About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nottingham Forest boss Karanka: Mourinho’s greatest strength is…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is full of praise for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.The pair worked together at Real Madrid.”His honesty,” Karanka told Mundo Deportivo.“With him, I clearly saw that it’s better to face a player, to say things as you see them. Other coaches promise things that they then don’t fulfil or create expectations that never come to pass.“It’s better to say things to a player as you see them and Jose always did it that way with them, looking for the best for the group, which maybe was not the best for the individual as a footballer, but it was the best for the group. He used to look to be fair.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino: These defeats can happenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says they can’t dwell on defeat to Wolves.The 1-3 result at Wembley was a shock.But Pochettino says: “Always, every single defeat is disappointing, but these type of games always happen during the season and of course, it’s difficult.”I thought we were in control but in the last 15, 20 minutes it was disappointing in the way we conceded the first goal and then it was difficult to find the energy to be in the game, we started to be wrong in the way we tried but now we need to move on and be ready for the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Veronique in Barcelona to close Rabiot dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona’s push to close a deal for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has accelerated in the last 24 hours.Paris United reports Rabiot’s mother and agent, Veronique, is currently in Barcelona to negotiate terms.With his deal at PSG due to expire in June, Rabiot is free to discuss pre-contract terms with foreign clubs.Veronique wil spent the weekend in the city in an attempt to agree a contract with Barca officials.For the moment, the focus is on signing Rabiot on a Bosman transfer at the end of this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say EUROPA LEAGUE: Greenwood the difference as Man Utd labour to winby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United made hard work of their first UEFA encounter against opposition from Kazakhstan needing a goal from teenager Mason Greenwood to save their blushes.Utd last won this competition in 2017 and opened their campaign with a home fixture against Astana, champions of Kazakhstan for the past five seasons and who negotiated four summer qualifying ties to reach the group stage.The end of a scoreless first half was greeted with muted silence by the Utd supporters as despite dominating for long periods and creating chances they lacked quality when it mattered which might be expected from an inexperienced side selected by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The home side are unbeaten in nine UEFA Europa League home games and have a perfect record in the group stage and should have at least scored twice before the break with all their chances falling in the first 20 minutes.But once this period had elapsed Utd laboured to find a way through the defence of Astana. It might have been different had Fred not hit the woodwork in the 2nd minute. Marcus Rashford twice had efforts well saved from close range and Greenwood curled one narrowly wide.Yet sloppy play at the back almost gifted goals to the visitors against the run of play. Twice Phil Jones was caught out and whilst the offside flag saved his blushes once Roman Murtzazayev should have done better when racing clear only to hit a weak shot.Another frantic start as the second half began saw Marcos Rojo’s hard low cross evade the onrushing Utd forwards and Greenwood saw his deflected shot trickle narrowly wide. Fred curled a free kick well but Nenad Eric save comfortably.But as before Utd were nearly caught out on the break but Dorian Rotariu poked wide at the far post as the Kazakhstan outfit began to gain confidence.But just as the crowd were getting restless 17 year old Greenwood beat his marker before drilling home the opener on 73 minutes. The lead should have been doubled but substitute Jesse Lingard crashed a shot against the cross bar.Astana have now only one European away win in their last eleven matches and whilst they had a late flurry it was the hosts who begin their Europa League group stage with a win.Full TimeMan Utd: 1 (Greenwood 73)FC Astana: 0Att: 50,783
Liverpool youngster van den Berg earns huge praise for UYL performanceby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Sepp van den Berg was among the players that earned the most praise after their UEFA Youth League success.The Reds managed a 2-0 win over Genk in the Youth League, which puts them in a great position to get into the knockout rounds.Layton Stewart scored a penalty and captain Curtis Jones got another.But it was summer signing van den Berg, a central defender, who stole the show from the off.”Sepp has settled in and you can see that, especially compared to the last Youth League game,” Liverpool youth coach Barry Lewtas told reporters. “It takes time to adjust to new coaches and a new environment, and he is also moving in between age groups.”His performance shows he is moving in the right direction and I’m really pleased for him.”He was doing more talking, and is getting used to partnerships and how we do things.”I don’t spend a lot of time in his company, he comes with us for the Youth League, but around the building he seems to be settling in.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)Former Syracuse star Dwayne “Pearl” Washington has passed away this morning at the age of 52 after losing his battle with a brain tumor. The news was announced by Syracuse’s Athletics web site. The great Pearl Washington has passed away. The entire Orange Nation mourns. https://t.co/RhsNsNjfDm— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) April 20, 2016Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015 and his health had deteriorated in recent months. This season, Syracuse fans began raising money to help pay for his care and the Orange wore orange warm-up shirts with “Pearl” written in white script, a tribute to the script lettering Syracuse wore during Washington’s three seasons with the program. Washington starred for the Orange from 1983-84 through 1985-86, helping to raise the team’s national profile while simultaneously bringing the Big East to new heights. He earned All-American status in each of his three seasons.Our thought and prayers are with Pearl, his family and the entire Syracuse basketball community during this difficult time.
