Month: October 2019


10 months agoEverton boss Marco Silva: We deserved Man City defeat

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva: We deserved Man City defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says Manchester City deserved their 3-1 win on Saturday.Silva was most annoyed by the team’s defending for City’s second and third goals which came either side of one from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.“City deserved the three points,” Silva said.“They were more effective than us.“The chances they created, they scored and because of that they deserved the points.“Until they scored the first goal, the game was within what we expected and planned. They did not shoot once.“The biggest chance until that moment was Richarlison’s chance, a big, big chance. After that, it changed.“We knew they had the quality to command the match. We had to be almost perfect in our defensive organisation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock backing Dyche over anti-dive push

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock backing Dyche over anti-dive pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock supports Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche over his criticism of diving in England.Dyche has spoken about diving saying ‘no-one seems to want to do anything about it apart from me’. And Warnock says: “I agree with him. We all know the top clubs get away with a lot more than the bottom clubs. We all know that, we’re not daft.”You breathe on some of them and they’re down like a shot and the referees automatically point.”It’s not just now, it’s been like that since my dad refereed. It’s just human nature with atmospheres and crowds.”There’s only one group that can actually change the diving element and that’s the people that make the rules.”Like Sean said, it’s not the referees because players are too clever now.”The FA or whoever makes the rules have to look at the obvious ones. There’s been more obvious ones than ever before.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


a month agoDe Gea: Man Utd defence better this season

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say De Gea: Man Utd defence better this seasonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea insists they’ve improved at the back this season.De Gea believes the progress being made is clear.”We have improved a lot defensively. We are conceding fewer goals than last season,” he said.”Last year we were letting in too many goals, but we are defending better and from there the team is improving.”Of course, when you defend well, the team is bound to improve. We have some great players up front and we just have to keep on improving.”The team is a lot more compact and from that base I think the team is only going to get better, and we will be much stronger and a more difficult team to beat.” last_img read more


23 days agoLiverpool striker Mane: We deserved RB Salzburg win

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane: We deserved RB Salzburg winby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSadio Mane believes Liverpool deserved to beat RB Salzburg on Wednesday.The Reds went up 3-0 before Salzburg scored three unanswered goals.Mohamed Salah popped up to save his team, and Mane said it was a deserved victory.He told BT Sport: “Salzburg are a really good team and after we went 3-0 up it was a tough game to try and push – but we deserved the win.”To be honest, I knew how good Salzburg were as I was there for two and a half years.”They never give up and push and they caused us problems, but finally we scored more goals.” last_img


Wolves complete club-record £18m Jonny deal

first_imgWolves have completed a club-record £18 million ($24m) deal for Jonny, with the defender’s loan switch from Atletico Madrid turned into a permanent transfer.The Spaniard has signed a contract at Molineux through to 2023.The 24-year-old first arrived in England last summer, with a season-long agreement taking him away from his homeland. 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? He slotted seamlessly into the fold under Wolves boss Nuno and is delighted to have committed to a long-term stay with a team holding their own among the Premier League elite.Jonny told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to sign for Wolves. The last few days we spoke about it and now it’s official, I’ll be at Wolves for the next four years.“I’m really happy to continue to be involved with the team. I am very happy here, the truth is that it was very easy to decide.“They are treating me very well, there are great staff, great team-mates and great supporters. It is a big club and, really, I am very happy to be here.”Jonny added on the transfer talks which resulted in a big-money agreement being struck: “We’ve had conversations for a while, but everything has been very fast.“The clubs reached an agreement and asked me what I thought and really from the first moment I said yes to Wolves because the truth is that I am very happy to be here.“I really like this league, I really like Wolverhampton and I’m really happy to be here.”On his hopes for the rest of the season, Jonny said: “The same as the first, but even more.“I think we have to think about continuing to improve, the team is working well but there is always room for improvement.“I think that if we continue at this level we can be in a high position in the league.”Wolves currently sit seventh in the Premier League table.Jonny, who has mainly figured in a left wing-back role, has made 22 appearances for the club to date.His efforts have not only been noted by those at Molineux, leading to him being snapped up on a full-time basis, but also by those back in Spain.He earned a first senior international cap for his country back in October during a friendly clash with Wales.last_img read more


