10 months agoREVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spree

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spreeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to make this the final season at the club of Gareth Bale.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Bale will be sold next season, it’s a decision that’s been made,” Inda explained. “They would sell him for €180m, it’s their starting price. They want to sign a centre-back, a left-back, a midfielder and two craques in attack.”Inda says Florentino expects Manchester United to come forward next year with a new proposal for Bale.And an offer of £150m is anticipated, despite Bale’s persistent injury problems. last_img read more

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9 months agoPSG push Everton to drop Gueye price

first_imgPSG push Everton to drop Gueye priceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are willing to sell to Idrissa Gueye this month.PSG are in contact with Everton about a deal for the midfielder, says L’Equipe.And Everton are prepared to sell Gueye – but for no less than €45m.The price is deemed too rich by PSG, which rate the player closer to €30-35m.Gueye is tied to Everton until 2022. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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16 days agoAC Milan director Maldini welcomes Pioli appointment

first_imgAC Milan director Maldini welcomes Pioli appointmentby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini has welcomed the appointment of new coach Stefano Pioli.Pioli arrives to replace Marco Giampaolo.”Pioli isn’t a gamble,” said Maldini.“We want to be leading lights this season, we don’t want to write this season off.“I thank Giampaolo for his professionalism. Three months ago, we were here talking about him, but this was a considered and shared choice.“If we go back in time, he was the right choice for a young team, but it just didn’t work. I defended Giampaolo because that was the right thing to do.“We have 31 games in front of us. We can still turn things around this season. We don’t want to still be waiting to become competitive in 10 years’ time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days agoPearce tribute to Liverpool veteran Milner

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pearce tribute to Liverpool veteran Milnerby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland great Stuart Pearce has paid tribute to Liverpool veteran James Milner.Pearce managed Milner when he was in charge of England U21’s from 2007-2013.He told talkSPORT: “Three words that I would [use to] describe him: resilient, professional and relentless. I think that sums Milly up.”He covers 12, 13 kilometres a game, so I think somewhere in the midfield three [is his position]. But if you asked him to play anywhere, he’d go on the pitch and play anywhere for you. Sensational professional.” last_img

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Bob Huggins’ Daughters Tweeted Rape Jokes About Maryland’s Dez Wells Sunday Night

first_imgBob Huggins's daughter tweets about Dez Wells.Maryland and West Virginia rarely play each other in basketball, so there isn’t much of a rivalry between the two programs that border each other. After Sunday night’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game, though, maybe one is going to heat up. The No. 5-seeded Mountaineers defeated the No. 4-seeded Terrapins in a contest in Columbus that featured a lot of trash talking and some pretty physical play. There appears to be some hatred of Maryland stemming from the family of WVU coach Bob Huggins, too. During and after the game, Twitter accounts seemingly belonging to Huggins’ daughters, Jenna Leigh and Jacqueline Huggins, tweeted rape jokes about Terrapins’ senior star Dez Wells. Jenna Leigh Huggins, who is listed as West Virginia’s “program assistant,” later deleted those tweets and made her Twitter account private. Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.59.49 AMHuggins’ other daughter, Jacqueline, tweeted a similar joke. The tweet was still online as of Monday morning. “NO MEANS NO DEZ!” –@JennaLeigh44— (@JacqueHuggins) March 23, 2015Wells was expelled from Xavier in 2012 following a sexual assault allegation. Those allegations were deemed unworthy of prosecution, though, and Wells sued the school. The lawsuit was settled out of court “in a matter satisfactory to the parties,” according to the Washington Post. West Virginia is set to face Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.last_img read more

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Jay Williams Says Kentucky Got “Hosed” When It Comes To Seeding

first_imgUNC cheerleader walks through College GameDay live-shot.Jay Williams DukeAfter splitting the regular season title in the SEC, Kentucky and Texas A&M both reached the league’s tournament final – setting up what seemed like an all-important showdown regarding NCAA Tournament seeding. Well, that’s what we thought.The Wildcats knocked off the Aggies Sunday, taking home the trophy. But somehow, when the brackets were unveiled just hours later, Texas A&M was given a 3-seed, while UK landed on the 4-line. John Calipari, per usual, went off. It turns out some of the ESPN guys agree with him.College basketball analyst Jay Williams went as far as to say that Kentucky got “hosed” by the committee. . @KentuckyMBB got hosed. No way #BBN wins their conf tourney & share of the regular season & get a 4 seed while Texas A&M gets a 3 seed.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 13, 2016It’s hard to disagree here. Most thought that at worst, Kentucky would get a 3-seed, and at best, a 2-seed. The NCAA Tournament selection committee continues to baffle everyone, year after year.last_img read more

