Arsenal manager Emery confirms plans for Holding, Bellerin & Tierneyby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will soon play the club’s U23 side, while also confirming Rob Holding remains close to a return.Many expected Holding to line-up in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.Speaking after the 3-0 victory in Germany, Holding said: “Rob Holding is getting closer to us now. Tomorrow, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney will play with the under-23s.”On his make-shift defence, Emery added: “[Mustafi] played his first match this season and Chambers played at right back, David Luiz has now played with Mustafi and Chambers, with more players”I think every player can be important for us and I want to create a big spirit from games where we worked like we did tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Sheffield Utd manager Wilder: Beating relegation not enoughby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says he will not accept his side simply beating relegation. The Blades have surprised many this season with their courageous attitude, and Wilder says the club are aiming for as a high a finish as possible.Wilder said: “We’ve always raised the bar. We don’t want to just finish fourth from the bottom.”I know the players better than anybody. I know who to push and who not to.”We’re not settling for being ‘okay’. We want to raise the bar and keep pushing individually.”That’s been the theme running through. There’s clarity in that. They know I’m tough with them but they accept it.”We’re in a tough changing room. Some people might need a bit of help at times but we’re tough with the boys too.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Southampton academy chief Hale happy with Bycroft, Slattery England callsby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton academy manager Matt Hale is delighted seeing Jack Bycroft involved with England Under-19s.Callum Slattery is also with England Under-20s this week.Hale told the club’s website: “Callum has shown a great attitude this season. We know what he’s capable of. He’s had that opportunity with the first team and I’m sure that will come around again soon, as his performances continue.“I’m delighted for him to be recognised again by the England setup, which is testament to that attitude and how he’s applied himself.“Jack’s done tremendously well. We’ve felt for some time that he was at that level, and finally he’s got that recognition and been rewarded for his hard work and the continuous development he’s shown.“He’s trained a lot with the first team and the first-team goalkeeping staff. He’s had some fantastic performances – both in our Under-18s last year and this year in the Under-23s. We’re delighted for Jack.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Liverpool defender Enrique: Man Utd clash always biggestby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists facing Manchester United is always the biggest game of the season.Liverpool sit top of the Premier League and United in 12th. But Enrique told Sky Sports: “It is and it still is even if United is not doing as well now.“For the players, for the fans, it is still the biggest game. Even Liverpool’s rivalry with City, even with the way they are doing… The rivalry between United and Liverpool is different.“The preparation is the same. The only thing when you play this game is in your mind you are more nervous than other games – that is obvious.“It’s another game, it’s three points more, but for the fans and the players it means more. So if you win it, you have a good night after the game!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Florida Gators versus South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Back in early November, it was announced that South Carolina freshman offensive tackle Na’Ty Rodgers had been dismissed from the program, and that he’d be transferring elsewhere to continue his football-playing career. It would appear, however, that he’s decided to take a parting shot on his way out.Rodgers, who has transferred to Iowa Western, claims that South Carolina’s training staff is “fake”, and that they misdiagnosed his knee injury. He claims that a doctor told him that he needs surgery, while the Gamecocks’ staff told him he was “fine” and that he could continue practicing.While it’s not completely surprising that a player who was dismissed from a program has beef with his former staff, this is a bit eye-opening. Hopefully South Carolina’s trainers just made an honest mistake.
Late goals from Sebastian Lletget and Paul Arriola saw United States make the most of their superiority and beat Costa Rica 2-0 in Saturday’s friendly, as Gregg Berhalter clinched a second win from as many games as coach.Berhalter’s reign began with a comfortable 3-0 win over Panama on Monday, and although they looked be heading for a frustrating tie, USA – whose squad is made up entirely of players from clubs in North America – finally made the breakthrough towards the end.A dull first half had few highlights and looked to be evidence of the squad’s lack of familiarity, but USA really stepped things up after half-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? Opportunities became a regular occurrence and USA even hit the post twice, as Costa Rica struggled to hold on, and the visitors’ luck finally ran out 10 minutes from time as second-half substitute Lletget opened the scoring, and Arriola wrapped things up..@AmericanOutlaws always in the ! Where’s everyone else watching from? pic.twitter.com/DsCSuJzDnB— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) February 2, 2019The closest either team went before the break saw Costa Rica’s Marvin Loria blast just over from 25 yards in the early exchanges.USA looked much more switched on at the start of second half, piling the pressure on almost immediately.But Cristian Roldan was guilty of an inexplicable miss in the 51st minute, shooting wide from 10 yards despite Gyasi Zardes’ header teeing him up perfectly.THISCLOSE!The post denies this fantastic rip from @nick__lima. Keep pushing, boys! pic.twitter.com/8AclSN4sRu— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) February 2, 2019Nick Lima then sent a fierce drive against the left-hand post from inside the box, before Djordje Mihailovic shot over from a similar distance.Costa Rica continued to ride their luck and USA hit the left-hand post once again 22 minutes from time – Roldan’s sweetly struck 20-yard attempt hitting the upright.USA eventually got the goal their second-half display deserved with 80 minutes on the clock, as Lletget met the cross from fellow substitute Jonathan Lewis at the back post, nodding past Esteban Alvarado.And Arriola sealed the win right at the end, clipping a neat finish over the approaching Alvarado. read more
