Benitez warns Newcastle: We must buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says it’s critical they have a busy January market.The Magpies are about to narrow down their shortlist and have checked out players like Ritsu Doan of Groningen and Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron ahead of the winter trading period.Benitez said: “They (the current team) are doing well but you can still improve on little things.”Against Huddersfield was very clear, with a couple of little details we would have had more chances.”Credit to the players they are doing a fantastic job.”But still we have to improve and if we can have people coming in even better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Samir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri was pleased with his debut for West Ham’s FA Cup win over Birmingham City.Nasri impressed during an hour-long debut.“I’m happy to get my first minutes in the West Ham shirt, but most important was the team performance and winning 2-0, keeping a clean sheet,” he said. “That was the goal today and that’s what we did.“It was important to not let Birmingham get into the game with confidence, so we pushed from the start and scoring the goal that early made everyone more comfortable on the ball and able to play our football. “The coach rotated the squad and had young players in the team, so it was important to score an early goal for everyone to be a little more free on the ball.“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.“I felt good, honestly I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago.“I’m just relieved that everything is now behind me and happy about those first 58 minutes. It was good and I’m just looking forward to the next game.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward comes clean on Fernandes pushby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has set the record straight on the club’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes.The midfielder was linked with United all summer before eventually staying with Sporting Lisbon.And Woodward says the club must be cautious about player’s using them to boost their contract demands.”It hit a peak five seasons ago with 250 players,’ Woodward told United We Stand.”It was 177 two seasons ago. It’s around 200 every year.”We’re usually after three players, so we might be talking to nine in reality.”What you are referring to in the original question does happen, but it’s less likely to happen give our closed-door approach to recruitment targets.”But it does exist and we have to be wary of that [players using the club.”Sometimes, the amount of time a player or his agent invests into discussions, meetings and contracts shows that there is an interest.”If it was only a flippant interest then they could go and put a fake story then go to a club president and go say ‘Look at who is in for me.’ That happens all the time as well.”What sometimes also happens is that we do have a player in an agreed position, but his club refuse to sell and, because the club refuse to sell, the player then uses that to get a new contract”From our perspective, we have to try and see through it and make sure that the club is not being used.”We don’t waste time, we’re more robust.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley manager Dyche delighted with squad competitionby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley manager Sean Dyche is delighted with the competition within his squad.The Clarets currently have intense battles in a variety of positions, including left-back, striker and central midfield.”There is real competition,” said Dyche.”We have lost very important players but it shows we have other players who are just as important.”I thought Jeff (Hendrick) did well in midfield alongside Westy which is not easy when you play two v three. There was a tactical understanding there of when to press and when not to.”Robbie came in and he is getting back to true fitness and match sharpness that it takes which is why he came off and Jay got a start as well.”I like that competitive element to the squad.”
Manchester City star Leroy Sane shut down questions about Bayern Munich’s interest in him while on international duty with Germany and offered a cryptic response over where his future lies.Sane scored Germany’s final goal in Tuesday’s 8-0 Euro 2020 qualifying demolition of Estonia in Mainz, impressing throughout in attack.The winger had an indifferent season at club level with Premier League champions City, scoring a respectable 10 goals and making 10 assists, but only starting 21 matches, six fewer than the 2017-18 campaign. 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? Sane subsequently emerged as a primary target for Bayern, whose rebuild job will continue in the close-season after the departures of long-serving duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.Bayern president Uli Hoeness confirmed the club’s interest last month and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said they are ready to open talks over a summer move, saying: “We’ll try it. But I can’t promise whether it will be a success”. Since then, however, Hoeness has bemoaned City’s “insane” valuation of the winger and Goal reported recently that the Premier League champions are trying to convince him to extend his contract, with two years to go on his current one.But Sane failed to commit to Pep Guardiola’s side post-match when asked about the Bayern speculation.He told reporters: “I’m going on holiday now. Everything else will be seen. That’s it with the questions about Bayern Munich.”While Sane has remained quiet on the rumours surrounding his future, his Germany team-mates have been happy to discuss it.Bayern Munich duo Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich have said they would be happy to see Sane turn up at the Bavarian club, but his City co-star Ilkay Gundogan does not expect him to leave England just yet.Meanwhile, Julian Draxler says he is unsure what his fellow ex-Schalke star will decide, but admitted that the players have been teasing Sane about the speculation.On the other hand, former Germany and Bayern hero Lothar Matthaus is convinced that a move is on the cards, as he wrote in a column last month: “A player who, in my eyes, will enchant the Bayern fans next year is Leroy Sane. I am sure he will move to Munich.”
