Ex-Arsenal striker Smith: Cahill not the signing Emery needsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith says they should ignore the chance of signing Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.Cahill was heavily linked with the Gunners before he signed for Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012.“Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill before he went to Chelsea,” Smith told the Daily Express.“He spoke and had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and it didn’t happen.“But he went on to become a fine, fine defender.“Now you’d be signing somebody who’s in his latter years and is not at his peak.“I don’t see that as a goer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace ace Zaha flattered by Chinese interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha admits he’s flattered by interest from China.It’s been claimed Dalian Yifang have offered Zaha, 26, a four-year contract worth £44m.”It is flattering, but it does not distract me because I have a job here to focus on,” the Ivory Coast international told Sky Sports.”I do not involve myself in things outside the plan.”Zaha’s contract runs to 2023. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery tells Arsenal chiefs: Sell Ozil NOWby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to see Mesut Ozil sold this month.The Daily Mail says Emery wants the club to find an exit route for Ozil before the end of the January transfer window to free up funds to sign his own players. Arsenal are still to receive credible interest for the player, who does not want to go on loan and whose £350,000-a-week salary deters potential buyers. Emery has an agreement with Barcelona’s Denis Suarez but the Catalan club are stalling over a loan deal as they want a commitment from Arsenal to buy the player in the summer, something the Londoners are refusing to do. Emery’s trust in Ozil is now non-existent.
Traore thinks Wolves have advantage over Bragaby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says the club have the edge over Braga ahead of their Europa League clash on Thursday.The Premier League club have a massive Portuguese contingent, including coach Nuno Espirito Santo.And Traore thinks the knowledge of Portuguese football will work in Wolves’ favour.He said: “The coach comes from Portuguese football and so do many of our players.”We know about Portuguese football, we know the Portuguese culture.”They know the players and the league, and they have played teams like Braga many times before.”We will accept any help we can as we attempt to keep moving forward to become a better team.”It has to help that we know so much about them and they don’t know so much about us.”It’s the same for me if I play a Spanish team – I come from there and I know their mentality.”That has to help if you know the mentality of your opponent, and how he wants to play.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Southampton coach Bowen tips Elyounoussi to return after Celtic spellby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Southampton coach Mark Bowen expects Mohamed Elyounoussi to return to the club after a spell with Celtic. The Norwegian moved north of the border this summer after a poor debut campaign at St. Mary’s.”Ross [Wilson] was behind the signing and really rated him as well,” said Bowen.”But it was maybe just the wrong timing for him. Mo needs a lot of the ball to go and do what he does best.”He might not have been ready for the Premier League at that time but, after a year at Celtic, I expect him to go back to Southampton and be far better prepared. “He has to convince them that he can do a good job for them but I’m sure he can because he’s an excellent boy and a top player.”
Twitter/@ByAZunigaIf we’ve learned anything about Jim Harbaugh in his first 18 months as Michigan head coach, it is that he’ll look for any advantage he can get. Based on a flyer posted to Twitter by Maize ‘N Brew‘s Alejandro Zúñiga, Harbaugh is recruiting “highly motivated” Michigan graduate students for top secret “applied research projects.”Michigan football is planning a top-secret project: pic.twitter.com/rBW5CCdoa9— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) June 15, 2016It is impossible not to be intrigued by what the means, coming from Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program. It could be anything.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Bournemouth have confirmed Simon Francis will miss the rest of the season after becoming the club’s latest anterior cruciate ligament victim.Club captain Francis sustained the injury in the first half of the Cherries’ Boxing Day loss to Tottenham in the Premier League, leaving the Wembley pitch on a stretcher.He will now face six to nine months on the sidelines, joining Lewis Cook in the treatment room after the England midfielder suffered the same injury earlier this month. 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? “We are devastated to have lost Simon to a serious knee injury,” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the club’s official website.”It is a huge blow for us to lose our captain and someone who has performed so well and consistently for the team over a long period of time.”There is a long road ahead, but Simon is a model professional who has a positive mindset and is surrounded by good people. I know he will leave no stone unturned in order to get back as soon as possible.”He will receive the best possible medical care as well as the love and support of everyone at the club.”Through the good and bad, we’re with you every step of the way, Franno! #afcb pic.twitter.com/Qve8nN0RV6— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) December 27, 2018Bournemouth have had dreadful luck with knee injuries to first-team players since they won promotion to the Premier League in 2015.Striker Callum Wilson has twice sustained similar setbacks to those facing Cook and Francis, while Tyrone Mings missed the vast majority of the 2015-16 campaign after suffering torn knee ligaments on his club debut.Bournemouth have lost seven of their last nine Premier League games, slipping to 11th in the table after their latest set-back – a 5-0 defeat at Wembley to Spurs.The road gets no easier for the Cherries when they return to action on Sunday with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Sean Dyche was unhappy with a key offside decision and the amount of injury time played in Burnley’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.The Clarets looked to be heading for a first away win over United since 1962 when Chris Wood doubled the lead in the 81st minute after Ashley Barnes had put them ahead.However, a penalty from Paul Pogba gave the Red Devils a lifeline before Victor Lindelof snatched a 92nd-minute equaliser, turning in the rebound after Alexis Sanchez’s header was saved by Tom Heaton. 