Silva says Everton players up for Spurs clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says his players will be up for their clash with Tottenham.Silva is convinced his gifted Blues squad – roared on by the passionate backing of Evertonians – can secure victory over Mauricio Pochettino’s team.“I believe in our team and our squad,” he said. “And I believe the atmosphere in our stadium will help us to achieve a good result – and for us a good result is to win the match.“It will be a good opportunity for us to show our quality.“We will respect them. But we have all the confidence to play our game, to do everything to win the match and show we are able to beat them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
REVEALED: Club Brugge beat Aston Villa to Mignolet signingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa failed to land Simon Mignolet ahead of Club Brugge this summer.The former Liverpool goalkeeper signed for Club Brugge last month.HLN says Aston Villa were also trying to recruit the Belgium goalkeeper. Benfica and Porto were others to show interest.But in the end, Mignolet decided to return to his home nation.Mignolet lost his place in the Liverpool starting line up to Loris Karius, then went down the pecking order after the signing of Alisson Becker last summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd in discussions over safe standing at Old Traffordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have opened discussions over bringing safe standing to Old Trafford.United are carrying out a detailed and comprehensive study on the feasibility of implementing seats incorporating safety barriers.United have held talks with fellow Premier League clubs Tottenham and Wolves , who already have the seating – known as rail seating – in place at their stadiums.United want to understand more about the process by which they incorporated rail seating into their stands and how the clubs manage those areas, says the Mirror.The club are in favour of safe standing – with rail seating now allowed under new regulations – and acknowledge that a majority of supporters would support the move. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
InstagramMark Dantonio was the third coach to take the podium on Day 2 of Big Ten Media Days in Chicago this morning. Michigan State’s head coach opened his press conference with a tribute to former Spartans’ punter Mike Sadler and Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. The two special teamers tragically passed away in a car crash in Wisconsin over the weekend. LSU’s kicker was also in the car, but survived. Here’s Dantonio’s tribute, from the Big Ten Network. “He made everyone’s life around him better.” – @MSU_Football‘s @DantonioMark on the late Mike Sadler. https://t.co/uTjbLdHPA5— Michigan St. on BTN (@MichiganStOnBTN) July 26, 2016Big Ten Media Days are currently airing live on the Big Ten Network.The full schedule for Day 2 can be seen here.
Julian Draxler is “as happy today as the day I arrived”, with the Paris Saint-Germain star not seeking a way out despite seeing the presence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe force him to change his game.The Germany international arrived at Parc des Princes in January 2017.Within months of his switch from Wolfsburg, PSG had invested record-breaking fees in Neymar and Mbappe. 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? With the likes of Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria also on the books of the French champions, competition for places is fierce.That has sparked transfer talk around Draxler at various intervals, but the 25-year-old is feeling settled.He told PSG’s official website ahead of what could be his 100th appearance for the club against Lyon on Sunday: “Yes, that’s a very special number for me.“Time goes very quickly… I signed for Paris just two years ago. I am as happy today as the day I arrived!“Sunday will be a big match. The fact that it could be my 100th for Paris just makes it all the more exciting.”Draxler may line up in a deeper lying role against Lyon as, despite boasting 19 goals and 18 assists for PSG, he is being asked to curb some of his attacking instincts for the good of the collective cause.He has no issue with that, with there an acceptance on his part that he cannot match the end product delivered by others.“I think I can do better. But when Neymar and Kylian arrived, I have been playing more and more in midfield, even in front of the defence in recent matches,” said Draxler.“I’m not a goal scoring machine like them or Edinson Cavani. But since I’ve been here, I have progressed over the two years, especially since the coach Thomas Tuchel came to the club.“Like I said, I’m very happy.”Draxler and PSG will face Lyon boasting an unbeaten record in Ligue 1 this season.They are yet to come unstuck through 20 fixtures, with progress having also been made to the last 16 of the Champions League where they will face Manchester United.
Roberto Martinez paid tribute to Romelu Lukaku following his two-goal display in Belgium’s 3-0 win over Scotland.Belgium continued their 100 per cent start to Euro 2020 qualifying with Tuesday’s victory, keeping themselves top of Group I, three points ahead of Russia.Lukaku opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, sending a thumping header in from six yards, before doubling his tally after the interval tapping in a rebound after Kevin De Bruyne had an effort saved. 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 goals took Lukaku to 25 goals from his past 21 Belgium matches, though were it not for a couple of bad misses, he might have scored four on the day.Martinez felt the supporters showed their appreciation for him regardless, but the head coach wants the much-maligned Manchester United forward to take advantage of his hard work even more often.”I appreciated the love fans have shown towards this national team and Romelu in particular,” he told reporters. “He is a boy who has been very successful these last three seasons. He creates opportunities and scores a lot.”I see him very disciplined, and during this international break he has displayed a lot of desire. Sometimes, I’m sad when I see that Romelu does not take advantage of his play on the pitch.”De Bruyne was the standout performer in the match, though Martinez was keen to share the praise around.”It’s not a single player match, everyone contributed to this victory,” he said. “Kevin did indeed have a big influence, he was both active and patient.”But Eden Hazard was also very important, taking responsibility, while Lukaku made the net shake twice.”When I see how Thorgan Hazard is progressing – he was not even in the 23 at the beginning of my term – how Thomas Meunier held 90 minutes after Timothy Castagne’s match, I think we have plenty of options, and that’s fine.”Do not forget the hard work of the three central defenders, who prevented Scotland from scoring against us.”The match brought a first defeat as Scotland boss for Steve Clarke, but overall, he was left satisfied with what he saw from his side in his debut international get together.”My impression is that I saw over the 10 days that I’ve got a really good group of players who are really committed to their country,” Clarke said. “They want to get better and they want to improve.”We were competitive in that game against the best team in the world, ranked number one, so there’s a lot of positives, but obviously we’re professionals and we don’t like to lose the game.”
