Man City striker Gabriel Jesus delighted to be back on scoresheetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was delighted with his brace for victory over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August.”I tried [to score a hat-trick] but it is difficult,” said Gabriel.”I am so happy with the performance of the team. Everton have amazing players.”They played very well. I am so happy because of this. We played very well and won the game.”My confidence is back because my family is here and it helps me a lot. I need my family in this moment.”This year it [the title] will be more difficult because the clubs will play better. I think it is very important we have come back to first position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Prandelli angry Genoa denied late penalty for Roma defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Cesare Prandelli was furious over the manner of defeat to AS Roma last night.Prandelli felt Genoa had a “really clear” penalty in stoppages as they lost 3-2.He stated, “It’s strange, because from the bench the push was really clear. It was obvious. We feel somewhat defrauded. I don’t understand why it wasn’t viewed again on VAR.“We knew that Roma were in a difficult situation psychologically and wanted to start strong to take advantage of that.“Football is a fast-paced sport and it is essential to always be concentrated, as the smallest errors can make a big difference, especially inside the penalty area and on set plays.“We had a lot of scoring opportunities and attacking moves, but our final ball wasn’t always correct. I think we lost the game five seconds from half-time, as we were caught in possession, they went on the counter and equalised.“We knew Roma were playing a new system and they hadn’t practiced it much, so inevitably their preventative marking and defensive movements weren’t well-oiled and we tried to take advantage.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Burton and Hesketh face loan battle with Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion and Jake Hesketh face a battle with Southampton over his loan.The Mirror says Hesketh faces a Southampton recall and Carabao Cup semi final heartbreak.The on loan Southampton midfielder fired Nigel Clough’s side into the last four on Tuesday – but his loan deal ends before the glamour ties kick off in January.Boss Clough admits they landed Hesketh on a favourable loan deal which ends soon, and he fears they might not get him back because of his good form.Hesketh is desperate to keep playing for Burton and wants Manchester City in the semis, but admits he wants a chance to test himself in the Premier League, and could face a huge dilemma. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Juventus defender De Ligt: I can’t split Van Dijk and Ronaldoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus defender Matthijs de Ligt says Holland teammate Virgil van Dijk deserves his individual success.The Liverpool defender ultimately lost out to Barcelona star Lionel Messi for FIFA’s The Best gong.De Ligt told TMW: “It is a great honour to be here. “I was fortunate to have played with both Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo, but frankly I can’t choose between the two.” While De Ligt attended the awards last night, Ronaldo stayed at home. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andy Carroll delighted to be fully fit and back at Newcastleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll is delighted to be fully fit and back at Newcastle United.Carroll is desperate to make up for lost time and prove the doubters wrong.He said, “When I left Newcastle I was enjoying my football. I was scoring goals. Yes, it’s been pretty tough since.“I’ve grown up massively. I’ve made mistakes in the past but I now know what life is all about.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus demand Mandzukic fee from Man Utdby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have told Manchester United they must cough up a fee for Marko Mandzukic.The Daily Express says United will have to spend £10million if they want to sign Mandzukic from Juventus in the January transfer window but the player has reached a verbal agreement with the Red Devils.Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Croatian star Mandzukic to beef up his misfiring front line.He failed with a summer move for the former Bayern Munich star who will be 34 next May but is understood to have now reached a verbal agreement.Juve want to offload Mandzukic who has has been told that he won’t be featuring in Maurizio Sarri’s plans for the season.He has rejected a lucrative move to Qatar and has been offered the chance to play in the MLS with LAFC but still feels that he can play at the highest level in Europe.
SEC West Hype VideoWill there be a better division in college football in 2015 than the SEC West? Probably not. The division that has ruled the sport for the majority of the last decade is expected to be great once again this fall. In ESPN’s first “Football Power Index” poll, the SEC West has five teams in the top 10 and a sixth team, Auburn, ranked No. 17. In anticipation of the 2015 season, a fan created an awesome “Vengeance” hype video about the SEC West. It’s pretty great.
