Newcastle striker Gayle opens door to West Brom stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Dwight Gayle says there’s a good chance of signing permanently with West Brom.Gayle scored a classy treble away at Rotherham United on Saturday to move up to 13 goals for the season.It prompted calls of ‘sign him up’ from the sold-out away end, and Gayle has left the door open for a permanent switch.”I don’t know really, it could be on the cards,” he said. “For me the most important thing is getting promoted this season and finishing in the top two.”We all know what we’ve got to do and we’ve got a lot of hard work before the end of the season to do that. I’m loving it here at the moment and hopefully that continues.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff make offer for Watford target Adrien Tamezeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have made an offer for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze.The Daily Mail says Cardiff have made a £10m move for Tameze and hope to fend off competition from Atalanta and Watford to sign him next week.Tameze, 24, is valued by Patrick Vieira but the offer is difficult for Nice to turn down. Neil Warnock also hopes to add a right back and a striker with Cardiff having made an offer for Anderlecht’s Ivan Santini.Cardiff City defender Paul McKay is joining Morecambe on loan. Neil Warnock wants the highly rated 22-year old to gain more game time and can cover a number of positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zabaleta apologises to West Ham fans after Carabao Cup exitby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United fullback Pablo Zabaleta has apologised to fans after their embarrassing Carabao Cup exit at Oxford United.Zabaleta admitted West Ham were well below-par during their 4-0 defeat at Oxford and said sorry to the travelling supporters.Stand-in captain Zabaleta told the official club website: “If you look at the performance, it’s not been anywhere near our standard and also in the way we lost was not good.”We are not the first Premier League team to be knocked out of the Carabao Cup. We saw Spurs (at Colchester) and we saw some other Premier League teams struggling to win games like that.”Obviously we just need to move on now and look at the mistakes we have made and think about Saturday (away to Bournemouth).”We return to the Premier League again and we don’t have too much time to recover. It’s only another 48 hours and we have another game and mentally we need to be strong for Saturday.”We feel sorry about the performance and sorry to the away fans who came to the game because obviously we don’t want our fans to see this kind of performance. It was just a bad night.”
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State may have a Braxton Miller problem, and somehow, it isn’t related to whether he’ll be named the starting quarterback in 2015. Tuesday night, Miller may have made a mistake in promoting Advocare products on his Instagram page – something considered in violation of NCAA bylaws. According to James Grega Jr. of The Lantern, Ohio State is looking into the situation.OSU spokesman on Miller situation, “We are looking into this.” Might be nothing, but has attention of OSU athletic department— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) March 25, 2015Considering Ohio State’s recent history when it comes to player-related NCAA violations, expect the school to do its due diligence here. Whether Miller will be punished by either Ohio State or the NCAA remains to be seen.
David Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian insists he remains in talks with Chelsea over a new deal for the Brazilian defender and is optimistic an agreement can be reached.The 31-year-old is into the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, meaning he is now free to discuss terms with rival clubs.Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has already spoken of his desire to keep the former Paris Saint-Germain defender at the club after impressing in the heart of his defence so far this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Luiz has been a regular under Sarri this campaign, a sharp contrast to his struggles under previous manager Antonio Conte.The defender made just 10 Premier League appearances during the 2017-18 season and looked likely to leave the club last summer before Conte’s eventual departure.The main sticking point is likely to be Chelsea’s policy of only offering one-year contracts to players over 30, something which may not be an issue at another club.There have also been reports that negotiations have stalled due to the Brazilian’s financial demands.Those reports have been swiftly dismissed by Joorabchian, who insists talks remain cordial and that both parties remain determined to reach an agreement.”Contrary to some reports we are in a very amicable situation with Chelsea,” Joorabchian told The Sun.”We are trying to work out a deal for David Luiz because he wants to stay, the manager wants him to stay and so does the club.”I’m sure something will be worked out.”Luiz first moved to Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 and was part of the Blues side that won the FA Cup and Champions League in 2012 before lifting the Europa League the following year.After three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge Luiz moved to Paris Saint-Germain in June 2014 for £50million ($64.4m), then a world record fee for a defender.Luiz won six major trophies in just two seasons at the Parc des Princes, including back-to-back Ligue 1 titles, before re-joining Chelsea for £34milion ($43.7m) in August 2016.Since his return to west London Luiz has won two further trophies, the Premier League title in 2017 and the FA Cup last season.
