first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield, Newcastle eyeing Empoli midfielder Miha Zajcby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield and Newcastle are eyeing Empoli midfielder Miha Zajc.Zajc has lost his starting place at Empoli this season.“Miha is a player whose style is based on technique, fantastic vision and understanding of the game,” agent Jaka Lucu told Tuttomercatoweb.“He thinks faster than most players and (former Empoli Coach Aurelio) Andreazzoli had a similar way of viewing football, appreciating his creativity.“Iachini’s approach is far more realistic, defensive, so naturally Zajc doesn’t fit into that approach. There’s nothing wrong with that as such, but the plans were different at the start of the season. Things have changed at Empoli.“Miha has proved he can play at the level of a top club, even in a team under constant pressure to secure survival. It therefore makes sense to think he can move to Germany, Spain or especially England.“I say this diplomatically, Italy will no longer be his first choice career path. It’s true that at least two Premier League clubs have shown interest in Miha. He is the kind of player who is increasingly appreciated in England, because he brings added value and the speed with which he works is ideal for the Premier League.” last_img read more

first_imgFlorentino insists no panic over Real Madrid form slumpby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez insists there’s no panic over their form slump.Perez made the comments during the signing presentation of former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz.”Yesterday our team showed the Real Madrid fans our seventh world title,” he said.”This successful time comes with difficulties and complicated moments, but the team will give their all and we are ready to meet the required demands to get used to a new international scenario.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionLoan MarketAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Ethan Ampadu & RB Leipzig: Why Chelsea need to rip this one upby Chris Beattie15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: This wasn’t in the script. Not for Chelsea. Nor for Ethan Ampadu. And now the question is: do they rip the thing up?Ryan Giggs, the Wales coach, sounded the alarm this week. The nation’s best young prospect – with potential not seen in years. Ampadu has found himself stuck this season. In neutral. The now 19 year-old being passed over week-after-week by Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig. Celebrated as a coup upon his arrival, Ampadu’s loan move is still waiting to actually begin. The midfielder is yet to see any first team action under coach Nagelsmann. He’s been involved in matchday squads – but that’s it. Nagelsmann hasn’t seen enough from Ampadu to warrant a debut.As Giggs says, it’s “concerning”. The Wales manager echoing the feedback this column received Monday from a long time Cobham source. He didn’t parrot it word-for-word, but Giggs came pretty close to detailing the general opinion inside Chelsea about what has befallen Ampadu in Leipzig.”It is a concern because Ethan is at the age now where he has to play,” Giggs said, referring to Ampadu’s age. He’s not that 16 year-old kid at Exeter City that we were all scrambling to learn of. At 19, the lad needs to be playing.Giggs continued: “He’s had a few problems there injury-wise, nothing serious but little aches and pains. The last few camps he’s looked so much better in training.”He is such a talent it’s hard to ignore. But it’s very difficult for him to play 90 minutes and back-to-back games, because he’s not had the minutes.”From his standpoint, Giggs wants a player with a game sharpened by regular first team football. Wales are stronger with a confident, in-form Ampadu sitting at the base of their midfield.For Chelsea. Indeed, for Ampadu. The “concern” is more about the long-term. Sitting on the bench – or even in the stands – for matchday does the player no good at all. Especially at 19 years of age. Ampadu could be doing that at Cobham. Indeed, he’d be getting more minutes back at Chelsea with the U23s. There’s been no such reserve team chances at RBL thus far. And to be fair, if Ampadu was to turn out for their second team, it’s unlikely Chelsea would tolerate housing their prospect any longer with the Germans.So what’s happened? Why isn’t this working? Well, the simple answer is: Nagelsmann.In his first season with RBL, the team is flying. But he doesn’t work to type. At 32, Nagelsmann has been billed – especially in England – as a coach eager to gamble on youth. Someone who’ll give the club’s youngsters a chance. But the reality is something very different – especially as RBL coach. Nagelsmann has gone largely with the players he’s inherited. Like Ampadu, former Everton winger Ademola Lookman has found himself frozen out. As has fellow summer additions Luan Candido and Marcelo Saracchi. It isn’t just the form of those in Nagelsmann’s XI which have kept them sidelined. Their new coach, sounding more like Maurizio Sarri than Frank Lampard, pulling apart their game – publicly – when pressed about their absence.On Saracchi, Nagelsmann says “he’s clearly made too many mistakes”, while for Luan he insists the player’s tactical know-how isn’t up to scratch, “In the rarest case, do you get an 18-year-old fullback from Brazil who will immediately play every game.”And as for Ampadu and Lookman, Nagelsmann warned: “While the overall system is not super stable, these players will simply have less and less playing time.” Are you watching Chelsea?Well, of course they are. Lampard’s backroom team know (as we’re sure the player and minders do also) that Ampadu would be getting a game with them. Indeed, it’s no great stretch to suggest he’d be a regular under this manager and the approach to team selection he’s brought this season. Just consider Billy Gilmour’s introduction for one.And when you consider the rapid progress we’ve seen from the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, there must be a sense of missed opportunity inside the Ampadu camp.This loan isn’t about toughening up a young player. To have a pampered young pro see how the other half live. Ampadu went through that at Exeter. He doesn’t need to prove he can dig in and tough things out, no matter the playing opportunities.This move was about football. Accelerating his development. And lifting the self belief that comes with being a regular first teamer. Basically everything Ampadu is still waiting to experience two months into this loan – and with a warning from his coach of little chance of anything changing soon.For Chelsea. For Ampadu. This was never in the script. As things stand today, for the sake of his development and his career, they need to rip this one up. last_img read more