Benfica have confirmed that a €126 million (£113m/$143m) bid has been made for star forward Joao Felix by Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side are looking to rebuild after a number of big-name players, including Antoine Griezmann, confirmed they would be leaving the club this summer, and 19-year-old Felix, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, is clearly part of the club’s plan moving forward.Benfica have made clear in a statement released on Wednesday evening that they are considering the offer, but that nothing had yet been accepted. 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? Though the bid is in excess of Felix’s €120m release clause, Atletico’s insistence that the fee is paid over installments means that Benfica are within their rights to reject the offer.Felix has impressed in his native Portugal, scoring 15 goals and registering nine assists in just 26 league appearances last season, drawing interest from around Europe. Juventus were among the teams strongly linked to the youngster, though it seems now that Atletico will win the race for his signature, something that should delight Diego Simeone. “Historically, Atletico buy young players to develop them here. Like what happened with [Jan] Oblak, [Jose] Gimenez, Lucas Hernandez when they came through from youth teams – or Griezmann,” Simeone told Fox Sports Argentina earlier this month. “We want a talented guy who can absorb our ideas. Our technical staff is already working on some situations to help to develop players.”Simeone is dealing with a changing of the guard at Atletico, with a generation of veterans, including Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran at the end of their contracts. But the club have already moved to bring in Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente and defender Felipe from Porto, and the move for Felix would be another boost in the club’s attempt to stay as a perennial contender in both Spain and Europe. Under Simeone’s watch Atletico finished second in La Liga last season, ahead of city rivals Real and behind champions Barcelona. And while a substantial rebuild is needed, Simeone is confident he will be able to adjust to new talents such as Felix. “If Joao Felix and others come with different characteristics than we had before, then we will have to play differently,” he said. “In training we will see where we are going … It is clear that this year’s challenge is one of the most complex since I arrived at the club.”
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 54 to 16 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Alabama quarterback competition has been a major story this offseason. It got a whole lot bigger on Saturday.Incumbent starter Jalen Hurts, who was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa at halftime of last season’s national title game, was asked about the quarterback battle. Hurts response went viral quickly.The rising junior said no one on the Alabama staff spoke to him about the race for the starting job.Here are his comments, via AL.com.“No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt,” Hurts said. “No one asked me what was on my mind. No one asked me how I felt about the things that were going on. Nobody asked me what my future held.”After Hurts’ comments were published, some criticized him as selfish for his candidness.Today, Hurts’ mom Pamela weighed in on what is going on. She defender her son in a Facebook post, and she didn’t hold back.“Wow ignorance is blissed,” Pamela Hurts said per tdalabamamag.com. “When has Jalen ever spoken to media about anything other than the team? When has he ever whined, pouted or talk about what “y’all” don’t know takes place behind the scenes? There’s a reason why players aren’t allowed to speak to the media. Jalen spoke his truth, finally, after 3 years of being compliant and controlled. You have no idea what is and has been going on— and most likely, never will.“Folks quick to speak highly on his character and demeanor, but know he is completely opposite of those accolades today. If you can turn on this young man today and not your president for any of his rhetoric, you were never with him to begin with.”By all accounts, Hurts and Tagovailoa are both well-respected by their teammates and the Alabama coaching staff. It doesn’t seem like there’s major internal strife among the players regarding the ongoing duel.However, it doesn’t look like this is going away any time soon. Hurts has already said he will be with the Crimson Tide this season, so we’ll have to see how this plays out once the season starts.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Calvin Ashley #70 of the Auburn Tigers and Darius James #78 run out of the tunnel prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin has done it again. The FAU head coach has landed himself a major five-star offensive line transfer who began his career at an SEC program.Calvin Ashley entered the transfer portal earlier this year after electing to leave Auburn. Tonight, Ashley announced his commitment to FAU.Ashley was the No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 26 overall prospect in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He redshirted in 2017 before appearing in five games (one start) in 2018, missing half of the season with an undisclosed “medical issue.”Ashley announced his pledge to FAU on Twitter.“The decision for me transferring from Auburn University was carefully thought about but I eventually came to a decision to do so,” he wrote. “Now that I’ve had some time to explore my options, I’ve came to the decision that I will be enrolling in Florida Atlantic University in the summer.”Gods plan 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/7jPRq5f30Q— Calvin Ashley (@Ca70_) March 18, 2019Ashley is one of the latest in a long line of high-profile transfers that Kiffin has brought in at FAU. One of them was former Auburn quarterback/wide receiver John Franklin III.FAU finished 5-7 under Kiffin in 2018 after an 11-3 campaign in 2017.