Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen: Everything in order between players and boardby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen insists there’s no problem between the players and the board.Gerard Pique has accused board members of planting stories in the local press blaming the players for their poor start to the season.But after victory in the Champions League against Inter Milan, Ter Stegen said: “Between the team and the board of directors, everything is in order and the rest… “I am happy to be here and play football… And nothing more. “This is a club and what you have to do is be united.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea midfielder Mount delighted for ‘on-fire’ Abrahamby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Mason Mount is delighted to see Tammy Abraham scoring goal after goal.The 22-year-old’s first Champions League against Lille on Wednesday brought his tally to 8 from 10 games.”He’s [Abraham] on fire and when you have a player like that, any time the ball goes into the box you’re expecting him to get on the end of it or create a chance or get a goal,” Mount told reporters. “It’s brilliant to have him scoring as many as he can.”The thing for him is to focus on continuing these performances and trying to get goals and goals. That’s the main thing for him. He’s a striker, so as many goals as he can score, that’s the best thing for him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer keen for Man Utd to use Spanish scouting serviceby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to use a Spanish consultancy service to help with transfer plans.Solskjaer has recommended to United they join the client list of Madrid-based company Driblab which has a detailed database on more than 100,000 players and potential signings, says the Daily Mail.A dozen clubs in La Liga are already subscribers as are Nottingham Forest who used the available information before making a number of signings in the summer to aid their promotion push to the Premier League.Driblab evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of players from the age of 16 in more than a hundred different competitions – down to the detail of how injuries affect their ability or run and kick the ball. They also use an advanced algorithm to draw up an expected goals formula to see if attackers and goalkeepers are performing above or below standard. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, the star of the College Football Playoff, underwent surgery to remove his wisdom teeth Friday morning. Judging by the way he’s been acting on Twitter, the painkillers he was given afterwards haven’t quite worn off. He’s been hilarious for over an hour now.it was a success! pic.twitter.com/5ZmEV0VpdW— Dawn (@itz_mizdee) February 6, 2015Fresh out of wisdom teeth surgery— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015“@ArianFoster: In the dentist about to go under to get the wisdom out of my teeth, and they have Mike Jack playin’. Smh” twins— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015Someone come take care of me— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015Baddies only lol— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015@JGreene_8 sympathy nuggets. The plan in infallible— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015Sooooo hungry— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015Omg mashed potatoes— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015“@gkeyknee: @EzekielElliott sounds like you’re thirsty…” Get off my— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015My dad has left me home alone. Stranded to die— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015Guess he doesn’t love me— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 6, 2015I think Zeke’s pain pills are working.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) February 6, 2015Keep doing you, Zeke.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 10: The Villanova Wildcats (L) shoot the ball with the Xavier Musketeers during warmups at the Wells Fargo Center on January 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Update: The piccolo player, Roxanne Chalifoux, has chimed in on Twitter regarding the incident. She says she’s a Villanova Wildcat until she dies, through the smiles and the tears. Well done.Villanova wildcat till I die, through the smiles and the tears— Roxanne Chalifoux (@roxiechalifoxie) March 22, 2015Earlier: Saturday night, Villanova became the first 1-seed to go down in this year’s NCAA Tournament, falling to 8-seed NC State in a thriller, 71-68. The Wildcats had trouble on the offensive end all night, shooting just 31% overall, despite Darrun Hilliard II catching absolute fire toward the end of the contest. After it was over, Nova fans were understandably upset. One was taking it a bit harder than most, however.As the game ended, TBS’ cameras panned to a girl in Villanova’s band playing the flute piccolo. She couldn’t control the tears rolling down her cheeks. Video of the incident has gone viral.It’s a tough way for Villanova to lose, but the Wildcats still had an incredible year. Hopefully the young fan can take some solace in that.More: The 64 Most-Annoying Fan Bases
CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 28: Head coach Chris Mack of the Xavier Musketeers reacts in the first half of a game against the Providence Friars at Cintas Center on February 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 84-74 to claim the Big East Conference regular season title. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Xavier is an 11.5-point underdog in tonight’s Sweet 16 match-up against No. 2 seed Arizona, but if the program’s Spotify playlist is to be believed, the Musketeers are receiving proper motivation. Xavier Athletics tweeted out a picture of a playlist, which is just DMX’s 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” on repeat.Tonight’s playlist. #XMarchesOn pic.twitter.com/fdfsFfI0tv— Xavier Musketeers (@XUAthletics) March 26, 2015When it comes to X vs. the ‘Cats, one of the verses is a bit prophetic.Ain’t never gave nothin’ to me But every time I turn around Cats got they hands out wantin’ something from me I ain’t got it so you can’t get it Lets leave it at that cuz I ain’t with itPeople are certainly not giving Xavier a real chance in this one. We’ll have to see if the Musketeers can pull the major upset.
