LIVE FROM SEVILLE: Griezmann free-kick wins point for Atletico Madrid against Sevillaby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhile some of Europe’s top leagues were enjoying their winter break, the sun was shining bright in the south of Spain for Sunday’s highly anticipated La Liga fixture between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.The sublime conditions only furthered the excitement within the stadium for what was an enthralling contest between second and third on the table.The opening 25 minutes played out much as you would’ve expected from both sides; the hosts controlled the majority of possession early while Diego Simeone’s dogged outfit were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. Despite their control down the middle of the ground, Atleti afforded their opponents far too much space on the wings, with Jesus Navas having a field day against makeshift left-back Saul Niguez.The Spaniard’s dominance almost paid off when, on the 30th minute mark, his teasing cross was floated to the back post, only for Sergio Escudero to send his header two metres over Jan Oblak’s goal. With their tails up, Sevilla’s relentless attack resulted in the match’s first goal after 36 minutes through Wissam Ben Yedder. After Andre Silva’s long range strike smacked off the post, the resulting corner saw Ben Yedder in the right place in the right time, receiving a pass from Daniel Carrico on the edge of the six yard box and finishing neatly past Oblak for his ninth La Liga goal of the season.The home supporters weren’t celebrating for long, however. With the last kick of the half, Atleti’s superstar, Antoine Griezmann, drew his side level with a superb curling free-kick that left goalkeeper Tomas Vaclík fixed to his line.The 15 minute interval done nothing to quell the growing tension from both sides. Referee Mateu Lahoz awarded three yellow cards within the first nine minutes of the second stanza – and would hand out 12 by the final whistle – as the match ramped up in intensity with both sides searching for another goal.Ben Yedder once again found himself in a wonderful position inside the box after receiving Roque Mesa’s knockdown. But this time the Frenchman’s shot, which had Oblak beat, dragged across the far post. With eight minutes remaining, it was Griezmann who would squander Atleti’s best chance of winning the game. Must to the confusion of an otherwise strong Sevilla back three, the World Cup winner found himself onside, but his tame effort was hit straight at the outstanding Vaclik.The result means Barcelona can extend their lead at the top of the table to five points with a win over Getafe on Sunday night. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper David de Gea eyeing off Elcheby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea could buy Segunda Division Elche.Sport says should the deal was to go ahead it would cost the Spain international around €18million (£16million), as reported by Sport.Jose Sepulcre, Elche’s maximum shareholder, had been negotiating a possible sale with player agent Christian Bragarnik, but talks have cooled recently.De Gea has a strong connection with Elche – he is a season ticket holder at the club and spent part of his childhood in the area, with his father having been born there.Elche are currently in 12th place in the Segunda Division table.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Rodri: Liverpool are best team in Europeby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri believes Liverpool are the “best team in Europe”.The reigning European champions are yet to lose a match in the Premier League, which sees them eight points ahead of City on top of the table.”I don’t know,” he told ESPN FC when asked if the fans saw United or Liverpool as City’s main rivals. “I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel.”But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been for the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.”They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.”
LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Rupp Arena on January 30, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns was a big part of Kentucky’s close win over LSU, but he was also called for a technical foul that helped spark the huge run that brought the Tigers back into the game. Towns hung on the rim after a dunk, picking up a technical foul. LSU’s Keith Hornsby made one of the two resulting free throws, and drilled a three on the ensuing possession, which cut the UK lead to 60-56.During the post-game interview on the court, John Calipari criticized his star freshman for the foul. While he was doing so, Towns, of all people, decided to photobomb him. The timing here is truly perfect.We just hope that Towns isn’t the next Wildcat to “go missing.” Calipari has a good sense of humor, so he’ll probably laugh it off.[FTW]
Paul Pogba would have cut it in Manchester United’s all-conquering treble team.That is the view of 1999 hero Teddy Sheringham, who says the stars of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most successful side would have got the best of out the mercurial Frenchman.Pogba has received widespread criticism since rejoining United from Juventus in 2016 for not living up to his undoubted ability. 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? But Sheringham says the World Cup winner would have been at home in a midfield that contained Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and David Beckham – and that the senior stars of that side would have made sure he was focused on winning rather than showboating.When asked if Pogba – rejuvenated under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – could have figured alongside the players who won the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup in the same season, Sheringham told Stadium Astro: “I think he would because he is a very talented player.