Stage set for De Ligt’s ‘toughest opponent’ Rashford to shine

first_imgWhen Matthijs De Ligt lines up alongside his Netherlands colleagues on Thursday against England in Guimaraes for the UEFA Nations League semi-final, he will be doing so against the man who he once described as his most difficult opponent.Marcus Rashford has twice played against the strapping centre-back and has twice come out on top. He was the starting centre-forward for Manchester United in the 2017 Europa League final when a classic Jose Mourinho counter-attack job put paid to Ajax’s hopes in the final. And last year in an international friendly, settled by United team-mate Jesse Lingard, Rashford was again on the winning side.His performances were of a sufficiently high standard that he left an indelible mark on De Ligt, regarded now as the best centre-back in the world after international colleague Virgil van Dijk. 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? “That has to be Rashford, from Manchester United,” said De Ligt to Ajax’s in-house TV channel when asked for his toughest opponent. “Great player, quick, technical skills.”That answer might come as a surprise, especially considering De Ligt has already played against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Antoine Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski in his young career, but it is a testament to the ability possessed by Rashford, and the esteem in which his skills are held by his peers.“Consistency is the biggest thing,” Rashford told Goal earlier this season. “If you’re getting consistent minutes and you’re consistently improving, that’s what really separates [players] as they get a little bit older.”And it’s fair to say that Rashford has felt that as hard as any young player this season, especially at club level. Although Rashford missed out on England’s 10-goal haul across two matches in March – against the Czech Republic and Montenegro – his form for the national team in the autumn was strong, scoring in both Nations League games against Spain.Those international games were a break from the trouble at club level, where he’d been sent off for a headbutt against Burnley and where he had been unable to win over Mourinho with any sort of consistent form.There was a strong uplift when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over – six goals in eight games at the start of the Norwegian’s reign – but the goals tailed off alarmingly towards the end of the season. Granted, United had less and less to play for but a return of one goal from 11 league games is simply not good enough for a striker of Rashford’s talent.The 21-year-old has been stung by the personal nature of the barbs directed towards him. Some United fans – online if not all of the match-going ones – have turned against the players, with Rashford, Lingard and Paul Pogba bearing the brunt of the criticism.Things came to a head during the Treble celebration game at Old Trafford at the end of May. Rashford and Lingard provided analysis for MUTV and were torn apart for everything from their clothing to their perceived unworthiness to represent the same club as David Beckham, Jaap Stam and Co.Rashford and Lingard responded with an Instagram post which stated simply “0.012%”, apparently in reference to the statistic which states that only 180 of some 1.5 million potential players in England will ever make it to the Premier League.Rashford had the opportunity to do his talking on the pitch, having won the shirt from Romelu Lukaku, but didn’t do so. In truth it wasn’t easy to stand out in this United setup, blighted as they are by instability, by continuous poor transfer windows, an imbalanced squad, a lack of coherent tactical vision and a catastrophic drop in confidence all round.But Rashford is back in the oasis that is the England squad. When Rashford was reminded in an interview earlier this season of the euphoria of the World Cup, a smile flashed across his face. It’s clear that representing England, especially under Gareth Southgate and with this group of players, is something enjoyable to him and the rest.And in a difficult season, it’s helped Rashford find his way. The Nations League is not the World Cup but it is a good tournament with strong teams, and will help England move on from the disappointment of losing to Croatia at the semi-final stage in Moscow last summer.It is an opportunity for more meaningful match practice, to solidify this squad of players, and to ensure that they prove their readiness to take the pressure of Euro 2020. Rashford has the ability to lead this England attack for a decade or more, and he can start in Guimaraes by reminding De Ligt exactly why he fears him so much. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


West Ham to assess Browne amid Old Firm interest

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is ready to take a look at Marcus Browne in pre-season amid interest from Celtic, Rangers and Fulham, Goal understands.Browne is back with the Hammers and is keen to make an impression with his boyhood club having enjoyed a productive spell on loan at Oxford United last season. With just a year remaining on his contract, however, there is plenty of interest in securing the 21-year-old midfielder. 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? The Hammers were impressed with Browne’s performances at Oxford, where he scored eight goals in 42 appearances, and are willing to give him a chance.Pellegrini’s side have five friendlies ahead of the new season and it is expected that Browne will be given opportunities in those fixtures, with West Ham then ultimately making a decision over whether he’ll be integrated into the first-team.They will take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy against Manchester City, Wolves and Newcastle as well as matches in Austria and London against Fulham and Athletic Club.Fulham, meanwhile, are set for major upheaval after being relegated from the Premier League and they could lose Ryan Sessegnon, with Browne potentially seen as a replacement for the winger.Season done. Very enjoyable one for me 💪🏽🔥. Time to rest up , recover and prepare for another big one ❤️⚒— Marcus Browne (@MarcusBrowne14) May 12, 2019Rangers are in the market for more attacking talent too, while Celtic have reportedly issued a ‘probe’ after a document leaked online allegedly showed the club’s transfer targets.A host of Championship clubs were interested in Browne last January, while West Ham were also rumoured to be considering a recall. He did, however, stay with the League One club where he quickly became a star player.Browne has played only once in the West Ham first team, coming on as a substitute in the Europa League fixture against Astra Giurgiu in the 2016-17 season. The London-born midfielder has been with the club since he was eight years old and signed his first professional contract in November 2015.West Ham see the potential of bringing through a youngster internally benefitting them in terms of their transfer budget and being able to strengthen other areas of the squad.last_img read more