ESPN The Magazine has released its college football preview, and it is jam-packed with predictions for the upcoming season. In the Big 12, the publication sees the Oklahoma Sooners repeating as champion, with a 65.4-percent chance to win the conference, per the Football Power Index. You can view their College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowl predictions here. Here’s how ESPN has the Big 12 shaking out this fall.1. Oklahoma 2. Oklahoma State 3. Baylor 4. West Virginia 5. Texas 6. TCU 7. Texas Tech 8. Kansas State 9. Iowa State 10. KansasPlayers of the Year:Offense: Oklahoma quarterback Baker MayfieldDefense: Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson—–The magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
The United States women’s national soccer team won their second straight World Cup and fourth overall with a 2-0 defeat of the Netherlands.A scoreless game at the half, the deadlock was broken when Megan Rapinoe slotted home a penalty following a VAR review, which found Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan in the area.Rose Lavelle added a second to set the USWNT on their way, while Alyssa Naeher maintained the clean sheet in the victory. 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 The victory sees Jill Ellis’ side successfully defend their World Cup title won in 2015, while adding to triumphs in 1991 and 1999.Their four titles is the most of any nation since the tournament began in 1991, with Germany the closest with two titles.A physical contest between the top ranked team in the world and the reigning European champions, playing in their first final, saw the sides go into the half without a goal, thanks in large part to the efforts of Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.But in a World Cup which has seen VAR usage dominate the conversation, it again came to the fore 15 minutes into the second half.Van der Gragt struck Morgan’s shoulder with a high boot, but referee Stephanie Frappart believed the defender got the ball and signaled for a corner.26 – USA have scored 26 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup – more than any other side in a single edition of the competition. Prolific. #FIFAWWC #USANED pic.twitter.com/2oMShEaWMf — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 7, 2019 Instead replay showed the foul and after a review, Frappart pointed to the spot, allowing Rapinoe to step up and give the USWNT the 1-0 advantage and put the Netherlands behind for the first time in the tournament.In doing so, Rapinoe netted her sixth goal of the competition, bringing her a share of the Golden Boot with team-mate Alex Morgan and England’s Ellen White, as well as making her the oldest player at age 34 to score in a World Cup final and the first to convert a penalty in a final.Lavelle’s goal completed a record-setting haul for the U.S. women, as it was their 26th goal of the competition. No other side has ever scored more at a Women’s World Cup – surpassing the 1991 USWNT as well as Germany’s 2003 side, which both had 25 en route to a title.It also continues a run of dominance from the USWNT that has seen them lost just once in their last 45 matches – a 3-1 defeat to France last January, amassing a record of 39-1-5 over that span.
Jim Harbaugh had a rough night. Michigan’s head coach witnessed his Wolverines’ team fall on the road to Notre Dame.It was yet another big-game loss for Harbaugh’s Wolverines, who are now 9-9 in their last 18 . games under the head coach.Michigan had a chance to potentially tie the game late, but the Wolverines’ drive fell short. Harbaugh wanted a penalty called on the fourth-down attempt. He didn’t get it.A video of Harbaugh yelling at the refs, with ESPN’s Lee Corso watching closely, is going viral on social media.It’s pretty great:Lee Corso’s Disappointed Dad Face pic.twitter.com/GZtNtY5MTO— Boba Bettis (@CBusIrish) September 2, 2018Welp.Michigan and Harbaugh will have another chance at a win next Saturday. The Wolverines are set to have their home opener against Western Michigan at noon.