“He would have been brought back down to earth at the right times when he’s… not stepping out of line, because you’re not stepping out of line, you’re just not doing the right things at the right times.“That’s what made our team so good. We did all the right things at the right times.“There’s a lot of players who do the wrong things constantly. You have to do the right things at the right times for you to be part of a team.“I think he would have been told by the senior members, ‘pass the ball. Stop showing how good you are. We play as a team’.“The more you keep telling them, you hope that the penny drops.“There’s always times to do that bit of flashness, to get you out of a problem on the football pitch, but not every time you get it.”Solskjaer, a team-mate of Sheringham in the 1999 team, is credited with making Pogba blossom again after he endured a strained relationship with previous manager Jose Mourinho, sacked last month.The 25-year-old said of his new boss this week: “Before the coach arrived I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that.“It is a pleasure to play again. Now I am always smiling.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chris Wood was denied a stoppage-time winner by a marginal offside decision in Burnley’s entertaining 0-0 draw against Watford at a sodden Vicarage Road.New Zealand international Wood tucked home after Ben Foster spilled a shot from Dwight McNeil in the 92nd minute, but he was adjudged offside despite appearing to be in line with Jose Holebas.With the goal ruled out, Burnley failed to extend their winning run in the Premier League to four matches, having picked up important victories against Huddersfield Town and Fulham in their previous two. 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? Despite seeing Gerard Deulofeu and Ken Sema go close early on, Burnley worked their way back into the match and will feel aggrieved not to have taken all three points.Deulofeu should have put Watford ahead, but was unable to beat Tom Heaton in a one-on-one situation inside 90 seconds, while James Tarkowski’s goal-line clearance kept Sema out in the fifth minute.So close #WATBUR 0-0 pic.twitter.com/M8w193K4gX — Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 19, 2019 Burnley eventually found their feet as Ashley Barnes – who appeared to control the ball with his arm – spurned a glorious opportunity by slicing Adrian Mariappa’s header wide from the edge of the six-yard box.Troy Deeney would have punished that miss on the stroke of half-time had Heaton not parried his half-volley from Kiko Femenia’s cross away.Burnley remained on top after the restart and Foster got an important touch to Jeff Hendrick’s attempt to finish off a counter-attack, before McNeil blazed a six-yard volley over in the 55th minute.Heaton displayed great awareness to stop Tarkowski inadvertently putting through his own net and Tom Cleverley saw a low drive held by the Clarets goalkeeper as Watford asserted themselves again.Watford lost Femenia to an injury in the 77th minute before the late drama as Wood tucked home after Foster failed to hold McNeil’s 20-yard drive, only for a marginal offside decision to deny him the winner.What does it mean? Burnley miss a chance With relegation-threated Newcastle United and Cardiff City going head-to-head on Saturday, Burnley failed to take an opportunity to increase their advantage over the bottom three. With Newcastle overcoming Cardiff 2-0 at St James’ Park, a draw at Watford means the Clarets simply remain three points clear of the relegation zone. A victory would have sent them up to 14th.Heaton keeps Burnley in it Heaton’s return to the starting line-up at the expense of Joe Hart has coincided with Burnley’s upturn in form and he produced another strong display. He read the play well and showed great positioning to keep out Deulofeu and Deeney before half-time, while he also stopped Tarkowski putting through his own net in the second period.Cleverley fails to fill Doucoure void With Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, absent due to a knee injury, Cleverley partnered Etienne Capoue in the centre of midfield. The former Manchester United man may be a different style of player, but he struggled to make a mark on the game – he had a passing accuracy of 77 per cent and failed to create a single chance for his team-mates.Key Opta Facts- This was the 20th league meeting between Watford and Burnley at Vicarage Road, but the first one to end goalless. – Burnley kept their first league clean sheet away to Watford in 10 matches.- This was just Burnley’s second clean sheet in the Premier League in their last 11 away games in the competition. – Watford have won just one of their last six Premier League games on home soil (D2 L3). What’s next? The fourth round of the FA Cup sees Watford travel to face Newcastle United and Burnley head to the Etihad Stadium for a meeting with Manchester City on Saturday.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer might have coached his final game at Ohio State, as the Buckeyes placed the national title-winning head coach on paid administrative leave Wednesday night, hours after college football insider Brett McMurphy reported that Meyer knew more than he led on about the domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith.Ohio State has named an interim head coach. The Buckeyes will be led at the moment by offensive assistant coach Ryan Day.Day, a former Chip Kelly assistant, is in his second year with Ohio State. He’s been widely praised by the coaching community and reportedly turned down head coaching jobs to stay at Ohio State.If Urban Meyer is indeed done at Ohio State, it’s possible that the Buckeyes could end up moving forward with Day, depending on how the 2018 season goes.Ohio State could also have a major coaching search.A current Big 12 coach is believed by some to be the frontrunner if that happens.Multiple rumors hitting us that Iowa State coach Matt Campbell would be frontrunner for Ohio State job if it became open.