Man Utd midfielder Mata: Thank-you Joseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata has paid tribute to Jose Mourinho.Mourinho, who Mata also worked with at Chelsea, was sacked by United last week.Mata said, “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.”As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way. “It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching New Year.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Carragher warns Liverpool of injury jeopardyby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher has warned they’re only a couple of injuries away from a title collapse.The Reds have streaked away at the top of the table by winning all eight of their fixtures and amassing an eight point lead over City at the top of the pile.”I think what we are seeing with Man City now is they are being affected by injuries now in the same position and that’s a problem for them,” Carragher told talkSPORT.”That’s a problem for anyone even though they have got a better squad than Liverpool and you see how much it is hurting them.”You may actually think it would hurt Liverpool more if they injuries because, as I said, they don’t quite the squad City have. But there is no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player will severely hinder them.”So that’s why I don’t think anyone really at Liverpool is getting too carried away.””But to be fair, Man City have problems where they are weakest, at centre-back, in terms of numbers and quality.
The Penn State men’s hockey team is celebrating Joe Paterno getting his wins back tonight. The Nittany Lions will be wearing “409” decals on the back of their helmets for their home game against Michigan State. Paterno, who had 111 wins vacated by the NCAA due to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, is now the winningest coach in the history of major college football with 409 career victories. The NCAA ruled Friday morning that Penn State would be getting back the 112 wins taken away because of the scandal.Here’s the decal: The number 409 has been seen all over Penn State’s campus today.
DALLAS – OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)When Bo Schembechler arrived at Michigan in 1969, he enacted a rallying cry that has now become the slogan for the Wolverines’ football program. “Those who stay will be champions!”If Michigan has a catch phrase, that’s it. Those six words have become synonymous with the Wolverines and are seen all over Ann Arbor, Mich. It appears the Texas football program likes the slogan. Bedford on perseverance: “Those who stay will be champions, on and off the football field, when it’s all said and done.”— Longhorn_FB (@Longhorn_FB) August 14, 2015That phrase was trademarked by Schembechler Enterprises, LLC. Is Texas paying Michigan royalties?
Come back, HBC. Monday night, it was reported by a number of outlets that South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier would be retiring from coaching, effective immediately. Tuesday afternoon, Spurrier, during his final press conference with the Gamecocks, clarified his decision. Spurrier told reporters that he’s “resigning, not retiring.” He added that he might want to coach a high school team at some point in the future.Steve Spurrier starts off press conference by saying “I’m not retiring, I’m resigning. Let’s get that straight.” @Live5News #gamecocks— Meaghan Wallace (@MeaghanLive5) October 13, 2015“I’m resigning, not retiring….I might coach down the road, a high school team” – Steve Spurrier”— #TheShortSportsShow (@Short_Sports247) October 13, 2015Spurrier: “We’ve slid, and it’s my fault. I’m responsible.” Resigning, not retiring from coaching. pic.twitter.com/65SRGIxtW2— CoachingSearch.com (@coachingsearch) October 13, 2015“I think I was the right coach for this job 11 years ago, but I’m not today” – Steve Spurrier on resigning.— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 13, 2015Spurrier has a 228-89-2 record as a college football head coach, with one national championship (Florida, 1996). Will South Carolina be his final stop?
Jan Siewert is confident he will turn the tide at Huddersfield Town after watching an inspired Jordan Pickford keep his side at bay in Everton’s 1-0 triumph.It was a frustrating first game at the helm for the former Borussia Dortmund reserves boss, with Richarlison’s third-minute penalty proving decisive for the Toffees.But Pickford’s display for Everton, who saw substitute Lucas Digne sent off, was also key as he made two stunning second-half stops to deny Aaron Mooy and Elias Kachunga. 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? “I saw why Pickford is England’s number one with incredible saves,” said Siewert, whose side sit bottom and 11 points from Premier League safety. “We shouldn’t find excuses. We need to focus. It’s a process which has started. I saw many things I implemented in training.”The most important thing is we create chances and the goals will come. The lads got my ideas and we had chances.”Not the start Jan Siewert had in mind as a sole Richarlison strike in the opening minutes condemned #htafc to defeat against @Everton on a bitterly cold Tuesday night in HD1. https://t.co/4OssGFCEp3 #HUDEVE (AT) pic.twitter.com/JODmqCabeZ — Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) January 29, 2019 Everton was coming off the back of a shock 3-2 FA Cup loss to Millwall and patchy form in the league, making this a timely victory for the under-fire Marco Silva.Silva also had words of praise for Pickford and acknowledged it was an important win for the Toffees, who climbed to eighth. “The main thing was to win, to do everything to get the three points and to give a big answer to ourselves and our fans,” he said.”Three points away from home and a clean sheet was important to boost our confidence. It was difficult with 10 men, having played a game on Saturday. They had 10 days to prepare. It was well deserved for our players.”One free-kick, one header, but they didn’t create anything more. Jordan did well in those two moments.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Leicester City have rejected two bids for rumoured Manchester United and Manchester City target Harry Maguire, Brendan Rodgers said on Tuesday.England international Maguire is thought to be of interest to both Manchester clubs, with United having been linked with the 26-year-old a year ago during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge.A deal did not materialise then and the defender signed a new five-year contract in September 2018. 