10 months agoWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payet

first_imgWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has likened Felipe Anderson to former teammate Dimitri Payet.Anderson has been in sensational form in recent weeks, scoring seven goals in his last nine Premier League games.Cresswell said: “I’ve obviously not played as much as I’d have liked this season but every time I have played with him, going forward he’s outstanding.”He is definitely a game-changer. You look at the amount of games he has changed for us and the amount of goals he has scored, assists, created chances, he has been fantastic and long may that continue.”He’s a similar type of player to Payet, coming in off the left and creating things, scoring goals and getting assists, and this season he is our top goalscorer now, he has been fantastic for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoKante: Chelsea matchwinner all about Luiz

first_imgKante: Chelsea matchwinner all about Luizby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante says his matchwinner at Crystal Palace came straight off the training pitch.Kante combined with David Luiz to fire home the only goal of the game in the 51st minute at Selhurst Park.He told Sky Sports: “It is a move I have tried in training.“It doesn’t work many times but David gave me a good ball and I am happy to score with my left foot and help the team win.”It was all about the pass.”Chelsea were made to work hard for all three points – and Luiz admitted it was a slog trying to break down the home side.“It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they play long balls but we did well,” he said.“We could have scored early but they also did a great match defensively which is why it was so difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough, Who Had Knee Surgery 2 Days Ago, Posts Video Of Leg Lift

first_imgAlabama Bo ScarbroughAlabama Bo ScarbroughThis past Friday, Alabama freshman running back Bo Scarbrough, a five-star recruit from Tuscaloosa, tore the ACL in his right knee during a team scrimmage. Monday, he underwent surgery to repair the injury. Wednesday, he’s already starting rehab, completing straight leg lifts. Really.Scarbrough, who is clearly excited about how his recovery is going, posted a 30-second Twitter video of himself extending and lifting his right leg in a doctor’s office. It’s impressive, given the quick turnaround.Two day out of surgery and already can do a straight leg lift! It’s a blessing to be able to come back and work hard! pic.twitter.com/8NQ31ZDsjR— Bo Scarbrough (@starbo06) April 8, 2015Scarbrough was a huge get for the Tide, and has a bright future ahead. Let’s hope he’s back on the field as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Tennessee Wideout Marquez North Suffers Knee Sprain

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorYou can exhale, Tennessee fans. Junior wide receiver Marquez North is not sidelined for the season, despite what rumors suggested Wednesday night. North, one of the team’s top playmakers, instead is only suffering from a knee sprain and will be out of action for around one week. Both Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and Brett McMurphy of ESPN confirmed the news Thursday morning.SOURCE: Speculation on #Vols big WR Marquez North possibly being injured & lost for the season is all false. He may be out 1 wk or less— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 13, 2015Tennessee WR Marquez North’s knee injury appears to only be a sprain source told ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 13, 2015North caught 68 balls for 816 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, but a shoulder injury sidelined him for most of the second half of the season. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he has the potential to be a serious threat for the Volunteers.last_img read more

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It felt like a depression at Liverpool when I arrived – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the atmosphere when he first arrived felt a “bit like a depression” and he employed his high-intensity pressing style in order to raise the mood around the club.Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers as Reds boss in October 2015, leading the club to an eighth place finish in his first season in charge as well as reaching the finals of the Carabao Cup and Europa League.Back-to-back top four finishes followed, with the Merseysiders also reaching the Champions League final last May. 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? Throughout that time Klopp’s side became known for their high-pressing, high-intensity style of play, though that sometimes meant they also conceded a number of goals at the other end.That has changed significantly this season, with the high-profile additions of Alisson and January signing Virgil van Dijk combined with a slightly more conservative style tightening up the Merseysiders’ backline.The result is a defence that has conceded just seven goals so far in the Premier League this season, a key factor in building a six-point lead at the top of the tableKlopp acknowledges the change in style this campaign and the weaknesses of the approach during his early years in charge at Anfield.However, he says that style of play was necessary to lift the mood around the club and has ultimately benefited the side in the long-term.“Of course, we had to develop. That’s what we do since I came in,” Klopp told ESPN.”First, because it felt a little bit like a depression here. I think it made sense to be extremely lively. Yes, to make mistakes, but be very lively, very direct, very energetic.”It was not perfectly organised. In a few parts we were pretty quick with organisation, but it was only the offensive pressing pretty much. All the other departments we were a bit random, I would say.”That, of course, improved a lot, so we are now working together with big parts of the squad for more than three years, which is brilliant. And all the other players which we picked, they adapted pretty well because of different reasons. One is only quality and the other thing is that they have played similar styles of football in the club they were in before.”It was clear, we have to become more stable. That’s what we try to do. It was a big thing in the summer obviously and the boys did the job so far. That’s why we could get the results we could get.”Klopp also revealed another secret to the club’s success is the close bond he has with the squad.Andy Robertson Jurgen KloppThe German is regularly seen hugging his players on the pitch at the end of matches, though he insists his relationship with them goes further than that and he isn’t afraid to be a disciplinarian when required.”It’s unbelievably important,” he added. “But everybody has the opportunity to do that. That’s one of the reasons why I love the game so much.”It’s so important to really stick together, to come close. It’s like a family, it’s more about each other. At the beginning we had a few problems, but you know he’s always on your side, he always wants to help you and stuff like that. Then you come closer and closer as a group.”But if we have a training session and the boys are not spot on, I’m probably the loudest person in the world. It’s a waste of time. As long as we don’t waste time, we have no problem with a good atmosphere around the sessions, I have no problem with the good atmosphere in the sessions.”But I expect 100 percent concentration because we train an hour and a half or whatever a day. These 90 minutes, let’s cut off all other things and try to use the information we give as good as possible.”The general relationship we have is full of trust and faith — that’s true, from both sides. I trust the boys 100 percent and I hope they do the same.”Between the games, it’s not that I’m always there and we constantly hug each other or whatever. That’s not like this. It’s always because of the game and because of the work and nothing personal.”It’s both – friend and drill sergeant.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Valverde: I haven’t had Neymar call

first_imgErnesto Valverde insisted he had not received a phone call urging him to re-sign Neymar following reports the club had been contacted by the player’s father.El Mundo claimed this week that Neymar Sr had made repeated pleas to the Barca board to bring his son – who left after Paris Saint-Germain triggered his release clause in 2017 – back to Camp Nou.Neymar Sr subsequently denied the reports and Valverde stressed that, if any calls had taken place, he certainly was not party to them. 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? “People tend to say big things about players at other clubs,” he told a news conference. “He is a great player, had a great World Cup, but now he’s at a different club, so there’s nothing more to say about that.”It’s not a question of Neymar phoning… nobody has phoned me.”News stories always appear in the press. He’s a PSG player and we respect PSG.”Valverde did concede that a forward was high on his January shopping list following the departure of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla and said he would prioritise a player who could adapt swiftly to life at Barca.”You probably focus more on a player who can adapt quickly to our team,” he explained. “When a player comes like [Jeison] Murillo, the first thing you want is for them to adapt quickly, someone who can play straight away. That’s if a forward comes.”Pressed on whether Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be an option, Valverde commented: “For the same reason as Neymar, I can’t comment on that.”Munir leaving has left a gap, also Rafinha being injured because we often used him as a midfielder going forward.”We’ll see if we can sign any other players but we need to look at the finances, of course. So we’ll see if we find someone or not.”If someone comes or doesn’t come, we have B team players as well. We’ll see.”last_img read more

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Eden Hazard completes €100m move to Real Madrid

first_imgChelsea star Eden Hazard has completed a move Real Madrid in a deal worth €100 million (£88m/$112m), and signed a contract through June 30, 2024, the La Liga club have announced. Goal previously reported the deal is worth a minimum €100m, but can rise to €140m (£124m/$146m)  with incentives. The club announced Hazard will be presented as a Madrid player on June 13.  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? The Blancos sent representatives to London earlier this week to meet with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, and Hazard has now officially made the move to Madrid after seven seasons at Chelsea. The 28-year-old has made no secret of his desire to join Real Madrid, calling the move a ‘dream’ near the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Following Chelsea’s Europa League final triumph over Arsenal last week – a game in which Hazard scored twice – the Belgian admitted he’d likely played his final match for the Blues. With his contract at Stamford Bridge expiring at the end of the 2019-20 season and no progress made on an extension, Chelsea have accepted the need to cash in on their Belgian superstar this summer rather than let him walk for free. Granovskaia thanked Hazard in a statement, saying: “Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay, we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid.”The memories he leaves us with will not fade. He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.”He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with. We look forward to welcoming him back to Stamford Bridge in the future.”Hazard’s departure marks the end of an era for Chelsea, with the attacker having marked himself as one of the club’s all-time greats over seven seasons.👉 #WelcomeHazard pic.twitter.com/6CvH9LHXSy— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) June 7, 2019Hazard led Chelsea to two Premier League titles, two Europa League titles and one FA Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge. He was also named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2014–15, and was runner-up for that award on two other occasions. After a brilliant career at Chelsea, Hazard has been keen to move on to another challenge and the possibility of working under Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was a major selling point for the Belgian. Madrid are looking to rebuild after a disappointing 2018-19 campaign that saw them use three different managers and end 19 points behind champions Barcelona in the La Liga table.  The club’s spending began before the season even ended with the capture of Eder Militao from Porto, while on Tuesday they announced the €70 million (£62m/$79m) signing of Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt.last_img read more

