TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Middlesbrough targeting Huddersfield winger La Parraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMiddlesbrough are interested in signing Rajiv van La Parra in the January window.According to Sky Sports, the Championship side want to take La Parra on loan for the rest of the season.The Huddersfield winger has seen little game time, having only started five games all season in every competition.The report claims the 27-year-old is a key target for Boro, who want to improve the side as they push for promotion to the Premier League.Boro are currently 4th in the Championship.
Man City boss Guardiola asks Liverpool: Can you handle pressure?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has questioned whether Liverpool can handle the pressure of being Premier League leaders.Boxing Day could prove to be a crucial day in the title race after results saw Jurgen Klopp’s side extend their advantage at the top of the table to six points ahead of Tottenham, with City a point further back in third place after a 2-1 loss at Leicester condemned them to a second straight defeat.”From January, February last season people said, ‘The Premier League is over’. To live with that is not easy,” Guardiola said.”One month ago people said about [the match against] Liverpool and before [then] we had three or four games.”Football is that you are able to win a lot of games and you are able to lose a lot of games. When I was at Barcelona for one period I lost four games in a row.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla fullback Sergio Reguilon ‘very happy’ with season startby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla fullback Sergio Reguilon is delighted with his start to the season.Reguilon is on-loan from Real Madrid.He told Marca: “I’m very happy. I’m happy with the team, the fans, the city. Everyone has welcome me with open arms. I am really grateful to everyone for the affection and confidence placed in me. It’s only just started and I hope it keeps going well.”I didn’t think twice about it when Sevilla came up. There were good European teams, but I know LaLiga and I knew about the club I was coming to and that it’s a very big club with great fans and a great stadium. I didn’t have to think about it much. It was clear to me.”
Everton assistant Ferguson: Players are behind Silvaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton assistant manager Duncan Ferguson believes the entire dressing room is behind Marco Silva.The Portuguese coach is under significant scrutiny because of poor results this season.The Toffees are in the bottom three in the Premier League.But Ferguson feels that players and staff are fully behind Silva and believe he can turn around the club’s circumstances.”Everybody is behind the manager and we know the fans will always be behind the club,” Ferguson told reporters.”We just need to turn the positivity that we’ve got around the place into victories and that’s what we’re looking to do.”Silva is odds on with bookmakers to get the sack in the coming weeks. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Paul Pogba has once again compared the current Manchester United set-up favourably to the team’s travails under Jose Mourinho, opining that the Reds have regained their identity since he left.The France international returned to Old Trafford in 2016 at the start of Mourinho’s tenure from Juventus in a then-world record transfer.But despite initial success, relations between player and manager eventually deteriorated, leading to reports of furious dressing room clashes. 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? Mourinho was relieved of his United duties at the end of 2018, with the club and Pogba in particular enjoying an upturn in form since Old Gunner Solskjaer took over from the Portuguese on an interim basis.And on Thursday the midfielder repeated his belief that the team is in better shape under Mourinho’s replacement.”The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball. We know more where to attack and where to go. We have more of a pattern of play and more of a structure,” he told Sky Sports News .”That makes it easier for everyone. So I would not say it is only myself. Yes, I have scored a few goals and had a few assists but it is all the team [that deserves credit].”Victory over Tottenham at the weekend made it six straight wins in all competitions for United under Solskjaer, a run that has propelled the Red Devils back into contention for a Champions League spot.And Pogba believes that the 1-0 win shows that United should be taken seriously as contenders after their woes at the start of the 2018-19 season.”It was great for us. It was great to show we are coming back and getting closer to the top,” Pogba added.”We needed points and we showed that we could beat a big team.”I wouldn’t say [we had] luck because you create your own luck. David did his job and I thank him for that.”I think the team performance was great. We played against a good team. You cannot say they are not a good team because they have top players.”It was a great game and it was a good victory for us.”Man Utd are back in action on Saturday, when they host Brighton at Old Trafford.A win for Solskjaer’s man could bring them back within four points of fourth-placed Chelsea should the Blues go down to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s later kick-off. