Premier League Arsenal in talks with Torreira as Adli set to snub Gunners for new PSG deal Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:36 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Premier League Arsenal Transfers The highly rated French youngster is set to sign an extension with his boyhood club after turning down Unai Emery’s side Paris Saint-Germain youngster Yacine Adli is expected to turn down Arsenal after being persuaded by PSG sporting director Antero Henrique to sign a new contract, Goal understands, though talks between the Emirates side and Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira are ongoing.The 17-year-old had initially agreed to join the Gunners upon the expiration of his contract at the Parc des Princes, with new Gunners head coach Unai Emery playing a significant part in persuading Adli to join the club.Adli was in London over the weekend to meet his agent who lives in the city, but Goal has learned that no talks with Arsenal took place during his short stay in the capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Henrique is now understood to have offered Adli assurances which include the promise of further first-team opportunities.An attacking midfielder who has played for his country at Under-16, U-17 and U-18 level with France, Adli has scored 13 goals in 23 appearances at national team level.Despite a lack of first-team experience, he has been a regular in the PSG squad that competed in the UEFA Youth League, turning out alongside the likes of USA international Timothy Weah for the young Parisians last season.The Ligue 1 champions, meanwhile, have struggled to retain much of the best talent coming through their youth system in recent times, with their prospects frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities on offer at Parc des Princes.As such, Claudio Gomes and Dan-Axel Zagadou have left for the likes of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in recent times. Arsenal meanwhile are in talks with Sampdoria over the signing of 22-year-old defensive midfielder Torreira. The Uruguay international has a €25m (£22m) release clause in his deal with the Serie A club and while the transfer fee is not likely to become a sticking point, the Gunners still need to reach an agreement with the player’s representatives. Torreira is one of several players identified to improve Arsenal’s spine this summer, with a new goalkeeper and defender also being targeted. Confirmation of Sokratis Papastaphopoulos’ arrival at Emirates Stadium looks set to come at the beginning of July as Borussia Dortmund do not want the transfer to go through until the next fiscal year. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Penrith Panthers shot to the top of the table at their home ground in the Men’s Premier League. Penrith performed solidly to dispose of the highly fancied Hornsby Lions outfit. The Sharkies were too strong for the Manly Sea Eagles and now find themselves in the top four. Wests finally got into the winners circle with a win over Easts and Canterbury defeated Parramatta. In the Women’s Premier League, Wests remain top of the table with a low-scoring win over the Easts Roosters. Wollongong secured their second win of the tournament while Canterbury won 4 – 2 over Manly.Penrith was a happy hunting ground for Wests, who won in all three divisions over Easts. Penrith defeated the Menai Bulls and Central Coast won against Parramatta in a very tight Mixed round. Men’s Premier League ResultsPenrith Panthers – 6 defeated Hornsby Lions – 3Cronulla Sharks – 6 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 1Canterbury Bulldogs – 5 defeated Parramatta Eels – 2Wests Magpies – 6 defeated Easts Roosters – 4Women’s Premier League ResultsWests Magpies – 2 defeated Easts Roosters – 1Wollongong Devils – 3 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 1Canterbury Bulldogs – 4 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 2Mixed Premier League ResultsWests Magpies – 5 defeated Easts Roosters – 4Penrith Panthers – 6 defeated Menai Bulls – 5Central Coast Dolphins – 5 defeated Parramatta Eels – 4 For more details, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-714-0-45019-0
DiversityRelationship management and support is a key element of the role Megan and Mel fulfil for Touch Football Australia, whether itâ€™s ensuring the leading Referees are in a worry free environment to facilitate best performance, or a first time referee that requires that little extra bit of care, Megan and Mel have an innate ability to manage and respect the most diverse of people. Fantastic ambassadors for the sport, Megan and Mel epitomise the respect and understanding required to embrace the diversity of our sport President â€“ 2010 to 2012Treasurer â€“ 2012 to currentGeneral Committee â€“ 2008 to 2010Referee Director â€“ 2009 to 2012Benâ€™s long time commitment to start back in 2001 when he made his Open Debut for Fremantle, a commitment carried through until 2011 where he filled roles as a player, coach and manager for Menâ€™s and Mixed Teams at various times. In 2015 Ben was made a Life Member of Fremantle for he continued contributions to the affiliate whilst being involved in the game elsewhere on much larger scale.At a State Level Ben has once again shown his commitment in all areas of the game. Ben has previously been a player, manager, selector and referee. After being a player in the 2002 WA Under 18â€™s Boys Team he was then Team Manager for the 18â€™S Boys in 2009, NTL Mixed Open Manager in 2011 and Selector in 2012.Over the past two months, ben has been active in driving change in two key areas of our sport that have had a significant impact on the sport and engagement with our members in WA. In February, this year Ben sought election to a position on the WA State Operations Panel â€œto give back to the sport that I enjoy being involved inâ€. Ben felt that as a player, referee, coach and local volunteer I thought that I had a wide range of experience across the sport that I could help contribute back to the future direction of Touch Football in WA.Post the Annual Meeting in February, Ben further nominated himself to Chair of the SOAP to help set targets and realise the achievements possible for Touch Football in WA towards our 2020 goals. The SOAP in WA had been fairly inactive in WA for a period of time and Benâ€™s enthusiasm, passion and leadership have helped create a new level of engagement with this panel which has set the sport up for a period of long term success.The other vital role which Ben