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‘Arsenal are sixth-richest club, so why can’t they buy?’

first_imgMartin Keown believes it is “astonishing” that Unai Emery is not allowed to spend in January, with Arsenal enjoying a standing as “the sixth-wealthiest club in the world”.The Gunners boss has revealed that he will be given no funds with which to strengthen his squad during the winter transfer window.Instead, the Spaniard is being forced to seek out loan deals – with Goal revealing that Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is a top target. 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? Arsenal are also in danger of losing head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, with the German considering a return to the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich.Keown is baffled as to how those at Emirates Stadium have got into this predicament, telling talkSPORT: “It’s a very weird situation at Arsenal.”For the club to say they’re only allowed to loan players…”This is the sixth-wealthiest club in the world! And we can’t buy a player in this transfer window?”I think that’s astonishing!”Revealed: The 30 highest revenue-earning clubsMesut Ozil Arsenal 2018It may be that Arsenal free up funds by offloading a few of those already on their books.An exit has been mooted for Mesut Ozil, with the German playmaker having struggled to hold down a regular role under Emery of late.The Gunners boss has offered no indication that he is actively looking for a buyer, but Keown is among those to share the belief that the 2014 World Cup winner is no longer giving his all for the good of a collective cause.The former defender added: “I think Unai Emery is trying to work with Ozil.”People are now saying they want more creativity, but first of all he has to work and be prepared to work to the ethic the manager has.”And I just don’t think Ozil wants to do that at the moment.”It remains to be seen whether the 30-year-old will be included in Arsenal’s plans for a crunch clash with Chelsea on Saturday.The Gunners are set to welcome their London rivals to the Emirates as they sit fifth in the Premier League table, six points adrift of the Blues and the final Champions League spot – with resurgent Manchester United having pulled level with them.last_img read more

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Berhalter focuses on establishing USMNT balance ahead of Gold Cup