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has said he will discuss a possible transfer for Paul Pogba with the club’s new coach.The Manchester United midfielder starred for Juve between 2012 and 2016, and has been linked with a summer switch back to his former club or to Spain with either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Juventus are looking for reinforcements in midfield after clinching their eighth consecutive Serie A title in 2018-19, but again falling short in the Champions League with a quarter-final exit to Ajax. 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? Speaking at the Football Leader 2019 event on Tuesday, Paratici acknowledged that Pogba was a possibility but the said club would look to install a new manager before moving in the transfer market. Paratici was asked about another rumoured Juve target, Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, before also being quizzed on Pogba.”Federico Chiesa? We certainly have a competitive team. As far as the market is concerned, we await the name of the coach. We will make the necessary assessments after announcing it.”Pogba? The same, we’ll speak with the new coach.”Juve are in the market for a new manager after the departure of Massimiliano Allegri, who won the Serie A title in all five of his seasons in charge. One of the favourites to take over is Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who fuelled rumours he could be set to leave the Blues in a recent interview with Vanity Fair in Italy.“For us Italians, the lure of going home is strong,” the 60-year-old said. Paratici though, brushed away those comments and insisted that his side are considering several candidates to take over. “All Italians say that, we know it’s a good life here with great food,” Paratici said with a smile. “There is a range of coaches we are evaluating,” Paratici continued.“We have clear ideas and are working on it. There’s no time limit on a decision, it’ll take a little while, then you’ll know the new coach.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had to leave Saturday’s game against Mississippi State with an apparent knee injury. The injury isn’t believed to be serious, but it still has Crimson Tide fans on edge.Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy favorite, has been dealing with the knee injury for much of the 2018 regular season. He’s had to leave multiple games in the past.One Alabama player thinks his opponents are intentionally going after Tagovailoa’s knee during games.Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson took to Twitter to wonder why all of the Crimson Tide’s opponents seem to be going after Tagovailoa’s knee.“Why everybody aiming for Tua’s knee..? That’s fine though!! Tua a savage and he lion hearted he’ll get right back up. You just making it worse for your QB! #WeGettingYoQBOuttaThere,” he wrote.Why everybody aiming for Tua’s knee..? That’s fine though!! Tua a savage and he lion hearted he’ll get right back up. You just making it worse for your QB! ? #WeGettingYoQBOuttaThere ?— Lyndell “Mack” Wilson Dirty3o™️ (@iam__mw3o) November 11, 2018Tagovailoa does appear to be fine, thankfully.Nick Saban said after the game that Tagovailoa could have returned to the contest if the Crimson Tide needed him.Stay tuned.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Mike Gesicki #88 following a touchdown reception during the second half against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)Despite failing to claim the Big Ten title, Penn State and head coach James Franklin enjoyed a great 2018 season. They finished the regular season with nine wins, and with a bowl win would have their third-straight 10-win season. As for which bowl game the Nittany Lions will play in, there appear to be two most-likely options.According to the York Daily Record, Penn State football will most likely wind up at the Peach Bowl or Citrus Bowl.In either bowl game, Penn State would likely be taking on an SEC opponent, though UCF could also be a match-up.Penn State’s bowl game plan? A close call coming between Peach and Citrus bowls https://t.co/jfK4em2Kde— YDR online (@ydrcom) November 28, 2018The York Daily Record noted that for the Nittany Lions to reach the Peach Bowl, Ohio State would have to somehow jump Oklahoma in the final CFP rankings. In that event, Penn State could make the Peach Bowl and might play against Florida, LSU, or projected Group of Five champion UCF.The Citrus Bowl, the report explained, would be less tricky for Penn State to qualify for, as it would only require Oklahoma to finish above Ohio State. In the Citrus Bowl, Penn State might be pitted against LSU, Kentucky, or Mississippi State.Two years ago, James Franklin’s team won the Big Ten title, but due to the team’s two losses, got snubbed for the College Football Playoff. Penn State did get to go to the Rose Bowl, and fell in one of the year’s best college football games to Sam Darnold-led-USC.Last season, Franklin’s team lost two regular season games again and missed the conference title, but picked up a big Fiesta Bowl win over Washington and finished ranked No. 8 in the AP poll.[York Daily Record]
Sports360 ArizonaNoa Pola-Gates, the top uncommitted player out of Arizona, is a highly sought after defensive back in the class of 2019.The four-star seemed like he might make a choice in time for the early signing period last week, especially with Nick Saban and Alabama applying heavy pressure.Instead, he’ll be waiting until February’s National Signing Day.Pola-Gates explained that he is moving forward with the three teams that allowed him to keep going through the process for another month or so.Arizona State, Nebraska, and USC are the finalists for the blue-chip player.247Sports ranks him as the No. 153 player in the class of 2019 overall.He’s rated as the No. 18 cornerback, though he’s probably a safety at the next level, and the No. 3 player in Arizona.Noa Pola-Gates is set to make his decision on January 19 at the Polynesian Bowl.Earlier this month, he discussed eliminating a school like Alabama, and how he’s moving forward with those three finalists.From the Arizona Republic:On eliminating Alabama, he said, “As cool as it is to be so highly recruited by a school like ‘Bama,’ it just isn’t a true fit for me and my family.”[…]“Each have agreed to wait until February,” Pola-Gates said. “I know they really want me and now I have all of Christmas break to train, prep for all-star games and decide on my next steps.”Alabama was the leader in the 247 crystal ball votes by a decent amount, but with the Crimson Tide out, it is a much different picture now.Nebraska currently has 18-percent of the predictions, the only school aside from ‘Bama to land them, with other recruiting experts undecided on his future.[Arizona Republic]