had undertaken was with the Lead Role at the 2016 WA Junior State Championships. With the WA Referee Panel in transition and a number of key members unavailable Ben volunteered to take on this key role at the WAâ€™s premier junior touch football event. Benâ€™s leadership, integrity, professional and excellence in this role enabled this key part of our sport to operate successfully ensured a quality event experience for referee, participants and spectators through his operation in this role. Ben even managed to referee a few games himself where needed across the weekend. Benâ€™s previous work as a Referee at State Events since 2000 and being part of the Referee Coaching Team since 2015 held in a good stead to undertake this position.What consistently is shown in Benâ€™s work is his embodiment of the TFA Values and this has been the key to being such a successful contributor across all facets of our game for a long period of time. Benâ€™s contributions over the last twelve months have highlighted his passion to see the ongoing success of Touch Football in WA which, under his leadership and guidance will be achieved for many years to come. Other nominees will continue to be posted through the week.Related LinksVolunteer of the Year Award Excellence Consistently looking at ways to improve the experience for Referees and event participants, Megan and Mel have played a significant role in the development and ongoing improvement of the Referee Experience for Touch Footballâ€™s major events, their pursuit of excellence and quality experiences is second to none.Megan Harapa and Mel Jones have completed the same role in unison for Touch Football Australia for many years now, they as a team and individuals are at the core of the sports success and growth of the Referee Program, and individually or collectively would be a worthy recipients of the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. Graeme Clancy QueenslandGraeme is the founder of Touch Football Specialised which gives participants with special needs the opportunity to play Touch Football.The countless amount of volunteer hours Graeme has contributed has seen substantial growth in Touch Football Specialised and the programs now available for participants.The QLD Special Education Championships were held for the third successive year in 2016 with seven new schools attending, an additional thirteen teams and ninety six new participants.Graeme has also created a prototype competition for special needs athletes which will see athletes compete in a regular form of competition over multiple weeks. These competitions will be held at difference affiliated associations in South Queensland for the first time in season two of this year.He has also developed resources and modified equipment to allow the game to be accessed and played by numerous participants. These resources and aids have allowed schools and all ability organisations to self-deliver programs of their own.The countless hours Graeme has continued to put in has seen the organisation create a new partnership with the Gold Coast Titans and a continually growing ambassador group which now includes Olympic Athlete Michelle Jenneke.Queensland Touch could not be prouder of the contributions Graeme has made to the special needs and Touch Football communities through his initiative. He has single handily given children and adults with special needs opportunities through our sport which have never been there before. Klaire Carrick TasmaniaKlaire is the current assistant coach for the Under 18 Tasmanian NYC team and has significantly contributed to the success of our touring teams. She has been a part of Touch Football for a number of years and has previously volunteered as a coach before. Kliare exhibits TFAs core values every time she volunteers, often going the extra mile especially when it has come to fundraising and organisation of her team. She has done an exceptional job in reducing team levies for her players. Her commitment to the team is undeniable, from writing to local government to running two separate Bunnings BBQâ€™s, she has shown maturity and professionalism beyond her years. While balancing a university degree, part time work and her own playing, she has never missed a training session and is constantly asking how she can do more to help the team and Touch Football Tasmania.Klaire is seen as a role model and leader amongst the team and other volunteers, she was asked to increase her role and take on more responsibility as a coach and has successfully transitioned into taking full training sessions by herself and developing her skills as a coach. We are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer here in Tasmania and this nomination is highly deserved.Benjamin Dempsey- Western AustraliaBen has been a long time contributor to Touch Football in Western Australia. Benâ€™s contribution covers â€“ playing, refereeing, referee coaching and also administration at both an affiliate and State level. In WA, Ben is a key driver of the TFA Values and these are consistently showcased in his work throughout Touch Football. At Benâ€™s affiliate, Fremantle Touch Association, he remains as treasurer on the committee, after previously holding the following roles: Integrity, Leadership and Professionalism The National Touch League, National Youth Championships and particularly the Touch World Cup, present many unique experiences â€“ from extreme weather conditions to first time referees â€“ in the face of any obstacle, Megan and Mel have maintained complete professionalism and integrity at all times.The leadership and cultural alignment which Megan and Mel vest into all members of the Referee community is second to none, they have a complete understanding of the various elements and considerations needed to ensure optimal culture development and positivity from Referees and the wider Touch Football community both on and off the field. Touch Football Australia is lucky to have countless volunteers who have made significant contributions to the Touch Football landscape over the past 12 months and beyond.To celebrate and recognise these contributions for the second year running Touch Football Australia will award the Volunteer of the Year Award to one of our highly valued volunteers. â€œThe opportunity to recognise and say thank you to our volunteers is one that we as a sport do not take for grantedâ€, CEO Colm Maguire speaking on the importance of volunteers in our sport.