first_imgMichael Phelps speaking at award show.Michael Phelps’ “death stare” went viral during the Olympics. Sunday night, he revealed which song he was listening to while it was happening.Back in early August, United States Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps made headlines for more than just his ridiculous swimming ability. Ahead of a semifinal heat for the 200 meter butterfly, Phelps made a disgusted face as South African swimmer Chad le Clos – one of his rivals – danced right in front of him. The Internet, of course, loved it.Sunday night, Phelps took the stage at the MTV VMAs and revealed to the world which song he was listening to while he getting into the zone ahead of the race. It was Future’s “Stick Talk.”Future actually took the stage at the award show and performed the song in honor of Phelps.Whether you like the song or not, it’s clear that it worked for Phelps. In this year’s games, he racked up another five gold medals giving him 23 total in his insane career.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United scored two late goals in the space of five minutes as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood appeared to have set Burnley on course for a first away win against United since September 1962 and inflict a first defeat on caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.However, Paul Pogba’s 87th-minute penalty and an injury-time strike from Victor Lindelof – his first for the club – salvaged a point for the home side that could yet prove important in the race for the top four. 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? Marcus Rashford scuffed a glorious early chance wide and Barnes could have punished that miss were it not for a vital interception by the returning Phil Jones.Pogba had the ball in the net but was pulled up by a correct offside call, as United endured a frustrating end to a half in which they struggled to reach top gear and failed to have a shot on target.And Old Trafford was stunned six minutes after the restart, when Barnes fired high into the net from just inside the box after Andreas Pereira was robbed of possession by Jack Cork.PIC:  pic.twitter.com/JO8ZQNt5ZJ— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 29, 2019United at last upped the tempo and Tom Heaton denied Rashford from distance before producing a stunning stop to claw the ball away from the right-hand post after Romelu Lukaku’s touch.A poor touch from Rashford spoiled another good chance for United, and it was duly punished once again, with Wood rising high to nod home Ashley Westwood’s cross.United surged forward and Pogba swept a spot-kick into the top-left corner to give them some hope, after Jeff Hendrick had tugged down Jesse Lingard.And in the second minute of injury time, Lindelof turned in the rebound after Heaton kept out Alexis Sanchez’s header to rescue a share of the spoils.FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-2 BurnleyTwo goals down with time running out, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stage a dramatic fightback to salvage a point#MUNBUR pic.twitter.com/excMEhBUxP— Premier League (@premierleague) January 29, 2019 What does it mean? No record for Solskjaer as top-four hopes suffer blowSolskjaer failed to become the first manager to win his first seven Premier League matches in charge of a club, although this was very nearly a more damaging result than it proved to be.Despite Lindelof’s dramatic leveller, Arsenal’s win over Cardiff City sees United slip two points behind the Gunners, and they will be five adrift of the top-four places if Chelsea beat Bournemouth on Wednesday.Burnley are now four points clear of the bottom three, although conceding such a late equaliser after so much good defensive work will have undoubtedly hurt.A Barnes-torming showing from Burnley’s number 10Barnes did so much good work pressing United’s centre-backs to limit their build-up play, he deserved his goal. And he took it in spectacular style.Has Pereira blown his chance?This was Pereira’s first league start since August and it did not go to plan. The midfielder was ineffective in the first half and gifted Cork the ball to allow Barnes to break the deadlock before being withdrawn. How many more opportunities will he get in the United first team?Key Opta facts- Manchester United came from two goals down to draw against Burnley for the second time in as many Premier League meetings at Old Trafford, also doing so against the Clarets in December 2017.- Paul Pogba has both scored and missed a Premier League penalty against Burnley this season, failing from the spot at Turf Moor in September but scoring here.- Victor Lindelof became the fourth Swedish player to score in the Premier League for Manchester United, after Jesper Blomqvist, Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.- Sean Dyche has never lost a Premier League game on Tuesday as Burnley manager, winning three and drawing three of six matches.What’s next?United head to Leicester City on Sunday, the day after Burnley host Southampton. read morelast_img read more

