TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea drop Cesc asking price further in last 24 hoursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have dropped their asking price for Cesc Fabregas in the last 24 hours.Chelsea and AC Milan are locked in negotiations over a January fee for the Spain international, who is off contract in June.Tuttosport says Chelsea have cut their valuation from €10m to €8m, but it’s still too rich for the Rossonero.Milan are willing to cough up – but only to €4m.The big problem for all three parties is the threat of financial fair play penalties that are hanging over Milan – and as such restricting their spending plans for next month.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Rugani says Juventus never considered saleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Daniele Rugani says Juventus have never considered selling him.The centre-back was linked with a massive transfer to Chelsea last summer.”Rugani has never been placed on the market by Juventus and that means he has done something right,” agent Davide Torchia told RMC Radio.“Without doubt he will stay at Juve in January. Rugani is an old-fashioned player, committed to his profession and with above all else the desire to improve himself.“Rugani is a reliable player, someone worthy of Juventus, who ensures he is always ready. A player doesn’t stay at Juventus for four years without deserving it.”
AC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightlyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso says they’ll take their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria seriously.Milan also face Juventus next week in Jeddah for the Supercoppa.Gattuso said, “We’re not going on vacation to Genoa, we are taking part in a competition that we really care about.“Last season, we reached the Final of the Coppa Italia and that was a huge disappointment. “It’s true, we are facing a Sampdoria side in stunning shape, but we too will use the best team available to go through.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd keeper De Gea defends inconsistent form: The odd mistake?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has defended his inconsistent form.De Gea came in for some criticism last season, but the goalkeeper – who’s just signed a new contract – says he was happy with his performances.He told Sky Sports: “I think people, when they look back on last season, they are thinking about the last few months.“If you focus on the season as a whole and, in particular, the first seven months of that season I was quite happy with my form.”“You can say the contract is there in the background – it’s not even in the back of your mind – that’s put to one side. The day-to-day training, going out on the pitch, that’s what you’re focusing on – and helping the team, of course.“Talking about the odd mistake, form can come and go with any player, but you are more under the microscope when you’re a goalkeeper. It’s not easy to keep up very high standards.“I’ve been here for a number of years now and to be on top form all the time it’s tough. There are moments when you feel better in yourself form-wise and moments where you’re not quite so good. Mistakes happen, goalkeeper’s live with them and I’m no different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Really? Man Utd yet to approach anyone over technical director jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are still to hold talks with any potential new technical director.Indeed, they’re yet to approach a candidate over the vacant technical director job.The Telegraph says United’s search is continuing but there is an expectation it will be one of the club’s former players.It is believed the club want someone who can quickly understand the club.Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has been heavily linked with a return. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool defender Matip declares himself fit for Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joel Matip insists he’ll be fit to face Manchester United on Sunday.The defender has missed the Reds’ last two matches against Leicester City and RB Salzburg.”I’m back in training and hopefully I will stay fit,” he said on Thursday. “I’m back in training and I feel good. Of course, if I’m needed, I will be there.”Injuries [happen] to a player. Now I’m back, I hope I stay fit and I can focus on the positives.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
No Big Ten men’s basketball team has been playing better of late than Ohio State. The Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) have won three straight games, including back-to-back comfortable wins against two ranked foes in Indiana and Maryland. We now know why Thad Matta’s team has been performing at such a high level. The Ohio State coach promised his team an NBA Jam arcade game for their players’ lounge in exchange for a win streak. The Buckeyes are on a winning streak, so Matta delivered the game Friday. Is there a better arcade game than NBA Jam?Nope. Ohio State faces Purdue at Mackey Arena next Wednesday.
ESPN.Alabama is the favorite to win it all this season, according to nearly every sportsbook out there. Nick Saban disagrees with the oddsmakers. Who does the five-time national champion head coach think should be favored to win the national championship? The team his program defeated in last season’s College Football Playoff title game: Clemson. “How can they not pick Clemson?” Saban said during his appearance at ESPN today. “Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in college football since Cam Newton.”Bama 5/1 fav to win nat’l title. Nick Saban: “How can they not pick Clemson? Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in CFB since Cam Newton”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 19, 2016Coach Saban starting the morning off in Bristol on @SportsCenter #RollTide pic.twitter.com/taAVky2Ohs— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 19, 2016This is just Saban trying to lessen the expectations for his team, but Clemson’s path to the national championship game is clearer than Alabama’s. The Crimson Tide are probably a more-talented team, but their quarterback situation is unclear and the schedule is pretty brutal. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a Heisman Trophy contender behind center and a more manageable schedule. Who are you betting on to win it all this year?
