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a month agoReal Madrid coach Zidane pushes Modric to snub Croatia selection

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane pushes Modric to snub Croatia selectionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants Luka Modric to snub national team selection.Modric is currently sidelined with injury, though is expected to be called up by Croatia for the Euro qualifiers against Hungary and Wales, which will be held on October 10th and 13th.Marca says Zidane wants Modric to stay in Madrid and avoid risking a setback in his recovery.Zidane’s stand has the full support of the board, which will make the request on his behalf. last_img read more

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a month agoSouthend Utd set to pass on hiring Henrik Larsson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southend Utd set to pass on hiring Henrik Larssonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend United are set to pass on hiring Henrik Larsson as new manager.The Swede’s lack of experience and tight purse strings at Roots Hall are reportedly to blame for the stall in negotiations with the ex-Manchester United, Barcelona and Celtic star.The 48-year-old was a guest of honour at Stadium MK as the Shrimpers recorded their first League win of the season on Saturday – a 1-0 win over MK Dons.Larsson resigned as Helsingborgs manager last month but his wage demands could be too high for Southend, says Sky Sports News.It is also claimed the club were apprehensive about Larsson’s lack of management experience in England. last_img read more

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12 days agoBrighton defender Webster has long-term England hopes

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton defender Webster has long-term England hopesby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Adam Webster says he would love to play for England.The 24-year-old centre-half has turned out to be a brilliant piece of recruitment by Graham Potter over the summer. He told The Argus: “One day I would love to play for England.“For me right now, I am just focusing on Albion and taking each game as it comes.“We have got some tough games coming up and I am just fully focused on that right now.” last_img read more

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Texas A&M Football Offered 15 Year Old Brother Of Aggie Linemen Jake, Kevin, And Mike Matthews

first_imgTexas A&M QB Kyle Allen dropping back for a pass.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: Kyle Allen #10 of the Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass in the first half of their game against the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)While the Mannings get most of the press, there may not be a better football family than the Matthews clan. Brothers Bruce and Clay Matthews were both NFL stars in the 1980s and 90s, and between the two of them, four of their sons have played in the NFL, including Green Bay Packers all-pro linebacker Clay Matthews III, and Atlanta Falcons 2014 first round pick Jake Matthews.Luke Matthews, a 2018 four-star offensive tackle recruit, may well be following his brothers Jake, former Tennessee Titans center Kevin, and current Texas A&M center Mike, in playing for the Aggies at the next level. Matthews told 247Sports that he was offered today, and his brothers think he may wind up being the best player in the family.#TAMU has offered the youngest Matthews brother, class of 2018 OT Luke Matthews: http://t.co/064NJ58XNr pic.twitter.com/WP0cPIoCw2— Gigem247 (@GigEm247) August 4, 2015“A&M gave me an offer today,” he said on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound rising sophomore is the younger brother of former A&M linemen Kevin Matthews and Jake Matthews and current Aggie center Mike Matthews. His father is NFL Hall-of-Fame offensive tackle Bruce Matthews. Luke’s older brothers have described him as possibly being the best of the bunch when all is said and done, something that would be very impressive as Jake was a first-round draft pick and Kevin spent some time in the NFL as well. Mike is A&M’s starting center and should get a shot in the league after this year as well.While Matthews has a ways to go before National Signing Day 2018, and in recruiting anything can happen, it should be a pretty decent bet that he’ll be the fourth brother to strap on the pads for Texas A&M.[247Sports]last_img read more

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The CL-winning goalkeeper ditching Madrid for Leeds

