Chelsea to report Bayern Munich over Hudson-Odoi situationby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are not happy with Bayern Munich.And the club are set to report the German giants to FIFA over the possible transfer of Callum Hudson-Odoi.They will look to see if there is a chance that Bayern have been tapping up the English youngster.And Goal.com suggests if they find evidence, they will take it to FIFA.Hudson-Odoi has been the subject of several offers from Bayern this winter, but Chelsea want to keep their star.Even Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said to reporters they were interested in Hudson-Odoi.”He’s a very interesting player that we really want to sign,” Salihamidzic said. “He has qualities that suit our game. He’s a strong dribbler, fast, and carries a goal threat.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool ace Mane: Klopp no chokerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Sadio Mane insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no “choker”.Pressure is building on Klopp to win his first piece of silverware at Anfield, following last season’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.Despite winning successive Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012, the German, 51, has been on the receiving end of rival fans’ taunts and accused of being a serial choker after losing his last SIX major finals.He was in charge of Liverpool’s 3-1 Europa League final defeat to Sevilla three years ago — and the League Cup penalty shootout loss to Manchester City in the same season.But Mane hit back: “He is a great coach, not a choker.“He has won titles before and he has lost titles. That is life. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Japanese great Keisuke Honda offers himself to Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJapanese great Keisuke Honda has made a ‘come and get me’ plea to Manchester United.Now 33, Honda is seeking one final great experience – no matter the terms – before hanging up his boots.“Make me an offer. I don’t need money, but I want to play in a great team with great teammates!” wrote Honda on social media.The striker, once of AC Milan, is currently a free agent. In 2018, he combined his career in Australia at Melbourne Victory with his work as head coach of the Cambodian national team.Give me an offer. I don’t need money but I need to play with great team and great team mate! @ManUtd@ManUtd_JP— KeisukeHonda (@kskgroup2017) September 27, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: The mascot from the University of South Florida Bulls entertains during play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. USF won 37-10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***After averaging just over 17 points a game last season, USF opened its 2015 campaign by splashing 51 points on the board against the FAMU rattlers on the way to a 51-3 victory. The Bulls only scored a combined 206 points all of last season, so there was reason to celebrate. But it’s not every day a team gets to celebrate in the locker room with a famous rapper.USF freshman defensive end Vincent Jackson posted a video to his Twitter account after the win of rapper Plies with his arm around head coach Willie Taggart, giving him the seal of approval. The homie @plies in the locker room after the W #GoBulls pic.twitter.com/ldcHhc2QuJ— Vincent Jackson Jr. (@VMJacksonJr) September 6, 2015Not exactly what you’d expect in the locker room after a season opening victory, but maybe the Bulls are on to something. Plies seems pretty confident that USF will be “bustin’ the scoreboard every Saturday,” but a much bigger challenge lies ahead in Tallahassee next weekend as the Bulls are set to face the Seminoles.
Dang Van Lam was Vietnam’s hero with a decisive save in a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over Jordan in a last-16 tie that had finished 1-1 after extra time.Jordan had been ahead when Baha Abdel-Rahman’s sweetly struck free-kick gave Vital Borkelmans’ side the initiative just before half-time, but the second period saw a resurgent Vietnam take control of the game.Nguyen Cong Phuong’s equaliser rattled Jordan, who then withstood successive waves of Vietnam pressure to take the game into a goalless period of extra-time. 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? Baha’ Seif rattled the crossbar with Jordan’s second penalty before Van Lam saved from Ahmed Salah, and Bui Tien Dung I then rolled in the winning strike to send Vietnam into the last eight.Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo said he expected a physical encounter and his side shirked none of the early duels while containing the threat posed by Yousef Rawshdeh in the Jordan attackThe Golden Dragons carved out their best chance of the first half when Doan Van Hau played a fast one-two with Nguyen Quang Hai before lashing a low shot towards goal, but experienced Jordan goalkeeper Amer Shafi got down well to parry the ball away from danger.After Do Hung Dung was penalised for his high challenge on Salem Al Ajalin, Abdel-Rahman stepped up and curled the ensuing free-kick from the side of the penalty area into the far corner of the net to put the Brave Gentlemen 1-0 up at the interval.Just six minutes into the second half Vietnam drew level when Nguyen Trong Hoang’s inswinging cross beat a line of Jordan defenders and Cong Phuong slid in to meet it with a volley that flew over Shafi’s head before he could react.The equaliser galvanised Vietnam who might have taken the lead had Phan Van Duc connected cleanly with his shot when he raced through on goal 10 minutes later, and Dung drilled a low swerving effort that Shafi could only punch clear as extra-time loomed.Yasen Bakheet’s looping volley over the crossbar was the best either side could muster in extra time, and when it mattered most it was Van Lam who held his nerve, diving to his right to save Salah’s penalty and clinch victory for Vietnam in the shoot-out.