Eden Hazard is “a great signing” for Real Madrid, says Ricardo Carvalho, with the Belgian expected to take his game to even greater heights on the back of a €100 million (£88m/$112m) transfer.A protracted saga has finally delivered a switch to Spain for the 28-year-old forward.He appears set to form part of a summer refresh at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Zinedine Zidane spending big on reshaping the Blancos squad. 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? Much is expected of Hazard in new surroundings, with Real still looking for someone to fill the void created by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.Carvalho believes a proven performer is ready to take on such a challenge, with seven years in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge having showcased his undoubted talent.The former Madrid and Chelsea defender told Marca of a marquee addition for Real: “He’s a great signing.”I know him well and I’ve no doubt that he’ll do very well.”He’s going to have more space in Spain. He’s very fast, very strong when one on one and a team like Madrid with great players will help him.”Real need Hazard to hit the ground running as they require inspiration from somewhere.The 2018-19 campaign proved to be a forgettable one for the Blancos.They were able to add another Club World Cup success to their enviable roll of honour, but there was little else for them to celebrate.Three managerial changes were made, with Zidane eventually returned to the dugout a matter of months after walking away from a demanding post.Struggles on and off the field have led to another sizeable spend, with Hazard set to be joined at the Bernabeu next season by Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy – with there the promise of more high-profile additions to come.”It’s true that last year didn’t go as planned,” Carvalho said.”But the team came from years of winning everything and sometimes that happens in football.”You have to build a great team so it’s important they start winning matches.”Real could only muster a third-place finish in La Liga last season, as arch-rivals Barcelona successfully defended the title, while a Champions League crown which had been theirs for three successive years has been passed on to Liverpool.
Allie LaForce has become one of the most-respected reporters in TV over the past couple of years, becoming a prominent face for college football, the NBA and the NCAA Tournament. The star reporter is reportedly going in a new direction with her career, though.The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch is reporting that LaForce was unable to agree to terms on a new contract with CBS. She’s leaving the network.Deitsch adds that Jamie Erdahl will be the network’s new SEC on CBS reporter.“CBS Sports plans to name Jamie Erdhal as its new SEC on CBS reporter today. Told CBS and Allie LaForce could not come to a new deal and LaForce is leaving CBS Sports. LaForce had been with CBS Sports since October 2012,” Deitsch reports.CBS Sports plans to name Jamie Erdhal as its new SEC on CBS reporter today. Told CBS and Allie LaForce could not come to a new deal and LaForce is leaving CBS Sports. LaForce had been with CBS Sports since October 2012.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 4, 2018This is pretty significant media news. LaForce is a rising star in the sports TV world.CBS is losing a very talented reporter and LaForce is leaving behind a very prominent gig.LaForce, an Ohio native, has been with CBS and Turner Sports since 2014. It’ll be interesting to see where she ends up next.Stay tuned.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Marching Band greats the team as they prepare to face the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Entering the year, fans said that Jim Harbaugh and Michigan football needed to get some big-time wins this year. In back-to-back weeks now, the Wolverines dominated Wisconsin, and totally shut down Michigan State in East Lansing.Michigan picked up an ugly, yet definitive 21-7 win against the Spartans this afternoon. Between offensive struggles on both sides, and weather delays, it was an ugly event.Michigan was clearly the dominant team, however. The Wolverines out-gained the Spartans 395-94 on the game, with a 183-15 advantage on the ground.The Spartans managed just 0.7 yards per carry on the day.The passing game was not much more successful. MSU starter Brian Lewerke was just 5-for-25 for 66 yards, before being replaced by Rocky Lombardi late in the game.ESPN Stats & Info pointed out just how jarring those numbers from Michigan football vs. Michigan State are.It was the worst total offensive outing by the Spartans against Michigan in almost six decades, and one of the worst quarterback performances in Big Ten history.Michigan State gained 94 yards against Michigan, its fewest in a game since 1947 (56 yards against Michigan).Brian Lewerke finished 5-25 (20%), the worst completion percentage by a Big Ten QB over the last 20 seasons (min. 20 attempts).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 20, 2018Michigan has had one of the best defensive units in college football this season, and upped its level for the rivalry game today.With the win, the Wolverines are 7-1, ahead of a big game against Penn State next week. Ohio State is still the favorite in the Big Ten East, but the battle between the Buckeyes’ dynamic offense and Michigan’s powerful defense should be a pretty epic one in a few weeks.
As last year’s Heisman trophy winner, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield gets to vote on the 2018 Heisman trophy. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the former Oklahoma QB made it public that he will be voting for current Sooners QB Kyler Murray. Though the reasons may be obvious, Mayfield explained his decision this past week.Per WKYC, Mayfield explained that Kyler Murray was the catalyst to Oklahoma winning the Big 12 Championship Game last week and securing a spot in the College Football Playoff, and in turn deserves the award over Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.“You take him out from OU, they’re out of the playoffs,” Mayfield said.“Best player in the country, 50 touchdowns responsible for, to me, after being around him, it might be easier for me to say that, how special of a player he is, but to me, it’s obvious. That’s nothing against (Alabama’s) Tua (Tagovailoa), absolutely not. I think he’s had an incredible year. I think it showed for itself.”Mayfield accomplished similar feats for the Sooners last year en route to a Big 12 title and spot in the College Football Playoff.However, with how close the most recent ESPN Heisman watch poll is, it’s likely that this year’s Heisman trophy voting will be a lot closer than last year.In 2017, Mayfield won the award with 86-percent of possible points – the fourth highest percentage in the award’s history.Murray, Tagovailoa, and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins are finalists for this year’s award.[WKYC]