first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zidane tells Man Utd: Don’t call meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no interest in talks with Manchester United.Zidane is among the favourites for the United post after yesterday’s dismissal of Jose Mourinho.However, Sport says Zidane has no interest in the job – particularly in midseason. The Frenchman is enjoying his time out of the game as he tours the world for sponsors.Interestingly, it’s suggested Zidane hasn’t ruled out returning to Real in the future.Meanwhile, Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be confirmed United caretaker manager today. last_img

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino admits he’s ‘suffering’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he’s been “suffering” during their poor start to the season.Poch, 47, took Spurs to the Champions League final last season and is on the radar of both Manchester United and Real Madrid.But asked if Spurs can still match his ambition, he said: “I hope, yes. That is my wish.”“You can be frustrated and disappointed sometimes but the challenge is to get back to where we were.” He added: “In football, I have suffered only two big disappointments.“One, when I was a player and there was the penalty at the World Cup.“The second was in the Champions League final. I so much want to win a trophy with Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Busquets relieved with Slavia Prague winby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted relief after their Champions League win over Slavia Prague.Busquets admitted they were made to suffer in the Czech capital. “It’s an important victory,” Busquets said after the win. “We knew we had back-to-back games coming up against them (in Europe) and winning away is always important. It’s really complicated and even group. These three points give us an advantage at the top and we hope to be able to take advantage of that at home in the next game. “(The final minutes) were difficult. We knew they would take risks, put lots of players forward and if we didn’t press it was going to be tough. We had chances but we also suffered quite a bit. They had the game lost and were throwing bodies forward. We had the numbers on the break but we suffered until the end.” On the missed chances, he said: “Sometimes the ball doesn’t want to go in. Our second goal wasn’t the best but it still counts. We have to keep on going.” And on Lionel Messi, who scored the opener, Busquets added: “He’s had a tough start to the season because of injuries. He’s fundamental to the way we play and a lot goes through him. He’s getting his rhythm back but it won’t take him long because he’s the best in the world.” last_img read more

first_imgA switch to Juventus would be a “fantastic move” for Aaron Ramsey, says Ian Rush, with a man heading to the exits at Arsenal tipped to hold his own alongside “special” Cristiano Ronaldo.Goal revealed in January that a five-year deal is waiting for the Wales international in Turin, with the first part of a medical having been completed.Ramsey will be moving to Italy as a free agent, with his contract at Emirates Stadium running down, and will be joining a star-studded squad at the reigning Serie A champions. 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? Fellow countryman Rush, who also represented the Bianconeri in his playing days, believes the 28-year-old is taking the best decision for his career.”I think [Juventus] is a fantastic move for him,” Rush told ESPN FC.”When I went there it was an industrial city but it’s come on a million times better since I was there.”I think Juventus are an amazing club. They’ve still got connections with the Agnelli family, Andrea Agnelli is the president there and Gianni Agnelli was the owner when I was there. So they are very passionate about it.”I think he’d do really well, you’ve got Ronaldo there to play with and all that, so that’s something special. But I think Aaron will be something special for Juventus and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it.”Aaron Ramsey ArsenalRush spent one season with Juve in 1987-88, with that stint sandwiched between two iconic spells at Liverpool.He has always spoken fondly of that experience and has urged Ramsey to embrace a wonderful opportunity and to make everyone in Turin aware of just how good he is.”Times have changed. When I was there I had to do everything myself,” Rush added.”Now it’s moved on that much that everything is done for them and the most important thing for him is to concentrate on his football, his attacking play and all that.”He’ll learn the language when he’s ready and that’s what it’s all about. He’s got six months to learn it, I had 12 months as well.”The most important thing in Italy is you have to be confident in what you do. If I went to Italy now, I would tell them: ‘I’m Ian Rush, I’m the best footballer in the world.'”If I had done that for Liverpool, the other teams would say: ‘OK, let’s see how good you are.’ It’s completely different to the English way, the English helped each other.”First impressions [are] a big thing in Italy and I would say to Aaron: ‘Go there, be confident and tell them how good you are’ and all that, give them one sentence in Italian and his first impression that will be job done for him.”last_img read more