â€œWe are excited to again be able to recognise many of these fantastic individuals, who are all deserving of being awarded this prestigious honour, for the great work they have done in their local community and the sport at largeâ€.Each State and Territory were asked to nominate one individual to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year for 2016, as well as two nominees from a National Level.Nominations were to be considerate of their exceptional service to the sport and have made a notable and measurable contribution and difference in their respective communities.The nominees all will have demonstrated the Touch Football Australia values of:LeadershipIntegrityProfessionalismDiversityExcellenceThe Touch Football Australia Board of Management has reviewed all nominations and voted using a 3, 2, 1 system to determine the 2016 Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year.â€œOur Board was absolutely overwhelmed by the calibre of nominees from across the country,â€ Maguire, continues, â€œAnd has found it particularly difficult to determine this yearâ€™s recipient from an extremely deserving groupâ€.â€œWhile itâ€™s always difficult to choose a winner, the flipside is, what a great position to be in – so many wonderfully talented and dedicated people in our sport. The nominees are a shining example of the valuable volunteers in our sport. We wouldnâ€™t exist or be anywhere near as successful without them. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport – the TFA board, and this award, recognises in no small way, the generosity and commitment of all of these people- not just the state representatives or winnersâ€ TFA Chair Anita Hagarty adds.Over the next four days, each nominee for the Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year will feature on Touch Football Australiaâ€™s website and social media channels, with the winner to be publically announced at 3pm on Friday 30th September 2016.All nominees will also receive a plaque of recognition and a small gift to say thank you for the tremendous work they have done for the sport of Touch Football.Keep an eye out below for your locations nominee, as Touch Football sayâ€™s thank to them, and all volunteers in our sport. NominationsGreg Mason VictoriaGreg Mason is a highly committed individual to the sport of Touch Football in Victoria, sitting on a variety of volunteer committees, heavily involved in the VT League and coaching at the State Level.Greg has sat on the VT League committee for 5 Years now, a trusted leader in the community and always willing to go above and beyond. Gregâ€™s greatest strength is his ability to separate his club affiliations from the bigger picture, always giving his thoughts and opinion on what is best for Touch Football in Victoria, not just the Melbourne City Lions. However, he has strongly lead that Melbourne City Lions for the past 6 years in the Presidents Role. The benchmark team in the competition, it is known for its professionalism and excellent administration, most of which is attributable to Greg.In 2014, when a VT League club withdrew from the competition only two weeks out, Greg was instrumental in supporting the TFV Office and working on a recovery strategy, creating the â€œSouthern Phoenixâ€, ensuring that the season was able to run with a fifth club. Greg was quoted as saying â€œI just wanted to give everyone the chance to play if they wantedâ€¦ at the end of the day, thatâ€™s all that matters, not politics and clubsâ€.When TFV were unable to construct a â€œstandalone committeeâ€ for the Southern Phoenix, Greg was once again called upon to run the club in 2015, which he did, undertaking all administrative equipmentâ€™s including apparel, finances, organising training etc. The South Phoenix is now being run be a separate volunteer committee, which Greg took upon himself to recruit.Greg was a member of the State Executive Council for five years, providing advice and support to the TFV Office. Despite living in Lake Dewar, he was a regular attendee at meetings, driving the three hour return trip each quarter, and doing so with a smile on his face.Greg has the unenviable task of being a long standing member of the TFV Disciplinary Panel, which unfortunately is created when an on field indiscretion requires further sanctioning. Given his experience in the game and personal contacts, he is often required to sit on panels and make tough decisions about people he knows personally. He does this with respect and sincere honesty, always ensuring due processes are followed. As previously mentioned, his ability to put the good of the sport fist, above his personal relationships, is without doubt his strongest character, particularly given the smallness of the Touch Football community in Victoria.Greg has been the Coach of the Under 18â€™s NYC Victorian Touring Team for the last two years. His coaching ability may not be the best in the State, but the respect his team holds him in, and the manner in which he conducts himself is without doubt the best of all Victorian Coaches.He is also heavily involved with Ballarat Touch Association, in which he is a player, referee and team manager. If called upon, he also referees at the VT League as often as requested. In fact, he goes above and beyond, heading into the Referee Room at the start of each round and ensuring he has offered his services and made his presence known as a possible â€œback upâ€ referee.Lastly, Greg has a strong understanding of the role of a volunteer, and how they can work closely with the TFV Office, as they are there to provide support and assistance when required and help with some of the â€œheavy liftingâ€ to keep the sport moving forward.He is one of the most trusted and esteemed members of the community, and for all these reasons has been nominated for this prestigious award. Sean Harvey Australian Capital Territory Sean commenced playing Touch Football in South Australia in 1981. In 1988, Sean moved to Canberra where he became a member of the Woden Eagles Touch Club. Since joining the club, Sean has made an invaluable contribution to the clubâ€™s sustainability through his leadership, integrity, professionalism, diversity and excellence.Sean has assisted TFACTâ€™s competitions through his work with the Woden Eagles club by his continued involvement as a player, coach, referee and a key administrator since 1988.Sean has shown strong skills in both leadership and integrity through organising and managing six adult Woden Eagles teams to compete in the 2015/2016 TFACT Summer Domestic Competition and 2016 TFACT Winter Competition.During the summer competition, Sean also coached