10 months agoTottenham captain Lloris wants Cup revenge on Arsenal

first_imgTottenham captain Lloris wants Cup revenge on Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says they’re out for revenge in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals this week at Arsenal.Spurs return to the Emirates Stadium a little over two weeks since they lost a fiery encounter 4-2 in the Premier League, where there were issues both on and off the pitch. “Maybe it’s the good thing that we lost the Premier League game a few weeks ago because it is more motivation for us,” Lloris said after Spurs stayed in the title race with a 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.”There is no more bad feeling than when you get a defeat. You always try to analyse and make things that we will not repeat again. It is another opportunity and we will try our best to go through.”Every game that you lose it hurts, but of course when you lead 2-1, it’s true that Arsenal is playing very well this season and it is a difficult team to beat but I think we have the quality to do it.”It is important to take every competition seriously, whatever the competition is.”Of course there is priority in the season but it is a League Cup game and if you go through there is a semi-final and a good chance.”And then it is a derby so it is easier to prepare for because there always excitement and enjoyment to play that type of game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoFormer Leeds and South Africa striker Phil Masinga passes away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Leeds and South Africa striker Phil Masinga passes awayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leeds United and South Africa striker Phil Masinga has passed away. He was 49.The South African played in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club for two years after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns in 1994.”It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga’s passing. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends,” the club said on Twitter.SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan said: “Sad day for South African football.“A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play.” last_img read more

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a month agoBenfica midfielder Adel Taarabt: My fault I never played for Real Madrid, Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt: My fault I never played for Real Madrid, Barcelonaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica midfielder Adel Taarabt concedes he could’ve done more in his career.The former Tottenham youngster had a six month spell with AC Milan, but never fulfilled his early promise.Taarabt admits: “I don’t like to say these things about myself but if you talk to anyone who has seen me play when I was younger, they will tell you that I could have played at Real Madrid or Barcelona. “Even Luka Modric told me one day. “It didn’t happen and it wasn’t just because of others but because of me…” last_img read more

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Updated 2015 Big 12 Tournament Bracket

first_imgBig 12 tournament bracket updated.Update 2: We have a more updated version of the bracket here.Update: Midway through Thursday, we’ve got two more games in the books. Baylor held off West Virginia in the early contest, while Kansas avoided disaster by hanging on against TCU in the second tilt. Here’s the updated bracket heading into tonight’s games, via the Big 12.Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 6.18.24 PMEarlier: The 2015 Big 12 Tournament got underway yesterday in Kansas City with a pair of preliminary round games. No. 9 seed TCU dispatched eighth-seeded Kansas State 67-65 while Texas, the No. 7 entry, defeated No. 10 seed Texas Tech 65-53.The quarterfinal round tips off today at 12:30 PM EST, with No. 5 Baylor squaring off against No. 4 West Virginia. TCU will face top-seeded Kansas at approximately 2:30 PM EST. After a brief respite, the tournament reconvenes at 7:00 PM EST with the seventh-seeded Longhorns playing No. 2 Iowa State. The final game of the night features a pair of in-state rivals, No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 seed Oklahoma State.Here’s the entire updated bracket, courtesy of the Big 12. big12Check in throughout the day for live updates on the Big 12 post-season.last_img read more

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‘Ramsey will be an asset for Ronaldo & Juventus’