Mohamed Salah’s brace moved Liverpool seven points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League title race as Julian Speroni’s error saw Crystal Palace go down 4-3 at Anfield.Palace led thanks to Andros Townsend’s first-half goal, but quickfire strikes from Salah and Roberto Firmino turned the game around eight minutes into the second half.James Tomkins headed Palace level but an awful error by veteran goalkeeper Speroni, tipping James Milner’s cross towards his own goal for Salah to score his 50th goal in the Premier League, gave Liverpool a lead that was later added to by Sadio Mane. 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? Palace netted a stoppage-time consolation through Max Meyer but Liverpool – who had Milner sent off for a second bookable offence late in the second half – held on to stretch their cushion at the top, with Manchester City away to managerless Huddersfield Town on Sunday.pic.twitter.com/gTFDj8HLW8 — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019 Fabinho fired an early effort over Speroni’s crossbar, the 39-year-old goalkeeper becoming the oldest player to feature in the Premier League this season.Joel Matip then headed a Milner corner narrowly wide as Liverpool pushed for the opener, but it was Palace who took the lead in the 34th minute.Townsend, who moments earlier survived a penalty appeal for handball, slammed in a first-time finish after Wilfried Zaha beat makeshift right-back Milner far too easily to send in a fizzing low cross.But Liverpool were level within a minute of the restart, Salah pouncing from close range with a deft close-range finish after Virgil van Dijk’s speculative drive deflected high into the air.Within seven minutes Liverpool were in front after another stroke of fortune, Naby Keita setting up Firmino for a shot that took a deflection to beat the helpless Speroni.Palace drew level in the 65th minute, however, as Tomkins took advantage of slack marking to head home Luka Milivojevic’s corner at the back post, but Liverpool hit back again 10 minutes later.Speroni’s misjudgment of a Milner cross saw the ball again loop invitingly for Salah to finish from virtually on the line.Jeffrey Schlupp missed a great chance to score an equaliser for Palace and Liverpool were reduced to 10 men after Milner was dismissed for a second yellow card having tripped Zaha.But Liverpool’s threat on the counter was maintained and they made sure of the points in the third minute of added time when Mane cut in from the left wing to beat Speroni.There was still time for yet another goal, though, as substitute Meyer beat Alisson from inside the box.What does it mean? Palace almost party-poopers again Winning a title needs some luck and Liverpool certainly had fortune on their side as Salah and Firmino benefited from deflections to score before Speroni gifted them the third goal. Former Reds boss Roy Hodgson will be wondering how his side managed to lose after scoring three.Salah instinct brings up milestone Liverpool were indebted to Salah for his brace, the goals coming from a combined distance of about five yards out. He may have had little impact outside of those twin moments but, as he has so often, Salah’s quality made a big difference. He now has 50 Premier League goals and only three players have reached that landmark in fewer appearances than his 72.5 – Julian Speroni has made five errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of the 2014-15 season despite only playing 50 games; more than any other Crystal Palace player. Flappy. pic.twitter.com/IKsU1RnjYd — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019 Salah simulation causes anger The Egypt superstar scored twice, but there will be more debate about an incident in the first half that saw Salah go to ground in Palace’s box exceptionally easily. After winning a number of recent penalties, Salah may be earning a reputation he will find it difficult to shake off. Palace defenders reacted angrily when he went down, but referee Jonathan Moss opted not to book Salah.Key Opta Facts- Liverpool have won seven consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since January 2014. – Palace are the first Premier League team to score more than once at Anfield since February 2018 when Tottenham drew 2-2 with Liverpool.- The Reds hit the 1,000-goal mark in the Premier League at Anfield (1002 in total), only the third side to score 1000+ goals at a specific venue in the competition (Man Utd, 1094 at Old Trafford and Chelsea, 1005 at Stamford Bridge).- Milner picked up his second red card for Liverpool in the Premier League and was also sent off against Crystal Palace in March 2016 after a foul on Wilfried Zaha. What’s next? Crystal Palace host Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round next weekend, but Liverpool are out so will be heading to Dubai for warm-weather training. The Reds return to Premier League action at home to Leicester City on January 30, the same day Palace are away to Southampton. read more
