About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kolasinac: Arsenal fans don’t know what Ozil does behind the scenesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Sead Kolasinac says Mesut Ozil has the full respect of his teammates.Ozil had two assists for victory at Burnley on Saturday.Kolasinac was the beneficiary of Ozil’s brilliance after 14 minutes, charging onto a sublime pass from the German, before teeing up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.“It was unbelievable,” Kolasinac declared. “We all know Mesut’s qualities and I only actually made that run because I saw that he had the ball.“Not many players would have been able to play that pass. He can, and when I saw him get on the ball, I knew he was going to find me.”It was a brilliant pass from him.”Kolasinac is adamant that most of Ozil’s influence is felt behind the scenes.“Mesut’s not the sort of player who will scream at you in public just to show the people on the outside that he tries to push us on,” he said. “He’ll speak in the dressing room, he’ll go to every player individually.”With his quality, he brings a lot to this team. He’s very important for us as a captain and as a player.“When you’re a big star, like Mesut is, of course there are always negative headlines. But, as a team, we don’t pay attention to them and Mesut doesn’t either. That’s what’s most important.“We’re all behind Mesut – all the staff, all the players. If negative things are written, then that’s just what happens. In life, not everything is positive – sometimes there are negatives written about you too, and he’s had that. But yesterday with his performance he’s quietened a few critics.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Glazers stick with Solskjaer at Man Utdby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United’s owners are standing by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.This despite the 1-0 loss to Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday, says the Daily Star.The Red Devils are down in 12th in the table and have won just twice in the top flight all season.Solskjaer’s tally of nine points from the opening eight games sets a new record for the worst at this stage of a Premier League campaign.But despite the poor form and results the Glazers have no plans to sack Solskjaer.The billionaire owners have taken into account the number of players missing from the United squad and willing to stick with him for now.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool U23 boss Critchley full of praise for goalkeeper Kelleherby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool U23 boss Neil Critchley has showered praise on young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher for his performance against Wigan on Sunday.Critchley believes Kelleher showed confidence and skill to deny the Latics scoring a late equaliser when he made a point-blank save, comparing the action to Reds first-team keeper’ Alisson.”That’s exactly the type of mentality you need from a goalkeeper,” Critchley said.”That’s Caoimhin for you. Everyone saw the saves he made against MK Dons for the first team in the League Cup, and he made a similar one where made himself big.”It’s no coincidence the ball hit him from so close because he is brave and puts his body on the line.”I always think the best goalkeepers make the important saves at the right time, the vital moment. Like Alisson Becker against Napoli last season, those goalkeepers they seem to produce those moments at the right time and Caoimhin did that here.”
EF Bama License PlateGiven Tennessee’s longstanding rivalry with Alabama, most Volunteers fans don’t have too much love for the Crimson Tide or its supporters. The UT fan who owns the Toyota Tacoma below probably has a little less than the rest, however. Yep, someone out there actually has an “EF BAMA” license plate. Usually, you’d have to guess which team someone who owns such a plate would be a fan of – Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, etc. But given the Vols logo on the back window, it’s obvious.[Clay Travis]
bob stoops stands up for texasOklahoma and Texas may not like each other very much, but Sooners head coach Bob Stoops isn’t letting that cloud his judgment of the 2015 Longhorns. Monday, he actually stood up for Charlie Strong & Co., citing UT’s overly difficult schedule as the most “overlooked” reason for the team’s 1-4 record. He noted that all four of the teams Texas lost to are now ranked.Here’s video, via OU Insider.Texas reporter Taylor Gaspar transcribed what Stoops had to say. Bob Stoops on #Longhorns early season struggles. #Sooners #Texas #OU pic.twitter.com/xG0UIOWK0f— Taylor Gaspar (@Taylor_Gaspar) October 5, 2015Stoops has always been a stand-up guy, so it doesn’t come as a shock that he’s finding the silver lining on Texas’ season ahead of their matchup this Saturday. Still, you know he wants to give the Longhorns their fifth loss.