Van Bronckhorst interested in Newcastle job

first_imgFormer Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is interested in succeeding Rafael Benitez at Newcastle, his agent has revealed.It was confirmed on Monday that Benitez will leave the north-east club when his contract expires on Sunday after talks over a new deal broke down, bringing to an end his three-and-a-half year stay at St James’ Park.The early favourite for the vacancy is Garry Monk, who is available after leaving Birmingham City earlier this month. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, former Manchester United manager David Moyes and Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta are also believed to be in contention for the position. 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? But Van Bronckhorst has become the first man to publicly declare his interest in the role, with his representativ, Guido Albers, confirming the former Arsenal defender would be keen on managing in England.“I think the rumours have come a little bit early and no-one from the club has spoken to Gio. But I think every coach in the world would be interested in working in the Premier League,” Albers told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.“And what we would say if a club like Newcastle has an opportunity to work for them then of course he would be interested in doing that. It is an amazing club with an amazing fanbase but it’s up to them who they decide to go for.“Giovanni left Feyenoord, he was competing on a limited budget but won the Eredivisie against two clubs in Ajax and PSV who have greater resources. He had a great relationship with the fans, the players, the media and the city and he’s ready for the next challenge.”Van Bronckhorst’s only managerial experience to date was that four-year spell in charge of boyhood club Feyenoord.The 44-year-old took charge in 2015 and led the club to the Eredivisie title two years later, their first league title in 18 years. He also won two KNVB Cups and two Dutch Super Cups before leaving the club at the end of last season.Prior to that Van Bronckhorst had a successful playing career, winning 14 major honours at Feyenoord, Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona. He also earned 106 caps for the Netherlands and was part of the side that reached the 2010 World Cup final. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Who is Gabriel Martinelli? Arsenal’s new £6m wonderkid

first_imgOn Tuesday, Arsenal confirmed the acquisition of Gabriel Martinelli – just over two months after Goal revealed that the Brazilian was bound for the Emirates.The Gunners have paid Ituano FC £6 million ($7.7m) for the 18-year-old forward, who has penned a “long-term” contract with the north London club.Martinelli is an unfamiliar face to the majority of Arsenal fans. Luckily, Goal is here to give you the lowdown on the club’s new signing. 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 Who is Gabriel Martinelli? Martinelli is one of the rising stars in Brazilian football, having enjoyed a fine start to his senior career with Ituano.He first started playing with Corinthians’ futsal team at the age of just nine before joining Serie D team Ituano in 2015. He signed his first professional contract two years later.He made his senior debut in March 2018, coming off the bench against Taboao da Serra at the age of 16 years and nine months, becoming the youngest player to debut for Ituano this century.His first senior goal also came against Taboao da Serra, in September 2018, and he was promoted permanently into the senior squad ahead of the 2019 Campeonato Paulista, Sao Paulo’s state championship.Ituano reached the quarter-finals and Martinelli ended the competition as the club’s top scorer, finding the net six times during the run to the last eight.After the competition, Martinelli was named best newcomer, countryside player of the year and was named in the team of the year.How long have Arsenal wanted him? Martinelli has been known to Europe’s top clubs for some time and once had a trial for Manchester United.Real Madrid and Barcelona have also looked at him – with the latter having invited the young forward over to spend some time training with them in Spain.”It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in football,” said Martinelli. “Besides being one of the biggest clubs in the world, the level of training is very high and it made me grow a lot in football.”Arsenal believe Martinelli has the potential to go to the top, with head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao the driving force behind the deal.A source confirmed to Goal that the Gunners have scouted Martinelli extensively over the last few months, watching him in Brazil while also compiling a detailed database of his qualities from London Colney using video analysis.Cagigao – known for his strong contacts in South America – then travelled to Brazil himself to watch the the talented forward on more than one occasion before finalising the transfer.What are his strengths? Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus FiorentinaMartinelli is a quick forward who can play across the frontline, even as the central striker.But his favoured role is wide on the left, where he likes to cut inside onto his right foot to get a shot away or look to create a chance for the striker.Describing himself, the teenager said: “I play as an attacker, but not necessarily a forward. I consider myself more of the modern style, with speed and a lot of movement without the foot. “I really like Cristiano Ronaldo, because I also don’t like to play with my back to the defender holding the ball, as in the old fashion forward. But if I have to, I also know how to play like that.”The teenager has an eye for goal, as his record suggests, and Goal understands that Arsenal have been very impressed with the composure he shows on the ball, especially for a player of his age and experience.He is a ball-carrier, something Arsenal are short of in the squad, and his energy levels are another thing that has caught Arsenal’s eye, with his ability to get up and down the pitch particularly impressive.Weaknesses Although Martinelli is competent with his left foot, it is still an area where he needs to improve.The teenager’s preference is to cut inside onto his right when coming in off the wing, which is something defenders are aware of.Until he gets stronger with his left foot, the opposition full-back will always look to show him out wide where they believe he will be less of a threat.As you would expect from someone so young, he is not yet fully developed so the physical side of the English game could be a problem during his early days at Arsenal.The verdict It’s tough to predict how any player coming to England from abroad will do because there are so many variables you have to consider, especially when they arrive here at such a tender age.But Arsenal are convinced that Martinelli has what it takes to get to the top and Goal understands there is genuine excitement at the Emirates over the attacker’s imminent arrival.He will get a chance to train with the senior team in the summer, but whether he goes on the pre-season tour to the United States is down to how he settles and whether he impresses at London Colney.He will be competing with the players such as Bukayo Saka in the Under-23s, who is another incredible talent and has already featured in the Premier League this season under Emery.So, Martinelli will have to hit the ground running if he wants to make an immediate impression in north London.last_img read more