first_imgAaron Ramsey is setting an example in professionalism at Arsenal and will be an asset to Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, says Ray Parlour, as the Wales international looks set to move to Turin at the end of the season.Ramsey has reportedly been offered £300,000 a week to join the Italian champions on a free transfer when his Arsenal contract expires in the summer.Arsenal boss Unai Emery still called on Ramsey in the 2-0 victory over Chelsea earlier this month when his role marking Blues playmaker Jorginho proved pivotal to the win. 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? And Parlour, one of Arsenal’s most decorated midfielders, thinks what Ramsey is doing in north London can be replicated in Turin.”It is very disappointing from an Arsenal perspective,” Parlour told Goal, speaking to promote the #AcceptNoSubstitutes campaign for GOALS, the UK’s leading small-sided football provider. “Arsenal fans would love to have seen him sign but it is also exciting for Ramsey.”He is going to a different culture and league. Obviously, Juventus have great history in the Champions League. He will be playing with Ronaldo, I wish him all the best. He has been a great servant to the club and I really praise him for the Chelsea performance.”That’s exactly how you should act when you know you are leaving the club, to give your all for the players and fans. He showed he will play for his shirt until the end of the season. You have to give it all for the fans. He scores some vital goals in big games. His energy is excellent.”He is decent on the ball, gets about the pitch and he makes good runs. What he has done well for Arsenal is that he makes that run into the back four which allows [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang or [Alexandre] Lacazette to find that little gap. That’s what Ronaldo and company will be getting.”He gives that space for the opportunity because he takes defenders away. So, that’s what he will bring to the team. Hopefully he will be in the team for Arsenal on Friday (against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round) because he deserves to be.”It is a shame because I would love to see him stay but I am not negotiating his contract. Arsenal want the best deal for themselves, Aaron’s representative wants the best deal for him. In the end they came to this agreement.”Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2018-19Parlour won 12 major honours as an Arsenal midfielder in what was one of the most successful eras in the club’s history.The former England international was an energetic player himself and he has been impressed with the signing of the sprightly Matteo Guendouzi.The 19-year-old is thought to have cost around £7 million ($9m) but he has still been a mainstay in Emery’s side since arriving from the French second division.”Guendouzi is going to become an excellent player,” he added. “He is only a young lad at 19. It will take him a little bit more time to improve. He has been a brilliant signing already though.“[Granit] Xhaka is playing better alongside [Lucas] Torreira. I am interested to see what Emery will do with the team selection at the weekend. I think he should stick with the same team apart from [Hector] Bellerin.”I was around Arsenal in pre-season and Guendouzi was the one who stood out in training. His work rate, he wants to learn and you can see it in him that he has got high standards. It is not just when he plays. He is going to make mistakes and any young man will.”What I like about him is when he makes a mistake he always still wants the ball. He is always available, which is what you need in midfield and, if he can keep progressing like he has, he will be a great signing for Arsenal – especially because they paid so little for him.”Meanwhile, Emery has said that Arsenal don’t have the funds to make permanent January signings and will only look to add players on loan, despite the club being valued at around £2.2bn ($2.8bn).Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19Parlour thinks that the lack of investment means patience is needed in Emery, regardless of his league finish, but believes that his squad can squeeze into the top four and beat Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday evening.”The club is always run as a business,” he said. “They are never going to go into a deficit. The owners have got their right to do that. I am sure that Emery would love players to come in, especially in certain positions but he has got to work with the players he has got.”He is probably disappointed with the lack of players coming in but the financial situation is up to Arsenal to make that decision to sign players or not. We’re not sure if it is going to happen in this window but I am sure in the summer that they will probably have four to five in and four to five out.”But you have got to be patient [as an Arsenal fan with Emery]. If they got into the top four, keep in mind they are only three points behind, then it will be a brilliant season to come in fourth. You know the quality above them, Man City and Liverpool are on another level.”There’s some quality and they can do it. They have to believe. It is a team and not individuals that gets you into the top four. Certainly, the cup competitions are going to be important. Against Manchester United and in the Europa League is where they might win things this year.”GOALS’ #AcceptNoSubstitutes campaign will see 5-a-side players across the UK burn 250 million calories this January – to join a local game or find a player check out the new app for GOALS, the UK’s leading small-sided football provider. More info: www.goalsfootball.co.uklast_img read more