a junior team in the 2015 Junior Competition, while assisting other volunteers of the club to coach junior teams to maintain the clubâ€™s involvement at a junior level. His level of involvement at both a junior and senior level shows his commitment to the sustainability of the sport within the ACT. Sean has displayed his flexibility and willingness to be involved in multiple programs including being a coach in TFACTâ€™s AusSquads Junior Development Program. He has assisted in the programs delivery since its inception in 2015.Sean is currently a general member of the TFACT Sport Operations Advisory Panel (SOAP) and has displayed professionalism in all aspects of his role. He makes timely and valued input both verbally and written in regards to all SOAP matters discussed and implemented. Sean has displayed excellence at a club level over the past year and for this he was awarded the Woden Eagles 2015 Volunteer of the Year. His excellence is not limited to his work at the club, however as he works with the TFACT staff to ensure the sustainability of all programs within the ACT and assists where he can especially in regards to refereeing and coaching.Sean has been an invaluable member of TFACT since 1988 with a positive and respectful attitude to all those he interacts with regardless of the role he is undertaking. Ben Cooper New South WalesBen is an outstanding individual and one whose values and integrity bring leadership to a small touch footballing community and stamp him as an outstanding candidate for the Touch Football Volunteer of the Year. Benâ€™s passion and drive has seen him as the driving force in the rebuilding of Young TA. Through his leadership and professionalism he has helped build and deliver a better product in the community and gas done this with a view to fostering development of the game in all aspects. In the last few years, helping to build and develop the game in the Young Area. Benâ€™s excellence has been awash over several integral positions on the Young Committee. He has been President, Treasurer and is currently leading the charge through his position of secretary.During the period of Benâ€™s involvement he has overseen the growth of the competition and acceptance of the competition in the local community. Under his tenure the Young TA competition has grown tenfold. He aided in introducing the highly successful ladies only â€œChampagne and Crackersâ€ competition which secured great community interest and buy in.His background in teaching has also seen him play a large role in bringing juniors into the sport of Touch Football. He has ensured that Young High School supports several NSWTA school events across the State and further develops their all-round skills by undertaking Referee Accreditation Courses with the student body.This area of Referee Development isnâ€™t just limited to the student body and through these efforts many students and adults have helped Young TA build their Referee numbers and develop their skills in the game to help develop Young TA.Ben has also engaged with NSWTA to run development days and clinics to update training sessions at schools right across the Young area. Through this practice Ben has assisted developing the game across the whole community.It was through Benâ€™s drive that saw Young TA enter in their first Junior State Cup in 2014 where he was the jack of all trades. Coach, Manager, Tour Leader and Travel Agent. He is now looking at getting Young to participate at their first Senior State Cup in 2016.With the amount of time Ben devotes to Young TA we are at a loss to understand how he finds to for his other roles â€“ High School Teacher and Deputy Lord Mayor of Young. It goes without saying that the qualities that Ben displays in all aspects of his like easily transcend into why the Young community he is such a well-respected individual.His commitment to our sport is shown in the great pride, professionalism and integrity that he delivers our product with. It is a benchmark for others to emulate. He would be not only a worthy winner, but already is a worthy ambassador for our game. Megan Harapa and Melissa JonesMegan Harapa and Melissa Jones are vital members of the Touch Football Community, particularly at the National Level aligned to Referee Support and Major Event Delivery. For the past 7 years Megan and Mel have acted a Referee Managers at all National Touch Football Events, as well as the 2015 Touch World Cup, held in Coffs Harbour.Both have also made countless contributions to the support of Referees at State (NSW) and lower levels for many years, prior to and in conjunction with her work at the National Level.Recognised for their ability to manage complex relationships and the rigors of major events, Megan and Mel are consistently a beacon for everything that Touch Football Australia looks for in a volunteer, as an organisation we are extremely grateful for the commitment and time they have provided so many people for so many years.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits they couldn’t handle the speed of Liverpool for Sunday’s defeat.Mourinho was full of praise for Reds fullback Andrew Robertson after the 3-1 defeat.He said: “Liverpool play 200mph with and without the ball.“I am still tired to look at Robertson. He makes a 100m sprint per minute! Incredible.”Mourinho did not even attempt to argue against the final result.“The strongest team won, but they won in the period when they were not stronger than us.“In first 20 minutes of the first half there was a huge distance [between the teams]. They were better and stronger, they did everything better than us.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injuredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists new signing Dominic Solanke will prove worth the money.Howe has defended the club’s decision to spend £19m on Liverpool striker Solanke despite the player being injured.He said, “He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals.”Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffers injury setbackby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffered an injury in the warm-up before France edged a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Iceland.Kante reportedly picked up a muscle injury and was replaced in the starting line-up by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.Blues team-mate Olivier Giroud scored his 37th international goal for the world champions from the penalty spot in the second half.France stay second in Group H, but are six points ahead of Iceland in third.
