Man Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham.The midfielder continues to be linked with Manchester United.But he told the Mirror: “I’ve signed a long-term, five-year contract last season and if I didn’t want to sign it, I wouldn’t have done it.“It makes me a West Ham player for the next five years and I’ll be giving my best for the team and the supporters.“All I can do is to keep my head down, play my football and I’m not taking any notice of what’s going on outside.“The manager keeps emphasising to us that we are a top club with a big-team mentality and we’ve started the season that way.“We see how the boss works, and we know what he’s done at Manchester City , Real Madrid and Villarreal. He’s a top manager and all the lads respect him because we know he’ll take us in the right direction.“As a club, we want to get into Europe and his track record says he usually gets there. If we make it this season, that’s a bonus – but we need to keep pushing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Burnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedomby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Dwight McNeil appreciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will “outgrow” the club and revealed he is wary of “over-coaching” him.”The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I think is good for my development,” McNeil said.”He and the coaches will talk to me when they need to, when I’m doing well and not so well.”They help me in and out of possession because I’m maturing as a player, tactically and physically. I’ll give everything I have got to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder challenges Henderson to build on first England callby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has challenged Dean Henderson to build on his first England call-up.Wilder claimed Henderson’s call-up by Gareth Southgate was recognition of the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper’s progress with the Blades. “He’s working extremely hard and I’m delighted he got his reward with England,” said Wilder.“It was a reward for not just a good start to his Premier League season, but his performances right the way through and for England at international level before.“The next step now is to stay in the squad and to try and make his full debut. He will only do that by playing very well for us.“He has to keep improving and taking his game to the next level, which is playing for the national side and doing very well for us.“When that happens, we will only know with time.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@DickieVCollege basketball analyst Dick Vitale is the most recent voice in the world of college sports to come out strongly against a new Indiana bill that would allow local businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, the city which will host this year’s Final Four, has already expressed concern about the law, and many are calling for the organization to move its operation, and prevent the state from hosting future NCAA events. USA Today’s Nancy Armour wrote a column supporting this idea:It is too late to pull this year’s Final Four from Indianapolis, given it is next weekend and there’s no other city that would have an arena and several thousand hotel rooms available. But the NCAA can – and should – tell Indiana lawmakers that their prejudice and mean-spiritedness has cost the state the privilege of hosting any other collegiate sporting event.The 2016 women’s Final Four currently scheduled to be held in Indianapolis? Not anymore.…And in what would be the biggest threat of all, the NCAA ought to tell Gov. Mike Pence and his lunatic-fringe lawmakers that it no longer feels at home in Indiana and will look at moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to a state where God-given diversity is something to be celebrated rather than feared.Vitale tweeted a picture of the paper, and his support for Armour’s take.This INDIANSA law is #AbsolutelyPATHETIC This 21st century @nrarmour details in USA today & I agree with her premise! pic.twitter.com/BmmwUZTuJv— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 27, 2015Whether or not you like Vitale as a broadcaster, he is one of the most respected people in college athletics. He will not be the last big name to speak out about this issue, either.
Inter Milan have no interest in replacing Luciano Spalletti with Jose Mourinho and remain committed to the Italian boss.Nerazzurri are third in Serie A, 14 points adrift of leaders Juventus at the mid-way point in the season.But Inter’s exit from the Champions League after being held by PSV on match day six has swelled the pressure on Spalletti as Chinese owners Suning Holdings Group aim to return the club to their former glory.The pressure mounting on Spalletti has come amid Mourinho’s departure from Manchester United and a return to the San Siro, where he won two Serie A titles and the Champions League, has been suggested. 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? Sporting director Piero Ausillo denied having interest in the Portuguese coach earlier this month, and has reiterated that Spalletti still has the club’s backing.”Mourinho? He is not a shadow,” Ausillo told Sky Sport Italia. “It does not surprise me that we talk about him in a time when media and everyone need to say something.”We work in a more rational way. Our project has been ongoing for a year-and-a-half with Spalletti and will go on with him for many years.Inter’s Chinese ownership have made a significant investment to return the club to the Champions League.Joao Mario, Matias Vecino and Radja Nainggolan are among those to have arrived for big-money fees but the project at Inter is only part of the way through.”Suning [Holdings Group] is ambitious,” added Auslio. “They want an Inter that returns to winning ways, not one that is content to be second, third or fourth.”What we can say to the fans is that we are working hard to get Inter back to winning ways as soon as possible.”
