10 months agoMan City threaten Real Madrid plans for River Plate midfielder Quintero

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City threaten Real Madrid plans for River Plate midfielder Quinteroby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are interested in River Plate midfielder Fernando Quintero.The Colombia international has been tracked by Real Madrid since the World Cup and been linked with a January move to Spain.However, Colombia’s Antena 2 says City are also interested in Quintero as manager Pep Guardiola seeks to expand his midfield options.Quintero is on-loan at River from Porto and helped the Argentines win the Copa Libertadores this month.The midfielder has also past experience in Italy with Pescara. last_img

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a month agoChelsea striker Abraham: Let’s take anger out on Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham: Let’s take anger out on Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says there’s no time to dwell on their Champions League defeat to Valencia.Abraham – who has emerged as Chelsea’s first-choice striker for the first time this season – played down the defeat and immediately looked ahead to Sunday’s game against Liverpool.”(Sunday) is a test of character. We can take our anger out against Liverpool,” he said at Stamford Bridge.”It’s a massive game and both teams will be going to win. We’ll look forward to putting (tonight’s defeat) right.”It’s still early doors (in the Champions League). We’re fuming we lost today. But there’s still five games to go – we just have to win our next five.”We’re obviously disappointed. We didn’t play our best football. Valencia came and stopped us playing the way we wanted so you have to give them credit.”We’re going to have a lot of ups and downs in a season. We’ve got to move on and not dwell on it.” last_img read more

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17 days ago​Leicester boss Rodgers tells Choudhury to ignore Klopp complaints

first_img​Leicester boss Rodgers tells Choudhury to ignore Klopp complaintsby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers does not want to change youngster Hamza Choudhury’s game.The 22-year-old was slammed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as being a dangerous player.A challenge on Mohamed Salah drew particular ire.But Rodgers defended his midfielder and said he does not want him to lose that tenacity and intensity.”He’s a very honest kid, Hamza,” Rodgers told reporters. “He gets highlighted. He makes challenges and that’s what you want because you can’t tiptoe about an arena like this.”He’ll gain experience, he’s still very young in his game and he’s learning all of the time.”No, he’s not [affected by comments from opposition managers]. That’s something he’ll deal with in his career.”You have to always protect your players but you always have to be honest as well. I didn’t see it as a bad challenge. He’s come into the game to try to see the game through and not be easily bypassed and I think he was unfortunate.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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17 days agoWilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on Crystal Palace

first_imgWilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on this season with the Eagles.Zaha, who signed a five-year contract worth £130,000 a week last year, says he is focused on playing for his current club in a bid to hit targets he has set himself, after bagging 10 goals last season. He told BBC Africa, “I’m seeing how it goes. I’m a Crystal Palace player and I’m just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club.”I’m not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes.”All I can do is perform on the pitch. I’m trying to be a consistent performer on the pitch week in, week out.”Last season I set myself a target of 10 goals and managed to get 10, so I was happy. Hopefully I can reach my goals again – that’s all that’s on my mind.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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8 days ago​Ex-Tottenham coach Allen: Cudicini stopped me punching Wenger

first_img​Ex-Tottenham coach Allen: Cudicini stopped me punching Wengerby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham coach Clive Allen has revealed an incident where he almost punched then Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.Allen was a Spurs player from 1984 to 1988, before going on to become a part of their coaching staff.The 58-year-old recalled an incident in 2011 where Allen was very unhappy with Wenger and had to be restrained by goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.In an extract from his book published in The Evening Standard, Allen said: “I stuck out my hand to shake, but he just walked past me, because he’d lost. That’s the way he is. I chased after him down the tunnel.”‘Come on Arsene!’ I shouted. ‘Are you a man or a mouse? Shake my hand.’ He wouldn’t.”At that point, I lost it. I screamed at him. I was ready to blow. ‘Just because we’ve won for once!'”Just as I went to swing for him, reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini saved the day. He threw his arm over my shoulder.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Vine: Baylor’s Taurean Prince Had A Pass Deflected Into The Basket For Two Points

first_imgTaurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after a made three-pointer against the West Virginia Mountaineers.WACO, TX – MARCH 5: Taurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after a made three-pointer against the West Virginia Mountaineers on March 5, 2016 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)Sometimes, when things are going your way on the basketball court, they really go your way. Baylor forward Taurean Prince has 14 points in the first half tonight against Oklahoma State, and two of them came in incredibly lucky fashion.Prince received the ball in the high post and tried to hit an open Rico Gathers under the basket. Oklahoma State big man Mitchell Solomon got his hand on it, and the result was, well.Good night for Prince so far. He’s now scored double-digits in eight straight games.last_img