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 2, 2018Campbell is an Ohio native and is one of the hottest young names in coaching. The Iowa State head coach had some major interest this past offseason but got a big raise to stay put at ISU.Of course, it’s early to be discussing an Ohio State coaching search, but it is possible that the Buckeyes will have to go through one.Ohio State, meanwhile, is set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)On Thursday night ESPN revealed the national signing day grades for every Power-5 college football program.National Signing Day wrapped up on Wednesday, though there were a few tops recruit left over who signed on Thursday. After the classes became official, the Worldwide Leader graded every recruiting class.Only one college football program left with an “A+” while the worst grade handed out was a “C-“.So, which team received the “A+”? That distinction would belong to the Alabama Crimson Tide after bringing home their sixth No. 1 class in the past eight seasons.Nick Saban and company continue to recruit at the highest level despite losing key assistants each and every year.This season, Saban had to replace seven assistants on his staff, but still ended up with the No. 1 class.The man who dethroned Saban last year, Kirby Smart, finished the 2019 recruiting cycle with the second-best class as Georgia brought in a plethora of five-star recruits for the second-consecutive year.Other notable programs who received an “A” for their recruiting classes were the Clemson Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators.The SEC finished with five of the top 10 overall classes – showing why it’s the deepest conference in the country year-in and year-out.You can see the full list of draft grades here.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Another four-star offensive lineman has decommitted from Penn State, the second to do so in the last week.Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy four-star offensive guard Aaryn Parks backed off his pledge to the Nittany Lions this afternoon. Parks had been committed to PSU since late April.Parks joins four-star offensive tackle Grant Toutant in decommitting from the Nittany Lions in the last few days. Toutant flipped to Ohio State on Sunday.Based off Parks’ Twitter statement, it sounds like he feels like he rushed into his commitment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “In a process of being a man, you have to make man-like decisions,” Parks wrote. “I have decided to de-commit from Penn State University. I feel as though I made my decision off of emotions and locked in too early without giving other universities an equal opportunity to recruit me. Penn State will continue to be a top choice on my list of schools that I am interested in, but as of right now, my recruitment is 100 percent back open.”Please Respect My Decision…..@RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @rivalsmike @SWiltfong247 …. pic.twitter.com/cbASOg7Bm6— Aaryn “AJ” Parks (@AP61_) June 12, 2019Parks is the No. 9 offensive guard and the ninth-rated prospect from Maryland in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He holds offers from North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Pitt, Maryland and others.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of the “Golden Dome” on the campus of Notre Dame University before a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans on September 19, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)When rankings for most of the class of 2022 roll around, expect New Jersey cornerback Jaeden Gould to be pretty close to the top. The rising high school sophomore already has the attention of many of college football’s elite programs.Gould, who stars for Garden State power Bergen Catholic, hasn’t been ranked yet, but is a cinch to be a blue-chip prospect. 247Sports’ Tom Loy recently referred to him as one of the “truly elite” prospects in the class.The offers match as well. He currently claims 14 offers, including Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame , Penn State, and Texas A&M.Jaeden Gould took a recent visit to check out Notre Dame football, and was blown away.The Fighting Irish recruit New Jersey pretty hard, with five players from the state on the roster right now, and another two set to join in the class of 2020. Gould has a ton of options already, and years to make a decision, but Brian Kelly and his staff seem to have put themselves in a solid spot here early in the 2022 cycle.From 247:“It was amazing,” said Gould of his time at Notre Dame. “I didn’t know what to expect because I had never been down there. I liked the campus a lot. All of the facilities were outstanding and the coaches were amazing.”Gould raved about coaches Mike Elston and Clark Lea, who are both high up on the Fighting Irish defensive staff. The program tradition and the impressive facilities both impressed as well.“Just the tradition that they have,” said Gould, when asked what left the most lasting impression of the trip. “There are a lot of old things around campus, but they are all historic and important. Things like Touchdown Jesus or the dome, everything is amazing.“It’s huge,” added Gould of the new indoor facility at Notre Dame. “They have the big video screens so you can see what’s going on at practice. It was definitely top notch.”It is still way too early to say that Notre Dame has cemented itself as a favorite here, but Gould does plan on making a return trip for a game this fall. That is a very good sign.[247Sports]