first_imgIs the U.S. national team preparing to compete in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup not young enough? That is certainly a sentiment among some U.S. fans who have been left disappointed with what feels like a delaying of a necessary youth movement. Gregg Berhalter doesn’t see it that way, and not because he doesn’t believe in the value of bringing young players along in the USMNT setup.What Berhalter is searching for heading into his first tournament in charge as U.S. coach is the right balance. He has seen first-hand what having the right combination can produce, having been a member of what was arguably the best USMNT World Cup squad ever assembled. Berhalter also knows what having a bad mix of players can cause.”Any successful team needs diversity,” Berhalter told Goal in an exclusive interview during USMNT camp.”Any successful team needs experienced guys, guys in their prime and guys that are developing. Any time you get too heavy in one of those areas I think you’re in trouble.” 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? Berhalter was a defender on the 2002 U.S. World Cup team that reached the World Cup quarterfinals, a run that ended with a 1-0 loss to Germany in a match the Americans played well enough to win. A match remembered for Berhalter having a potential equalizer blocked off the goal line by a Torsten Frings handball that wasn’t called, though almost certainly would have been ruled a penalty in today’s world of VAR.Berhalter insists he never gave much thought to what he missed out on personally by having that potential goal denied, but was more painful because it ended a dream run for a special team, a team that has provided him with a blueprint for the kind of team he hopes to build as USMNT coach.”It gave me an idea of what you need to be successful, because then I compare it to 2006 and we didn’t have all those elements and I don’t think it was a shock we didn’t perform as well,” Berhalter said. “That’s the thing, it’s not just talent, we were a talented team (in 2002), but it was also the cohesion.”Finding the right balance is what has kept Berhalter from doing what many fans would want him to do, which is put together a full squad of youngsters, with the idea being to have them grow up together as a group. Berhalter put that idea to bed in March, when he let some of the program’s top young prospects go to a U-23 camp rather than join the senior team for its March friendlies.Gregg Berhalter Michael Bradley USMNT vs Panama 2019That should have been the first sign that Berhalter wasn’t planning to go super young with his Gold Cup team, with the main reason being that Berhalter felt some of the top young prospects were either not playing enough, or simply weren’t ready to bypass established veterans.”I just had honest conversations with guys and said ‘Listen, I think you’re doing great, you have a lot of potential, but you need to be playing’,” Berhaltrer said. “Find a spot where you can play, find a team that’s going to play you because you need to keep developing. There’s one thing to have potential, and there’s one thing to realize your potential, and those are two very different things.”Though he didn’t wind up including players like Josh Sargent, Tim Weah and Cameron Carter-Vickers in his Gold Cup team, he did have several young talents join USMNT camp in the lead-up to the Gold Cup in order to give them some experience in the national team setup. He knows what that experience can do for a young player, having seen it for himself years ago.”I remember when we were playing in D.C. (with the national team), it must have been in 1999, and (Bruce Arena) brought Landon (Donovan) to a training camp, and Landon was like 16, and we were thinking ‘What the hell is this guy doing?”,” Berhalter said. “And three years later he’s scoring in a World Cup and was one of our best performers.”It was important that he came around that time (when he was a teenager) so you could expose him to that.”Berhalter heads into the Gold Cup facing some tough challenges, starting with how to set up a defense that has been hit hard by injuries. When the USMNT played Ecuador in March, and posted a 1-0 victory, the back four that impressed on that day and looked like it would be the Gold Cup starting defense consisted of John Brooks, Aaron Long, Tyler Adams and Tim Ream. Three months later, Brooks and Adams are absent due to injury while Long is working his way back from a hamstring injury.When asked about that turn of events, Berhalter could only laugh and say “Welcome to the national team.””You always have in mind what the best version of our team can be, and when I talk to all these national team coaches, they say ‘Gregg, listen, you may have this idea, but you’re not going to get it all the time’,” Berhalter said. “That’s part of our business, and we have to have the next man up mentality. Injuries happen, suspensions happen, and we need to be ready.”Berhalter has been preparing himself for this moment going back to his playing days, when he thought about coaching early on, and started taking coaching license courses when he was still in his 20s. He has already endured the ups and downs of life as a coach, including being fired from his first job, as manager of Swedish side Hammarby, when he was 39.Gregg Berhalter USMNT 01092019“When I took over in Sweden I had no idea how to coach,” Berhalter admits. “I had no idea the things you needed to know to effectively coach a team, and I had to learn, so it was a great time for me.”Coaching is difficult It’s not just tactics. There’s a lot of different layers to coaching and all these experiences that i’ve had, particularly in Sweden, really helped me to grow.”That education he received helped him develop, but that didn’t make the experience of being fired any easier for him to deal with, although in the end it helped him become a better coach.”Have you ever been fired? That’s not a good feeling,” Berhalter said. “I doubt you come out more confident, that’s not the case. But I reflected, and I said ‘Okay, what did I do well, what did I do wrong?’ I actually reached out to a lot of the players and said ‘Hey, what do you think?’”I also said ‘Okay, I need to study more’ and that’s what I did. I went around Europe for six months and I learned,” Berhalter said. “I learned about really having clear principles about how you want to play. To me it’s really important that you have a defined way to play, and a defined way to teach it and you need to have a defined way to train it, and those three things need to be closely linked if you really want to transfer the information to the players.”Nick Lima Gregg Berhalter USMNT 01272019Berhalter rebounded from that experience and enjoyed a successful run with the Columbus Crew, a role that helped put him in position to be hired as the USMNT coach in charge of a reclamation project that was sorely needed after the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.The 2019 Gold Cup will be the first major test for Berhalter and his system, to see how well things are developing through his first year in charge. When he talks about the tournament, Berhalter focuses on the process, and on how his team handles the challenges of tournament play, but he’s also quick to clarify that he isn’t heading into this tournament just for the experience.”We want to win the Gold Cup. What are we talking about here? That’s why we’re doing it,” Berhalter told Goal. “When there’s a trophy out there we want to compete to try to win. That is going to be one of the benchmarks of how we’re measuring our success in this tournament, do we win?””That said, I also have the long term in mind, and the long term is getting to 2022 and then performing well in 2022.”last_img read more