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JuCo Linebacker Eldridge Thompson Becomes 2nd South Carolina Commit Of The Day

first_imgWill Muschamp and his staff are having a very strong recruiting day. Earlier this afternoon, Shi Smith, a top in-state recruit, committed to the Gamecocks. He is now joined by JuCo linebacker Eldridge Thompson out of Coffeyville Community College.Eldridge is yet to tweet out his commitment, but he retweeted a GoGamecocks.com about the decision.eldridge thompsonWith the commitments in quick succession, head coach Will Muschamp was very quick on the Twitter confirmations.#SpursUp!— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 11, 2016#SpursUp!!— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 11, 2016 South Carolina now has 13 players committed in the 2017 class.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img

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Report: Jamaica 1 USA 3

first_imgDefending champions the United States set up a blockbuster CONCACAF Gold Cup final against rivals Mexico after beating Jamaica 3-1.Goals from Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic sent USA through to Sunday’s decider following a weather-interrupted semi-final in Nashville.After McKennie’s early opener, Wednesday’s game was stopped for one-and-a-half hours due to lightning, but USA were not to be denied when the clash resumed in the 16th minute, with Pulisic doubling the lead seven minutes into the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare USA did concede their first goal of the tournament as Jamaica substitute Shamar Nicholson set up a nervy finale with 21 minutes remaining but Pulisic capitalised on another rebound to make sure of the result in the 87th minute.Goal @USMNT!!! Andre Blake gives a rebound off of Morris’ shot and Christian Pulisic buries it in! 2-0 USA! #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #JAMvUSA pic.twitter.com/s9ZTamNzY1— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019It was a rematch of the 2017 final won by a Bruce Arena-led USA and the hosts burst out of the blocks and were relentless in attack, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake preventing a certain goal by somehow denying Paul Arriola from point-blank range in the fourth minute.But USA were not to be denied five minutes later as Bradley picked out Reggie Cannon before Jozy Altidore laid the ball onto the oncoming McKennie, who fired past Blake.However, USA’s momentum was abruptly halted by a lengthy delay due to severe weather in the 16th minute and the temporary suspension aided Jamaica.Jamaica emerged from the delay with renewed energy and looked far more threatening, while the United States were disjoined and lacked rhythm.The half-time interval provided USA with the chance to regroup and the Americans did just that as they moved 2-0 ahead through Chelsea-bound Pulisic in the 52nd minute.Goal Jamaica !!! Shamar Nicholson with the textbook header after a great ball from Leon Bailey! Jamaica cuts the lead in half, 2-1 in Nashville! #JAMvUSA #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs @jff_football pic.twitter.com/pYOGwuKNRZ— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019Morris latched onto a McKennie pass and managed to get a shot off, with Blake only parried the ball straight into the path of Pulisic, who tucked away the rebound.After Gyasi Zardes wasted a great chance for USA, Jamaica’s Nicholson headed a Leon Bailey cross into the net to pull a goal back for the 2015 and 2017 runners-up, only for Pulisic to pounce on another rebound with three minutes remaining. Another final for USAAfter the pain of missing the 2018 World Cup, USA’s rebuild under Berhalter continues to gather pace. Mexico stand in the way of back-to-back Gold Cup triumphs in the first final showdown between the nations since 2011.Bradley, McKennie impressIt was a fine team display by USA. Not short of critics, veteran midfielder Bradley was cool and calm in possession with his passing a clear highlight. Schalke’s McKennie, meanwhile, showed why he is so highly rated with a goal and a couple of defence-splitting balls.Jamaica can hold heads highFor much of the game, Jamaica were outclassed. But the Reggae Boyz, despite limited resources compared to their USA counterparts, made it tough for the six-time champions just like they did in the 2017 final. What’s next? USA will look to retain their crown again Mexico in Chicago on Sunday, while Jamaica can look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League – starting against Antigua and Barbuda on September 6. read morelast_img read more

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GOAT of right-backs! Dani Alves surpasses Cafu as best ever