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Holders Chelsea have been drawn to face Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round in a repeat of last year’s final.In the stand out tie of the round, Maurizio Sarri’s side will take on Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s improving Red Devils at Stamford Bridge next month.United have won all eight of Solskaer’s matches in charge since the Norwegian succeeded Jose Mourinho last month, including an impressive 3-1 victory against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the fourth round on Friday. 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? Eight-time winners Chelsea reached round five courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.Eden Hazard scored the only goal from the penalty spot when the sides met at Wembley in May, with Chelsea lifting the trophy for the fifth time in 11 years.Elsewhere in the draw, League Two side Newport could face Premier League champions Manchester City if they beat Middlesbrough in their fourth round replay.League One’s Doncaster, through to the fifth round for the first time in 63 years, will host Crystal Palace.AFC Wimbledon, who beat West Ham in round four, have been handed a home draw against Millwall, who also overcame Premier League opposition in the form of Everton.Bristol City will face either Shrewsbury or Wolves, who needed a stoppage-time equaliser to secure a replay against the League One side on Saturday.Watford also face an away trip in round five, against either Portsmouth or QPR.Derby, who needed a late goal to squeeze past Accrington in round four, face a trip to Brighton or West Brom in the last 16.Swansea will play either Barnet or Brentford, who face each other at the Hive on Monday evening.The FA Cup fifth round ties will take place the weekend of 15-18 February.FA Cup fifth round draw in full: Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town or Wolverhampton Wanderers AFC Wimbledon v Millwall Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace Middlesbrough or Newport County v Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester United Swansea v Barnet or Brentford Portsmouth or Queens Park Rangers v Watford Brighton or West Brom or Derby County
Prolific striker Alex Morgan netted five goals as United States began their Women’s World Cup defence in style with a record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand in Reims on Tuesday.The reigning champions had to wait five days to start their campaign but produced an ominous performance that doubled as the biggest win in tournament history, surpassing Germany’s 11-0 trouncing of Argentina in 2007.Morgan took her goal tally at international level to 106 with her well-taken haul, while Samantha Mewis added a double and was involved in setting up another two goals. 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? Jill Ellis’ side had the three points in the bag with a 3-0 lead at half time but impressively, they did not let up after the break against a Thailand side who were well and truly out of their depth, the second half ending in truly embarrassing fashion for the underdogs.5 – Alex Morgan is the second player in #FIFAWWC history to score five goals in a single game, doing so 27 years and 199 days after fellow @USWNT international Michelle Akers managed this feat against Chinese Taipei in November 1991. Decimated. pic.twitter.com/kkl7kay7Rz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 11, 2019An offside decision cost Morgan a fifth-minute opener but the prolific forward would not be denied, nodding in Kelley O’Hara’s dinked cross with aplomb to open the scoring.Morgan was involved in the second goal, too, playing a neat one-two with Rose Lavelle before the latter produced a 20-yard effort that Thailand goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying could only fumble into the back of the net.Lindsey Horan got her side’s third, reacting quickest to a goalmouth scramble to fire into the roof of the net, and only an incredible sequence of play – featuring a host of last-gasp blocks, a smart Chor Charoenying save and a penalty appeal – kept the margin to three at the break.The floodgates opened early in the second half, though, as a hapless Thailand side conceded four goals in a six-minute period.Mewis started things, getting the goal her terrific performance deserved with a deflected effort, before Morgan prodded home the fifth at the far post.Mewis then made it six goals in her last five appearances for the national team when she pounced on a loose ball and soon turned provider as Lavelle swept in a cross.Morgan’s hat-trick effort was a stylish goal, with quick feet winning her the space to fire in an excellent 15-yard finish, and Megan Rapinoe then finished smartly to end a fast break in style.A fourth goal was to follow for Morgan, who rounded off her brilliant night with a fiercely hit fifth after Mallory Pugh had got on the scoresheet. Carli Lloyd capped off the night with the final goal in injury time, a three-minute period that must have felt like three hours for the Thailand players.Chile should provide United States with a far sterner test on Sunday, while Thailand’s next task comes against Sweden. read more
BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the stadium as the Stanford Cardinal face the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 3, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The Cardinal defeated the Buffaloes 48-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Former college football and NFL star Frank Clarke passed away on Wednesday at the age of 84, according to the school. Clarke starred at Colorado and later was part of the first Dallas Cowboys team. He also played in the famed Ice Bowl in 1967.Clarke played wide receiver, and in 1955, he was an important member of the team’s aerial attack. He’s regarded as one of the best players in program history and he’s a member of the team’s Hall of Fame.The school issued a press release in his honor on Thursday. In it, Colorado describes his 1955 and 1956 seasons, making sure to note that it was a run-heavy era in football history:Clarke, who was inducted into the CU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008, joined the Buffs in 1954 after playing two years at Trinidad Junior College. After sitting out a transfer year, he led the Buffs in receiving in 1955 and ’56, earning honorable mention All-Big 7 honors as a junior. In an era when Colorado rarely threw the ball downfield, he still finished his career averaging 26.6 yards for 20 catches, seven of which went for touchdowns. Clarke also blocked two kicks in his career, handled most of CU’s kickoff duties, and had one catch for 18 yards in CU’s 27-21 win over Clemson in the 1957 Orange Bowl.After being drafted in 1956, Clarke spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns.Clarke was also the first black player to play for Colorado. Clemson apparently was unwilling to play against the Buffaloes in the Orange Bowl but later changed its mind.Clarke was one of two black athletes on the 1956 CU team, as another future Hall of Famer, John Wooten, had joined the Buffs soon after Clarke. When the Buffs were invited to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Clemson officials said the school would not play a team with black athletes.The Buffs, however, refused to relent and said they would show up. If Clemson wanted to play, the Buffs would be waiting, and Clemson officials finally agreed to play the game.Just saw that former Colorado wide receiver Frank Clarke, the first black football player in #CUBuffs history, died Wednesday at age 84. Still tied for the Dallas Cowboys record for most consecutive games with a TD catch (7). https://t.co/aGOvjdRdS9— Matt L. Stephens (@MattStephens) July 26, 2018Our thoughts and prayers are with Clarke’s family and friends.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Urban Meyer has yet to learn his fate as Ohio State’s head football coach. The three-time national title-winning coach was placed on paid administrative leave last week. A university investigation is underway.The investigation, according to Ohio State, is expected to take about two weeks. The Buckeyes are set to open the regular season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.While details of the investigation are unclear, and we’re still days away from knowing what is going to happen with Urban Meyer’s job, a consensus appears to be developing.That consensus: Urban Meyer is not going to be fired.Today, Columbus radio host Bruce Hooley went on The Dan Patrick Show and said he believes there’s a “zero percent chance” Meyer is fired.Monday, ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum appeared on the radio and said it’s “pretty obvious” that Meyer will be retained.“I think it’s pretty obvious from Ohio State realizing that the moment they put him on administrative leave it telegraphed to everyone ‘he’s done,’ to Urban realizing he had to change the narrative by issuing that statement on Friday afternoon coinciding with Zach Smith’s just purely embarrassing interview with ESPN,” Finebaum said.“And then, today, I think the betting line in Vegas is now shifting back toward Urban Meyer surviving somehow, whether it’s a two-game or four-game suspension; whether it’s a fine; whether it’s Urban Meyer sitting down with Rece (Davis) or Tom Rinaldi and crying on camera while Shelley looks at him and talks about how he’s the greatest man she’s ever known. You guys can spend plenty of time today coming up with the narrative, but I think we’ve all seen the movie before.”Also on Monday, ESPN’s David Pollack appeared on Dan Patrick’s show. He, too, thinks there won’t be a firing.Desmond Howard, also, believes Meyer will keep his job.Sure do…— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) August 2, 2018Jeff Snook, an author of multiple Ohio State football books, says he won’t be surprised if Meyer is on the sideline Week 1 vs. Oregon State. pic.twitter.com/5HX6vAEADF— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyZone) August 7, 2018Of course, no one really knows what Meyer’s fate will be. But, it seems like analysts are starting to believe that there will be no firing.Stay tuned.