Malcom impresses but Roma and Florenzi fight back to beat Barcelona

first_imgRoma came from behind to beat Barcelona 4-2 in the International Champions Cup at AT&T Stadium but not before Malcom had given them a taste of what they missed out on.A flurry of late goals from Alessandro Florenzi, Bryan Cristante and Diego Perotti helped the Italians recover from 2-1 down as they took full advantage of Barca’s changes in the latter stages of the game.Ernesto Valverde had made 10 outfield substitutions by the time Florenzi levelled the match at 2-2 and the Barca coach will be happy with what he saw before he brought on the club’s B team players — especially from new signing Malcom.Roma thought they had signed Malcom from Bordeaux last week only to see Barca swoop in at the 11th hour, nabbing the Brazilian from under their noses in a deal worth €41 million.Defender Kostas Manolas played down the transfer saga before the game, saying he hadn’t even heard of Malcom, but all the Roma players will have been aware of him by full-time.Making his first start for his new club, Malcom impressed in a Barca side which was without Lionel Messi and the other players that took part in this summer’s World Cup.After Stephan El Shaarawy had cancelled out Rafinha’s early opener, the script was written for Malcom to restore Barca’s lead after good work from Ballou Tabla.He almost scored again, too, sending a free kick inches wide before seeing a shot well saved by substitute goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.Barca’s young side had started quickly. Munir had already spurned two openings when Rafinha capped a fine team move in the seventh minute to open the scoring.Valverde’s side continued to pile on the pressure. Rafinha, who’s playing for his future at the club, almost set up Malcom for a second goal, but Robin Olsen saved.Barca’s grip on possession remained but the frequency of their chances decreased as Roma began to pose a threat on the break.Chances for Edin Dzeko and Florenzi had already been snuffed out when summer signing Justin Kluivert set up El Shaarawy to equalise.Malcom then had his moment in the 49th minute before Valverde rung the changes on the hour mark.Florenzi took advantage of some open defending from Barca’s youngsters, who play in the third tier of Spanish football, to level before Cristante beat Jasper Cillessen after being given too much room to turn.Perotti added a fourth in the final five minutes from the penalty spot after a foul by Jorge Cuenca.last_img read more