first_imgWisconsin Badgers celebrate in the locker room after a win against Michigan State.Twitter/@BTNjourneyWisconsin went into East Lansing and knocked off Michigan State by 24 points. That’s a good reason to celebrate if you are the Badgers.The Wisconsin Badgers marched into East Lansing and dominated the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday by the final score of 30-6. It was Michigan State’s first loss at home since falling to Ohio State, 49-37, back on Nov. 8 of 2014.Big Ten’s The Journey has released some exclusive footage of Wisconsin’s post-game celebration in the locker room.You win easy at No. 8, you do some celebrating.Just like @BadgerFootball here!More » https://t.co/U37Wes3Itr https://t.co/WB25Z2owTr— The Journey (@BTNJourney) September 27, 2016Everyone else caught Jazz Peavy (No. 11) jumping up and down while simultaneously dabbing in the video, right? He led the Badgers in receiving on Saturday with four catches and 96 yards.With the win, the Badgers are now 1-0 in the Big Ten and 4-0 overall on the year sitting alongside Nebraska atop the Big Ten West standings.Wisconsin, who now sits at No. 8 in the AP Poll, continues their extremely difficult stretch this weekend as they play visitor to the Michigan Wolverines. They then host Ohio State on Oct. 15 after a much needed bye week.last_img read more

first_imgQuarterback Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide drops back to pass during the College Football Playoff National Championship.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide drops back to pass during the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)ESPN has updated its college football power rankings top 25 following the fourth week of the regular season.The fourth week of the season was a wild one, with several top 25 teams losing. A couple of teams at the top, meanwhile, continued to look as dominant as ever.Alabama, unsurprisingly, remains No. 1.The Crimson Tide blasted a team that nearly beat Clemson two weeks ago, but coach Nick Saban can find things to correct. The Tide ran for only 109 yards, surrendered 23 points and committed nine penalties — and still won by more than three touchdowns. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was fantastic again, completing 22 of 30 passes for 387 yards with four scores.Here’s the full top 25:AlabamaOhio StateGeorgiaClemsonStanfordLSUNotre DamePenn StateOklahomaWest VirginiaMichiganAuburnWashingtonWisconsinUCFMiamiTexasOregonKentuckyMississippi StateColoradoSyracuseDukeMichigan StateBYUYou can view ESPN’s full rankings here.last_img read more