first_imgIs there a more thankless task in football than the role of second choice goalkeeper? This marginal figure watches from afar as his team triumphs or toils, resigned to the fact that even if they achieve success his contribution was little more than that of a cheerleader observing from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.What little action one does experience comes thanks to the misfortunes suffered by others; an untimely injury or suspension perhaps, or else a run-out given almost out of pity in a cup clash of secondary importance. It takes a special temperament to accept this fate, which seems to contradict the very raison d’etre of a professional football player: that of actually playing the game of football.Spare a thought, then, for Kiko Casilla. In almost four seasons at Real Madrid the former Espanyol No.1 has played just 43 games, as Keylor Navas has been the undisputed star between the posts. 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? In 2018 the 32-year-old’s prospects became even dimmer. Thibaut Courtois’s arrival relegated Casilla to third choice at the Bernabeu, reducing his chances of first-team football to that desperate grey area between slim and none. But the goalkeeper now has a new chance to shine: under the watchful eye of none other than Marcelo Bielsa, making waves with Championship leaders Leeds United.Casilla has now completed a move to Leeds on a free transfer, signing a four-year deal. It represents the first transfer business of the window for Bielsa, who has worked wonders with a side that has been completely transformed by the eccentric Argentine – spy scandals notwithstanding.One need not be an international master of espionage to see why the experienced shot-stopper has caught Bielsa’s eye. Throughout his career Casilla has forged a reputation as a solid, no-frills custodian, rarely putting a foot wrong between the posts despite his limited first-team action over the past few years.The influence of Madrid great Zinedine Zidane, moreover, has helped improve Casilla’s ability on the ball, making him an adept distributor and thus a perfect fit for quick-passing, high-pressing Leeds.Kiko Casilla Real MadridFrom Leeds’ point of view too, the addition of an internationally renowned keeper is a logical step. Current No.1 Bailey Peacock-Farrell is just 22, and while the Northern Ireland international has come on in leaps and bounds he is still prone to bouts of inconsistency and the occasional disastrous mistake.Bielsa had hoped to keep the pressure on Peacock-Farrell through deputy Jamal Blackman, a former England youth international and one of Chelsea’s immense army of loanees that criss-crosses the football world. Blackman, however, was forced to return to Stamford Bridge in November after breaking his leg in an Under-23 match, a bitter blow for the player who, as Bielsa admitted, was on the verge of pushing his way into the first team.Casilla will arrive not as Peacock-Farrell’s deputy but as direct competition for a starting spot. The prospective move has already won the approval of one former Leeds favourite. “He has got a wealth of experience, hasn’t he?” Noel Whelan signalled to the BBC .“He has been at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Look, if that’s going to be happen, it’s fantastic. We need strength in depth in that area.”Leeds are also looking forward. If the Whites can repeat their brilliant form over the first half of the season and clinch a much-desired return to the Premier League, a goalkeeper of Casilla’s stature and experience will be invaluable in one of the world’s most demanding divisions.For Casilla, Elland Road represents an intriguing challenge. The player has been possibly football’s most privileged spectator over the last four years, generally looking on from the sidelines as Madrid have won three consecutive Champions Leagues. Those medals hang proudly over his mantelpiece, even if it was Keylor Navas who wore the gloves.At Leeds, however, he will have the opportunity to show the brilliant form week-in, week-out that convinced Madrid to take the former Blancos trainee back to the club after shining at Espanyol. Both Casilla and Leeds have everything to gain from such a partnership, as Bielsa’s boys go all-out for a return to the promised land of the Premier League over the next few months.last_img read more

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McBurnie punishes wasteful Blades

first_imgSheffield United missed the opportunity to move back into the automatic promotion places in the Championship as they lost 1-0 at Swansea City.The Blades slipped to third on Friday as Norwich City won, but they had the chance to respond on Saturday and, with Leeds United beaten, could have moved within a point of top spot.However, Chris Wilder’s men passed up clear openings in the first half at the Liberty Stadium and were duly punished as Oliver McBurnie netted for Swansea 25 minutes from time. 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? Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick were both profligate before the break for the Blades, the former shooting too close to Erwin Mulder with the goal gaping before the latter directed a poor header wide.Swansea were much improved following the restart and got their reward when Nathan Dyer squared for McBurnie to slide the ball into the net.Dean Henderson made a superb double-save to keep the visitors in the match, brilliantly turning away a curling strike from reported Leeds target Daniel James after blocking an initial shot, but his efforts were in vain.last_img read more

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Klopp on Vardy against Liverpool: I could’ve scored!

first_imgJurgen Klopp says Jamie Vardy remains a threat ahead of the Reds’ meeting with Leicester on Wednesday – but his side have made it too easy for the England striker in the past.Vardy capitalised on a catastrophic error from defender Lucas Leiva at Anfield in September 2016 to score from close range, pulling the visitors back into a game they had looked out of.Liverpool took back control in the second half, eventually running out 4-1 winners, but the manager says that, in spite of Leicester’s Premier League struggles this season, Vardy is still a threat. 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? “It’s quality, the speed he has the finishing skills he has. But a few times we made it pretty easy for him,” said Klopp.“Lucas Leiva, did he get an assist? I could have scored that goal!”Jamie is a fantastic striker, and you can see each fiber of his body is really on this decisive situation.“He always waits for the balls over the shoulder, now he’s involved more in defending than he maybe was in the past, but it doesn’t make him easier to defend to be honest.”Vardy scored one of the goals of the season against Liverpool in February 2016 en route to Leicester’s historic Premier League title success, crashing the ball home on the half volley from a long way out to secure a 2-0 win for the Foxes.”It’s a threat,” reiterated Klopp. “I don’t exactly know why Jamie has such a good record against us, but I would say minus one goal because that was the only one he shouldn’t have scored.“The best one he scored at Leicester was when they won the title, yes? He was passed the halfway line and shot, right? Yeah, that was a good year for them.”Very, very good player and that’s why he’s such a threat.”The Reds may have seen their lead at the top of the table cut to a single point by the time they run out against the Foxes, if champions Manchester City pick up a win away at Newcastle on Tuesday night.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Report: Madagascar 0 Tunisia 3

