping to go one better to end their opponents’ monopoly of the Coppa Italia.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band perform before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One Ohio State fan made sure to get in some appropriate exercise ahead of this Saturday’s big game between the Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines.Saturday’s contest between Ohio State and Michigan will take place in Columbus, but one Buckeyes supporter came up with an interesting way to jinx his opponent in enemy territory this week. An Ohio State fan who goes by Bryon Wasacz ran a 5K in the shape of ‘Script Ohio’ around Michigan Stadium.He mapped the run and posted it on Twitter. It’s the perfect way for anyone in Ann Arbor to get ready for Saturday:Ran a 5k Script Ohio around ❌ichigan Stadiu❌ – Go Bucks! Inspired by @TBDBITL #BeatTTUN pic.twitter.com/j2ebAYEN2j— Bryon Wasacz (@BryonWasacz) November 25, 2016Will Wasacz start a trend? Either way, The Game is almost here.
Video Assistant Referees were once again a talking point on Monday as hosts France benefitted from a pair of reviewed calls to hold off Nigeria in their third and final group stage match of the Women’s World Cup.The hosts were held scoreless for 75 minutes on Monday before the match turned on its head as Nigeria’s Ngozi Ebere was sent off following a VAR review.Ebere’s dismissal was accompanied by a penalty, with Wendie Renard putting the spot kick wide, causing Nigeria celebrations. 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 celebrations were short-lived, as a further VAR review ruled that Chiamaka Nnadozie had come off her line prematurely, forcing a retake.Renard buried her second opportunity, giving France a 1-0 lead that would last through the 90 minutes.It wasn’t without controversy, though, as fans, pundits and former players had plenty to say about the questionable use of VAR.VAR needs to chill.— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) June 17, 2019So after years and years, I guess NOW is the time to start strictly enforcing the encroachment rule #FIFAWWC— Seth Vertelney (@svertelney) June 17, 2019Nigeria really put up a great battle! I’m sad it had to end in a controversial and unsatisfying penalty after the VAR decision. https://t.co/6QrgOsxlzB— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) June 17, 2019People talk about VAR like it’s a sci-fi horror scenario where the robots take over when in fact it’s a comedy wherein aliens/robots come to earth and obey obscure traffic bylaws that no human has ever considered.— David Rudin (@DavidSRudin) June 17, 2019The biggest question for me is: Why does VAR seem like such a shambles in the women’s World Cup when it didn’t at all in last year’s men’s World Cup?— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 17, 2019VAR is actually a French word, La Var, which means “Home-Ice Advantage” 🇫🇷— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 17, 2019This just in, VAR nullifies ‘99 World Cup. 🇺🇸 back to 2 stars. ⭐️⭐️Thems the new rules. I guess I’m just nostalgic for the good old days when FIFA ignored women’s soccer and didn’t give a shit about their own tournament…what’s that, they still don’t? pic.twitter.com/blseNVwDjT— Anthony DiCicco (@DiCiccoMethod) June 17, 2019VAR is making this World Cup the best drama filled movie or show I’ve seen in a long time. #FRANIG #MustSeeTV— Karina LeBlanc (@karinaleblanc) June 17, 2019The VAR official got tricked by a scam email about a prince and is trying to get revenge— Kim McCauley (@lgbtqfc) June 17, 2019
Inter striker Romelu Lukaku has aimed a dig at the Premier League, saying that unlike in England, training in Serie A is “real work.”Lukaku completed an €80 million (£74m/$90m) move to Inter from Manchester United last week, putting an end to a summer of uncertainty at Old Trafford. The Belgian was deemed surplus to requirements under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who favoured other options like Marcus Rashford ahead of Lukaku after he took over Man Utd in December. 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? In two seasons at Old Trafford, Lukaku scored 28 goals in 66 appearances for the Red Devils.The 26-year-old has already looked at home with Inter, scoring four times in his side’s emphatic friendly win against Virtus Bergamo at the weekend. Perhaps part of his strong start is down to the training sessions in Italy, which Lukaku believes are more effective than they were in England.When asked by Otro about training, Lukaku replied in a video posted to Instagram: “It’s hard man. It’s different. In England, it’s a lot of work. But over here, it’s real work.”Lukaku spent eight seasons overall in England after joining Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, representing West Brom and Everton in addition to