A red card and redemption for Copa America hero Jesus

first_imgHow quickly fortunes can change in football. Just over a year ago Gabriel Jesus cut a distraught figure as he was blamed for Brazil’s World Cup exit at the hands of Belgium. Now, after superlative performances against Argentina and Peru, the young Manchester City striker is the toast of a nation as he made the headlines in every sense on the way to his side’s first major title since their Copa America win of 2007. In a country where glory in every World Cup is considered almost their birthright, the assigning of a scapegoat if success fails to follow is practically a national pastime.  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 From hapless, vilified goalkeeper Barbosa in 1950 to the sobbing David Luiz following his meltdown against Germany in the Mineirao, Brazil’s failures have come complete with a name and face. In Russia that man was Jesus, who paid the price for his inability to hit the target in the quarter-final and was substituted after less than an hour of play. He has had a long road to recovery since that setback, but on Sunday in front of a packed Maracana Jesus finally found redemption in international colours as he spearheaded a 3-1 victory over Peru to claim the trophy for Brazil. Until the knockout stages the forward was not even in Tite’s first-team plans. Only Richarlison’s forced absence due to a bout of the mumps opened the door for City’s star, and in the somewhat unfamiliar role of right winger as Roberto Firmino remained first choice at centre-forward. It was then that he began to turn the page. Jesus was one of the brightest players on the pitch when Brazil were frustrated by Paraguay before prevailing on penalties, and starred with a goal and assist to take down Argentina in the last four. But he saved his best performance for last, to finally end the challenge of an enterprising Peru team that deserve credit for playing the hosts at their own game and attacking constantly in Rio de Janeiro. After just 15 minutes largely dominated by the Inca, Brazil made the breakthrough with a goal that owed everything to the youngster’s stunning ability. Played in by Dani Alves on the right, Jesus did brilliantly to shake off the attentions of his markers before floating a delightful cross over the flat-footed Peru backline and directly into the path of Everton, who finished with class past Pedro Gallese. The Gremio man has been Brazil’s revelation this Copa in Neymar’s absence, but on this occasion it was Jesus who deserved all the plaudits to put his side 1-0 up early on and set Peru a mammoth task. Gabriel Jesus Miguel Trauco Brazil Peru Copa America 2019Typically, the visitors were not cowed. They kept coming at Brazil, and 43 minutes in forced a penalty which the evergreen Paolo Guerrero converted, sending Alisson the wrong way to mark the first goal conceded by the Liverpool shot-stopper in the tournament. As against Argentina, Brazil had let their foot off the accelerator; but this time they had paid the price. As the seconds ticked towards half-time a tense break awaited the overwhelming favourites, who may just have felt some doubt creeping in following that blow. Thanks to Jesus, though, order was restored almost instantly. Arthur opened up the defence with another wonderful individual dribble to send the striker through, and he stroked the ball past Gallese to put his side ahead again seconds before the break. As interventions go, they do not get much more timely than that as instantly nerves were calmed and the Maracana sent into raptures. Tite’s 2019 Selecao will not go into the annals of history as a classic Brazil team in the tradition of those great sides of 1958, 1982 or even 2002. They overpowered rather than outplayed their opponents, with that 5-0 drubbing of Peru – unrecognisable from the team that pushed them all the way in the final – the only time in the entire competition they really cut loose with scintillating football. What they had in bounds, however, is efficiency. Jesus’ goal marked their fourth from five shots on target between the semis and final, an incredible conversion rate that underlines both this team’s ability to create clear chances and its ruthlessness in finishing them. Gabriel Jesus Brazil Copa America 2019Even an extremely harsh red card for Jesus in the final stages could not throw them out of their stride. While the City man sobbed in the tunnel, furious at the perceived injustice, Brazil tightened even further and repelled the last waves of Peru attacks on their way to the title. A late penalty from Richarlison only helped to put the result out of any further doubt. Joga bonito this was not. Brazil are a merciless machine, a footballing anaconda that squeezes the life out of its rivals. But within that collective hydra is concealed vast reserves of natural individual talent which means that when needed they always have a little extra to offer. That ability is seen in the swashbuckling incursions of Alves from the back; in Arthur’s wonderful passing; in the reborn Philippe Coutinho’s swagger when he receives the ball outside the box. It is reflected in Everton’s startling turn of pace and vicious shot when stepping off the left, which will surely win him a big move this summer. There were heroes all over the pitch for Brazil this Copa. But the man who made the difference when it really counted was until recently their villain. The best players will always have the opportunity to bounce back from adversity: and Gabriel Jesus has proved he belongs to that category with his star turn to return the trophy to his nation after 12 years of failure.last_img read more


