Man Utd boss Solskjaer on beating Huddersfield: It’s a mindset changeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s been able to change the “mindset” of his players after victory over Huddersfield.Paul Pogba scored twice for the 3-1 win.Solskjaer said, “You don’t change anything in one week, but you change the mindset. I want my team to play in a certain way and I give them little pointers here and there. It’s a work in progress, that’s what it is. It’s going to take time as the players go from one manager and the details he wanted and I have a little bit of a tweak. It will improve as time goes on.”On Pogba, he added: “It was great to see him score two goals and he has created the goals last week at Cardiff, and now he scores them himself, so he will be even better for getting two lots of 90 minutes now and he will be fitter and fitter and improving with the team. We looked tired towards the end and now it is important over the next two or three days that we recover and get ready for Bournemouth.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Gladbach table cash bid for West Ham defender Reece Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach have tabled a cash bid to West Ham for Reece Oxford.The England U21 international spent last season on-loan at Gladbach, where he impressed, before choosing to stay with the Hammers this term.However, after a lack of playing chances under manager Manuel Pellegrini, Oxford is now prepared to leave this month.BILD says Gladbach are eager to re-sign Oxford and have tabled a €12m bid for the youngster.Gladbach chief Max Eberl wants to bring back Oxford primarily as a centre-half, where they’re short of options. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool midfielder Henderson: Salah thrives off criticsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah thrives from his critics.The Egyptian has quietly gone about his business this season after an incredible 2017/18 campaign, having bagged 14 goals from 22 Premier League games.However, Salah has been accused of diving at times this season, but it is something that Henderson believes motivates the nifty attacker.”He will do things that some fans might not see that often but they should enjoy him because he is world class,” the midfielder told UK newspapers.”It was a penalty, a clear penalty. There’s nothing to talk about that.”In terms of Mo, I would think away grounds would be appreciative of what they see. The things he does, I’m sure he is a joy to watch.”If they try to put pressure on him, they will only make him better. It won’t bother him. He’s so strong, I know he is.”The more people are against him, the more he will want to prove them wrong. I’m not worried about that. When he goes to away grounds, people should appreciate him. He will do things that people want to see.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham defender Vertonghen: This is painful, embarrassingby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has declared defeat to Bayern Munich as “embarrassing”.Bayern thrashed their Champions League opponents 7-2 in London last night.“This is very painful. All negative words go through my mind now. It’s embarrassing,” said Vertonghen. “Bayern was very clinical. There is no explanation for such a score, but they punished every mistake. I think everyone’s going to have a bad night. Fortunately we have our next match within a few days. “We must deal with this defeat as a team.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer sets himself target to keep Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes a top six finish will see his job safe.The Daily Mail says privately, Solskjaer feels he will have to finish in the top six as a bare minimum this season to keep his job and would need to win a trophy next year.The club are prepared to give the under-fire manager some time given the rebuilding job needed.But significantly the new transfer policy, which began last summer with the acquisitions of Harry Maguire, Aaron wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, is now the blueprint for future windows regardless who is in the hot seat.
Juventus negotiate increase with shirt sponsors Jeepby Ian Ferris20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have announced a reworking of their sponsorship deal with Jeep, which sees the car manufacturer pay an extra €25 million (US$27.8 million) a season through to the end of the 2020/21 campaign, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.With the reworked arrangement, the remainder of the deal would be worth a minimum of €42 million (US$46.74 million) a year and as much as €45 million (US$50.08 million) per year.A statement on Juventus’ website read: ‘It is announced that, due to the excellent sport performances achieved in recent years by the first team which contributed to the club’s improved Uefa ranking, and due to the increased Juventus brand awareness at a worldwide level, Juventus Football Club SpA. and FCA Italy SpA. agreed to increase the yearly fixed Jeep sponsorship consideration by €25 million for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 football seasons, including of certain additional sponsorship rights.’The other provisions set out in the sponsorship agreement executed in April 2012 and in force until 30 June 2021 remain unchanged’.The club also confirmed that negotiations have already begun to renew the partnership beyond the current agreement. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
If you haven’t seen Tata Martino lately, you haven’t been looking.It’s been easier to find Martino than to spot Waldo in the last few weeks. Each weekend, the new Mexico manager has taken in at least one Liga MX game in person. Often, like he did this past weekend, he’s been to multiple contests.The new El Tri boss is on a tour of Liga MX stadiums, meeting with team owners, sporting directors and coaches as he embarks upon what Mexico fans are hoping is a long, successful journey. The journey can’t start until Martino has established relationships with the many figures who make up the Mexican sportocracy. 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? So he’s traveled to Guadalajara to visit Chivas and Atlas. He went to Torreon and toured Santos Laguna’s facilities. He’s been to Toluca and already knows his way around the Estadio Azteca after taking in a pair of games there. Sunday he was at Pumas, watching as they drew with Monterrey.His predecessor, Juan Carlos Osorio, did the same and often was spotted at league matches. While fans never took to Osorio, that the Colombian coach kept his job after an embarrassing 7-0 drubbing by Chile in the 2016 Copa America Centenario showed how he had earned the trust of Mexico’s directors and even club team owners. It’s a nice plus to win over the outsiders. It’s an absolute must to earn trust from the insiders.Martino has made that his priority. The visits to players playing in Europe will come later. So too will a glimpse at the enormous fan base in the United States, when he speaks at a news conference and mingles with fans in Los Angeles on Thursday. But those things are given. Fans will show up in the U.S. And, on the field, Martino is going to call up the red-hot Raul Jimenez. He’s going to call up Hirving Lozano, the best Mexican player at the moment, and Erick Gutierrez and Diego Lainez and all the others. What’s less certain is how he’ll take to the wild world of Mexican soccer, where club owners and directors have an outsized influence on what happens at the national team level. So far, he’s chatted with Chivas director Jose Luis Higuera, spoken to Santos owner Alejandro Irarragorri and met with other power brokers in his various stops. Tuesday he was back in the federation headquarters taking care of more business.Those relationships could be key when Martino starts really getting to work. In a few weeks, he’ll name his first Mexico roster, the only time before Gold Cup warm-ups he’ll be able to call in a squad. Again, the Europe-based players are pretty much locks. That only accounts for a little over half the roster, though. The other half will need to be filled by domestic-based players. Martino has some familiarity with Liga MX, but he’s getting a close look at many of these players for the first time. Going to watch these games isn’t simply about glad-handing and making connections. While that’s an important part, he also is accumulating valuable information about the players who may make up part of his Gold Cup team. He has decisions to make about which veteran players to take or which young Liga MX players to take a chance on. This is a coach who is concerned about the details. So far, with his tour of Liga MX, he’s getting the details right. It would’ve been easy to overlook the small things, but Martino is showing he understands what he’s getting himself into.The on-field results will determine how Martino goes down in Mexico national team history, but the off-field moments are ones that can cause coaches to pull their hair out. He’s off to a good start with the logistics, now it’s time to do what he loves most and actually coach.
Eddie Nketiah continued his fine form to lead Arsenal to a 3-0 win over Fiorentina at the International Champions Cup on Saturday.Nketiah, who scored a late winner against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, netted a brace at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.The 20-year-old forward led Arsenal to another pre-season victory, scoring once in each half for the Premier League outfit before Joe Willock sealed the win. Article continues below 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? Arsenal opened the scoring after 15 minutes thanks to Nketiah, who made it goals in back-to-back games.Sead Kolasinac was released down the left before his cross was deflected to Nketiah, who produced a composed finish from inside the area to make it 1-0.Eddie gives us the lead in Charlotte! 0-1 (16)#ArsenalinUSA x #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/0jC89EpWgK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 20, 2019In hot conditions, Fiorentina almost drew level nine minutes before half-time, but Federico Ceccherini’s header was cleared off the line by Nketiah.The Serie A side looked threatening throughout the first 45 minutes and Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was called into action on the stroke of half-time, denying Riccardo Sottil after the attacker was played in behind.A beautiful move led to another chance for Fiorentina before the break, but Dusan Vlahovic poked wide in a one-on-one with Martinez.The encounter opened up to begin the second half, with Alexandre Lacazette curling a 20-yard free-kick over the crossbar for Arsenal in the 57th minute.But, Arsenal doubled their lead in the 65th minute as Nketiah continued his goalscoring form.Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cutback from the right found Lacazette, who passed to Nketiah for a simple finish.Fiorentina were unable to find a way back into the contest amid a flurry of substitutions, Gabriel Martinelli squandering a one-on-one chance for Arsenal before the sealer arrived.Lacazette again kept his composure before playing in Willock, who finished clinically to make it 3-0 in the 89th minute. read more
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of the game between the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and the Texas Longhorns on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Warhawks 59-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)The tragic death of Maryland’s Jordan McNair sent shockwaves through college football. It put the topic of player safety back in the forefront.Yesterday, Texas OL Patrick Hudson experienced his own scary medical issue. Thankfully, he is doing fine.Hudson was taken to the hospital after suffering a “full body cram” according to Texas head coach Tom Herman. A full body ice bath was administered by the UT training staff before he was transported to the ER.Hudson is out of ICU, per Herman.Texas G Patrick Hudson was taken to ICU yesterday with a full body cramp, per Tom Herman. He had full body ice bath and was deemed OK. He’ll be out this week.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 6, 2018Herman’s full comments on Hudson: “Patrick Hudson had a full body cramp issue. We took him to the ER. Everything’s great. His body temperature is back to normal. All the vitals are great. He’s out of ICU, but obviously he’ll be out this week.” #HookEm— Joe Cook (@josephcook89) September 6, 2018Kudos to Texas for acting quickly and getting Hudson the help he needed. That stuff makes a world of difference.We’re happy to hear Hudson is doing okay. Hopefully, he’ll be able to return to the field soon.Even if he isn’t, his health is what is more important.
CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after a ruling on the field during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For the fourth consecutive season the Clemson Tigers are in the College Football Playoff, and Dabo Swinney sounds ecstatic about the opportunity to play at AT&T Stadium.Clemson will face Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, as both undefeated programs earned this opportunity. Both teams made quarterback changes early in the season that sparked their offense for the remainder of the year.Although the Tigers still have business to finish, Swinney is enjoying the moment like he always does.In an awesome message to Clemson supporters, Swinney said “We’re gonna paint Dallas orange.”Dabo to ESPN “We’re ready… We’re gonna paint Dallas orange.” pic.twitter.com/JPDskgNv7B— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) December 2, 2018If the Tigers are going to play for another national championship, then Trevor Lawrence will have to continue playing at an elite level. Not only is the offense clicking right now, but the defense is coming off an impressive performance against Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship.On the other side, Notre Dame is vying for its first national title since 1988.Swinney is ready to bring another title to Clemson, and he’s hoping fans everywhere will come out to support them.