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‘Like a sponsored hen night!’ – Huddersfield fans fume at new home kit

first_imgHuddersfield Town fans have been left scratching their heads after their new home kit for the 2019-20 season was unveiled.Having suffered relegation from the Premier League last season, Terriers supporters would have been hoping for much more to smile about this time around as Jan Siewert looks to plot a route towards the top of the Championship.But on Wednesday morning it was revealed that their new shirt for the upcoming campaign would be adorned by a huge Paddy Power logo after the Irish bookmaker was confirmed as the club’s new sponsor earlier in the week. 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? 🔵 #htafc’s new home kit for the upcoming 2019/20 season has today been revealed!Produced by main supplier @UmbroUK, the new home kit features a modern spin on the traditional blue and white striped home shirt thanks to new title sponsor @paddypower.— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) July 17, 2019Football fans from around the world were quick to react to the eye-catching design, though it was quickly pointed out that if this is indeed the shirt that Huddersfield would be wearing this term it would contravene Football League regulations in terms of the size of a sponsor’s logo.Though it has not been confirmed, it is believed that the “reveal” is no more than a publicity stunt, with Paddy Power having form for previously trying to grab headlines around sporting events.They infamously planted a fan dressed as the Grim Reaper inside Goodison Park to mock David Moyes on what turned out to be his final day in charge of Manchester United while they recentley aired a controversial advert starring the brother of United legend Ryan Giggs, Rhodri.Despite the likelihood of Huddersfield joining that list of Paddy Power pranks, it did not stop some fans getting a little too wound up…Huddersfield’s new goal celebration pic.twitter.com/o133P1acHO— Lionsroar_79™ (@Lionsroar_79) July 17, 2019Looks like a sponsored hen night 😂😂— Sam Archer (@westhamsam27) July 17, 2019I hope this is a joke! That’s absolutely horrendous— Harry Aston (@Hjaston) July 17, 2019LOOOOOOL worst kit ive ever seen in my life— Chad (@cfcChad) July 17, 2019I’m just praying Woodward and the Glazers don’t see this.— UTFR 🇾🇪 (@ManUtd_HQ) July 17, 2019Wow. You’d think it was difficult to make a mess of blue and white stripes.— Hombre Verde (@HombreVerde7) July 17, 2019Fair play to Huddersfield. This is probably the worst kit I’ve ever seen. Whoever decided it would be a good idea for the sponsor to be like that needs to be in a padded cell. pic.twitter.com/mUzp4K9MxX— Stanley House 🇪🇸6️⃣ (@StanleyHouseLFC) July 17, 2019last_img read more

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Lane Kiffin Reportedly Did Not Interview For The Houston Job

first_imgHead coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen.BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Update: Feldman is now correcting his report, saying that Kiffin did not interview for the Houston job as previously reported.Updating this. Am told Lane Kiffin did not interview for the Houston HC job. https://t.co/t7ss6MGzVP— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2019Earlier: FAU head coach Lane Kiffin reportedly interviewed for another college football coaching job this month.The Owls’ head coach was reportedly one of the candidates for the Houston head coaching gig before the school decided to hire Dana Holgorsen.The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reports that Kiffin was one of a couple of coaches to interview for the job.“Among the coaches Houston interviewed for the HC job: Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi; Cal DC Tim DeRuyter & FAU head coach Lane Kiffin, per source,” he reports.Among the coaches #Houston interviewed for the HC job: #Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi; #Cal DC Tim DeRuyter & #FAU head coach Lane Kiffin, per source. https://t.co/Zdnxz3Vf3k— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2019Kiffin, 43, has been FAU’s head coach since 2017.Most in the college football world did not expect him to stay with the Owls’ program for long, so it’s not surprising that he interviewed for another job.Perhaps he’ll be a candidate for the West Virginia job that’s opening up…Stay tuned.last_img read more

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