Low confident ‘incredible’ Sane will be fit for Euro 2020

first_imgGermany head coach Joachim Low believes injured Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will be fit in time to take part in next summer’s European Championships.The Germany and former Schalke star seemed set for a stunning return to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich this summer as a deal with City was reportedly close.But Sane went down injured during City’s Community Shield triumph over Liverpool, and was diagnosed with an ACL tear, requiring surgery and likely sidelining him for most of the 2019-20 season. 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? The injury would also seem to put his participation for the 2020 European Championships next summer, as even if he is healthy, he may be lacking in match fitness.However, while Low said he was disappointed to see Sane suffer the injury, he believes the winger will be ready in time for the Euros. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!“We were very sad and downcast when we heard about it,” Low told DAZN at the half-time of the Bundesliga opener between Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin. “I had contact with Leroy. For him and his situation, of course, it was the worst possible time.“We hope he will come back as soon as possible. He is a player of incredible quality and we wish him all the best.“He will make it for the European Championship.”Low also spoke on the Bundesliga title race, which he believes could be very competitive once again this season.Bayern have maintained total dominance of the Bundesliga, winning seven straight titles since Borussia Dortmund claimed back-to-back crowns in 2010-11 and 2011-12.Leon Goretzka Jadon Sancho Bayern DortmundDortmund came close to ending Bayern’s dominance last season, leading the title race during the second half of the campaign, but ultimately fell short despite taking the title fight to the last day of the season.The runners-up reinforced heavily this summer, bringing back Mats Hummels from Bayern, adding Nico Schulz, as well as exciting attackers Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt.And their summer leaves Low with the impression Dortmund could well challenge Bayern for the title this season.“I see it as very positive that Dortmund focused on their championship target aggressively and they have strengthened very well,” Low said.“Mats Hummels – outstanding! Nico Schulz – outstanding! Thorgan Hazard – very good! Julian Brandt as well. Dortmund have reinforced very well and are a serious competitor for Bayern.”Bayern opened their league campaign with a 2-2 draw with Hertha on the strength of two Robert Lewandowski goals and confirmed they have reached an agreement with Barcelona over a loan of Philippe Coutinho for the season. Meanwhile, Dortmund kick off their Bundesliga season hosting Augsburg on Saturday.last_img read more


Radio Host Insinuates Notre Dame Used Detroit Crime Statistics To Negatively Recruit Against Michigan

first_imgBrian Kelly clapping on the Notre Dame sideline.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)It is no secret that college football recruiting can get nasty. According to one recruiting insider, Notre Dame and Michigan have that going on in their battle for a foreign-born prospect.Sam Webb runs Michigan’s 247Sports site. He also hosts a local morning sports talk show on WTKA 1050 am.During this morning’s episode, Webb described a scenario, in which Notre Dame coaches told a prospect from abroad and his parents that they needed to worry about crime in Detroit if he goes to Michigan.This doesn’t make a ton of sense, considering Ann Arbor is a solid 45 minutes outside of the city. However, as Webb notes, for a family that isn’t from the area, it could be a pretty insidious recruiting tactic.Some key portions of the segment:“‘Young man, parents of young man, you gotta be aware over there in Ann Arbor. Have you seen the crime rates in Detroit? Have you seen the murder rates, the violent crime rates in Detroit? … It just might not be a safe environment in Ann Arbor’Now if you’re not from around here, if you’re from out of the country, you see that and you think “If I go outside I’m going to get robbed!” You might think that, if you see some of these numbers.Why on Earth would you bring up the crime rate of Detroit when you talk about Michigan? Is it at all relevant.But, it’s something that came up. It’s something that had to be addressed.”Webb would not specify who the foreign-born Michigan and Notre Dame recruit was.Earlier this month, defensive end David Ojabo visited the two schools a few days apart. He was born in Nigeria and grew up in Scotland before moving to New Jersey for high school.The two schools could also have hosted a recruit from Canada, which produces its share of FBS players.Negative recruiting is obviously no secret in college football. However, bringing up crime in a city almost an hour away seems to be beyond the pale.The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry isn’t being kept to recruiting this year. The two teams face off to open the 2018 season in South Bend.[WTKA]last_img read more