Following his team’s two-point victory against Miami Saturday afternoon, Louisville coach Rick Pitino expressed some concern for the way the Hurricanes handled a potentially-concussed player. In the first half of the contest, Cardinals’ senior forward Montrezl Harrell threw the basketball at the face of Miami center Tonye Jekiri. Harrell was given a Flagrant 1 after referees reviewed the play. The Louisville star said following the 55-53 victory the throw was not intentional, though Hurricanes’ coach Jim Larranaga disagreed. Jekeri, a starter for Miami, began the second half on the bench. Larranaga said after the game his player was suffering from severe headaches. Miami’s trainers originally believed the 7-foot big man had a concussion, before allowing him back into the game. Miami’s handling of Jekeri was troubling to Pitino. Here’s what the Louisville coach said during his post-game press conference, courtesy of the Courier-Journal:“Here’s the ironic thing: Coach Larranaga walked over to the officials, all the way over to the other side. I’ve never seen that. I wanted to know what (Larranaga said). The official says, ‘Well, he wanted to let me know that the big guy has a concussion on that play.’ I said, ‘What motive do you need to know that? He’s back in the game.’“So I called (Louisville football coach) Bobby Petrino — this is no joke — I said, ‘Get a hold of that Miami doctor because, in 15 minutes, a kid went from a concussion to playing and totally healthy.’ We’re sending a plane down to hire that doctor for football. We will never have a concussion ever again. He was back 3-4 minutes later. He walked all the way over there to tell him he had a concussion, then he was back in the game.”That’s a pretty direct calling out of Miami from Pitino. Concussions are obviously something that should be taken very seriously, but it’s impossible to know if the Hurricanes’ medical staff followed protocol or not. This likely won’t be the last we hear of this incident. [Courier-Journal]
College GameDayMuch to the chagrin of Indiana football fans, ESPN’s College GameDay is officially headed to Clemson ahead of the Tigers’ big contest against Notre Dame next Saturday. The Tigers and Irish will be meeting on the gridiron for the first time since 1979.Indiana fans, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, had been making a push to get GameDay to come ahead of the Hoosiers’ Big Ten affair against Ohio State. Alabama vs. Georgia, one of the biggest SEC games of the year, was likely also considered.See you in a week, @ClemsonFB and @NDFootball. pic.twitter.com/tzHB1H4ilA— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 27, 2015Back in 2013, GameDay was on-hand for two of Clemson’s home games. The Tigers beat Georgia in their opener, but lost to Florida State mid-season.
With the countdown under 60 days until the start of college football season, oddsmakers and prognosticators are taking a long look at the predicting the 2016 campaign.Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada dropped its updated college football odds today, including lines for the ACC division and league championships. In the Atlantic, Clemson (-110) leads the way, followed by Florida State (+125). Those two will likely duke it out for the divisional crown, but keep an eye on Louisville (+600).Meanwhile, in the Coastal, Miami is the favorite (+150). Pitt (+300) and Virginia Tech (+300) come next, with defending division champ UNC (+425) in fourth. Clemson, Florida State and Miami have the three best odds at winning the league. The full odds can be found below. ACC fans, what do you think of your team’s chances on this list?For a look at Bovada’s list of odds, click here.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that Paul Pogba is ‘happy now’ after the France international put in a man of the match performance on Saturday afternoon.The 25-year-old struck twice as United eased to a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town , with Solskjaer overseeing a second consecutive victory to continue the positive start to his tenure.The win was Solskjaer’s first in the dugout at Old Trafford, with his reign starting with the comprehensive 5-1 dismantlement of Cardiff City in Wales last weekend. 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? Speaking after the game to BBC Sport, the United legend hinted that the midfielder was more pleased with his playing situation than he had been under Jose Mourinho.”Paul knows he can score more goals and create chances. He had a few assists last week. He’s happy now,” the manager signalled.Solskjaer went on to admit that he is still adjusting to being in charge at Old Trafford.He said: “I’ve not got used to it yet. It’s humbling knowing I’m leading this team out.”Let’s see if I get used to it. I captained a couple of games but this was very different.”They are the best fans in the world. I had such a great relationship with them. It was probably more emotional for my family in my box as I was focussed on the game.”I was surprisingly calm all day. The lads have helped me settle in really quickly.”The former striker also re-emphasised his commitment to recapturing the United philosophy made famous by Sir Alex Ferguson, and suggested that his first two wins were a good way to start.“You need momentum. The next two games will be massive for us. Coming into those games with confidence is great,” he stated.”This is Manchester United. When you score a first, you want a second. When you score a second, you want a third. We wanted a clean sheet.”Every team is built on that foundation. We’ve conceded from two set-pieces so far. We’ll make sure we get a clean sheet soon.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona play their first match of 2019 when they take on Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday.The Catalan club ended 2018 with four straight wins in La Liga , and now aim to continue that form after the winter break.Getafe, meanwhile, sit in seventh, one place higher than their final position last term, and are four games unbeaten in the league. They fell to respective 2-0 defeats against the two Madrid clubs earlier in the season however, and will be in for a tough evening against the Spanish champions. 