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Chelsea boss Lampard suffers joint-heaviest defeat of his career

first_imgFrank Lampard endured a difficult start to life as Chelsea boss with their 4-0 thrashing at Manchester United the joint-heaviest defeat of his managerial career.Marcus Rashford scored twice, with further goals from Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James completing a convincing win for the Red Devils at Old Trafford and send a number of records tumbling.It is the second time Lampard has been on the end of a 4-0 defeat as a manager, his heaviest defeat to date, with Aston Villa beating his Derby side by that margin at Villa Park in April. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It was also the heaviest defeat by a Chelsea manager in their first game in charge since Danny Blanchflower lost 7-2 at Middlesbrough in December 1978 as well as the heaviest ever opening-day league defeat in their 104-year history.Taking into account his playing career, the game was Lampard’s heaviest defeat in the Premier League since a 7-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford while playing for West Ham in April 2000.It means Chelsea end the opening Premier League weekend in 19th place, the first time they end a day in the Premier League relegation zone since September 30, 2000. However, the London club were not in action that day and moved up to 12th with a 3-0 win against Liverpool 24 hours later.Manchester United, in contrast, are celebrating their biggest win over Chelsea in a top-flight match since winning 4-0 in March 1965 under Matt Busby.The result will pile more pressure on Lampard, who is beginning just his second campaign as a manager.The 41-year-old took Derby to the Championship play-off final last season but his promotion hopes were ended following a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley.However, Lampard did end up in the Premier League when Chelsea decided to bring their former midfielder back to Stamford Bridge to succeed Maurizio Sarri.With the club currently serving a two-window transfer ban Lampard has pledged to develop some of the club’s young players.He was true to his word at Old Trafford, handing starts to Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham while Fikayo Tomori was among the substitutes.Next up for Lampard’s side is the European Super Cup against Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday before taking on Leicester in his first home game in charge next weekend.last_img read more

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Brett McMurphy Clarifies Edits On Original Zach Smith Facebook Story

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Update: Sunday morning, it was discovered that Brett McMurphy’s July 23 and July 24 Facebook reports on Zach Smith had been edited. The original reports, as Facebook screenshots publicly show, said that Smith had been arrested. The post has since been changed to say that Smith was investigated.McMurphy has since spoken to us and clarified what he says happened.McMurphy’s original report claimed that Smith had been arrested during the October 26, 2015 incident. McMurphy says that a revised version of the report from the Powell Police, released after his original report, indicated that Smith had actually not been arrested.“The terminology used by the Police Department was different in the original report (dated 10/26/2015) and inconsistent with what actually occurred,” Megan Canavan, director of communication for the Powell Police Department, told McMurphy.McMurphy included these claims in his bombshell August 1 report. He later went back to his July 23 and July 24 posts and updated them to reflect that the new report reportedly suggested Smith had not been arrested during the incident.You can view all Facebook posts’ edit histories by clicking on the “three dots” icon and selecting “view edit history.”Earlier: Brett McMurphy’s reporting on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State situation has, undoubtedly, been the biggest story of the year in college football. It’s led to Smith’s firing at OSU and Meyer’s future with the Buckeyes being put in doubt.McMurphy’s original story, published on Facebook on July 23, appears to have been edited over time, according to Facebook’s history.The edits to the story were pointed out on Reddit and have since been tweeted about by Ohio State reporter Kyle Lamb.“I referenced this a few days ago. Thanks to the internet gumshoes, this is important context to consider in the timeline of events. July 23 “arrested.” July 25 Urban’s response. July 30 changed to ‘investigated’,” he tweeted.I referenced this a few days ago. Thanks to the internet gumshoes, this is important context to consider in the timeline of events. July 23 “arrested.” July 25 Urban’s response. July 30 changed to “investigated.” https://t.co/6V0ur3zf3U— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 5, 2018CORRECTION: I stated Urban’s response was July 25. It was July 24. The original report by McMurphy was July 23, but Urban’s response came July 24.— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 5, 2018Here’s what was uncovered on Reddit:To see the old un-edited article where he claimed Zach was arrested in 2015, click on the three dots (…) in the upper right hand corner of the post, and select “more options” and then “view edit history”. You will see the original post said:Smith,… was arrested Oct. 26, 2015 on felony counts of domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith.The new edited post says:Smith,… was investigated Oct. 26, 2015… on felony counts of domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith,On July 24th, when Urban was responding to the story, McMurphy’s post still claimed Zach had been arrested in 2015. Urban’s response was:I got a text late last night something happened in 2015. And there was nothing. Once again, there’s nothing — once again, I don’t know who creates a story like that.Here’s what Meyer then said about everything in his statement released on Friday:“Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts,” Meyer said in his statement. “My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.”“Here is the truth: While at the University of Florida, and now at The Ohio State University, I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.”This is clearly an ongoing saga and more information continues to trickle out. We’ll see what is going to happen with Urban Meyer and Ohio State at some point in the coming weeks (or sooner).last_img read more