Here Are The College Football Top 25 Polls Heading Into The 2018 Season, Which Starts Tomorrow

first_imgGeorgia Bulldogs running onto the field at the National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs runs out of the tunnel prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is just a day away. That’s right, there’s college football action this Saturday.Rejoice, it’s back. With the return of college football come the preseason polls. Both the AP and Coaches released their polls ahead of the upcoming season – the No. 1 team in both polls should be no surprise.Alabama sits at No. 1 in both with Clemson sitting closely behind.Here’s where the polls sit as we head into the new season.AP Preseason Top 251 Alabama (42)SECRecord: 13-1PV Rank1Points1,5052 Clemson (18)ACCRecord: 12-241,4763GeorgiaSECRecord: 13-221,3504 Wisconsin (1)Big TenRecord: 13-171,2715Ohio StateBig TenRecord: 12-251,2566WashingtonPac-12Record: 10-3161,2157OklahomaBig 12Record: 12-231,1738Miami (FL)ACCRecord: 10-3131,0279AuburnSECRecord: 10-4101,01310Penn StateBig TenRecord: 11-281,01211Michigan StateBig TenRecord: 10-31587712Notre DameDivision I FBS IndependentsRecord: 10-31180413StanfordPac-12Record: 9-52077814MichiganBig TenRecord: 8-5–77315USCPac-12Record: 11-31254316TCUBig 12Record: 11-3953317West VirginiaBig 12Record: 7-6–51118Mississippi StateSECRecord: 9-41945019Florida StateACCRecord: 7-6–38420Virginia TechACCRecord: 9-42435121UCFThe AmericanRecord: 13-0631222Boise StateMountain WestRecord: 11-32229223TexasBig 12Record: 7-6–21624OregonPac-12Record: 7-6–14825LSUSECRecord: 9-418106 Coaches PollAlabamaClemsonOhio StateGeorgiaOklahomaWashingtonWisconsinMiamiPenn StateAuburnNotre DameMichigan StateStanfordMichiganUSCTCUVirginia TechMississippi StateFlorida StateWest VirginiaTexasBoise StateUCFLSUOklahoma StateThat’s where things stand as we enter the season. Will Alabama continue its dominance of college football with yet another national title? Can anyone dethrone Clemson in the ACC? Who will win the crowded Big Ten this season?There are plenty of questions and time is the only answer. The first College Football Playoff rankings are set to be released a couple of months into the season.Are you ready?last_img read more


Michigan Football Hosting 4 Major Recruits This Weekend

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)This is the last weekend before the early signing period opens on Wednesday. That means a lot of recruits are heading to campuses for late official visits. Michigan football has four pretty big potential Wolverines on campus.According to SB Nation’s Maize ‘N’ Brew, a pair of four-star players, as well as a pair of three-stars are heading up to Ann Arbor.After losing five-star safety Daxton Hill to Alabama, Jim Harbaugh definitely wants to finish this recruiting cycle strong.The four-star players visiting Michigan football this weekend are wide receiver Cornelius Johnson and linebacker Anthony Solomon.Johnson is the No. 256 overall and No. 39 wide receiver in the 2019 class. He recently visited Penn State, another team in his top five, along with Alabama, Notre Dame and Stanford.He’s committing on the 19th.Top 5!I will be announcing my commitment next Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at Brunswick School!— Cornelius Johnson (@CorneliusNation) December 11, 2018The 247 crystal ball for him is extremely split. Michigan has 14-percent of the predictions, but Notre Dame and Stanford are just ahead at 29-percent each. With those numbers, it is hard to take stock in it, so a good visit here could be huge for Harbaugh and company.Solomon is a heavier Michigan lean, with all 10 experts that have logged predictions choosing him to head to UM.The St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) star is the No. 193 player and No. 10 outside linebacker in the class of 2019.Michigan official this week— SOLO 11™️ (@Solomon_STA) December 12, 2018 Three-star tackle Danielson Ike and tight end Sam Snyder are also heading to campus.Ike is coming off of a trip to Indiana, one of his top options. Miami and Oklahoma are also after the 6-foot-6, 300 pound Kansas City native.Snyder was a Louisville commit until recently. Obviously the Cardinals have had a staff overhaul which has changed things. Baylor is also involved for the Orange Park, Florida native.[Maize ‘N’ Brew]last_img read more


Michigan Football Has Offers Out To Pair Of 4-Stars Who Plan To Be ‘Package Deal’

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan football may be looking at a buy-one-get-one deal on blue-chip football prospects out of Florida. A pair of Oakleaf High teammates are planning to play together at the next level.Offensive lineman Jalen Rivers and defensive lineman Chantz Williams play on opposite sides of the ball, but the two Oakleaf Knights are best friends. Every year, there are reported “package deals” in recruiting, but they often don’t pan out.These two sound pretty determined to make it happen, though. It helps that they’re each among the best players at their positions in the 2020 class.Rivers is the No. 79 player in the class. He’s ranked No. 9 among offensive tackles, and No. 8 in Florida.Williams is the No. 129 overall 2020 recruit. He’s the No. 8 weak side defensive end, and is No. 19 in the Sunshine State.Chantz Williams was the second player in the duo to pick up a Michigan offer, and now the pair is looking further into what the school has to offer.Maize n Brew spoke to the blue-chip defensive end about the development:“One of my coaches told me to call up coach Zordich and he offered me about 15 minutes before I posted the offer (on Twitter),” Williams told Maize n Brew. “I was excited — it’s cool to receive an offer from a school like Michigan. They’re a very good program and I’m honored that they would consider me a fit for their program.”[…]“Me and Jalen are going to have to talk about (when we will visit) and see when they have available dates and when we’re available,” Williams said. “We’d just try to get familiar with the staff and the school and see where exactly they would have me and Jalen playing and where we are on their recruitment board.”Early on in this recruitment, the local powers are involved as well. Early predictions in 247’s crystal ball have Florida State and Miami picked for Rivers, and Miami for Williams. Neither player has more than three experts that have weighed in, so this one is still way up in the air.The schools that have offered both sides of this “package deal” include Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.[Maize n Brew]last_img read more