Twitter/@Aus_HickmanBrian VanGorder has received mixed reviews during his tenure at Notre Dame, and yesterday’s loss to Texas was a major step in the wrong direction for the embattled defensive coordinator.Notre Dame’s defense struggled all night with Texas’ two-quarterback system, which saw true freshman Shane Buechele stretch the field in impressive ways, and Tyrone Swoopes regularly bulldoze through multiple Irish tacklers. Notre Dame gave up 50 points and 517 yards to the Longhorns new offense, which is led by Art Briles disciple and former Tulsa coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.After the game, Notre Dame fans were not happy with the effort, and VanGorder received a lot of the blame.Watched ND game again, they still lose. VanGorder fired yet? #VanGorderistheworst— Dun (@c_donlevy) September 5, 2016Today two doctors have asked me why the hell that VanGorder guy has a job a Notre Dame.— Stoneheart (@Candice4ND) September 5, 2016A good (bad?) time to remind ND fans Brian VanGorder makes $1M a year.— George Dohrmann (@georgedohrmann) September 5, 2016Brian VanGorder exists only to remind me that none of are perfect, and some of us are in fact totally inept at our jobs.— Christopher Crawford (@CVCrawfordBP) September 5, 2016Do Notre Dame a favor Brian VanGorder and resign… It’s so deflating seeing team after team light up the score board. #Irish #FireVanGorder— Lincoln (@lincolnhoward) September 5, 2016Vangorder and Brian Kelly should resign they truly embarrassed the program and the school tonight. @NDFootball @NotreDame— Billy o’Ryan (@BillyoRyan) September 5, 2016That was the worst #NotreDame defense I’ve ever seen. VanGorder needs to do his job. #NDvsTex— Samantha Rupert (@AtlanticAloha) September 5, 2016VanGorder’s signal calling vs. Texas #NDvsTex pic.twitter.com/q44KMwfmFt— Austin Hickman (@Aus_Hickman) September 5, 2016Goodnight, Tito’s. Goodnight, fast food receipt orders. Goodnight, Scotch and Brian VanGorder. Goodnight, Yoon. Goodnight, moon.— Bayou (@HLS_BayouIrish) September 5, 2016No chance VanGorder makes it through the season. He should be fired tonight. Don’t even let him on the plane— Brian Mann (@bmann_2017) September 5, 2016Criticism of Brian VanGorder was abound in the media reaction to the game as well. ND Insider’s Al Lesar blames the defense for “spoiling” a spectacular performance by DeShone Kizer.Before the game began, it appeared the guy following Longhorn mascot Bevo with a shovel had the worst job in the stadium.By halftime, it seemed more like that honor belonged to Brian VanGorder.Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator needed more than a shovel to clean up the problems the Irish had.[…]Kizer did everything he could do to firmly establish himself as No. 1 heading into next week’s home opener against Nevada. If he’s not, start the investigation.The real probe, though, should be with the defense.There was a sense it was going to be a struggle.But …? The Observer‘s Alex Carson was at a loss for how a defense with so much talent could perform so poorly.A year ago, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s defense wasn’t particularly good. It straight-up cost Notre Dame the game at Stanford, and if it had shown up during the first quarter against Clemson, the Irish maybe would’ve won that game, too.Of course, that defense had the best player in college football on it, Jaylon Smith. And it never really worked.Why did I think the Irish defense was going to be anything better this year?[…]VanGorder’s now starting his fourth year here, and it’s been a tenure chock-full of regression. A 2012-level defense shouldn’t be the expectation, no, but with the raw talent Notre Dame has on the field, there’s no excuse for giving up 37 regulation points to Texas. None at all.Notre Dame entered the year with national championship aspirations, and as we’ve seen with Ohio State and Alabama, September losses do not preclude a team from taking home the title.However, the Irish may be at a disadvantage in that it will not have a conference championship to add to its resume, while a number of other playoff contenders may have that shot.That may all be for naught, though, if Brian VanGorder’s defense does not improve from the first week performance.Notre Dame has Michigan State, Christian McCaffrey’s Stanford, Brad Kaaya and Miami, and a talented USC squad left on the schedule. Kizer and company are good, but they may not be able to score 47 every week.
