TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola ready to learn De Jong plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are expected to soon learn of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong’s transfer plans.City boss Pep Guardiola has identified the Ajax starlet De Jong as his No.1 midfield target. But Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are both also pushing hard to sign De Jong and are prepared to outbid City when it comes to wages.While Ajax – in the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in over a decade – are preparing to keep hold of De Jong, his agent insists a decision over his long-term future will soon be made.Ali Dursun said on Thursday: “I think the choice may be made in the coming weeks.”So that after the winter break all attention can be fully focused on football for months.“Frenkie must be able to fully focus on that. He still plays with Ajax and the Oranje for so many prizes.”
Koulibaly: I signed deal confident Napoli can win Scudettoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKalidou Koulibaly is delighted with his new deal at Napoli.The defender has penned a new five-year contract this week.He said, “I feel very good in Naples, since I arrived they welcomed me very well. “I have felt Neapolitan from the first day I arrived. The Scudetto? It is 3-4 years that we have tried to win it, it is very difficult against Juventus who always does extraordinary championships. We hope that this year will be ours, I hope it will be the right year, but there is also the Europa League and Coppa Italia, if we play united we can go far.”Koulibaly was speaking before last night’s defeat to Inter Milan, where he was sent off amid being the subject of racist chants. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Leicester winger Diabate completes Sivasspor switchby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City winger Fousseni Diabata has signed with Sivasspor on loan for the remainder of the season.The 23-year-old has appeared 19 times for the Foxes in all competitions.However, he has been limited to just four outings this season and wanted to move in order to secure more playing time.Diabate joined the Foxes from Ajaccio last January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Nick Saban does not have a personal Twitter account. If I had to bet on it, I’d guess the Alabama head coach will never have one. The five-time national champion said today he’d consider getting one, though. During an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show, Saban said he’d get a personal Twitter account if “someone can prove to me there’s an advantage.” Nick Saban on @twitter“If someone can prove to me there’s an advantage in it I’ll certainly do it” pic.twitter.com/t0vAjoDRLF— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 6, 2016Most college football coaches do have Twitter accounts.Jim Harbaugh’s is probably the most-popular and he has 417K followers. Urban Meyer has had one for a year-plus and he also has 417K followers. How many could Saban get up to? During his interview with Finebaum, he was also asked about Lane Kiffin’s use of social media. The Alabama offensive coordinator has done some trolling of his rivals and his use of bitmojis. I asked Nick Saban about @Lane_Kiffin‘s trolling & use of bitmoji’s“I don’t think that’s something anyone should do for attention”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 6, 2016“Lane, Coach Saban wants to see you in his office. Bring your phone and your Twitter password.”
Urban MeyerThe Cavs have a three-time national champion cheering them on in Game 4 of the NBA Finals this evening. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is in Cleveland for this evening’s contest against the Warriors. #ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/UWGyEWOdE5— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 11, 2016Many photos of the Buckeyes’ national title-winning head coach were snapped pregame. We have an Urban sighting #GoBucks #ALLIN216 #nbafinals pic.twitter.com/dwQm5LvxFk— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) June 11, 2016Urban Meyer here to bring the #cavs some Championship luck! #3cavs @wkyc @WKYCSports pic.twitter.com/BSxQg8V5PK— Dave Chudowsky (@DaveChudowsky) June 11, 2016Urban Meyer chatting with Spike Lee before game 4 of the #NBAFinals #ALLin216 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/gXKUyudAaM— Kyle Robertson (@KRobPhoto) June 11, 2016Meyer’s sitting behind the Cavs’ bench and reportedly looks a little nervous.#ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/UWGyEWOdE5 — Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 11, 2016 Urban Meyer is right behind the Cavs bench and looks like a nervous wreck because Urban Meyer is the best. — Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) June 11, 2016It’s gotta be Ohio good luck to have @OSUCoachMeyer sitting behind the @Cavs bench. #ALLinCLE #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bsEStkFKNU— Kyle Kutuchief (@KyleKutuchief) June 11, 2016The Cavs and the Warriors are currently playing on ABC.
Neymar’s father has refuted reports suggesting that he is set to enter into discussions with Barcelona regarding a potential return to Camp Nou for his son.Speculation continues to rage when it comes to a possible switch to Spain for the Brazil international.Two years on from a record-breaking €222 million (£200m/$262m) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar is said to want out of the France capital. 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 Sources close to a long-running saga have suggested that Barca are open to the idea of re-signing the South American. There are, however, a number of obstacles for them to overcome before a deal can be done.The Liga champions are eager to acquire both Neymar and Antoine Griezmann this summer, but have Financial Fair Play considerations to take into account.That is delaying the process, along with the demands of Atletico Madrid when it comes to negotiations regarding their World Cup-winning striker .With that in mind, little progress is being made when it comes to the pursuit of Neymar.The 27-year-old’s father has confirmed as much, with there no plans on his part to head for Catalunya any time soon – regardless of what reports in Spain may suggest.He told Fox Sports when quizzed on the rumours: “I’m not going to Barcelona to negotiate. I am in Brazil and I will stay here until we return to Paris with my son.”Neymar is currently back in his homeland watching his fellow countrymen compete in the 2019 Copa America.He had been hoping to play a leading role in that competition, only to see an untimely injury prevent him from forming part of Tite’s plans.His attention may have been diverted elsewhere for now, but a decision on his club future will need to be made at some stage.PSG are understandably reluctant to part with one of their prized assets.They have, however, admitted that they will only look to retain the services of those who are fully committed to the collective cause at Parc des Princes.With it unclear as to whether Neymar is buying into that project, the Ligue 1 title holders have started to piece together contingency plans.Pablo Sarabia has been snapped up from Sevilla in a deal worth over €20 million (£18m/$23m), with it suggested that his arrival could be paving the way for imminent departures.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska is off to an 0-2 start under new head coach Scott Frost, and some of the hype for his tenure has been deflated. Kirk Herbstreit thinks that is a bit unfair.Nebraska’s season opener against Akron wound up being rained out. Of course, the Zips recently knocked off Northwestern, so there’s no guarantee that it would’ve been a cake walk.In Week 2, Nebraska fell in the game’s final minutes to former rival Colorado, after dynamic freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez went down with an injury.Last week, without Martinez, the team lost again, this time to Sun Belt power Troy. On paper, its a bad loss, but Troy is a top 10 Group of Five team, with a win at LSU last year. In 2016, the Trojans lost 30-24 at eventual national champion Clemson. Neal Brown’s team can really play.Given the context of the 0-2 start, Kirk Herbstreit says that Nebraska football fans need to back away from the ledge over Scott Frost’s rough start.He was asked about the struggling first year head coaches, like Frost, Willie Taggart, and Chip Kelly on his “Herbstreit and Fitzsimmons” ESPN podcast yesterday.Herbstreit took to Frost’s defense in response. Via 247Sports:“I’m going to cherry pick Nebraska out of the rest of the teams you mentioned because they’ve actually played and competed and just ended up losing games at the end. I know the Troy game was a game they should have won. But if you watched them play, you didn’t walk away shaking your head thinking, ‘what in the world are they doing.’ I didn’t feel that way. They had a backup quarterback because the freshman (Adrian) Martinez is out. Now they’ve got Michigan. I feel like that’s a ship that’s heading in a very positive direction. They might not be getting the results, but it just feels different than what we’ve seen there in recent years.”The start has to be frustrating for Nebraska fans, who saw UCF go undefeated just a year ago. Still, Herbstreit makes some very salient points.Nebraska hasn’t looked terrible on the field at all. With an easier slate, and some weather and injury luck, the Huskers could have certainly started 3-0, without any real difference in level of play. No one should be jumping off the bandwagon quite yet.[ESPN]
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State’s running back depth has taken a hit today, as head coach James Franklin announced that one of the team’s veteran tailbacks will miss the rest of the season.Mark Allen, a senior running back, is out for the rest of the year with a season-ending injury. Franklin announced the news on his Big Ten coaches’ teleconference call.The 5-foot-6 running back had totaled 99 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.“Mark’s got a very bright future. He’s gonna be very successful at whatever he chooses to do,” Franklin announced.The Athletic’s Audrey Snyder notes that Ricky Slade should be the team’s No. 2 running back moving forward.“Senior RB Mark Allen suffered a season-ending injury, Franklin said. Allen is in ‘great spirits’ Franklin said. ‘Mark’s got a very bright future. He’s gonna be very successful at whatever he chooses to do.’ Look for Ricky Slade to be the No. 2 back moving forward,” she writes.Senior RB Mark Allen suffered a season-ending injury, Franklin said. Allen is in “great spirits” Franklin said. “Mark’s got a very bright future. He’s gonna be very successful at whatever he chooses to do.” Look for Ricky Slade to be the No. 2 back moving forward.— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 25, 2018Allen, a Maryland native, was on pace for his best season yet. His previous career high in rushing yards for a season was 115. Allen was on pace to blow past that this season.Penn State is set to host Ohio State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC on Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It is Michigan week. For Ohio State players and fans, that comes with a hard and fast rule on social media.Any letter ‘m’s’ in a word must be replaced by a Red ‘x.’Even the official football Twitter account follows this code.However, Urban Meyer–or whoever is actually running his Twitter account–forgot about this custom this afternoon. The account sent out a tweet with an untainted ‘m’ in it.“Careers are made, Legends are Born!!!” the tweet reads.Careers are made, Legends are Born!!! https://t.co/cn000wIwdg— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) November 19, 2018As you can see by the responses to the tweet, Ohio State fans are correcting Meyer. All in good fun, however.It is doubtful that Meyer ever actually uses “his” Twitter account, but if he’s focused on a letter this week, it probably isn’t ‘m.’ It’s ‘D’ as in defense.Ohio State’s stop unit has been woeful much of the season, and struggled mightily against Maryland on Saturday. It is a major concern.If the Buckeyes’ ‘D’ doesn’t play better, they can forget about a W against their archrivals.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has admitted to having “uncomfortable” conversations with his coaching staff following the game at Maryland.Meyer told reporters on Monday that he and his defensive coaches had some difficult but needed conversations.From Eleven Warriors:That has led to difficult conversations with the defensive staff, said Meyer, who characterized them as “uncomfortable and direct.”“And I was saying around here: Win the moment,” Meyer said. “The moment is to get ready for the next one, not what happened against Oregon State or even last week. That’s hard to do. Your question is legit and very uncomfortable to discuss but our players deserve our best and that’s to focus on today and that’s what’s coming next.”Ohio State’s defense has been torched multiple times this season. The Buckeyes clearly need to fix some things – if that’s possible – heading into this weekend’s game against Michigan.We’ll see if that can happen.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. on FOX.