Alabama Star RB Josh Jacobs Injured Ahead Of NFL Combine

first_imgJosh Jacobs takes a carry in the national championship.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Josh Jacobs is expected to be one of the top running backs taken in the NFL Draft, after an impressive Alabama career. He won’t get to show off too much during the NFL Draft Combine, which began today.Jacobs is unfortunately dealing with a groin injury. That will keep him from doing a number of drills.Running backs are obviously still an interesting debate at the top of the Draft. In recent years, guys like Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley have been top picks.However, the success of many dynamic rushing attacks, regardless of the player in the backfield, could scare some teams away from backs too high in the draft.Still, there are some analysts that think Jacobs could go early in the first round, after a productive three years at ‘Bama. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah compared him to another back who didn’t get a ton of burn in college: Saints superstar Alvin Kamara.NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported the Josh Jacobs news today.Hopefully it doesn’t take a major toll on his stock, and he can show teams what they will miss over the next few days at Alabama’s pro day.#Bama RB Josh Jacobs, one of the most highly touted RBs in this coming draft, is dealing with a groin injury and will do limited work in Indy at the Combine, source says. Nothing major, but knocks him out of several drills.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019Jacobs ran 120 times for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns in a crowded Alabama backfield in 2018.Impressively, that was just third on the team behind Damien Harris and Najee Harris, but Jacobs is still expected to be a big commodity come draft time.Alabama Pro Day is scheduled for March 19.last_img read more


College GameDay’s Celebrity Guest Picker At Nebraska Has Been Revealed

first_imgDwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union cheer on Nebraska football.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Basketball star Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union greet fans during a break in the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting live from Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday morning in anticipation of Saturday night’s Huskers-Buckeyes game.The Nebraska football program has several notable celebrity fans and a big one will be the celebrity guest picker on GameDay.Gabrielle Union, the famous actress and wife of NBA star Dwyane Wade, has revealed that she’ll be on the show on Saturday.“I truly love you guys!! I was always gonna do @CollegeGameDay !!! There was NO WAY I was missing a chance to talk @Huskers  w/ @MiamiHEAT fan (we sat in the same section) @DesmondHoward & the guys!! Now which @HuskerFBNation jersey do I rock on the show,” she announced. I truly love you guys!! I was always gonna do @CollegeGameDay !!! There was NO WAY I was missing a chance to talk @Huskers 🏈🏈 w/ @MiamiHEAT fan (we sat in the same section) @DesmondHoward & the guys!! Now which @HuskerFBNation jersey do I rock on the show🤔— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 26, 2019Union is a Nebraska native and a die-hard Huskers fan. She’s been attending games for years and recently has been taking them in with Wade.Perhaps the former NBA star will be making an appearance, too.ESPN’s College GameDay is set to air from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.Nebraska and Ohio State are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more


