About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalscorer Van Dijk: I’ll take clean sheet over goalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk rates the clean sheet ahead of the goal he scored in victory at Wolves last night.om the Dutchman’s point of view, the three points and a shutout are the most important matters arising from another impressive result.“Not at all – I’m more happy that I’m keeping clean sheets with my team and winning games,” Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked if he was frustrated to have gone nearly 12 months without scoring for his club.“Obviously scoring a goal is a bonus and obviously a very proud moment and hopefully there’s more to come, but I’m more focused on winning games.“We are very happy and at the end I am happy with the win. In the first half we were a bit sloppy at times, but second half we did it well and we are very happy that we won.“It’s a very tough place to come with these circumstances and how they play. They have shown throughout the season they are very good and disciplined and they have a clear idea. We knew before and it’s how we reacted to it and in the second half we dominated and created good chances.”
Derby boss Lampard gives up on Chelsea defender Ampaduby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby County have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on loan, confirmed Rams boss Frank Lampard.The 18-year-old can play at centre-back and centre-midfield and Lampard believes it is this versatility that makes him a prized asset at Stamford Bridge.”We have asked, but I don’t think he’s leaving Chelsea,” he told reporters. “He can play in a few positions, that’s why he would be so valuable to anybody and why he’s staying at Chelsea.”People thought we did a lot of business in the summer, but our actual net spend was very negligible.”I had to bring in personnel to try to change the style and that’s not a one-window solution, that’s probably two or three-window. This window will be quiet for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard delivers new Kante updateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante could be back for their Champions League tie with Lille.Kante missed victory over Brighton yesterday with a hamstring strain.Lampard said, “I spoke to N’Golo about it and I didn’t want to take the risk. “He’s so important for us but it’s been difficult for him to get going because of the break-up of his pre-season, with his injury carried over from last season. It wasn’t right to risk it today but he could have a chance for Lille.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Van Persie: Pogba played out of positionby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Robin van Persie thinks Paul Pogba should be playing further in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The World Cup winner has lined up primarily as a defensive midfielder under the Norwegian this season.Speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal, van Persie said: “For him, the coach, for us, for everyone, it’s just important to choose a position.”I would play him not as a defensive midfielder, and not as a number 10 but in between – [the] number eight position. “So, he still has his freedom, he’s not judged then on 20-plus goals a season, if he scores 10-plus goals, makes assists, everyone will look differently at him then, but it needs to be clear for everyone.”
KNOE.comAlabama football got huge news this afternoon, when Monroe, La. district attorney Jerry Jones announced that he has dropped the drug and gun charges against Cam Robinson, one of the nation’s best tackles, and reserve safety Hootie Jones. KNOE News has more from Jones, including a very interesting quote regarding this decision.Jones says, “I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”In the station’s video report on the story, reporter Nicholas Picht says that the DA could not prove who, between Robinson, Jones, and two other men arrested with them, was in possession of the marijuana or the gun, and cited a 2001 case that necessitates a connection between the two offenses.We’ll continue to update this story as more is released.[KNOE]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Twitter/@KJMSingletonTommy Tuberville is not having a great year at Cincinnati, and he took out his frustrations on a taunting fan after today’s loss to BYU.The Bearcats are 4-5 on the season, with four double-digit losses in their last five games. The program, and school, were shut out of joining the Power Five, with the Big 12 deciding against expansion. Tensions are high at Cincinnati, as evidenced by a verbal spat between Tuberville and a fan in the stands following the 20-3 loss to the Cougars.WCPO reporter Keenan Singleton caught the back-and-forth on video. It’s hard to tell what was said to Tuberville, though it sounds like the fan says that Tuberville is “stealing from the university.” The veteran head coach responds with “go to hell” and “get a job.”Frustrated Tommy Tuberville vs a frustrated fan after #UC loss to #BYU. .@WCPO pic.twitter.com/L6anZFpkVV— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) November 6, 2016We’re not sure how Tommy Tuberville can discern this fan’s employment situation, but everyone involved could probably use a win soon.According to USA Today, Tuberville is the 52nd-highest paid head coach in the nation at $2.2 million per year.Cincinnati ends the season with a trip to UCF, a home game against Memphis, and a trip to Tulsa. There is a very strong chance that Tuberville finishes the season below .500, which would be the first team he has done that since 2011 at Texas Tech. Tuberville has just four losing seasons in his 20 full years as head coach, a career that includes stops at Ole Miss, a long tenure at Auburn, and three years at Texas Tech. He is in his fourth season at the helm of the Bearcats.