first_imgTunisia booked their place in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a 3-0 win on Thursday, ending surprise package Madagascar’s outstanding run.Alain Giresse’s side might have expected a serious test against tournament debutants Madagascar, who topped their group ahead of Nigeria and then upset Democratic Republic of Congo on penalties in the last 16.But Tunisia were dominant in Cairo, squandering chance after chance before Ferjani Sassi’s scruffy strike broke Madagascar’s resolve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare There was no sign of a response and instead captain Youssef Msakni soon added to Tunisia’s advantage, his goal setting up a comfortable conclusion in which Naim Sliti added a late third ahead of Sunday’s semi-final against Senegal.The man of the moment, @FerjaniSassi #MADTUN #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/WaX0LcO8Ez— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 11, 2019In an open and entertaining start to the game, Sassi almost broke the deadlock in superb fashion, twisting into space on the edge of the area and firing just over the top.But further chances did not follow for either side until Wahbi Khazri saw a curling 32nd-minute free-kick touched onto the crossbar by Melvin Adrien.Tunisia thought they had their breakthrough in the opening minute of the second half, but Khazri strayed offside before controlling Yassine Meriah’s lofted pass and scuffing into the net.They did not have to wait long, though, as Sassi again went for goal from 20 yards and this time benefited from a huge deflection off Thomas Fontaine to wrongfoot the goalkeeper.Msakni then picked out the bottom-left corner to double Tunisia’s lead after Adrien denied Khazri once more, with the victors cruising long before substitute Sliti finished off a 93rd-minute counter to complete the scoring.Key Opta facts:- Tunisia have reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since the 2004 edition, when they won the tournament.- Youssef Msakni has been involved in three of Tunisia’s six goals (2 goals, 1 assist). He has been involved in nine goals (6 goals, 3 assists) since his debut in the competition (2010).- Tunisia have scored at least three goals in a knockout stage game at the AFCON for only the third time, the first since the 1996 semi-final (4-2 against Zambia).- They have also kept a clean sheet in two of their last three AFCON games, as many as their previous 21. read morelast_img read more

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Urban Meyer’s Wife Has Shown Up To Today’s Meeting

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Ohio State’s Board of Trustees is still meeting to decide Urban Meyer’s future. A resolution is still considered likely today.Meyer arrived at the Longaberger Alumni House, where the meeting is being held, earlier today. He’s been waiting around for several hours now.It looks like he has some company now. Meyer’s wife Shelley has arrived at the building and gone inside.News cameras were there to capture her entrance.Shelley Meyer arrives at the Longaberger Alumni House where her husband, urban, is inside awaiting his fate. #DispatchAlerts pic.twitter.com/zG96SoITtI— Doral Chenoweth (@doralchenoweth) August 22, 2018When a decision has been reached, a press conference is expected shortly thereafter. Podiums and other materials have been delivered throughout the day to prepare for a media briefing.Press conference preps? Box labeled “frosted podium” just arrived at Longaberger Alumni House as @OhioState trustees discuss status of @OSUCoachMeyer. pic.twitter.com/drpZInDSuk— Mike McCarthy (@mikewsyx6) August 22, 2018Many have speculated that Meyer will receive a short-term suspension or “time-served,” which would enable him to rejoin the team immediately. Meyer has been on administrative leave since August 1 when the university investigation into his handling of the Zach Smith situation began.Stay tuned for more updates from a tense day in Columbus.last_img read more

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Ohio State Reveals Why It’s Suspending Urban Meyer For 3 Games

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer in an Ohio State windbreaker.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Just moments ago, Ohio State announced Urban Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the 2018 college football season. As a result, he’ll miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers, and TCU.Meyer will be reinstated as the team’s coach on September 2, following the game against Oregon State. Meyer will not be allowed to coach in the games against Rutgers and TCU, however.Ohio State revealed why it suspended Meyer for three games and athletic director Gene Smith for 17 days (from August 31-September 16).Here’s their reasoning.“Although neither Urban Meyer nor Gene Smith condoned or covered up the alleged domestic abuse by Zach Smith, they failed to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith’s misconduct and retained an Assistant Coach who wasn’t performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes,” the statement read.Here’s the full statement.Statement from Ohio State on Urban Meyer and Gene Smith suspensions: pic.twitter.com/WFc4FW2a4s— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 23, 2018Urban Meyer will miss the first three games of the season, but will remain as the team’s head coach moving forward.Ohio State opens the season against Oregon State on September 1. Meyer will be eligible to return to the sidelines for the Buckeyes game against Tulane.last_img read more