first_imgThe transfer saga involving Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Nelson Semedo has taken another turn, with the full-back pleading with Barca to consider the Rojiblancos’ offer of €25 million (£22m/$28m) for his services.Goal published recently that the Blaugrana had no interest in selling Semedo, but the player himself has asked the Spanish champions to reconsider as Diego Simeone’s side have offered the 25-year-old a spot in their starting XI – something Barca cannot guarantee.Indeed, the Portugal international has been sharing the right-back spot with Sergi Roberto, with the former racking up 26 La Liga appearances last season while the latter amassed 29. 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? Officially, Semedo is not for sale, but recent developments will force the Blaugrana to consider their options ahead of the 2018-19 season.Atletico have been made aware, however, that €25m (£22m/$28m) is at least €10m shy of Barcelona’s valuation of the wide defender, whom the Liga giants signed for €30m from Benfica just two years ago.As such, Barca are keen to recoup at least what they spent on the player and will not entertain offers of less than €35m (£31m/$39m) for an outright purchase.Another option for the Cules, however, would be to include Semedo in a part-exchange deal that would see Antoine Griezmann swap the Wanda Metropolitano for Camp Nou.The Frenchman admitted recently that he would be moving on from the Spanish capital for the 2019-20 season, but it is unlikely that any deal will be done for the World Cup winner until July 1, when his release clause drops to €120m (£106m/$135m).With Semedo keen to switch allegiances, Atletico’s interest is unlikely to go away – especially given the summer exits of long-term servants Diego Godin and Juanfran, while Lucas Hernandez has been snapped up by Bayern Munich.It may be that some time passes before any breakthroughs are made in deals for either player, though, which would suit Semedo fine as he gears up for Nations League action with Portugal, who face Switzerland in the semi-finals on Wednesday.Should they come through that clash as victors, they will face either Netherlands or England in the final.last_img read more

first_imgRobert Lewandowski has urged Bayern Munich to make more signings if the Bundesliga giants want to remain competitive and win the Champions League.Bayern head into the 2019-20 season as seven-time reigning Bundesliga holders but without Champions League success since 2013.The German champions have already signed World Cup-winning French duo Lucas Hernandez (€80million) and Benjamin Pavard (€35m) following the departures of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mats Hummels, Rafinha and James Rodriguez. 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? But star striker Lewandowski insisted Bayern must splash the cash in their ongoing pursuit of domestic and European glory.”We have to wait for more transfers to come in,” Lewandowski told reporters in Los Angeles on the eve of Wednesday’s International Champions Cup game against Arsenal. “It is difficult to win the Champions League without new signings.”To play at that top level, you need certain qualities and a strong team to be competitive. We haven’t really done a big transfer in the past two years. We need new signings.””Everyone knows it’s not optimal that we have so few players in the first team right now,” the 30-year-old added. “We need more players for the competition in training. I hope something will happen in the next few days.”On recruits Hernandez and Pavard, Lewandowski said: “Players like Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard can only help us. They are versatile, both world champions and ready to play at the top level at Bayern and we can be successful with them.”Lewandowski’s team-mate Joshua Kimmich expressed similar concerns.”We have a lot of high-quality players, but is that enough in the end to be able to go into the season?” Kimmich told Sport1. “You can see it from how many youth players accompany us on the US tour. We currently have 17 first-team players.”If you really want to tear it up in the Champions League, then maybe we still need some more [new signings].”Lewandowski, who scored 40 goals in all competitions last season, is contracted until 2021 and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the Poland international could extend his deal.”We are in talks,” Lewandowski replied when asked about negotiations. “I don’t know how long it will take but we are on the right track.””I feel really well, not only with the team but I also love the city. It doesn’t only depend on me, there’s other factors,” he continued. “We still have to finish our negotiations.”It’s a little too early to say I want to end my career in 2023. If I get this extension, I would like to play longer of course. I still feel young. How long I want to play, I have to figure it out still. I’m not thinking about it now.”last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Jalen Hurts.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks with the media following the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 26-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith blasted Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts on First Take today in response to QB’s comments while speaking to reporters over the weekend.Hurts expressed some frustration with how Alabama’s quarterback situation has been handled over the past couple of months.“No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt,” he said. “No one asked me what was on my mind. No one asked me how I felt about the things that were going on. Nobody asked me what my future held.”Hurts is battling for the starting QB spot with Tua Tagovalioa. Most expect the job to go to Tagovailoa.Smith was asked this morning what he thinks Nick Saban should do with Hurts moving forward.“I think Saban should bench him,” Smith said. “Make him the second-string quarterback.”“Let me be very, very clear – Jalen Hurts is not impressive. I’m just going to call it what it is. Somebody (has) to do it.”You can watch his full rant below:[email protected] nearly blew up when asked what Nick Saban should do with Jalen Hurts. (via @FirstTake)— ESPN (@espn) August 6, 2018So, now you have Stephen A. Smith’s thoughts on the Alabama quarterback situation.Alabama opens its season on Sept. 1 against Louisville.last_img read more