Tottenham have made an offer of £30 million ($36.4m) plus midfielder Josh Onomah for Fulham wideman Ryan Sessegnon.Mauricio Pochettino regards the 19-year-old as one of his primary summer targets, and Goal can confirm the Champions League finalists are hopeful that their latest bid will be enough to secure Sessegnon’s signing ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.In turn, Sessengon is keen to make the move from west to north London as he bids to make his mark on the Premier League. 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? There has been slow progress in the summer-long talks, however, though Fulham’s interest in Onomah could lead to a breakthrough.Sessegnon is regarded as one of English football’s top talents and was part of the England squad during the summer’s Under-21 European Championships.He burst onto the scene at Craven Cottage as a 16-year-old, scoring 21 goals in 75 Championship appearances for the Cottagers over the span of two seasons.He struggled to repeat that form upon Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League last season, however, as he found the net on just two occasions in his 35 appearances.Fulham boss Scott Parker left Sessegnon out for his side’s 1-0 defeat to Barnsley on Saturday, though claimed his absence was due to an injury while reiterating his hope that the youngster will remain at Craven Cottage.“Future-wise, I’m not sure,” he told reporters at Oakwell “In terms of why he’s not here with us is due to the fact he’s coming back from a hamstring injury, which he’s rehabbing. He’s back on the grass jogging. He’s progressing well.”Obviously I’ve read all the speculation, we’ve all seen the speculation over the summer, but to this point now there’s been nothing that would suggest to me that that [Sessegnon leaving] would be the case. ‘We’re planning with Ryan around, really.”Onomah, meanwhile, is keen to move to Fulham after only making 32 appearances for boyhood club Spurs and seeing his place as being too far down the pecking order to make any impact this term, with the club-record signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon having further blocked the pathway for the homegrown midfielder.The 22-year-old academy graduate spent last year on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and he hopes that he can complete a move this week to one of the promotion favourites in the Championship.Spurs had been hoping to offload left-back Danny Rose to help fund a move for Sessegnon but they have struggled to find buyers for the England international.Tottenham played their final pre-season match on Sunday evening as they drew 1-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Intern. Their first game back in the Premier League is a home match against Aston Villa – another of Onomah’s former loan clubs – on Saturday.
After a troubled pre-season, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid start the La Liga campaign already under pressure. They have bolstered their squad with the arrivals of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy and other stars, shelling out over €300 million (£275m/$333m), but questions remain over Los Blancos after last season’s appalling campaign. Madrid have been well off the pace in La Liga in the last two seasons, finishing third in both behind champions Barcelona and runners-up Atletico Madrid. They have accumulated a mammoth 36 points less than Barca during that time. 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? With their Champions League crown stripped last term as well, Madrid have plenty to prove as storm clouds circle the Santiago Bernabeu. Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Attackers Manager How Real Madrid could line upGoalkeepersZidane stressed in April that he would have a clear first-choice goalkeeper this season and that man is set to be Belgian international Thibaut Courtois.Keylor Navas was given the option to leave with Madrid ready to use Andriy Lunin as backup to Courtois. However, the Costa Rican decided to stay – resulting in the youngster being loaned to Real Valladolid instead.Since joining from Chelsea last summer, Courtois has not shown his best form at Madrid. But he will be given the chance to do so this time around, knowing he is the unequivocal No 1.Pre-season did not go well for Courtois, though, as he shipped eight goals in 315 minutes. If the Belgian continues to struggle, then Zidane knows he can call on Navas, whom he backed heavily in his first reign as coach – even turning down the signing of David de Gea because he trusted the ex-Levante shot-stopper.DefendersMadrid’s defence was their weakest department last season, and conceding 18 goals in seven pre-season matches – including seven in a 7-3 drubbing by Atletico – implies the same will be true this year.Zidane has begun to trial a 3-5-2 system in an attempt to find a structure which offers more solidity at the back, picking Nacho, Raphael Varane and new signing Eder Militao together in a 2-2 draw with Roma, while giving Marcelo and Dani Carvajal starts in the wing back positions.That at least makes Madrid more solid than when Marcelo is at left-back, while captain Sergio Ramos will likely replace Nacho for the opening game of the season against Celta Vigo after recovering from a minor knock.Zidane could easily shift to four at the back, though, and pair Ramos with Varane. New signing Mendy will hope to displace Marcelo whatever system Zidane picks, while Carvajal, suspended for the league opener at Celta Vigo, faces a challenge from Alvaro Odriozola.MidfieldersThe midfield is, in theory, a strong point for Madrid, but in practice proved a troubled area last season. Neither Luka Modric nor Toni Kroos hit their previous heights, while Casemiro was sluggish and young Uruguayan Federico Valverde is still finding his feet.Isco and James Rodriguez have technical quality in spades but Zidane is unsure about them, with the latter free to leave if he can find a suitable club.Zidane was desperate to add Manchester United’s Paul Pogba to freshen up Madrid’s core, but president Florentino Perez seems more intent on signing Ajax’s Donny van de Beek.If Madrid don’t manage to bring in another central player, Zidane may be forced to pick a 4-4-2 simply so he can field more players he actually rates.Should the coach opt for that, Eden Hazard might be used on the left of midfield with Lucas Vazquez on the right flank.The main question is whether the trio of Casemiro, Kroos and Modric are sufficiently motivated, having won it all with Madrid before. Throwing in a hungry new player would be the perfect way to shake up a midfield which many fear has grown stale.AttackersKarim Benzema finished last season in the form of his life and Hazard is also guaranteed a place on the team sheet.The two have been paired up front together in pre-season at times, with Hazard playing off Benzema.But if Madrid go with three forwards, Hazard can play in his favoured position on the left, with Benzema in the middle and Vazquez, Vinicius Junior or Gareth Bale on the right wing.The Welsh forward is currently not in Zidane’s plans but if he is still at the Bernabeu when the transfer window shuts, he may end up earning a reprieve.Vinicius had a fine debut season on the left and deserves the chance to keep his starting spot, albeit on the right, although Zidane might choose Vazquez’s work ethic and defensive qualities over the Brazilian in tougher matches.Marco Asensio was hoping to earn that place in the side but the Spaniard’s serious knee injury will keep him out for most of the season.Jovic will get matches when Benzema is rested and may play up front alongside the Frenchman in a 4-4-2 on occasion.Madrid have plenty of options but none of them have emerged as a consistently reliable strategy so far.ManagerZidane is already feeling the heat after a dismal pre-season campaign that saw Madrid win just two out of seven matches.The Frenchman has not settled on a formation yet and Madrid could be in for a rocky ride at the start of the season as he continues to experiment with his squad until he comes up with something that works.We saw from his first reign that sometimes Zidane stumbles upon success with more luck than judgement, so Madrid’s eventual strategy might wind up being something that he hasn’t even trialled in pre-season.Despite his status as a club legend, if results don’t go his way in the first few months of the campaign it would be no surprise to see Perez wield the axe.How Real Madrid could line upIt all depends on which formation Zidane picks, having used 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 in pre-season. There are only a handful of players guaranteed a place – Hazard, Benzema, Ramos and Varane.The 3-5-2 system might be used occasionally but the squad isn’t deep enough at centre-back to consistently play it, so one of the other formations seems more likely.Given Madrid’s familiarity with it, the 4-3-3 seems a better bet to be selected.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Week 6 of the college football season is set to kick off in just a few hours. Saturday’s slate of games features one of the best rivalries in sports as the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns meet near the Texas State fair for the Red River Rivalry.Before today’s games, ESPN named the teams that still have a shot at a title. Sorry, Texas fans, your team didn’t make the cut.However, Kyler Murray and the Sooners are riding high and enter today’s game with the sixth-best chance to win a title.Here are the nine teams ESPN college football analyst Heather Dinich thinks have a shot at the title:AlabamaOhio StateGeorgiaClemsonNotre DameOklahomaPenn StateWashingtonMichiganWith its win over Penn State last weekend, Ohio State put itself in the driver’s seat of the Big Ten. Still, the Nittany Lions have the best chance of any one-loss team to win a title.Meanwhile, a rematch between Georgia and Alabama remains a possibility as the team’s head into Week 6 with undefeated records.[ESPN]
We have our first head coach firing of the 2018 college football season. It comes via Bowling Green.Bowling Green, which is off to a 1-6 start this season, has decided to part ways with head coach Mike Jinks.Jinks, 46, has been the program’s head coach since 2016. He’s gone 7-24 as the program’s head coach, failing to win more than four games in any of his two-plus seasons.Bowling Green announced the news this afternoon.Here’s the full release:Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger has announced that Mike Jinks has been released from his head football coach responsibilities.“I want to thank Coach Jinks for all of his efforts with our football program and in the BG community. However, we felt it was time to make a change in leadership. These are not easy decisions and we do not take this lightly. This affects 11 coaching families, 112 student-athletes and numerous support staff. We wish Mike and his family the best in their future endeavors.”Moosbrugger will begin the search for a new head coach immediately. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini has agreed to serve as Interim Head Coach.“We have a talented group of hard working student-athletes and I look forward to the program finishing the season strong playing for the senior class under the leadership of Coach Pelini,” Moosbrugger said.“Our football program has been a source of pride for our alumni and fans,” Moosbrugger added. “We need football to be successful to help our entire athletics department and University. We are committed to excellence on the field and in the classroom.”Bowling Green has fired Mike Jinks. pic.twitter.com/Pnz7i4zZCR— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) October 14, 2018Jinks becomes the first FBS head coach to be fired so far this season.Bowling Green made the move following Saturday’s 42-35 loss to Western Michigan.