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Klopp concerned over Mane’s lack of rest

first_imgJurgen Klopp is wary of Sadio Mane’s lack of rest heading into the new season, with the Liverpool star’s campaign yet to come to an end.On the back of a gruelling 2018-19 campaign, Premier League Golden Boot joint-winner Mane has scored three goals to help Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.Friday’s showdown with Algeria in Cairo ends a season which has lasted close to 12 months for the 27-year-old, who also featured for his nation at the 2018 World Cup. 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? Liverpool’s season starts on August 4 with the Community Shield clash against Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley.Newly promoted Norwich City then travel to Anfield on August 9, in the opening Premier League fixture of 2019-20.And Klopp acknowledged his concern over Mane’s readiness for the new season, confirming Liverpool are yet to decide when Mane will return to the fold.”With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final – how he is feeling and stuff like that,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.”It will be really difficult. Sixteen days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven’t made it yet.”While Mane’s return date is yet to be established, Klopp – whose squad are on tour in the United States – revealed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and goalkeeper Alisson will return for a training camp in Evian later in July.The trio have all been afforded extended breaks following their participation in the AFCON and Copa America respectively, with Klopp confident they will have enough time to prepare for the City fixture.”It means we have nearly a week until City, a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the UEFA Super Cup],” Klopp said.”We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don’t lose a lot. “I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense. So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Nebraska Battling National Powerhouse For OT Recruit

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)The recruiting battle for three-star OT Jimmy Fritzsche sounds like it is coming down to two contenders: the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Clemson Tigers.According to TigerNet, Fritzsche is slated to make his visit to Nebraska this weekend before choosing his school.Nebraska had been the prohibitive favorite to land Fritzsche, as 247Sports‘ Crystal Ball Predictions have him as a 100-percent lock to choose the Big Ten school.But the Cornhuskers hit a slight bump in the road on Thursday when Clemson gave Fritzsche an offer during an unofficial visit to the school.“It went great,” Fritzsche told TigerNet about his visit to Clemson. “Everything about it was great. It was good to spend time with the coaches and hear what their plans are for me and for the program…“I picked up an offer, and Coach [Dabo] Swinney told me how they needed me and that he thinks I can be a dominant player. They like my nastiness and how they can stay local to recruit an athlete like myself. They realize that I have other opportunities, but nothing beats home.”Fritzsche added that he intends to make his decision next week.He did, however, note that Nebraska has several OL commitments while Clemson did not have any.Fritzsche, a South Carolina native, has offers on the table from several ACC and Big Ten schools, including Louisville, Rutgers, and Purdue among others.[TigerNet]last_img read more

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Lane Kiffin Has A Message For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

A closeup of Lane Kiffin in an Alabama visor.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 15: Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The past couple of weeks have been huge for Jalen Hurts, as the Alabama quarterback led the Crimson Tide to a comeback victory in the SEC Championship Game, replacing an injured Tua Tagovailoa, before graduating from the school.One of Hurts’ former coaches, Lane Kiffin, is very proud.The FAU head coach (who might pursue Hurts on the graduate transfer market) tweeted a message for Hurts following his graduation.“So proud of u!! #class. A long ways from meeting u in high school,” he tweeted.Kiffin tweeted the message in response to a viral video showing Hurts getting a standing ovation at graduation.It was pretty awesome:So proud of u!! #class. A long ways from meeting u in high school. @JalenHurts @AlabamaFTBL https://t.co/bYfU57enPz— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) December 18, 2018Hurts is expected to hit the graduate transfer market following this season at Alabama. Kiffin’s FAU program is likely to be one of the programs interested in him, though they’ll likely have some serious competition. read more

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