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? Azulones did scrap for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou 11 months ago but they lost the home fixture 2-1 against Barca last season. Game Getafe vs Barcelona Date Sunday, January 6 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Getafe squad Goalkeepers Soria, Chichizola, Yanez Defenders Djene, Miquel, Gonzalez, Cabrera, Antunes, Suarez, Foulquier Midfielders Bergara, Flamini, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Shibasaki, Cristoforo, Saiz, Portillo, Ndiaye, Alejo, Ibanez, Forwards Mata, Rodriguez, Guardiola, Molina The hosts are without Amath Ndiaye for the remainder of the season and Markel Bergara is sidelined with a fractured arm. Confirmed Getafe XI: Soria; Suarez, Antunes, Cabrera, Antunes; Foulquier, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Portillo; Mata, Molina. Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Vermaelen, Murillo Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Barca are missing Thomas Vermaelen, Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti through injury, but Ernesto Valverde does have new signing Jeison Murillo available.Sergio Busquets has returned to training but faced a late fitness test and did not make the XI.Confirmed Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Robert; Vidal, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Dembele, Suarez.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are the favourites with bet365 who rate the Catalans’ chances at 2/5. Getafe meanwhile are 13/2 to win, while a draw is priced at 4/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview The goalless draw at Camp Nou last term came as a shock and it was one of only three league games the champions failed to win at home during the whole season. Unsurprisingly, Barca have shown strong form again this year and finished 2018 on the top of the table, three points ahead of Atletico Madrid. They have been the highest scoring team in La Liga by a distance so far, netting 48 times in 17 games – 18 more than any other side.But Getafe have the second best defensive record in the Spanish top flight having conceded just 13 times, a record only beaten by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, so this could be one of the sterner tests for Barcelona’s forwards.Ahead of the game, Valverde said: “We suffered to beat them in Getafe last season and were unable to score when we met them at home. They’re a side who are pressing high up the pitch and doing so with great conviction. Their position in the table says it all.”That suggests Barca are not taking their hosts lightly as they aim to ward off pressure from Atletico at the top of the table.Both sides will feature in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey in mid-week, but don’t expect either set of players to be distracted when they go head-to-head this evening.
Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web Jose Mourinho has tipped Liverpool to reach a third successive Champions League final next season following their victory over Tottenham on Saturday.An early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike from substitute Divock Origi secured the win for Liverpool over their Premier League rivals in Madrid. It is the sixth European Cup/Champions League in the club’s history and a first since 2005. 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? It is also a first trophy in charge for manager Jurgen Klopp, who joined the club in October 2015.The scenes of celebration at the Wanda Metropolitano were in sharp contrast to the previous year, when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.Mourinho believes this could be the start of a new era of success for Klopp’s side and sees no reason why they cannot reach a third successive Champions League final next year.However, the Portuguese is not so confident about his former club Chelsea, who will return to the Champions League next season.The Londoners also ended the campaign with a trophy following their 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku last week . But Mourinho fears their impending transfer ban, as well as the expected departure of Belgian forward Eden Hazard, will hamper their chances of success in the competition.”It is difficult for Chelsea because they don’t have the possibility to be in the transfer market,” Mourinho told beIN Sports . “Why can’t Liverpool do three finals in a row? Why Liverpool, with this good team, with this good spirit, with this good empathy. The club, the manager, the players, the fans. Why not a third?”Mourinho did also stress that the Reds would face intense competition for the trophy next year including from Manchester City, who pipped them to the Premier League title by just a point following a thrilling title race.“I was writing here the teams that want to win the Champions League. Juventus, Bayern, PSG, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid,” Mourinho added.“You have seven or eight teams. Lots of teams want to do it, but only one can do it.”
Moussa Djenepo has become Southampton’s first signing under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.The winger joins from Belgian club Standard Liege, where he scored eight league goals last term, for a reported £14 million ($17.8m) fee.Djenepo, 20, is a Mali international and part of their squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. 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? “It is something I am very proud of,” he told Southampton’s website. “It’s a dream come true. Southampton is a great club and I am very happy.”It’s a good club that is progressing, it has great facilities, and it’s a place that can help me to really kick on and progress.”I am looking forward to it and I want to get to know my new family. I can’t wait to be around my new team-mates and work hard alongside them.”Hasenhuttl feels Djenepo is the right profile to thrive at Southampton, who are away to Burnley on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.”We are very happy to welcome Moussa as the first new player to join our team ahead of the upcoming season,” he told Southampton’s website.All aboard the Ralph Express!Departing: LiègeArriving: Southampton#saintsfc pic.twitter.com/J4a0Jj1qyW— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) June 13, 2019″He is an exciting player, with tremendous pace and good finishing abilities, who we have watched closely for some time.”We have been impressed with how he has adapted to football in Europe and the impact he has had in many games, and we had an interest in him as recently as January, so I am pleased we are able to bring him into the club.”He combines his quality with a good mentality and he is the right profile of player that we want to sign – still in the early part of his career, already with a lot of talent, but also with a great amount of potential that I believe we can help him to fulfil.”I think he will be an excellent fit for our style of play and shape, and these are the important characteristics we must look for.”It is about getting this right sort of quality, not quantity – we must maximise the use of this window by spending our money in the right way and on the right type of player, and this is a very strong start.