first_imgkyler murray in the fourth quarter against alabamaMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)A sports blogger has been let go after nasty tweets surfaced regarding Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.Jen Rainwater, a writer for SB Nation’s Oakland A’s site, Athletic’s Nation, has been let go by the company.The writer had some nasty tweets for Murray in response to the report about the quarterback likely declaring for the NFL Draft.Murray was a top 10 pick by the Oakland A’s in the 2018 MLB Draft, and has said that he’s committed to baseball, but that might be changing.The tweets – along with her Twitter account – have since been deleted:BlackSportsOnline first posted about the tweets:SB Nation’s team site released the following statement:“The comments made by @Baseball_Jen about @TheKylerMurray obviously do not reflect the views or opinions of Athletics Nation. They are unacceptable and we do not condone them. We and Vox Media have ended our relationship with this writer,” they announced.The comments made by @Baseball_Jen about @TheKylerMurray obviously do not reflect the views or opinions of Athletics Nation. They are unacceptable and we do not condone them. We and Vox Media have ended our relationship with this writer.— Athletics Nation (@athleticsnation) January 10, 2019Good for them.Murray, meanwhile, is expected to declare for the NFL Draft this weekend, though it’s still possible he could choose baseball.last_img read more

first_imgDwayne Haskins throws the ball against TCU.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the second quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)With Dwayne Haskins off to the NFL and Tate Martell having transferred, quarterback Justin Fields is expected to be Ohio State’s starter in 2019. Ahead of the season, the Buckeyes’ former starter offered some sage advice for the recently-transferred quarterback.In an interview with Eleven Warriors, Haskins revealed that he’s spoken with Fields several times and offered some tips for getting better. Haskins suggested that Fields “master the playbook” and built a rapport with his new teammates. He also advised Fields to try getting better every day.“The biggest thing I would say for him is just to master the playbook and get to know his guys, and he’ll be fine from there,” Haskins said. “It’s one day at a time. Don’t worry about the end goal of what you want to do. Just get better every day, and it will take care of itself.”Coming out of high school in 2018, Fields was a five-star recruit and the No. 2 prospect in the country, per 247Sports.Though Fields never got a chance to start while he was at Georgia, he is not completely green as a college player.As a backup to Jake Fromm last year, Fields completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. On the ground, he added another 266 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries.With Fromm slated to keep his starting job at Georgia for the foreseeable future, Fields decided to jump to a top program with an open battle at quarterback.Last year Haskins set multiple Ohio State and Big Ten Conference passing records en route to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl win. While Tate Martell was initially expected to succeed him, the team acquired Fields via the transfer portal and allowed Martell to head to Miami (FL).last_img read more

first_imgjalen hurts during the sec championship game against georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after rushing for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For the third straight year, Oklahoma will break in a new star quarterback. Jalen Hurts is expected to take over as the starter after transferring in from Alabama.With the Crimson Tide, he was an SEC Player of the Year and All-Conference performer. Now he’s tasked with picking up the mantle from back-to-back Heisman winners.We’re five practices in to the spring session for Oklahoma. Jalen Hurts met with the media today to discuss how his acclimation with the program is coming along.A major theme from today’s media session is how Jalen Hurts and head coach Lincoln Riley are connecting.He says the two have clicked quickly, though Riley has acknowledged that nothing will be handed to the former Crimson Tide star.From 247’s Joey Helmer:Hurts on developing a relationship with Lincoln Riley: “Definitely a quick process, but I think we’re on track. I think the biggest thing is building that relationship because I’m only here for a short time.” #Sooners— Joey Helmer (@joeyhelmer247) March 27, 2019Hurts on what Riley sold to him: “Coach Riley’s been very upfront and honest with everything, and ultimately we’ve got to go to work…Definitely no handouts anywhere, but just us being on the same page.” #Sooners— Joey Helmer (@joeyhelmer247) March 27, 2019Hurts is known as a tremendous leader, which was apparent both as a starter at Alabama, and after he lost his job to Tua Tagovailoa. That will be a big part of his contribution to the Sooners team.Jalen Hurts on leadership on #Sooners team: When I look back on this year, I’d rather say that I said too much than I said too little. #Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) March 27, 2019Jalen Hurts: “I’d rather lead too much and Coach Riley wants me to be aggressive with that.” #Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) March 27, 2019He’ll obviously be compared to Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, but Hurts says he’s his own man. However, he won’t be afraid to pick their brains:Hurts: “I’d be outright wrong to not pick Kyler’s [Murray] brain, to pick Baker’s [Mayfield] brain.” #Sooners— Joey Helmer (@joeyhelmer247) March 27, 2019Hurts: “I don’t want to get into comparisons. Baker’s Baker. Kyler’s Kyler. And I’m me.” #Sooners— Joey Helmer (@joeyhelmer247) March 27, 2019Riley’s offensive system is different than what Hurts is used to from Alabama, but as he acknowledged, he has had new offensive coordinators almost every year that he’s been in college, so he’s used to that type of change.Given the success Riley has had with a number of quarterbacks now, it won’t be hard to sell Hurts or anyone on trusting the system.last_img read more