Manchester City returned to winning ways ahead of their blockbuster showdown against Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-1 win at Southampton.The defending champions ceded ground to Jurgen Klopp’s side with back-to-back defeats versus Crystal Palace and Leicester City, and they once again let an early lead slip as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – later sent off for a reckless lunge on Fernandinho – cancelled out David Silva’s 10th-minute opener.A James Ward-Prowse own-goal on the stroke of half-time, moments after the Southampton midfielder had penalty claims rejected, and Sergio Aguero’s injury-time header steadied City nerves before the break. 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? Pep Guardiola’s men replace Tottenham in second and trim the deficit to the summit to seven points, while Burnley’s win over West Ham means only goal difference is keeping Southampton out of the bottom three.Charlie Austin stole in behind the City defence, only for heavy touch to let him down, before Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva had no such problems down the Southampton left as they deftly set up David Silva for an assured finish.Mahrez and Sergio Aguero both went close to doubling City’s advantage but, after Ederson brilliantly kept out an Austin header, makeshift left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko carelessly gave away possession in the 37th minute and Hojbjerg clattered home emphatically.Zinchenko was then fortunate to see a clumsy challenge in the box on Ward-Prowse go unpunished – the Southampton man’s disappointment compounded as he lucklessly put Raheem Sterling’s cross through his own net.An eventful half for the Ukraine international concluded with a pinpoint cross that Aguero headed beyond Alex McCarthy’s lacklustre attempts to save.The whole squad (minus @edersonmoraes93) come together to celebrate @aguerosergiokun’s goal… Brothers! pic.twitter.com/xsnDfgvFkC— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 30, 2018The Southampton goalkeeper partially redeemed himself by standing up to Sterling when a slick one-two with Bernardo Silva in the 55th minute picked apart his defence.City were again close to a fourth when Aguero turned to lash against the top of the crossbar left-footed.Mahrez was substituted after he missed an 80th-minute one-on-one, while Hojbjerg was dismissed for his ugly challenge late on.What does it mean? All eyes on the Etihad on ThursdayThe closely fought title battle many have anticipated this season has threatened to go up in smoke over recent weeks, with City buckling under the strain of Liverpool’s relentless pace. Guardiola’s men again showed vulnerabilities before half-time that will not have gone unnoticed on Merseyside, but victory over their rivals would trim the deficit to four points and set up a 2019 to remember in the Premier League.Danilo adds sharpness to CityBenjamin Mendy’s knee injury and Fabian Delph’s red card at Leicester necessitated Zinchenko’s latest free-form interpretation of the left-back role, but right-back has also been a problem for City of late, with Kyle Walker turning in a succession of tired performances. Danilo’s return from an injury-ravaged spell has taken the England defender out of the firing line. The Brazilian snapped into early challenges and passed sharply to get the visitors up and running at St Mary’s. A move over to left-back to reintroduce Walker and spare Zinchenko from Mohamed Salah et al might be in the offing this week.McCarthy comes up shortGoalkeepers are a notoriously self-critical breed and McCarthy will not look back on this performance with any particular fondness. It feels harsh to be too critical over the Ward-Prowse own-goal, although the Saints keeper did get a decent enough touch on the deflected ball. Aguero did well to direct his header down but, if Southampton are to succeed on such tough assignments, those are saves McCarthy has to be making – as he belatedly did from Sterling and Mahrez after half-time.Key Opta Facts:- Manchester City have won five consecutive Premier League games against Southampton for the first time.- Man City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 competitive matches – their longest streak since a run of 10 ending in February 2015.- Bernardo Silva has been directly involved in 10 goals in 19 Premier League games this season (five goals, five assists), equalling his total in 2017-18 in 35 games (six goals, four assists).- Sergio Aguero has scored 50 Premier League goals under Pep Guardiola, 16 more than any other player has for the club under the Spaniard.What’s next?A season-defining outing awaits City, while a similarly tricky task is on the agenda for Southampton when they travel to Chelsea on Wednesday. read more
Discipline is a major aspect of football and players are duly punished by referees for any fouls or indiscretions which may occur on the pitch.A yellow card is issued as a caution, giving a player a second chance to remain on the pitch for the rest of the game, but being shown a red card results in immediate ejection from the field of play.If a player is cautioned twice in a game with two yellow cards they are then shown an automatic red card. 