Real Madrid may have a deal for Luka Jovic wrapped up and one for Eden Hazard in the pipeline, but Predrag Mijatovic has accused Zinedine Zidane of “signing substitutes”.The Blancos are expected to be busy during the summer transfer window after a forgettable 2018-19 campaign left those at the Santiago Bernabeu with little choice but to freshen up their squad.Sergio Ramos has ruled out a move elsewhere, but several departures are expected – with Gareth Bale still being heavily linked with a change of scenery. 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? Additions will be made to plug any gaps, with Real having already put a €70 million (£62m/$79m) deal in place for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Jovic.Goal has revealed that they are now pushing ahead with a €120m (£106m/$135m) bid to bring Chelsea playmaker Hazard on board, before attention can then switch to other targets.Mijatovic believes much more will be required, with the former Madrid frontman not convinced that Zidane is either identifying or being handed the right options.He told El Larguero: “We’re signing substitutes. I’m not convinced Zidane knows Jovic very well.”He [Zidane] has a lot of work to do.”While questioning those Real are reported to be tracking, Mijatovic believes that Jovic could prove to be a success in Spain if given time.The 21-year-old Serbia international recorded 25 goals for Eintracht across the 2018-19 campaign and will be expected to deliver a similar return for Real.Mijatovic feels the youngster is capable, but has warned against putting too much pressure on a player taking another sizeable step up in class.A man who tasted La Liga and Champions League glory during his time with the Blancos added on a forward following in his striking footsteps: “I know Jovic very well, he’s a goalscorer.”He’s young and we’ll have to give him a little time to adapt, but he’s a player who can be very useful.”You can’t demand 20 goals from him in his first season.”Among the other targets that Real are said to be closing in on, Lyon defender Ferland Mendy could be among the first to arrive.The 23-year-old left-back is another of those Madrid are reported to have reached an agreement for, but no transfer has been pushed over the line as yet.
Gary Medel has backed Lionel Messi following their red-card altercation on Saturday night.The incident occurred during the Copa America third-place play-off between Messi’s Argentina and Medel’s Chile, and saw both players receive their marching orders.The pair confronted each other after the ball ran behind for a Chile goal-kick in the 37th minute, with Medel certainly the aggressor in the situation, as he repeatedly pushed his head and chest towards the Barcelona man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare However, despite the protracted complaints from Messi and his team-mates, La Albiceleste were reduced to 10 men near the end of the first half.Messi was clearly still furious with referee Mario Diaz de Vivar’s decision after the game and refused to emerge for the post-match medal presentation.He even suggested the Copa America was ‘corrupt’ and that referee decisions had favoured hosts Brazil’s during the competition.”There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” Messi said on Saturday evening.”I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football,” he added.Medel also offered his views on the red card after the match and concurred with Messi that the 32-year-old had been harshly treated with the dismissal.“I agree with Messi, didn’t even think we’d get a yellow for it,” the Besiktas man told La Nacion. “There were a few shoves but that was it. The referee could’ve handled that a lot better.”The controversial match finished 2-1 in favour of Argentina, thanks to first-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, which cancelled out Arturo Vidal’s penalty for Chile in the 59th minute.The disappointing tournament means Argentina’s long wait for a major honour continues, and has now stretched to 26 years since they claimed winners’ medals at the 1993 Copa America.Lionel Scaloni’s side will have another chance to win the South American competition next year, when they co-host the event with Colombia, and it could well offer Messi his last opportunity to lift silverware on the international stage.
BERKELEY, CA – NOVEMBER 13: A general view taken from the hill overlooking the California Memorial Stadium during the Oregon Ducks game against the California Golden Bears at on November 13, 2010 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)California’s football program shared some tough news on Twitter this evening. An incoming freshman football player has suffered a serious spinal cord injury.The Bears shared a statement on Twitter provided by the family of freshman linebacker Chris Fatilua, a three-star prospect out of San Diego, Calif.“Chris has sustained a significant and serious spinal cord injury from an accident that occurred Monday afternoon in San Diego,” the statement reads.“He is receiving treatment for his injury and his long-term prognosis is unknown at this time. Our family is tremendously appreciate of the support we have received from everyone at this difficult time.“It is reassuring and inspirational to know that we will have that support as we begin the recovery process and tackle the challenges ahead. At this time we ask that our privacy be respected to help allow our family and those closest to us to focus on Chris’ recovery.”The following statement is being provided on behalf of the family of 2018 incoming freshman Chris Fatilua. pic.twitter.com/qAtVDqpwn6— Cal Football (@CalFootball) June 14, 2018Fatilua is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker out of San Diego. He was ranked the No. 58 inside linebacker in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Our thoughts are with him and his family as he recovers.Stay tuned for more updates.
CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 17: Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes scores a touchdown as Tony Adams #6 and Dele Harding #9 of the Illinois Fighting Illini try to make the stop at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Iowa ended a three-game losing streak in a big way on Saturday, blowing out Illinois. The Hawkeyes posted their second shutout win of the year, emerging with a 63-0 win.With the win, Iowa is now 7-4 on the season and in better position when it comes to its bowl resume. The Hawkeyes still have Nebraska left on the schedule, and given the way that Scott Frost has turned that team around in recent weeks, it should be a good contest.Sunday, ESPN updated its bowl projections for Iowa. Both analysts have the Hawkeyes in the same game – but with different opponents.Kyle Bonagura has Iowa in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl against Washington.Mitch Sherman has the Hawkeyes in the same game, but against Utah. Either would be a good matchup.This wouldn’t be an ideal location for Iowa fans, but they do travel well. They’d still probably be well-represented.Iowa’s final game of the season – a rivalry matchup with Nebraska – will be played this Friday at Noon on FOX.