Barcelona have confirmed the somewhat surprising transfer of Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo.Goal reported earlier Monday that the attacker was on the verge of a shock move from the Serie A side , who he joined this past summer, to link up with the Liga champions.The transfer includes a €8 million (£7m/$9m) option to buy, while Barca will pay a €2m loan fee for Boateng to feature for them the remainder of the season. 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? The 31-year-old will be presented on late on Tuesday morning, with a private contract signing set to be followed with a photo session on the Camp Nou pitch and a press conference at noon UK Time.⚠️ All the details about the new @FCBarcelona player @KPBofficial ⚽️ #EnjoyPrince 🔵🔴 https://t.co/sKC2y1Evxw — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 21, 2019 A statement on the club’s official website reads: “Kevin-Prince Boateng is a player who will surely adapt quickly to the team. With experience of playing in four of the biggest leagues in Europe, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga, he is a man who has scored goals wherever he has been.”Furthermore, Boateng is a player who versatile to a fault. During his time with Las Palmas with Quique Setién as coach he played as an out and out striker, a typical number ‘9’. However, he is also able to play further back as he did at AC Milan, scoring twice against Barça in his time with the Rossoneri.”His ability to bring people into the game means he is excellent at playing behind the main striker.”Before the Blaugrana’s confirmation, Boateng himself had announced the deal in an interview with Sky Sports .”Barca, I’m coming!” he said. ” I’m sad to leave Sassuolo but this is a great chance.”The attacker also downplayed previous comments made about Barca’s rivals Real Madrid.In a 2017 interview, Boateng answered he preferred Real Madrid to Barcelona, while also stating in the past that he could have made it at the Bernabeu had he applied himself harder earlier in his career.However, the player says his focus is on his new club, and aiming to find the net against Real Madrid when the two sides next meet in the Spanish capital on March 2. “Don’t ask me about Real Madrid… is just the past! I only want to focus on Barcelona and I hope to score at Bernabéu for the next Clasico.”Barcelona will be Boateng’s fourth club in the past three seasons, though the former Ghana international has fared well at each of his stops.He found the back of the net 10 times in 28 La Liga games for Las Palmas in 2016-17, followed by a move to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, where he scored six goals in 31 league matches.His time at Sassuolo also started well, as in 13 Serie A matches, Boateng scored four goals, though he has not found the back of the net since the end of October.Boateng will fill in attacking depth for the La Liga champions, as Barca manager Ernesto Valverde admitted the club was looking for options there after allowing Munir El Haddadi to depart earlier in the window .He becomes the second addition during the winter window, with Barca having also signed Valencia defender Jeison Murillo in January.
The University of the Incarnate Word launched a football program in 2009. In 2014, the Cardinals made the jump up to the Division I, FCS level. And this year, the team is joining the ranks of programs with very unique fields.UIW has stopped short of a Boise State-esque full-colored field. Other programs like Eastern Michigan, Eastern Washington, and Central Arkansas have followed in the Broncos’ footsteps in recent years. Incarnate Word is only going with the end zones, but they are quite bold.The Cardinals’ end zones now feature a red and black camouflage pattern. We saw some photos of the installation earlier this month.Incarnate Word put out a new video showing off the final result of the new camouflage end zones.UIW is claiming the first camo end zone in college football. From athletic director Brian Wickstrom:An awesome video by our staff showing the most beautiful field in college football. @UIWFootball. Amazing job by @FieldTurf – first camo end zones and in college football. #SpreadTheWord pic.twitter.com/hi39MQBgDL— Brian Wickstrom (@UIW_AD) May 25, 2018This is not the only big chance for the San Antonio-based program this season. It will also be the first year for new head coach Eric Morris.Morris most recently served as offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach at Texas Tech. He played for the Red Raiders from 2004-08.He also has experience coaching under former TTU head coach Mike Leach and Washington State. Before that, he was a graduate assistant and quality control coach at Houston.Incarnate Word opens with two road games against FCS opponents. On September 1, the Cardinals travel to New Mexico, and have North Texas in Week 2.Stephen F. Austin will be the opponent when fans first check out the camo end zones in action. That game will be played on September 15.