first_imgWhether he is strutting in his wife’s heels on social media or flying past an unsuspecting opponent on the football pitch, Dani Alves rarely fails to draw attention. The Bahia native, who turned 36 in May, has become something of a cult superstar thanks to his off-field antics, delighting fans with videos of his off-beat – so as not to say wholly insane – behaviour. But it is on the field where Alves really shows what he is made of. At an age where most players are hanging up their boots, he has the drive, talent and fitness to keep pushing himself to the limit – and Brazil, for one, could not be more grateful.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare While the Selecao have been blessed with wonderful right-backs over the years, he might just be the best of the lot, surpassing even a Canarinha legend and multiple World Cup winner like Cafu.On Tuesday, Argentina became the latest team to suffer the wrath of Brazil’s fireball full-back, who gave an impossibly complete performance to inspire his side to victory and the Copa America final. Alves does not just take opponents apart: at his best, he rips the very logic of football to shreds. Right-backs, after all, are not supposed to pop up in the area to finish open play goals – Dani did, charging forward to convert Roberto Firmino’s clever pass earlier in the Copa and seal a 5-0 win over Peru. Right-backs are not supposed to dictate their team’s play, especially when they line up alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Roberto Firmino. Nobody thought to tell Alves, that, though, as he prepared to put Argentina to the sword. Nobody on the Mineirao pitch, from either side, made more passes than the veteran’s 80, while with 112 touches of the ball he surpassed by almost 50 Arthur, his nearest challenger in yellow and blue. What other player in his position could complete five dribbles, one of which opened the Argentina defence wide open to set in motion Jesus’ opening goal? Add to that 11 regained possessions, another game-high, and what emerges is the image of a complete, almost perfect performance – even if he was lucky to see referee Roddy Zambrano overlook a wild shove on Sergio Aguero in the area seconds before Firmino hit the second of the night, a decision that sent the usually calm Lionel Messi into a wild fury.”I agree, I also complain about referees,” Alves said after the game in response to his former Barca team-mate’s protests. Lionel Messi Argentina Dani Alves Brazil Dani Alves Brazil 2019“I don’t like to talk about referees, but it seemed he was more nervous than we were.”Watching Alves over the 90 minutes, indeed over the course of this tournament, one would have to look very hard indeed to find any nerves on his part. He is a wonderfully assured presence on the right, who has thrived since Tite took over the national team mantle from dour Dunga in 2016 and restored the dying tradition of Brazil’s marauding full-backs. The Selecao has not always been so kind to Alves. For years he toiled under the shackles of unadventurous, negative coaches who saw him as a loose cannon. He was rotated endlessly with the less spectacular Maicon, bagging a slightly unimpressive – by the standards of Cafu and fellow Brazil greats – trophy haul of a single Copa America title won in 2007 and two Confederations Cup gongs.Dani sat on the bench in frustration as Maicon was torn apart in that infamous 7-1 World Cup humiliation at the hands of Germany in Belo Horizonte. Four years later, a knee injury ruled him out for Russia, surely his final chance of winning the title Brazilians regard as their birthright thanks to five previous triumphs. Indeed, he sits within an exclusive if unwanted group of Brazil greats never to lift the trophy, with the likes of Socrates, Zico and Falcao.It was the cruellest of fates for the star, who at club level has won league titles in Spain, France and Italy as well as three Champions League trophies as part of Barca’s all-conquering team. He also claimed two UEFA Cup titles earlier in his career with Sevilla.But he took it in his stride and now seems hell-bent on delivering success in front of the Maracana faithful on Sunday. “We trust in our play and our own hard work a great deal,” he added to reporters in Belo Horizonte. “There is one more step to achieve the objective we set ourselves from the start, but it is not easy.”Dani PSCafuAlves has rarely had it easy. As the youngest of five children growing up in rural Bahia he would rise at 4 a.m. to help his family collect onions and melons from the fields in searing temperatures, and when food was scarce hunted wild pigeons using traps and slingshots. He even made a 14-second cameo in a Brazilian film, appearing as a boy soldier shot in the heat of battle in exchange for a free meal and five reais (roughly a dollar) he could take home to his family. Alves is no stranger to adversity and is unlikely to feel the pressure when he steps out in front of a baying home crowd to take on Peru for the right to be crowned South American champions.The Copa would also be title number 40 for him, a record in European football – he sits ahead of Maxwell, Ryan Giggs, Vitor Baia and Messi, who has 34 – that speaks volumes of his consistency and impact at the top level.What happens next for the 36-year-old is still a mystery. Alves has already announced that he will not extend his stay at Paris Saint-Germain and is hopeful of finding a new club, with even a return to Barca three years after leaving for Juventus slated as a possibility.Whether that dream comeback materialises or not, he deserves at least one more chance to prove he has what it takes to compete with football’s elite. For while Cafu may have the World Cup medals and a special place in Brazil’s hearts, this wild, hilarious, often outrageous and supremely talented figure has to be mentioned in the same breath as his predecessor at right-back, if not above the great.last_img read more

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Top 2019 QB Recruit Announces His Decommitment

first_imgA general view of Wake Forest's football field.WINSTON SALEM, NC – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Florida State Seminoles at BB&T Field on September 30, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the rising quarterback recruits in the 2019 class is now back on the market. He’s announced his decommitment.Brendon Clark, a pro-style quarterback out of Virginia, had been committed to Wake Forest since last July. He’s decided to back out of his pledge.His high school announced the news on Twitter.“Brendon Clark had reopened his recruitment and has decommitted from Wake Forrest. Clark visited Clemson this past weekend and has trips planned for Notre Dame and Tennessee in the upcoming weeks. A planned decision will be made on July 4th,” the school wrote.Brendon Clark had reopened his recruitment and has decimmitted from Wake Forrest. Clark visited Clemson this past weekend and has trips planned for Notre Dame and Tennessee in the upcoming weeks. A planned decision will be made on July 4th pic.twitter.com/2BI8ZHgE9B— Manchester Football (@lancer_footbal) June 11, 2018Clark is a three-star quarterback recruit, but he’s starting to get major interest from some elite programs.Clemson and Tennessee have both offered him a scholarship and Notre Dame is expressing interest.He’s ranked the No. 22 pro-style QB in the class, but he could rise up the rankings soon.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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