Newcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay upby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez admits he fears for their survival chances ahead of the January market.The Magpies boss has let owner Mike Ashley know his side are struggling for inspiration and in danger of going down.The Spaniard said: “Even if we strengthen in January it will be a miracle if we stay up. I think everyone knows what we have to do.“Does Mike Ashley know? I hope so. We are doing what we have to do and now we wait to see what will happen.“We have the targets, the names, so we have to do what we have to do.“I am trying to tell everyone, realise where we are. Realise what we have to do and if we do well, fine we can finish 10th or whatever.”In a reference to big spending rivals Fulham and Wolves, Benitez said: “If we think we can beat these teams that have spent £100 million, every one of them, every game, there is no chance. We are wrong, 100 per cent.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says home players should always embrace the expectations of the Old Trafford crowd.Solskjaer – who was at the Reds for 11 years as a player – accepted Old Trafford can be an intimidating arena, but believes the team should be able to cope.“That comes when you sign for Man United,” he said. “You know you’re going to play in front of the best fans in the world. Confidence is not something you store in the fridge and pick out.“You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel. Hopefully this gave them a boost, so I’m happy and looking forward to Boxing Day.“You can never set the bar too high. They’re setting the standard. The players who play for this club have high standards to live up to.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kompany hails Man City triumph: We’re at our best playing on emotionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City’s defenders were buzzing after victory over Liverpool on Thursday night.Leroy Sane produced the decisive moment 18 minutes from time as he collected Raheem Sterling’s pass to fire across Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, after it seemed like Roberto Firmino’s stooping 64th-minute header would maintain the visitors’ unbeaten sequence.Sergio Aguero had given City the lead with a rising near-post drive just before the interval, this coming after an earlier moment of drama when Sadio Mane hit the post and John Stones scrambled the ball off the line after his clearance struck goalkeeper Ederson – with data subsequently showing the ball had failed to cross by just 1.12cm.On his clearance, Stones beamed: “I tried to take everything, I spotted the opportunity and I heard it was tight. I’m just happy it didn’t go over the line! Those sort of things can change a game.”Skipper Vincent Kompany also stated: “I’m not worried about the result I’m buzzing with the tremendous performance. We went toe to toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them. It’s still in Liverpool’s hands. It came from our guts, a desire you can’t describe. We are a better team when we play with emotions.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Betis coach Setien responds to Barcelona rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveQuique Setien insists he’s happy in his job at Real Betis.Setien has been linked with Barcelona.”I have a contract with Beris, I’m doing really well here and we keep working hard with enthusiasm,” he said. “[Barca links] flatter me but I would be flattered to be linked with any other team, because I am very respectful of every side.” Setien has a contract with the Seville-based club until 2020.
Real Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has recalled walking out on PSG.The France defender signed for Real this summer from Olympique Lyon. Mendy spent eight years with PSG before quitting for Le Havre to launch his first team career.Mendy recalled to Canal+: “If PSG was correct after my injury? Yes, I came back and I trained. But I was training with the DH. And after all, I thought that the best option was to leave.”I think I made the best choice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer tells Man Utd players after Liverpool draw: More of the sameby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a few things to say to his team after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Norwegian manager was happy with his side’s commitment and intensity, especially in the first half.But he felt they were too quick to sit back in the second half, when they should have tried to punish Liverpool with a second goal.Metro says Solskjaer told United’s players they should be happy with their display and that it is how he wanted them to play in future games.United took the lead in the game, but were pegged back by Liverpool and the game ended 1-1.
Twitter/@UConnWe haven’t quite reached the post-season in college basketball, but the bold bettor can now put down money on 58 different teams to win the upcoming NCAA Tournament. As one would expect, Kentucky is a heavy favorite at even odds, while Duke, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Virginia round out the top five. If you believe heavily in recent tournament history, defending national champion UConn is down at 150/1. Memphis, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt share the highest available odds at 1000/1 each. Here is the full list, via Bovada.
Twitter/@TooMFCold4LNotre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is officially on the transfer market, and there are dozens of teams that could use him at quarterback for the upcoming season. The Georgia Bulldogs seem to fit the bill with the graduation of their 2014 starter Hutson Mason, and some fans are already trying to recruit him to Athens.@Everett_Golson5 @FootballUGA choose the dawgs for one year. Take us to another level. We need a championship!!!— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Whoever runs Georgia football’s official Twitter account also seems to like the idea.@FootballUGA @Everett_Golson5 tweeted this not even thinking it was possible. #EverettGolsonToGeorgia #dreamcometrue pic.twitter.com/JwvLsUJ1aj— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Unless Mark Richt is the man behind the Twitter, this probably means nothing, but “Golson Watch” should be a fun news story for the college football world over the next few weeks.