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)One of the top kicking recruits in the country has made his college decision.Parker Lewis, a five-star kicker in the 2020 recruiting class, announced late on Sunday night his decision to commit to USC.The 6-foot-3 kicker announced his decision on Twitter.Lewis also had significant interest from Arizona and Cal, among other programs.Committed #FightOn✌? pic.twitter.com/Ygsc0HoxE7— Parker Lewis (@ParkerLewi) August 5, 2018Here’s his full statement:“First off, I want to thank God for all he’s done for me and allowing me to play the game of football. Thank you to my family and friends who have supported me throughout this entire process. Thank you Coach Mohns, Sam Watts, and all of the other Saguaro High School Coaches who have made me a better Student/Athlete. Lastly, thank you Coach Helton and Coach Baxter for having the confidence in me and providing me this opportunity. With all this being said, I am excited to say that I will be committing to the University of Southern California. #FightOn.”USC’s 2020 class is currently ranked the No. 17 class in the country, No. 1 in the Pac-12.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners gestures to the crowd after Senior Day announcements 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 Sooners players will be penalized for doing the “Horns Down” signal against Texas at the Big 12 Championship Game this afternoon.Baker Mayfield can do whatever he wants, though.The former star Oklahoma quarterback posted a message for his rival ahead of this afternoon’s Big 12 Championship Game.The message: Horns Down.“Can’t penalize this….HORNS DOWN. Go get what’s yours tomorrow boys,” Mayfield wrote on Instagram.Oklahoma enters today’s game against Texas looking for revenge for a loss earlier in the season. The Longhorns handed the Sooners their only loss of the regular season back in October.Today’s Big 12 Championship Game is set to kick off in about three hours.Oklahoma, needing a win to stay in College Football Playoff contention, is set to kick off against Texas at 12 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ABC.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 3: A general view of Beaver Stadium before the start of the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Indiana State Sycamores on September 3, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy four-star cornerback Joshuah Moten, who committed to Penn State in early February, has reopened his recruitment. Moten announced his de-commitment from PSU this afternoon.Moten is the third four-star prospect to decommit from the Nittany Lions in the last few days. Four-star offensive tackle Grant Toutant flipped to Ohio State on Sunday and four-star offensive guard Aaryn Parks opened things up yesterday.Moten and Parks are teammates at National Christian Academy. Like Parks, Moten cited committing too soon as his reasoning for backing off his Penn State pledge.“After talking and having deep thought with my family, I think I pulled the trigger too fast,” Moten wrote in a Twitter announcement. “I didn’t equally give some of the universities that have been recruiting me and equal chance. So, I will be de-committing from Penn State University and opening my recruitment up all the way.” Please Respect My Decision ! Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. pic.twitter.com/Wa71vQgPEh— 2 (@thareal_2) June 13, 2019Even with Moten gone, Penn State’s recruiting class still ranks 20th in the nation. However, Nittany Lions fans have to be frustrated with the recent run of bailing four-stars.Moten is reportedly set to visit Texas A&M this weekend, according to 247Sports.Moten is the 31st-ranked cornerback and the 339th-ranked prospect in the 2020 class, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
After the game’s conclusion, many of Michigan’s players jumped into the stands celebrating the win. The act went viral on social media sparking mixed reactions.Jim Harbaugh: “That’s how you fight. That’s how you scratch and claw. Both teams did that.” Adds that he could talk about Michigan’s defense all day. The offense had mistakes that put the defense in tough spots. https://t.co/k9fuAzLM7R pic.twitter.com/R5V3BeBCkJ— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 7, 2019Regardless, the Wolverines are now 2-0 on the year. As the old saying goes, “a win is a win”. But there will surely be questions surrounding the offensive game plan moving forward.Luckily for Michigan and Harbaugh, the Wolverines are entering a bye week. They’ll then go on the road to face Big Ten opponent Wisconsin. ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Michigan Wolverines Head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan narrowly escaped with a win in overtime against Army on Saturday. The seventh-ranked Wolverines were 22 point favorites heading into the game, according to OddsShark.Despite nearly losing, and plenty of issues to sort out, head coach Jim Harbaugh took it in a different direction. In the post-game press conference, Harbaugh praised the fight of both teams.“That’s how you fight. That’s how you scratch and claw. Both teams did that.”An interesting, but expected response from the Michigan head coach. Media members aren’t seeing it the same way though.As previously mentioned, the Wolverines were 22 point favorites heading into the match-up. Army had a chance to win the game with a field goal at the end of regulation, but couldn’t convert.