Lionel Messi has insisted Barcelona never contemplated throwing away the Copa del Rey after a comeback win over Sevilla on Wednesday .The La Liga leaders crushed Sevilla 6-1 at Camp Nou to claim a 6-3 aggregate victory in the quarter-finals, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a brace to go with goals from Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Messi.Messi, who recently revealed criticism he receives from son Thiago , played down any suggestions Barca were ever going to simply give up the competition to focus on La Liga and the Champions League. 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? “It was said that we threw the cup or that we didn’t want it, or maybe my message was misinterpreted at the beginning of the season,” he told Barca TV .”The team want to fight for the three competitions, as it is always Barcelona’s obligation every year.”We do not throw anything.”Leo #Messi : “We are Barça and we would never throw away the chance to win any of the big three competitions”#CopaBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hHJeRCAMXh — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019 Coutinho started Barca’s comeback with a 13th-minute penalty, which Messi let the Brazilian – whose form has been questioned – take.Messi explained his decision to allow the 26 year old, who completed his brace in the second half, to take the spot-kick.”I wanted him to kick it and we fixed it, because the important thing was to win,” he said.”He scored and I’m happy because that’s where everything started.”Coutinho thanked Messi after the game for letting him take the penalty as the Catalans sealed their place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.While Barcelona won on the pitch on Wednesday, they took a tumble off it as they accidentally confirmed Denis Suarez’s move to Arsenal prematurely.
ESPN College GameDayNebraska is No. 10 in the AP Poll, but are the Cornhuskers for real? The College GameDay staff weighed in.Nebraska is sitting in the No. 10 spot in this week’s AP Poll, but the Cornhuskers only real “quality win” came at home against a lackluster Oregon team on Sept. 17.Here are the members of ESPN’s College GameDay staff giving their opinions on whether or not the Cornhuskers are “for real” or not:Desmond Howard says that he could name 10 teams that are better than Nebraska right now. “Bear,” GameDay’s stats guru, keeps it simple and says that the Cornhuskers are No. 10 in the country because they’ve beaten everyone they’ve played. He also poses the question that if Nebraska played Alabama and Florida State, would it be unbeaten?Kirk Herbstreit says that Nebraska has looked great so far, which is an answer that kind of dodges the actual question.Nebraska takes on Indiana in Bloomington this afternoon with the kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. EST.
Romelu Lukaku said he expects a “busy summer” as he cast doubts over his Manchester United future amid growing links to Inter.Lukaku has emerged as a reported target for Antonio Conte’s side after previously revealing it would be a “dream” to play in Serie A at some point in his career.New Inter head coach Conte is reportedly keen to sign Lukaku, having missed out on the Belgium striker during his time in charge of Chelsea after he opted to join Premier League rivals United for £75 million ($95m) in 2017. 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? Lukaku was asked about his future following Belgium’s 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Scotland on Tuesday and the 26-year-old did little to dismiss rumours of a potential Old Trafford exit.We keep improving! Another good win for us and what a way to finish off the season! @BelRedDevils pic.twitter.com/6M2f4Gctn3— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) June 11, 2019″I have a contract with Man United,” said Lukaku, who scored twice against Scotland. “I’ll speak with my club and my agent Federico Pastorello to make the best decision.”I am going to enjoy my holidays with my family now. I know what I’ll do but won’t say it.”We’ll see. If I expect a busy summer? Yes.”Lukaku – contracted to the Red Devils until 2022 with the option of a further year – scored 12 Premier League goals as United finish sixth in 2018-19, missing out on Champions League qualification.He scored 15 goals across all competitions for United in total, who lost to Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.The imposing centre-forward was unable to build on his promising debut campaign at Old Trafford, during which he managed to hit 26 goals under Jose Mourinho’s stewardship.Lukaku enjoyed a brief resurgence after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as interim United boss back in December, most notably scoring twice in a stunning Champions League win over Paris Saint Germain.However, his form dipped dramatically between March and May, with many fans and experts calling his fitness levels and technical ability into question.
Netherlands international Quincy Promes has joined Ajax from Sevilla on a five-year contract for €15.7m (£14m/$17.9m), the Eredivisie champions have confirmed.The 27-year-old returns to his home country after a lone season in La Liga to play for the club whom he spent part of his youth playing days with as the Dutch outfit continue to shape their squad ahead of the new season.Promes found himself restricted for chances at Sevilla where he was primarilly played out wide as a winger as opposed to an outright attacker, and made just 15 league appearances on the back of his move from Spartak Moscow. 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? His move makes him the latest recruit to Erik ten Hag’s side, following in the footsteps of Standard Liege’s Razvan Marin and Defensa y Justicia’s Lisandro Martínez, as they look to build on a stellar 2018-19 campaign.The Dutch outfit reached the Champions League semi-finals in addition to completing the domestic double, though they ultimately fell short in defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.Their excellent season has seen several of their stars seek new pastures though, with Frenkie de Jong having left for Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt expected to depart too.Promes reteams with Ten Hag, who he worked with at Go Ahead Eagles, and becomes the third most-expensive signing in the club’s history, after Miralem Sulejmani and Daley Blind.He featured earlier this year in his side’s Nations League campaign, scoring in their last-four defeat of England, though he was unable to help his country triumph over Portugal in the final.He has won both the Russian Premier League and Russian Super Cup, in 2017, with Spartak Moscow, and was a member of their unsuccessful 2017-18 Champions League campaign, when he netted a brace against future club Sevilla in the group stages.Promes will wear the number 11 shirt, the club has confirmed, which was previously last held in 2017-18 by Amin Younes.Meanwhile, Ajax have also confirmed the extension of the loan deal for Benfica goalkeeper Bruno Varela, who arrived in mid-season.The 24-year-old is yet to make an appearance for the club but provides additional cover for Andre Onana.