Alex Morgan tied a World Cup record by scoring five goals in the United States’ 13-0 tournament-opening win over Thailand.In the team’s second game, Morgan didn’t play a single minute. And she was fine with it.For head coach Jill Ellis, heavy squad rotation at this World Cup was all part of her grand plan. Against Chile, it worked. 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 been this big-picture plan for a few months now,” Ellis said after her team defeated Chile 3-0 in Paris, a game in which she made seven changes to her team from the Thailand match and still got the result needed to send the U.S. into the World Cup last 16.In addition to Morgan, the other two members of the USWNT’s deadly front trio, Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe, were also rested. So were starting midfielder Rose Lavelle and first-choice full-backs Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn.Of course, Ellis’s plan was made possible by the deep bench full of world-class talent she has to call upon. When she started her reserves, it wasn’t as if she made Chile the favorite. Far from it. “The bench that we have is ridiculous,” Rapinoe said, “It’s by far the deepest that we’ve ever had.”Indeed, if the U.S. were to field a second-choice team at this World Cup, it would likely be a contender to lift the crown. What other country can bring the likes of two-time world player of the year Carli Lloyd – who scored twice against Chile – off the bench?“We knew going into this that it takes all 23 players,” Lloyd said. “It takes the entire roster to ultimately lift this trophy.”Remarkably, the U.S. has now used almost that entire roster in the first two games of the tournament. All 20 field players have seen the field, with only the team’s two backup goalkeepers yet to play.“This team has incredible depth and when [Ellis] chooses who goes on during a game and who starts, there’s no explanation needed,” Morgan said. “We trust in her and it was pretty incredible we were able to get all [20 field] players on the pitch in the first two games.”Morgan didn’t seem perturbed at all about being benched right after her incredible five-goal performance. It was a testament to how the entire team has bought into Ellis’s philosophy.Rather than ride the hot hand, Ellis’s thinking goes, the U.S. wants to create as many hot hands as possible by giving every player a chance at minutes.“Every single one of them has got butterflies out of the way,” Ellis said.“They know that trust is there and that’s a huge part for a coach to show that trust in terms of playing players in the biggest stage of their careers.”Naturally, not every coach has the same luxury as Ellis. Most teams at the World Cup must select their top-choice lineup every game.But the U.S. is different.“We know how deep we are, we know how competitive it is in training, how hard it is to get a spot on the field,” Christen Press said.Press joined Lloyd and Mallory Pugh in a remade front three that caused Chile plenty of problems and would have generated several more goals were it not for the heroics of Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler.That attacking trio might all return to the bench against Sweden in the team’s group-stage finale on Thursday. But Ellis has now given them all a start in the World Cup, and knows she’ll be able to call upon them and all their teammates should they be needed.“We need them in a good place,” Ellis said. “And if they can have minutes and the butterflies are kind of out of the way, I think it helps us down the line.”
PULLMAN, WA – OCTOBER 9: General view of the game between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Oregon Ducks on October 9 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The Ducks won 41-38. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Entering today, Oregon football was probably the Pac-12’s best shot at landing a team in the College Football Playoff. The Ducks narrowly lost a bizarre game to Stanford, and recovered for a statement win against Washington last week.Had the Ducks run the table, and gotten some help, they would have had a solid playoff argument. Unfortunately, things are never easy during road trips to The Palouse.After years of the school’s famous “Ol’ Crimson” flag appearing on College GameDay, Washington State hosted the show for the first time this morning.Fifteen years ago, Washington State’s Ol’ Crimson flag started flying high because of one man and his sewing machine.It has been planted in the heart of College GameDay ever since. pic.twitter.com/mCxrgPnek7— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2018The Cougars came out on fire in the first half of tonight’s prime time game.No. 25 Washington State leads No. 12 Oregon football 27-0 at the half.Quarterback Gardner Minshew has been prolific, completing 31-of-36 passes for 231 yards and three scores, and out-dueling potential No. 1 pick Justin Herbert so far.Washington, Stanford, USC, Utah, and Colorado all already have two losses on the year. No two-loss team has ever made the College Football Playoff, and while Auburn had a shot last year, they had some great win opportunities down the stretch. Those Pac-12 squads won’t have that advantage.With a win, Wazzu would be the only one-loss Pac-12 squad, but it has already lost at USC, and still has games at Stanford, Colorado, and vs. Washington.While we can’t outright eliminate the Pac-12 from College Football Playoff contention if Oregon doesn’t have an epic comeback, it seems extremely unlikely that one of the league’s teams can crack that top four.