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Players Are Being Accused Of Faking Injuries During Game Today

first_imgSyracuse fans holding signs during College GameDay.SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 01: Syracuse Orange fans holds up a signs during ESPN College GameDay prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)Florida State’s rough start under new head coach Willie Taggart continues today in the Carrier Dome.The Seminoles trail Syracuse 23-0, and it could be much worse, if not for the Orange stalling out twice in deep FSU territory.To make matters worse, the ‘Noles are having real issues with the conditions. The Carrier Dome, which is not air conditioned despite the name, gets really hot and sticky in September, and by all accounts it is very hot today.On numerous occasions, usually with Syracuse on offense, Florida State players have gone down with apparent cramps.Syracuse (and other) fans have started booing the down Florida State players, and are accusing them of going down to halt the Orange offense’s momentum.Under Dino Babers, ‘Cuse plays at a blistering pace. It’s hard to know if guys are actually faking injuries, but it has made this game a very choppy experience.Plenty of Florida fans are mixed in too, as you would expect.Another convenient cramp injury timeout by FSU up here in the Tropics #FSUvsSyracuse pic.twitter.com/9R97qgx1SY— Söze, Keyser (@gravestonedoji) September 15, 2018@ACC #FSU faking cramps to slow down Syracuse and no penalties? Really? Getting real tired of this.— Penny Royal (@PradorKing) September 15, 2018FSU players faking injuries…we have reached peak #GoACC— Jay Anderson (@HereGoJayAgain) September 15, 2018But why are FSU players faking injuries to slow down Syracuse tempo? ?— Ilive4saturdays (@Ilive4saturdays) September 15, 2018fsu faking all these injuries to slow up that high octane Syracuse offense. Smh.— Virgil Runnells Jr (@GatorVirgil1) September 15, 2018fsu faking all these injuries to slow up that high octane Syracuse offense. Smh.— Virgil Runnells Jr (@GatorVirgil1) September 15, 2018Taggart is getting blasted for it as well, and for good reason, if that is what is actually going on.After the season-opening loss to Virginia Tech, Taggart accused Hokies players of doing exactly that during a conference call with reporters.Florida State football coach Willie Taggart believes Virginia Tech defenders faked injuries to slow down his offense during Monday night’s season opener between the two teams.“It happened too often so it’s hard not to,” Taggart said Wednesday during the ACC’s coaches teleconference. “It happened too often.”Virginia Tech beat Florida State 24-3 on Monday night in the debut of Taggart – and his uptempo offense – with the Seminoles. The Hokies defense dominated the game but after a few longer plays by FSU, Tech defenders were down on the field with injuries.Faking injuries probably happens, but it can get really humid and gross in the Dome. We should probably take the ‘Noles at their word here, and Taggart should do the same with his opponents.last_img read more

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ESPN Analyst Is Predicting A Major Week 4 Upset

first_imgOregon hosts Washington at Autzen Stadium.EUGENE, OR – AUGUST 30: A general view taken during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)ESPN’s college football analysts have released their score predictions for this weekend’s slate of big games.There are three major games this weekend:Alabama vs. Texas A&MOregon vs. StanfordTCU vs. TexasA couple of ESPN analysts are predicting some upsets.One ESPN reporter, Edward Aschoff, is predicting a top 10 team to fall. He has No. 7 Stanford going down.The score prediction:Oregon 27, No. 7 Stanford 24We’ve had a couple of top 10 teams lose so far this season. The No. 7 Cardinal falling would be the latest.Who are you picking?last_img read more

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