India vs Australia: Allan Border surprised Virat Kohli did not enforce follow-on

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 16:14 IST Jasprit Bumrah bowled his career-best spell of 6/33 on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test against Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia were 54/5 with a lead of 346 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the Boxing Day TestAllan Border was surprised that India did not enforce a follow-onIndia have imposed a follow-on under Kohli’s captaincy 5 times and have won 4 of themAustralian great Allan Border felt India missed an opportunity to seal the Boxing Day Test against Australia and put themselves in control of the four-match series by not enforcing a follow-on on Friday. India, at the back of a fantastic 6/33 spell by Jasprit Bumrah, bowled out Australia for just 151 runs but despite a lead of 292 runs, Virat Kohli and the Indian think thank decided to bat again.As India looked to add runs on the board, Pat Cummins came up with a brilliant spell that saw him dismiss Hanuma Vihari for 13, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli for a duck and Ajinkya Rahane for 1. By stumps, India were 54/5 with a lead of 346 runs.Despite the big lead, Allan Border felt that the bowling performance might have given Australia a glimmer of hope of saving this Test.”You would like to think so [that Australia can come back into this] and I think this afternoon’s cricket has obviously given the Australia a little bit of hope but the lead now almost to that stage where it’s going to be hard to chase down. The pitch is still playing okay and we know it doesn’t deteriorate too much over here the next couple of days.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: DAY 3 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD”India are still in the box seat but they’ve left the door slightly ajar for the Aussies,” Border said at the post-day show on Sony Sports.Experts and commentators were surprised that an aggressive captain like Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on despite the big lead and when they came on to bat, Cummins’s inspired spell rolled them over.advertisementBorder was of the opinion that even though the lead was still huge, with the prediction of rain on Saturday and Sunday, it surprised him that India decided to bat again. Since Kohli has taken up Test captaincy, India have enforced follow-on five times – they won four by an innings while one was a rain-truncated draw against Bangladesh in Fatullah.”I was really surprised that follow-on wasn’t enforced given that talking about high percentage of rain on Day 5 and even tomorrow some rain. So just with that lurking in the background, I thought you’ve got all the momentum you way, you’ve bowled Australia out and Bumrah has been fantastic. You’ve only bowled like what 67 overs so I thought you could mix and match your bowlers this afternoon and get them freshen over the night and attack Australia in the morning.”So they could have had the game just about done today and even if you gotta chase, say Australia have batted extraordinarily well and you’ve got to chase 120-140, this pitch here can get those runs. Look I thought India missed an opportunity to really seal the game but they’ve still got the higher ground,” Border further said.However, Border still felt that India had the match under their grasp.”India have got the ascendency, they’ve got a fantastic bowling line-up. Bumrah has been quite phenomenal in the series and today he was tremendous. Just with that bowling attack India do have, I just think they’ll wrap this game up but as I said, just this afternoon’s cricket has given Australia a little bit of an outside chance.”Border and Michael Clarke were concerned about the Australian batting line-up and the lack of big runs especially on the top. Border even joked with Clarke that he has got to get back to batting for Australia to score big.”It’s [Australian batting] been a concern and you’ve [to Clarke] been watching the last 19 Test matches, I think we’ve made like one Test hundred in that time. I mean you’re not going to win many games with that kind of scenario.”You’ve [to Clarke] got to strap back your pads yourself, you’ve been practicing in the nets, haven’t you?” Border joked.Also Read | India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Realme 3 Pro takes on Redmi Note 7 Pro with Snapdragon 710, VOOC 3.0 fast charge: Price in India, specs, sale date

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 08:26 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme 3 Pro sports a 16MP Sony IMX519 camera with Nightscape, Chroma Boost and 64MP Ultra HD modes.It is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC with Adreno 616 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM.The Realme 3 Pro price in India starts at Rs 13,999 and will be available starting Aprill 29.The Realme 3 Pro is finally official in India. The company announced its flagship smartphone at an event in New Delhi where it confirmed that the Realme 3 Pro rocks a Snapdragon 710 chipset and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging, among other things. The Realme 3 Pro has been launched to take on the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India. It touts a dewdrop display, gradient design, a long-lasting battery life and OnePlus 6T-like camera as well.The Realme 3 Pro price in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the base model that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The top-end 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 16,999. The Realme 3 Pro will go on sale on Flipkart and on April 29 at 12 noon. Realme is offering Rs 1,000 flat discount on purchasing the product with an HDFC Bank credit or debit card, and Jio benefits worth Rs 5,300. The flagship will also be available via offline stores soon.Realme 3 Pro specificationsThe Realme 3 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Dewdrop display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of over 90 per cent. The display is protected by a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top. There is a 3D curved glasstic panel on the back that comes in Nitro Blue, Lightning Purple and Carbon Gray gradient colours. The Realme 3 Pro comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, measures 156.8×74.2×8.3mm and weighs 172 grams. A major upgrade over the Realme 2 Pro is the chipset. The Realme 3 Pro is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset that is equipped with a capable Adreno 616 GPU. The company is touting superior gaming performance and the phone also supports Fortnite. The chipset is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.advertisementCameras have been upgraded as well. Realme has equipped the flagship with a dual camera setup that includes a 16MP f/1.7 Sony IMX519 primary sensor, which is the same sensor found on the OnePlus 6T. There is a 5MP secondary camera for depth sensing. The cameras support Nightscape, Chroma Boost, Burst Shot, Super Slo-mo video recording at 960fps, which is a segment-first.There is also an Ultra HD Mode that uses pixel binning to stitch together multiple 16MP shots to offer a single crisp and high-resolution 64MP photo. On the front, the Realme 3 Pro gets a 25MP f/2.0 with 4-in-1 pixels for better low-light photography.The Realme 3 Pro is the first Realme phone to support VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which promises to charge the 4,045mAh battery in just 80 minutes. The company will ship a 20W fast charger with the box. The handset still comes with a micro-USB port.Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. The Realme 3 Pro supports a triple card slot that can hold two nano SIM cards and a microSD card. It runs on ColorOS 6 with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box and Realme emphasises on delivering an ad-free experience.<br />Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Realme 3 ProFollow Realme Realme 3 Pro takes on Redmi Note 7 Pro with Snapdragon 710, VOOC 3.0 fast charge: Price in India, specs, sale dateThe Realme 3 Pro will take on the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India as it brings a powerful Snapdragon 710 SoC, a long-lasting battery with VOOC fast charging support and flagship-grade cameras with Nightscape and Super Slo-mo support.advertisementlast_img read more