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? However, United are said to have renewed their interest and Leicester boss Rodgers revealed on Tuesday that his club had turned down two offers for a player the Foxes are thought to value at £80 million [$99 million].In quotes published by the Leicester Mercury after Maguire played 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against Scunthorpe United, Rodgers said: “It’s pretty simple really and we’re quite relaxed about it.”Harry is a top-class player. Of course, he has attracted interest with two bids coming in but they nowhere near meet the valuation of the club.”Harry is relaxed about it – we are. He’s been absolutely brilliant, I have to add, because I’ve been in a similar situation a number of times and it can be very difficult for players, but he’s a special guy.”Maguire joined Leicester from Hull City in 2017 and has gone on to make 76 appearances for the Foxes while scoring five goals during his time at the King Power Stadium.He’s also earned 20 caps for England, all during his Leicester stay, including a key role as part of England’s fourth-place squad at the 2014 World Cup in Russia.There have been reports that Maguire has informed Leicester of his desire to leave and though Rodgers would not comment on those suggestions, he did admit he saw the appeal of the clubs linked with his player.”Any conversation with me and a player would be private,” he added.”If a team like Man City or Man United are interested, I understand the attraction.”We’re relaxed because until the valuation is met, there’s not a decision to be made.”Leicester are set to face Cheltenham on Saturday as the club continues its pre-season preparations.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 8 of the college football season is in the books. We have a new Coaches’ Poll for Week 9.Ohio State’s loss to Purdue has led to some big changes. The Buckeyes fell all the way from No. 2 to No. 9.Clemson takes over the second spot behind Alabama. Notre Dame moved up to No. 3, with LSU sitting at No. 4 and Michigan rounding out of the top five.Here’s the full top 25.RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTS1ST PLACE VOTESPREVCHANGEHI/LOW1Alabama8-01548601–1/12Clemson7-014882312/43Notre Dame7-014090413/114Louisiana State7-113520514/245Michigan7-112280725/226Georgia6-1120706–2/67Texas6-111460817/NR8Oklahoma6-1107501025/119Ohio State7-1103002-72/910Central Florida7-0100809-19/2311Florida6-1968012111/NR12West Virginia5-179401316/2013Washington6-272901416/1414Kentucky6-1689017314/NR15Washington State6-1633023815/NR16Penn State5-2606016–8/1617Texas A&M5-2583018117/NR18Iowa6-1447022418/NR19Wisconsin5-2430019–6/1920South Florida7-0390020–20/NR21Oregon5-2383011-1011/NR22NC State5-1222015-715/NR23Stanford5-218002417/2424Utah5-21070NR924/NR25Miami5-2950NR18/NRThe latest Associated Press Top 25 is set to be released this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.We’re getting closer to the first College Football Playoff rankings release as well. It is set for Tuesday, October 30 at 7:10 p.m. ET.For now, here are ESPN’s current playoff picks.
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 04: Members of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrate a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 62-52. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***This week’s Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game may be anti-climactic compared to recent years. Nonetheless, this year’s edition of the Bedlam Series looks to be very entertaining – albeit predictable.ESPN polled its analysts about the outcome of the game and the 16 writers were unanimous: Oklahoma will win the game. The only discrepancy was the margin of victory, which ranged from four points to four touchdowns.The 8-1 Sooners are a juggernaut on offense whose only blemish is a narrow loss to Texas. They have scored at least 28 points in every game, and at least 50 points five times.Meanwhile, the 5-4 Cowboys have followed up every win over a ranked team with a loss. They beat No. 17 Boise State in September, only to lose to Texas Tech the next week. Two weeks ago they beat No. 6 Texas, only to lose to Baylor the week after.The Bedlam Series has been historically one-sided. Oklahoma have 87 wins in 108 games between the two.Last year, the two teams combined for 114 points in a 62-52 win for the Sooners.The last time Oklahoma State won the rivalry game was December 6, 2014.
BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)A star college football running back has the gambling world going crazy following his late-game decision tonight.LSU star running back Nick Brossette went down inside the 5-yard line on purpose – twice – in the final minute of tonight’s win over Arkansas.The Tigers, who failed to reach the end zone with Brossette’s move, ended up winning by 7 points.The spread for the game: 13.5 points.Hmm….I think what Brossette just did in the #LSU game was quite odd given the spread. I’ll just leave it there.— SportSourceAnalytics (@SportSourceA) November 11, 2018Nick Brossette is being incredibly selfless here. And it must be infuriating some folks in Vegas.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 11, 2018Kudos to LSU’s Nick Brossette for the smart slide to avoid scoring a TD and thus ending the game against Arkansas. Heady play in the heat of the moment. … Twice. Because O for some reason didn’t go victory formation and ran another play. Brossette smarter than the coaches.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) November 11, 2018Oh boy! You know there are a lot of gamblers furious with Brossette’s decision to go down instead in scoring–TWICE! #OHBOY— Jimmy D Smith (@JimmyDetail) November 11, 2018Nick Brossette slides twice to stay out of the end zone and surely infuriate some degenerate gambler somewhere and delight another.LSU runs out the clock and wins 24-17.— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) November 11, 2018It’ll be interesting to see what Brossette says after the game.LSU improved to 8-2 with the win today, while Arkansas dropped to 2-8.