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? The idea, naturally, is to avoid picking up cautions and red cards, but over the course of a season they can accumulate and that also results on punishment.The rules have changed slightly in the Premier League, so, in case you’re still unsure, we’ve broken it down.Premier League yellow & red card rules for 2019-20Just like in 2018-19, any yellow card picked up by a player in a game will be restricted to the particular competition they were playing in.So, if Marouane Fellaini is cautioned in a Premier League match for Manchester United, it does not hang over his head in the FA Cup.Likewise, if Eden Hazard receives a booking for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, it will not count towards his tally when he is playing in the Premier League.However, while there is no crossover when it comes to yellow cards, suspensions arising from the presentation of a red card will apply to all competitions.Accumulation of yellow cardsThe punishment for the accumulation of yellow cards in the Premier League varies according to the number of cards and games.A player who receives five yellow cards before the 19th match-week will be issued with a one-match ban. If a player has accumulated 10 yellow cards by match-week 32 they will be handed a two-match ban. No. of yellow cards Before match-week Duration of ban 5 19 One game 10 32 Two games 15 38 Three games A total of 15 yellow cards in the duration of the season will result in a three-match ban.Each ban will be served in the Premier League only.How many games will a player miss after a red card?The length of a suspension for a player shown a red card varies according to the severity of the foul.For example, a sending off due to a second yellow card will result in a one-match ban, as will a red card received for a professional foul.Dissent leading to a red card will generally earn a two-match ban, while violent conduct can be punished with a suspension for three games.Of course, each case is examined based on its own merits and bans may be reduced or extendedTechnical area disciplinary procedureStarting from 2019-20, officials will be able to show coaches and managers yellow or red cards, in the same way they do with players.If, during the chaos of a more chaotic raucous on the touchline and the offending individual cannot be identified for punishment, the senior coach who is in the technical area will be the default recipient of the booking. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The 2018 college football season will begin in less than two weeks. However, Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo has some other concerns to deal with outside of football at this time.The program announced this afternoon that the 44-year-old Bobo is undergoing medical evaluation after experiencing numbness in his feet. He was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.It hasn’t been announced how long Bobo might be away from the team, but he said in an official statement that he feels “encouraged” with the news he’s gotten thus far.“I recently began to experience numbness in my feet. After our second scrimmage on Saturday night it was determined by doctors that I should be admitted to the hospital to undergo further testing. I feel very encouraged by the test results to this point and hope to have some answers soon. I also feel very encouraged about our 2018 CSU Football team. We have excellent coaches and excellent leadership in this program, and I have full confidence that they will continue to have tremendous preparation on and off the practice field for as long as I must be away. My family and I appreciate all of the great care and support we are receiving.”A former quarterback and assistant coach at Georgia, Bobo was hired as the head coach of Colorado State in 2015. He has led the team to three-straight 7-6 seasons, including trips to the Arizona, Famous Idaho Potato and New Mexico Bowls.“I want to express my care and concern for Mike Bobo and his family at this time,” Colorado State AD Joe Parker said. “Our first priority is to focus on Mike’s health and well-being, and to support that process in every way we can. I share Mike’s confidence that we have tremendous leadership in our football program, and that the coaching staff will continue to successfully guide the team through practices and meetings while he is away.”Colorado State will open its 2018 season early. The Rams will host Hawaii on Saturday, August 25.The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET.We’d like to extend our best wishes to Bobo. Get well soon, Coach.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The future of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer remains unclear, as the Buckeyes’ leader has been on paid administrative leave for more than two weeks, but the school’s investigation appears to be wrapping up.Ohio State announced on Sunday, Aug. 5 that its investigation into Meyer and the handling of domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith would be completed in two weeks. We’re approaching that deadline.College football analysts continue to update their predictions for the future of Meyer in Columbus.ESPN College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard has said from the beginning that he didn’t expect Meyer to lose his job.Howard was recently asked to update his Urban Meyer prediction. Has he changed his mind?Nope.From AL.com:On the ongoing controversy at Ohio State, where head coach Urban Meyer is currently on administrative leave:“I can’t tell you what the right move is, but I just think that he will coach (in 2018). When the news first came out, everybody said he was done, he was fired. There’s no way he could survive. I was like ‘just watch it play out. He will coach.’”There you go.Ohio State is set to open its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
Week 2 of the college football season is officially here. Someone might want to tell that to the fans of the South Florida Bulls.This afternoon’s contest against Georgia Tech didn’t inspire many people to come to the game. Just minutes before kickoff, the stands were looking very depleted.The good news? If you’re looking for tickets, they’re surely to be available.Check out the crowd just before kickoff.Ceremonial pregame wide shot of @RJStadium #USF #USFvsGT pic.twitter.com/pCx2JUCqBi— Brian Hattab (@brianhattab33) September 8, 2018Not great.Sure the matchup isn’t sexy – Georgia Tech runs the triple option – and there are plenty of other things to do in South Florida, but the home crowd needs to show up a little more than this.Crowds as last year’s home games were suspect as well.