the Blues and Man Utd.But the Belgian appears happy to have made the move to Italy, though he doesn’t seem too interested in seeing the sights in Milan.”The city is nice. I don’t mind,” Lukaku said. “I didn’t come to live. I came here to help the team achieve something.”Lukaku also appears to be adjusting to the food, simply saying “salad” with a laugh when asked how he likes the cuisine in Italy.The Belgian will now turn his attention toward the first game of the Serie A season, with Inter set to host newly-promoted Lecce at San Siro on August 26. They then look forward to fixtures with Cagliari and Udinese, before the first Milan derby of the new campaign on September 21.Inter are looking to improve upon a fourth-place finish last season under Luciano Spalletti, with the former boss having now been replaced by Antonio Conte.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches a replay on the scoreboard during a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)We’re in what should be the final days of Ohio State’s investigation into the Zach Smith scandal. That means a decision on Urban Meyer’s fate is closing in.It seems like common thought has moved from Meyer’s job being in trouble to there being some sort of penalty, based on what information we know now. Of course, that changes if the investigative committee learns of something shocking, but that is yet to be seen.In the latest episode of the BuckeyeXtra Podcast, Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch discuss what they see happening with Meyer.Both Buckeye beat writers believe there will be some sort of penalty for Urban Meyer, but it doesn’t sound like either expects it to be severe.May and Rabinowitz open the episode discussing the investigation. Eventually, May turned the conversation to the eventual penalty that Meyer may face.May: “I would be surprised if there’s not some penalty that comes from all of this. Whether it involves Urban Meyer and/or athletic director Gene Smith, that remains to be seen. Obviously Gene Smith was pulled into the focus only because that’s who Zach Smith said called him off the road back in 2015 to answer to allegations that were, at that point, brought by his wife, now former wife Courtney Smith.So we’ll see where it goes. Who knows? They may just determine in Urban Meyer’s case, he’s going on 15-16 days of paid administrative leave, they figure that may be time served. You never know how these things go.”Rabinowitz opened by saying that he didn’t want to make a prediction, to keep people from thinking that he had any real dog in the fight, but wound up mostly agreeing with where May landed.Rabinowitz: “As far as I will venture a guess as to what happens, I think I’m pretty firm in believing that he will not get off scott free, that Urban Meyer will pay some kind of price. Now maybe it is some kind of time served, but I expect there will be some kind of consequence, if only for the fact that he admitted not handling Chicago well. That’s the bare minimum.We don’t know what the committee will uncover. If they uncover that Urban Meyer did not follow the protocol that he said he did, then all bets are off.”Here is the full episode, which goes into actual Buckeyes football after the initial Meyer discussion.Earlier in the episode, the two said that they don’t expect a decision to come down before Monday. That is the final day of the 14-day time period that was laid out last week.[BuckeyeXtra Podcast]
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia football’s game against Middle Tennessee was scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. ET kick-off on Saturday. That time is being bumped up.Numerous college football games have already be impacted by the coming Hurricane Florence.Coastal Carolina moved its game all the way up to yesterday, from Saturday, while other teams have changed kick-off times, locations, or have canceled games outright.The Bulldogs are the latest major college football team to make a change to this weekend’s game.Georgia football’s home game against Middle Tennessee will now be a noon kick-off.The SEC power made the decision moments ago. Via The Athletic’s Seth Emerson:“Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game moved to 12 noonStatement from University of Georgia Athletic Association:After extensive evaluation involving the uncertainty of weather conditions on the east coast, and consideration of all constituencies involved including fans, support staff, and law enforcement, the Saturday Georgia-Middle Tennessee State game has been moved from 7:15 p.m. to a 12 noon kickoff in Sanford Stadium.The game will be televised on ESPN News and will stream live on the ESPN app.”We hope everyone in the Southeast, especially those in the Carolinas, stay safe, and please evacuate if necessary, as the storm approaches.