I won’t be seen around the scene once I am done: Virat Kohli on his post-retirement plansIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli was responding to a query on whether he would consider playing in the Australian Big Bash league after retiring or if the BCCI lifts the bar on its players.advertisement Press Trust of India SydneyJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 14:05 IST Virat Kohli is in no mood to play cricket in T20 leagues around the world once he retires (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian players are not allowed to feature in T20 leagues around the worldRetired cricketers such as d e Villiers and Brendon McCullum are regularly seen playing in T20 leaguesKohli said he won’t pick up his bat again once he retiresRetired cricketers plying their trade in T20 leagues might be a global trend right now but India captain Virat Kohli says he wouldn’t even be “seen around the scene” the day he is “totally spent” to pick up the bat again.Responding to a query on whether he would consider playing in the Australian Big Bash league after retiring or if the BCCI lifts the bar on its players, Kohli said he would certainly not be around for such a stint after retirement.”Look I don’t know whether that stance is going to change in the future. As far as I am concerned, playing more cricket when I am done, I don’t think I am in that zone to be honest,” the 30-year-old said ahead of the opening ODI against Australia on Saturday.Retired cricketers such as AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum are regularly seen playing in T20 leagues such as the IPL and Big Bash but Kohli says he isn’t interested in joining the bandwagon.”I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I cannot comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don’t feel like I am going to pick up the bat again,” he said.”I will be spent, the day I finish I will be totally spent and that’s the reason I am going to stop playing cricket. So I don’t see myself coming back and playing again. Once I am done, I will be done, and I won’t be seen around the scene,” Kohli said.advertisementWhat’s India Captain @imVkohli’s retirement plans? #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/xGxBOxMSdEBCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019The skipper was all praise for his team’s batting line-up and said the line-up looks strong heading into the ODI World Cup starting May 30 in England.”In the last 12 months, our ODI batting has been very strong and openers are a very big factor in that. There was a phase in the middle when we addressed the issue of middle overs and from 25-40 overs we tried to change our batting style,” he said.”Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well.”In fact, Kohli felt the Indian team is perfectly balanced in every aspect.”The bowling has been balanced too. In one-day cricket, any team can beat you on any given day. But as a team you have to give your best and take your strongest eleven. And we feel as a one-day team we are on the right track, and are on our full strength,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ODI seriesFollow Virat Kohli retirement
Australia refuse to play in Pakistan, PCB announces ODIs in UAEAustralia will play Pakistan in a 5-match one day international series in preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from March 22 to 31advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 20:48 IST Pakistan host Australia for a 5-match ODI series in UAE (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPCB had initially invited CA to send the Austrlian team to Karachi to play one or two matchesAustralia had refused to play Pakistan in the country with the series being shifted to UAEAustralia will play Pakistan in a 5-ODI series from March 22-31, ahead ICC Cricket World CupAustralia have refused to any of the ODI series matches in Pakistan due to security concerns and the two teams will now compete in the World Cup preparatory five-match rubber in the UAE.After much delay the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday finally announced that the one-day series would be played entirely in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 22 to 31.The PCB had invited CA to send its team to Karachi to play one or two matches of the and were hopeful of convincing the Australians to come to Pakistan for the first time since 1998.”The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral series and the Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months, PCB Director Cricket – International, Zakir Khan, said.”But, we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia cricket team live in action for the first times since 1998,” he said.”Australia are the world champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team an opportunity to assess their Word Cup preparations,” Khan added.Khan, however, said that the CA has assured them that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the PSL 2019 matches”In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC, Zakir added.In the last 18 months, Pakistan have hosted the ICC World XI, also comprising Australia Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Ben Cutting, in September 2017.advertisementA month later, Sri Lanka played a T20I at the same venue.In April 2018, Karachi was the venue for three-T20I series between the Windies and Pakistan. Last month, the Windies women’s team played three T20Is against Pakistan women’s team in Karachi.Also Read | Young fan hit by ball in the stands, George Bailey gifts him a pair of glovesAlso Read | 2019 ICC World Cup: Australia will be one of the main contenders, says Ricky PontingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Pakistan vs AustraliaFollow PCBFollow UAEFollow Cricket AustraliaFollow ODIsFollow Karachi
Munich World Cup: Manu Bhaker secures Olympic quota in shootingIndian shooters are competing for 12 of the 17 Tokyo Olympic quotas available in Munich, having already secured seven quota places in rifle and pistol competitions.advertisement Next Press Trust of India MunichMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 19:55 IST Manu Bhaker finished fourth in the 10m air pistol final. (Photo: @OGQ_India Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSThis is India’s first Olympic quota in women’s 10m pistolSaurabh Chaudhary had won a gold medal by setting a new world record in 10m Air Pistol eventSaurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won quota places in men’s 10m air pistolYoung shooter Manu Bhaker secured India its seventh Olympic quota with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup here Wednesday, putting the disappointment of pistol malfunction in her earlier event behind.The 17-year Bhaker shot 201.0 in the final to secure the quota for the Tokyo Games.Winner of multiple medals at top global events, Bhaker finished third in qualification with a total of 582 points (28 x inner 10s), shooting a solid 98 in her last two rounds.On Monday, Bhaker suffered a heartbreak as she missed out on the podium after a weapon malfunction saw her slip to fifth spot after leading the field.This is India’s first quota in women’s 10m pistol.Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won quota places in men’s 10m air pistol at the World Cups in Delhi and Beijing respectively.Yashaswini Singh Deswal, a junior World Cup winner, was also on course to make the final before a poor series of 92 in the final set saw her slip to 22nd with a total of 574 (17 x inner 10s).Heena Sidhu, the third Indian in the fray, was placed 45th with a total of 570 (13 x inner 10s).Also Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary smashes world record to put India on topAlso Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in MunichAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ISSF World CupFollow Manu BhakerFollow Tokyo Olympics