Dean relieved to get out of Ohio State for Auburn

first_imgCocoa’s Jamel Dean was declared medically ineligible at Ohio State but he can play at Auburn.Cocoa’s Jamel Dean was declared medically ineligible at Ohio State but he can play at Auburn.Everyone has their side of the story when it comes to former Cocoa High School standout Jamel Dean. Urban Meyer and his medical staff have their version, Dean has his own but, more importantly, Dr. James Andrews had one, too.Dean was declared medically ineligible to play for the Buckeyes, weeks after arriving on campus in a pre-spring physical because of previous knee surgeries. Devastated, the player rated the No. 35 cornerback recruit in the country by Rivals.com thought his playing days were over. There was another factor that angered a lot of people back home in Brevard County — that OSU had over-signed and had to find some room for other recruits.Meyer denies any wrongdoing, saying his medical staff made it clear they wouldn’t let Dean play there. Dean says he was actually playing pickup basketball at the time it was ruled his knee wasn’t sound.Dirty pool?It sounds that way to some. But word quickly spread. He went to Andrews, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, to be examined and was told his issue was strengthening the quad muscles.Will Muschamp was the head coach at Florida when Dean signed with the Buckeyes and enrolled in January. By then, Muschamp had been fired and hired as the new defensive coordinator at Auburn, bringing UF secondary coach Travaris Robinson with him. The Gators had finished runnerup in signing him and tried to get him again after the OSU decision.More than two dozen other schools tried to re-recruit him after Dean decided to get out of Columbus and go play somewhere else. He decided to follow Muschamp and Robinson.While there have been numerous reports that Dean will be able to play immediately at Auburn, he said this past week that’s not the case. He said the NCAA rejected a waiver.“Because of the whole NCAA transfer thing, I’ve got to sit out a year, so I’ve got to redshirt,” said Dean, who plans to arrive in Auburn in late July to register.Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn declined at the SEC spring meetings in Destin to talk about Dean, since he’s not enrolled in school.“I could have played this year,” Dean said of the questioned knee.Amid the speculation that maybe the Buckeyes were trying to get rid of him because they needed more scholarships, he was wondering what was going on.“But now that Auburn is giving me a chance to play, I really don’t care anymore,” Dean said. “At the same time, (Ohio State coaches) were telling me you can play somewhere else. They were giving me an option of getting a medical hardship (which makes an athlete ineligible to play but stays on a scholarship that doesn’t count toward the NCAA limit of 85) or just transfer.”Dean had a brief conversation with Meyer at breakfast in February in which he was asked if he was thinking about transferring. Dean confirmed he wanted to go elsewhere.He said one of the Ohio State coaches had “suggested” he look into going somewhere else.“They really didn’t care,” Dean said of the OSU staff, whether he stayed or not. “Once Auburn said they were going to let me play, I was ready to leave.”Currently visiting family in Georgia, Dean is also planning to spend some time in Fort Lauderdale and, after a stop over in Cocoa, once again he’ll head out to start his college career. This time, he’s a little wiser to the ways of the world.What if he one day runs into Ohio State in the college playoffs?“Oh my gosh, I’d say I’m going to have a lot of anger built up for that game,” Dean said. “A lot of people are hoping it will happen — friends, coaches, other people that were supporting me.”Was it a shaky move by Ohio State or just one made with Dean’s best interests at heart? Time will tell whether Dean’s knee will hold up. But with Andrews’ background, saving thousands of athletes’ careers, you realize someone probably just messed up.Or did they?Contact Jones at djon[email protected] or follow on Twitter: @DaveJonesSports.last_img read more

NHL/CHL Logo Concepts For Blog

first_img NHL/CHL Logo Concepts For Blog SportsLogos.Net Members Go To Topic Listing Sports Logo News NHL/CHL Logo Concepts For Blog Recommended Posts Share this post Forums Home By Willy09, July 19, 2013 in Sports Logo News Share on other sites CHL Willy09 All Activity design 0 This topic is now closed to further replies. Sports Logo News 0 NHLcenter_img Sports Logos Sports Logos Sign in to follow this   hey i opened a new NHL/CHL blog that will feature a weekly “Beyond The Crest” special , which will basically talk and analyze current , former and possible logos of the future!Wondering if anyone would want to help or maybe send some logos for the site [email protected]@W1lly09 Concept Sign in to follow this   Link to post 0 All Activity SportsLogos.Net Forums Home NHL/CHL Logo Concepts For Blog 2 posts Followers 0 Followers 0 0 Willy09 Posted July 19, 2013last_img read more

Celtic support hit back at Mussolini’s granddaughter

first_imgThe message, written in Italian and unfurled during a convincing 4-0 win for the Hoops, read “Alessandra V******o” which translates as “F*** off Alessandra”.Mussolini’s original comments came in response to a Green Brigade banner during a heated Europa League game at Celtic Park, showing the infamous World War Two dictator hanging upside down.Members of the Lazio ultras had earlier been filmed marching through Glasgow city centre giving “nazi salutes”.And a section of their stadium will lie empty for the return leg in Rome after the club were punished over racist behaviour from their fans in previous rounds. Around 9,000 Celtic supporters are expected to make the trip to Rome. Celtic supporters have told Benito Mussolini’s granddaughter to “F*** off” in a new banner unfurled at Pittodrie.Alessandra Mussolini had earlier criticised Celtic fans for a banner depicting the fascist dictator’s death that was flown during the Glasgow club’s 2-1 win over Italian side Lazio.The former MEP called the banner “an act of violence” and called for a new law to be brought in that would punish such acts.But supporters in the away end for Sunday’s Premiership clash between the Scottish champions and Aberdeen responded with a banner aimed at the 56-year-old.last_img read more