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? Dyche was frustrated that five minutes of time was added on at the end of the match, while he felt Lindelof had scored from an offside position, but he was nonetheless proud of his players.”It was an excellent performance; we know they are in fine form,” he told BBC Sport. “We were resilient, we are getting harder and harder to beat, and we can score goals as well.”The bravery is coming back to the team. Fantastic credit to the players; [it was] a firm draw. Our performances lately have picked up. Their will, desire and mentality is growing all the time.PIC: Ashley Barnes puts the Clarets ahead at Old Trafford. pic.twitter.com/FrDyKNfa1N— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 29, 2019″I don’t know where the five minutes of stoppage time came from. That’s a bugbear because it gave the crowd a lift. I also think Lindelof is offside when Alexis Sanchez heads it but, like I say, the margins are tight.”Burnley goalkeeper Heaton, who made seven saves during a fine display against his old club, hopes the result could prove a turning point in their fight against relegation from the Premier League.”It’s a tough one to swallow,” he said. “We were running on empty at the end. Obviously, it’s a little sore right now but going forward it’s an excellent point for us.”They have been on a great run, but we just focused on ourselves, kept our shape right, restricted them, had no fear and I think we approached it well.”They are obviously going to come at you. We defended fantastically for most of it and we will take a lot of positives. A point at Old Trafford in the form they are in is a good one.”We feel like we have turned the corner a little but it’s important we take that momentum forward.”It’s not going to be straight forward between now and the end of the season, but we embrace that challenge, starting with Southampton on Saturday.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 2 in the country by 247Sports.While Ohio State currently trails Alabama in 247Sports’ team rankings for 2017, the Buckeyes are likely to take over the top spot eventually.That’s what Tate Martell, a four-star QB in the class committed to OSU, thinks, anyway.Today, Ohio State added a commitment from a four-star linebacker who was previously committed to Notre Dame, pushing the Buckeyes’ commitment total to 17. Of those 17 commits, six are five-star prospects.Martell tweeted out a prediction for the class following Werner’s commitment. His prediction: we’re going to add at least two – and probably three, and maybe even four – more five-star recruits.Let me just tell #BuckeyeNation…We are getting at least 2 but likely 3 more 5 star recruits!#SELECT17 is going to be unreal!— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) December 11, 2016also… we are in a 50/50 race for a 4th ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ guy!There is about 4 maybe 5 more guys we want in this class and it’ll be legendary!— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) December 11, 2016Per 247Sports, Ohio State remains in contention with the following five-stars:5-star DT Marvin Wilson5-star RB Cam Akers5-star DE Jeffrey Okudah5-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones5-star CB Darnay HolmesYou can view Ohio State’s full 2017 recruiting class here.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the second half of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains in limbo as Ohio State’s head football coach. The Buckeyes’ placed the three-time national champion on paid administrative leave last week.Ohio State announced on Sunday night an update to the investigation into Meyer and the program, regarding the handling of domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The investigation into Urban Meyer and the program is expected to take two weeks, Ohio State says. That would mean it should be over before the season begins.Ohio State is set to begin its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.Will Urban Meyer be fired before that game? Will he be coaching that game? Or will the head coach be suspended?Here are the latest betting odds, from MyBookie:Will Urban Meyer be fired before Week 1?YES: -200NO: +160Will Urban Meyer resign before Week 1?YES: -210NO: +160Will Urban Meyer claim “health issues” as a reason for his resigning?YES: +300NO: -350***You can view the full Urban Meyer betting odds here.Urban Meyer certainly doesn’t seem to think that he’ll be out, meanwhile. The Ohio State head coach said in his statement that he looks forward to returning to the team.“Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action. As I stated above, I deeply regret if I have failed in my words. As the son of an amazing woman and the husband to another and, as the father of two incredible young women, those who know me best know the admiration and respect I have for all women. Our core values are just that-values that do not ever waver.I ask that you continue to support the incredible coaches and student-athletes in our program, and I look forward to rejoining them soon,” Meyer said.Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, has said that he can’t comment right now, but will have plenty to say when he can speak. Stay tuned.