Pablo Sarabia is all set to leave Sevilla to join Paris Saint-Germain, with the Ligue 1 club prepared to pay more than his €18 million (£16m/$20m) release clause.The Ligue 1 outfit are ready to offer over €20m (£18m/$23m) to sign him from the Spanish side this summer, ensuring Sevilla make a huge profit on the €400,000 they paid to get him from Getafe in 2016.Spain international Sarabia has one year left on his contract at Sevilla even though the club has spent the last two years trying to persuade him to renew his deal. 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? Several offers were made to extend his contract, most recently with sporting director Monchi reaching out to him, but the 27-year-old made the decision to leave the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan some time ago.The attacking midfielder, who can also play on the wing and up front, does not want to leave Sevilla on bad terms and wants the club to finalise talks with PSG over the move.With the French side offering more than his release clause and putting a lucrative contract on the table for the player, Sarabia’s exit is expected to be confirmed by July 1.Sarabia will depart after scoring 23 goals and making 17 assists in 52 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19.He will be PSG’s second signing of the summer, having already landed 19-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka from Chelsea. Meanwhile, they have seen Moussa Diaby leave for Bayer Leverkusen, while Giovani Lo Celso and Grzegorz Krychowiak saw their loan spells at Real Betis and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively turned into permanent deals.Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves and Adrien Rabiot are also departing, with their contracts expiring at the end of the month.Thomas Tuchel’s team won their second consecutive Ligue 1 title last season but failed to defend their Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue titles and crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 phase, losing to Manchester United.Meanwhile, Sevilla have already waved goodbye to Quincy Promes, whose move to Ajax was confirmed on Monday and Luis Muriel has left for Atalanta.
Sheffield United have secured the return of former Everton defender Phil Jagielka to Bramall Lane on an initial one-year deal, the newly-promoted Premier League outfit have confirmed.The 36-year-old, who came through the ranks of the Blades academy and played 287 games for them between 2000 and 2007, returns to South Yorkshire following a decade-plus of service with the Toffees in the Premier League, signing on 12 years to the day that he previously left..Jagielka, a former England international who was a member of the Three Lions’ 2012 European Championship and 2014 World Cup squads, becomes the Blades’ third signing since they secured their return to the Premier League last season, following Christopher Farrugia and Luke Freeman. 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 Speaking to the club’s official website, manager Chris Wilder expressed his delight at securing a homecoming for the veteran centre-back, adding that he feels he will bring a wealth of experience to the dressing room as the club look to establish themselves as top flight mainstays.”I don’t have to sign players for the fans to pat us on the back, we’re signing Phil because he is a really good footballer and a great character to have around in our first season back in the Premier League,” he stated.”He’s got an obvious history with the club which is fantastic but meeting up with him and seeing his desire makes me delighted to see Jags back at home.”He’s had a fantastic career, he was deserving of his move when we dropped out of the top-flight last time and he went to a fantastic club and played all those games in the Premier League and captained England.”To have Phil in and around our changing room in one of the most important seasons in our recent history is going to be invaluable.”He’s come to play, he knows he’s got to earn his place, but I’m buzzing having spent time with him and seen the desire he’s got to succeed at the back end of his career.”The Blades kick off their pre-season schedule in earnest later this month when they face Real Betis before games against Burton Albion, Northampton, Chesterfield and Barnsley ahead of their opening Premier League trip away to Bournemouth.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 03: General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A former college football star was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary on Thursday, according to a report from TMZ.Former Miami standout tight end Kellen Winslow II was arrested after reportedly breaking into a mobile home in San Diego.From the report:The person who called police confronted 34-year-old Winslow — who then got into a waiting SUV and left, according to police.Cops say they found Winslow in a matching SUV a short distance away and arrested him for felony burglary.The former football star was released on $50,000 bond.Winslow played collegiately at the University of Miami where he was an All-American during the 2003 season. During the national title game against Ohio State in 2003, Winslow caught 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.He went on to become the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Winslow was selected by the Cleveland Browns, who drew flak for not drafting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from Miami University (Ohio).Winslow was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 after he racked up 82 catches for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns.[TMZ]
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma will open the 2018 season this Saturday. The Sooners will host Florida Atlantic and its quirky head coach Lane Kiffin.Oklahoma will also be breaking in a new starting quarterback in Kyler Murray. Murray has big shoes to fill in replacing Baker Mayfield, but he has the skill set to have a big season.While the Sooners are decidedly favored in this game, FAU is dangerous. The Owls had a huge season in 2017 and project to have a strong offense once again this fall.ESPN’s FPI has predicted its outcome for the game. Clearly, the computer model doesn’t think OU has much of a chance of losing.Oklahoma has a 95.3 percent chance of winning, per the FPI.Oklahoma and FAU will kick off at noon ET on Saturday.FOX will broadcast the game.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns blows a bubble during warmups before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Last season, Tom Herman’s tenure at Texas began with a 51-41 home loss to Maryland. The Longhorns entered the season ranked, and improvement was expected.And then they lost to those same Terrapins, who have a suspended head coach and are embroiled in scandal, 34-29 at FedExField in Landover, Md.It certainly didn’t look like Texas took the leap that many expected under Herman, especially with a full year under his belt in Austin. The head coach wasn’t hearing it though.After the game, he wasn’t willing to acknowledge the comparisons between last year’s Maryland loss and this year’s. From Austin American-Statesman writer Brian Davis:“A lot of people are going to want to say this feels a lot like last year. It doesn’t to me.”Tom Herman said that this year’s Texas football team is “better now than at any point last year,” according to Davis.That isn’t sticking well with Texas fans, who clearly expected a big revenge win over the Terrapins.ESPN’s Bomani Jones, a Longhorns fan, was among those that isn’t amused with Herman’s quote.he’d do himself more favors by taking these losses on the chin instead of trying to explain to people why they didn’t see what they just saw. https://t.co/0sFPZCfWCg— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 1, 2018so i’ll say it slower, cuz i just don’t see how this is hard to understand. if your response is “well maryland is just better,” you’ve identified the problem. right there. it’s directly in front of you.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 1, 2018Bomani isn’t alone either.Game clinching interceptions feel A LOT like last year.— Bill Burrell (@BillBurrell68) September 1, 2018Did they beat Maryland last year? No. Same as this year. So it feels exactly like last year.— Trevor Smith (@TSmith0952) September 1, 2018What’s he smoking. We got rid of Charlie Strong for this….I’m just saying. I do not see much of any improvement. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. ?— David Wheeler (@DWheels2006) September 1, 2018It sure as shit feels the same to me. 85 points surrendered by this “stout” defense and offenses that can’t get rolling until the second half and second quarter respectively. All while Maryland got off to fast starts both years? Yeah…feels the same to me.— DILLIGAF? (@Getitrite1) September 1, 2018This one game won’t define Herman’s tenure if he gets things turned around, and he’s not near the hot seat yet. It is fair to say that the honeymoon is over for the former Houston head coach, though.