first_imgGeorgia's offense lined up against the Florida Gators defense.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 29: Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators players line up before a snap during the first quarter of the game at EverBank Field on October 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Florida head coach Dan Mullen was just as mad as we’ve ever seen him, as the Gators’ head coach went absolutely berserk on the sideline following a penalty call.The Gators’ head coach was furious with a penalty call in the end zone as his defense was trying to make a goal-line stand against Georgia.Mullen was given an unsportsmanlike penalty for his actions.Dan Mullen going berserk after that call. Unsportsmanlike flag on Mullen.— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) October 27, 2018Dan Mullen moves Georgia two centimeters closer to the goal line with an unsportsmanlike conduct after the McWilliams PI call.— Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) October 27, 2018The penalty didn’t end up being costly, though.Florida stopped Georgia on three straight runs from inside the 1-yard line, holding the Bulldogs to a field goal.It’s now Georgia 23, Florida 14 at the end of the third quarter.last_img read more

first_imgTerrell Lewis celebrates a big play during Alabama vs. Georgia in the national championship.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Terrell Lewis #24 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to an interception during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Alabama had a typically elite defense once again in 2018, but the team did deal with some serious adversity on that end of the ball. The Crimson Tide got hit with significant injuries at linebacker, including a year-long injury for Terrell Lewis.The redshirt junior had the second straight season in which he missed the majority of his team’s games in 2018. As a redshirt freshman, Lewis tore a ligament in his elbow in the season opener against Florida State.He returned for the Iron Bowl, and played in the stretch run to the national championship, recording 16 total tackles, two TFLs, and a sack in four appearances. He started the championship game win over Georgia, recording seven tackles and a big sack of Jake Fromm.Last year, he suffered a torn ACL ahead of the season. He is still recovering from the knee injury.Terrell Lewis had missed two Alabama practices, and is now being shut down for the remainder of the spring.From AL.com:Terrell Lewis probably won’t practice again this spring for Alabama.Alabama will likely sit the redshirt junior outside linebacker for the remainder of spring ball for precautionary reasons as he continues to work back from the torn ACL he suffered last summer, according to sources.It is likely a setback for Lewis, who should step into a big role, if healthy. Of course, if he avoids a third straight injury at the top of the season, this is worth it.As a freshman in 2016, Lewis recorded 11 tackles and a sack in 11 games. Lewis was a four-star member of Alabama’s 2016 recruiting class.[AL.com]last_img read more

first_imgKirby Smart talking to one of his Georgia assistants.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs decides on a play call against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Kirby Smart is probably just about ready for this spring football season to be over for Georgia. The team has probably looked fine on the field, but off of it, the last few weeks have been calamitous.Since late February, six different Georgia football players have been arrested. They are from four different instances.In February, Latavious Brini was allegedly involved in an altercation in downtown Athens. As a result, he drew a simple battery charge.Less than a month later, Jaden Hunter was arrested for driving with a suspended license.Four days after that, Tyler Simmons and Tyrique Stevenson were taken in after a bar fight in Athens.The most recent instance involved Robert Beal and Brenton Cox. The pair were brought in on marijuana charges.Kirby Smart is shouldering some of the blame for his Georgia players’ issues.Smart says he’s clearly done a poor job of connecting with the players and instilling in them an awareness of how serious the off-field issues can be.Kirby Smart on Cox and Beal arrests: “I’ve obviously done a poor job with this group of connecting … He said they’ve got to learn “you can’t break the rules, you can’t break the law.”— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) April 2, 2019Kirby Smart post-practice addresses arrests of Robert Beal and Brenton Cox, and recent rash of arrests, says he has done a “poor job” of getting through to players. “That all falls on me,” he said.— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) April 2, 2019He also hinted at the possibility of being more selective with the players he brings in moving forward, which can’t feel great for the players dealing with issues over the last few weeks.Smart spoke of re-examining his player selection criteria saying a some of the players do not realize the privilege.— Bulldawg Illustrated (@BD_illustrated) April 2, 2019None of the incidents seem terribly big taken individually, but this many arrests for any program looks bad, and Smart is obviously not happy with his guys.last_img read more