Andres Iniesta has apologised after a social media photo of his family celebrating the Spanish holiday of Three Kings Day included two people in blackface.The 34-year-old, who plays for Japanese club Vissel Kobe, took to his various social media channels on Sunday to share the image, which showed his family with six people appearing to be dressed as biblical characters.In Spain, it is traditional for parades around this time of year to feature men dressed as the three kings, who – according to the Christian Bible – are said to have brought gifts to the baby Jesus. 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? One of these kings is often portrayed as a black man, and, in Iniesta’s photo, two of the people dressed up appear to be wearing makeup to darken their skin.Iniesta’s photo sparked a significant backlash across social media, and he has issued an apology to those offended by the image. pic.twitter.com/RhCXAj1AqB— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019A statement from the former Barcelona midfielder’s advisors read: “On January 6, Andres Iniesta’s family received the visit of the Three Kings at his house and decided to photograph himself to share this image with his fans on the player’s social networks.”The presence of the Three Kings belongs to the culture of our country, rooted for many years with which we want to celebrate the most magical day of the year with our children and is a tradition that the Iniesta Ortiz family repeats every year.”We want to settle the controversy that has arisen around this picture in which the three people dressed and characterised with make-up appear as the Kings of the East, Gaspar, Melchior, and Baltasar, as happens in most cavalcades and events that were celebrated in Spain that day.”At no time did Andres Iniesta want to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologises to those people who may have been offended.”Antoine Griezmann was caught up in a similar incident in 2017, and the Atletico Madrid star was also forced to issue an apology.
Liverpool celebrated their Champions League success with thousands of fans as they embarked on a parade through the city’s streets on Sunday.The Merseyside outfit claimed the Champions League title the previous night after goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi secured a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the final in Madrid.Liverpool’s #UCL trophy parade is underway! pic.twitter.com/czEtK3o3uQ— Goal (@goal) June 2, 2019Winning the European crown for the first time in 14 years sent their supporters into jubilant celebrations as they welcomes the squad home. 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? They travelled down the streets of Liverpool in an open-top bus with the players waving the trophy from the top deck, while coach Jurgen Klopp sat on the corner of the bus with a beer between his legs counting Liverpool’s six European titles in his hands with a smile.Meanwhile, Georginio Wijnaldum avoided a scare when he dropped his phone while recording a video of the fans. He was relieved to get it back and see that it had survived despite the big drop. The club’s owner John Henry was also there, alongside chairman Tom Werner, to take in the celebration of their first Champions League success since Fenway Sports Group took over the club nine years ago.”It’s still working!”Gini Wijnaldum has just dropped his phone off Liverpool’s trophy parade bus pic.twitter.com/LqU6NOjHhD— Goal (@goal) June 2, 2019Liverpool completed the success just a year after last reaching the final, when they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. This year’s journey to the final began with a close finish in the group stage as the Anfield side finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain and level on points with Napoli, edging through to the knockout stage because of their superior goal record.A 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the second-leg of their last-16 tie set up a quarter-final clash with Porto, which Klopp’s men sailed through 6-1 on aggregate.They looked set to crash out after suffering a 3-0 hammering away to Barcelona in the semi-final first leg, but they recovered in incredible fashion by scoring four at Anfield the following week.But their victory against Spurs in Saturday’s decider did not come without controversy, as the referee’s decision to give a penalty for a Moussa Sissoko handball just a minute into the match created much debate among football fans.Origi, though, would seal the game late on, sparking wild celebrations in Madrid and back home in Liverpool, where the party continued on Sunday.
What do you make of a game like Mexico’s 7-0 victory over Cuba? If you’re Tata Martino, not very much.The Mexico manager respects every opponent, but said the analysis you can do after a blowout contest isn’t incredibly profound. The analysis of Wednesday’s game should go much deeper.El Tri are expecting an actual challenge against Canada. The only nation aside from Mexico and the U.S. to win a Gold Cup, Canada coach John Herdman has a wealth of talented young players with a few old hands like Atiba Hutchinson and Milan Borjan there to steer the ship. Like Martino’s current streak with Mexico, Canada has won in every match Herdman has overseen – a six-match streak. 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? There have been blowouts in the past, like Mexico thrashing Canada 8-0 in a 1993 Gold Cup match at Estadio Azteca. Now, Canada is a team that puts those sort of scorelines on other teams. Martino has been paying attention.”I’ve been able to see four or five Canada games. I don’t have all the fine points down to talk about the team as a collective. I don’t have any doubt that individually the Canada squad is very important, with players even playing in the Premier League or in the Bundesliga, really important players. There are very important wingers, midfielders, central defenders.”With that, just today I was telling the players that we’re not playing against the history of Canada, but this Canada team. A lot of times people complain, ‘This national team or that national team doesn’t have history.’ But history isn’t the important thing. The important thing is what they have today, and I think Canada has put together … probably one of the best national teams it’s been able to put together in recent history.”In contrast to a Cuba team that was sadly forgettable, these are faces Mexico will be seeing again and again in the next several years. Bayern Munich winger Alphonso Davies created issues for Martinique in the first half with fellow teenager and Gent forward Jonathan David converting a pair of goals in the 4-0 win.The midfield is so crowded, Herdman moved his most senior player in Hutchinson and a regular LAFC starter in Mark Anthony Kaye to the back line – though that also indicates how thin The Reds are at the back. Each manager is too classy and clever to say it, but each has had this group match circled since the matchups were revealed in April. The expectation is to roll through Cuba and Martinique. This one is the one that will make the difference between winning the group and finishing second place.Canada hasn’t always been excited about facing El Tri – understandable given the last time Canada knocked off Mexico we had just overcome the evils of the Y2K bug. Now, there’s enthusiasm from the Canadians that they could secure a statement win to encapsulate the positive mood around the team during the last 18 months.“Going into the Mexico game, we all know it’s going to be a tough one,” Davies told reporters. “Mexico is a top side, it will be a good test for Canada as we have a new identity, a new structure and a new team, and this will be a good opportunity for us to test ourselves.”Every player on our roster is looking forward to this match, as a footballer this is where you want to be, playing against the biggest teams on the biggest stage and every player on this team is ready to give their all on Wednesday.”Canada’s coaches and players seem to be relishing the opportunity. After a Nations League campaign filled with pressure to not only get wins but get big wins and end up in League A (a goal Herdman’s group achieved) and an opener against a Martinique team without the players based in top leagues Canada or Mexico can deploy, this is the first match for Herdman in which he’s not expected to get a victory.”This is just a great opportunity for Canada to come in as an underdog,” he said at a news conference. “You know, the last six games, we’ve been expected to win every game we’ve played, so this is the first time in my tenure where you get a chance to actually feel like an underdog, David and Goliath. It’s a nice feeling.”The underdog is hungry, hunting a victory. David is brave, polishing his stone and confidently launching it at the giant. The only way either succeeds, though, is when the favorite drops focus.Martino has told his players to expect a tough match from a new-look Canada. He’s said on several occasions that much can be learned from a negative result. He’s also said, though, that he wants to extend the winning streak and keep it rolling as long as possible. The way to do that is to take legitimate threats, like the one Canada now poses, seriously.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: A general view of Ohio Stadium during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Ohio Bobcats on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State is making fairly easy work of Oregon State in its season opener at Ohio Stadium this afternoon.The Buckeyes are currently leading the Beavers, 42-14, with a couple of minutes to play in the first half.It hasn’t been the easiest of games for ESPN’s play-by-play man, Dave Pasch. He’s made a couple of tough errors.Pasch incorrectly summarized what happened with Ohio State freshman quarterback Tate Martell during his recruitment.Then, he got a penalty call wrong.The announcer who said Tate Martell committed to Chris Petersen and now-Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith at Washington is incredibly wrong. He committed to Sark and decommitted when the coaching change happened.— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) September 1, 2018Dave Pasch is horrible. Thought Robert Landers was Nick Bosa, doesn’t know when Tate Martell committed to Washington, doesn’t know the punter outside the pocket rule— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) September 1, 2018Happen to catch that he called Haskins, Dwight before the tape of him as a kid?— Dave (@daverini) September 1, 2018Welp, it’s Week 1 for the announcers, too.Ohio State has taken a 42-14 lead into halftime against Oregon State. The game is on ABC.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers passes against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Deshaun Watson is a legend at Clemson and rightfully so. But if Clemson’s new starter Trevor Lawrence has anything to say about it, he’ll soon be among the great Tigers quarterbacks.The Tigers’ freshman displaced Kelly Bryant as the starting QB earlier this year, is already breaking many of Watson’s freshman season records.Lawrence broke Watson’s record for touchdown passes (16) and passing yards (1,480) as a freshman. Granted, Watson played only eight games in his freshman year, but Lawrence is still primed to shatter the prior mark.Trevor Lawrence is No. 1 in the FBS among all freshman QBs in passer efficiency and touchdown passes.Just four starts into his career, quarterback Trevor Lawrence already owns two freshman passing records at Clemson and has more in his sights. https://t.co/EnXXNEh9LS @ClemsonFB @deshaunwatson— Orange and White (@orangeandwhite) November 2, 2018Though Lawrence and Watson have a lot in common statistically, Lawrence has a long ways to go before surpassing the Clemson legend in accomplishments.Watson led Clemson to back-to-back College Football Playoff championship games. He won it all in 2016 before declaring for the NFL draft after his junior year.At 8-0, there are few serious threats to Clemson’s undefeated season remaining in the ACC. Perhaps Lawrence will get a chance to start making some history of his own in this year’s College Football Playoff.