Liverpool face Tottenham on Saturday in the Champions League final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, with the fixture the biggest club match in the European footballing calendar.The 64th European Cup final – and the 27th since the competition was rebranded in the 1992-93 season – promises to be a particularly special affair.Being played between two Premier League clubs will give it a special atmosphere, though it also offers the opportunity for managers Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino to score their first silverware at the Reds and Spurs, respectively. 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? Both bosses have been lauded for the work they have done with their clubs, but they have nothing tangible to show for it as yet. For one of them, that will change in the Spanish capital.If those sub-plots are not enough to stir intrigue, the very fact that the teams are known as two of the most dashing and dynamic on the continent should be sufficient to draw the attention.With an expected television audience of over 300 million worldwide drawn from more than 200 different countries, it will be one of the biggest events of the year.How to watch the Champions League final in Australia Australian TV channel Online stream N/A Optus Sports Coverage is available in Australia, where the game begins at 5am AEST, exclusively through Optus Sport, who also carry Premier League coverage and the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers.The channel is available to Optus customers on eligible Optus mobile or broadband plans, though non-Optus customers can subscribe for $14.99 per month.For fans wanting to watch the match on their television, subscribers can access the stream through Fetch, Xbox or one of a variety of streaming devices, which include Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Chromecast.Meanwhile, those seeking to watch the game on laptop or PC can simply log onto the Optus Sport website to view the live action.For those on the go, there is a mobile and tablet app that is compatible with IOS and Android devices. This can be downloaded from the app story and subscribers can log in with their username and password to view the action wherever they are. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence capped off a stellar freshman season with an outstanding performance in the Tigers’ national championship game win over Alabama on Monday. In doing so, Lawrence already made himself the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.Before that happens, he still has some business to accomplish in college. He is already the early favorite for the 2019 Heisman Trophy, and ESPN’s Mark Schlabach made a bold prediction this morning that Lawrence will actually win the Heisman twice.That means Schlabach is calling for Lawrence to win the award in 2019 and 2020. The only person to win the Heisman in back-to-back years is Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in the 1970s.Griffin is still the only two-time Heisman winner, so Lawrence would be joining an exclusive fraternity if he takes the trophy home twice.At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Lawrence has a rare combination of size, arm strength, mobility and intelligence. Even better, he’s one of the most grounded 19-year-old kids you’ll meet.[ … ]Lawrence is only going to get better. He will lead the Tigers back to the CFP in 2019, winning the stiff-armed trophy as a reward.You can read the rest of Schlabach’s predictions for 2019 here.It should be a lot of fun seeing Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa duke it out for the Heisman next fall.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Place kicker Caleb Lightbourn #35 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers punts against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Caleb Lightbourn spent most of his Nebraska career as the Huskers’ starting punter. Midway through last year, walk-on Isaac Armstrong won the job from him.He remained with the Huskers through the spring. However, he struggled to reclaim the form that had him as the starter to begin his career.Now, Lightbourn will look for opportunities elsewhere. He is entering the transfer portal.Caleb Lightbourn announced his decision via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.He acknowledged his struggles with the “mental side of the game,” and thanks both Mike Riley and Scott Frost, his two head coaches with the Huskers.GBR 🔴⚪🌽 pic.twitter.com/89ylw5YpKP— Caleb Lightbourn (@4th_n_10) April 16, 2019The transfer portal doesn’t guarantee that Lightbourn will leave, but things seem to be trending that way. It does not appear that he’s graduated, so he will have to sit out a year if he leaves Nebraska, and will then have one season of eligibility remaining.He had his best season in 2017, punting for an average of 42.1 yards, with a NET of 38.9 per punt. In 2018, he had 24 punts for an average of 41.6, but lost his job after two punts that averaged under 30 yards against Wisconsin in early October.Armstrong will be the presumptive starter with Lightbourn gone. William Przystup joins the program from Michigan State, but will sit out a year as a transfer.
“Michigan coach Fritz Crisler had his new team’s cowhide helmets painted blue with a bright maize winged design upon his arrival in 1938. Crisler thought the paint would help his receivers stand out in a crowd when they went downfield for a pass. The design has been standing out as one of sports’ most instantly recognizable uniform designs for more than 80 years.”The full article is a fun read for college football die-hards, though Michigan fans may not like one of the other selections on the list.For Ohio State, rather than go with “dotting the i,” or one of the Buckeyes’ numerous other traditions, ESPN went with “beating Michigan.”Ouch.[ESPN] ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: John O’Korn #8 of the Michigan Wolverines puts his helmet on prior to the start of the Michigan football spring game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier today, ESPN put out a feature listing the “best football tradition” for each of the schools in the top 25. Michigan, which comes in at No. 7, isn’t hurting for those.The Wolverines have a storied program that dates back to some of the earliest days of college football. The program also has the sport’s biggest stadium.While selections for other programs include things having to do with fans’ cheer, the band, and pregame traditions, among other things. For Michigan, ESPN went with a famous aesthetic choice.Michigan has one of the sport’s most iconic helmets, which is what ESPN has chosen as the program’s best tradition.From ESPN’s Dan Murphy: