Don’t blame Messi penalty miss for Argentina failuresDon’t blame Messi penalty miss for Argentina failures

first_imgWorld Cup Don’t blame Messi penalty miss for Argentina failures Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:11 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(89) Lionel Messi penalty miss Argentina Iceland 2018 World Cup Getty World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina v Iceland Iceland Argentina Opinion Much will be made of the Barcelona man’s inability to convert from 12 yards but Argentina should not need a penalty to beat Iceland Try to resist the temptation – as tantalising as it might be – to compare what Cristiano Ronaldo did for Portugal against Spain on Friday night to what befell Lionel Messi against Iceland in Moscow on Saturday afternoon.Sure, Ronaldo scored a penalty and Messi missed one. Sure, Ronaldo banged in a stupendous free-kick and Messi put a similar kind of one over. And sure, Ronaldo hit a hat-trick and Messi drew a blank. But there is so much more going on.Portugal – under Fernando Santos – have a high-class, settled squad with continuity in the line-up and a clearly defined method for obtaining results. They are the European champions for good reason. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And yes, they counted on Ronaldo for a hat-trick against their Iberian neighbours. Those moments are his own but there is a solid base for him to work with. In that regard it’s not too dissimilar to Real Madrid; 10 men to win the ball and keep it and one to score the goals.It might look like Portugal are a one-man team – if you concentrate only on the list of scorers – but they are not. For years it was said that Portugal lacked the genuine No. 9 they needed. Now they have one, don’t criticise them for that too.Argentina – on the other hand – have problems. They are the very definition of a one-man team. Portugal managed through Euro 2016 when Ronaldo had bad days – indeed he played precious little of the final – but Argentina simply cannot survive without their No. 10 playing 10 out of 10.Sergio Aguero’s first-half goal was the first goal scored by an Argentine other than Messi in a competitive international match since November 2016. Since then, of course, Messi’s hat-trick in the autumn against Ecuador has carried them all the way here to Russia.Jorge Sampaoli has a way of football that he likes to play but here we are 12 games into his reign and Argentina still looks entirely to its playmaker. It’s left to Messi every time to create, to conjure and to finish. One shot of his even hit the back of Ever Banega and another drive ended with Nicolas Tagliafico falling over in front of him. Lionel Messi Argentina Islandia Iceland World Cup 16062018He is the one making space and then demanding the ball. He is the one starting one-twos and then scurrying fruitlessly along as moves break down around him. He is the one to whom Sampaoli looks to get him out of trouble.At Barcelona, Messi has had the luxury of a team built around him since his teenage days. That is his talent. And that is the way to ensure he can give his maximum. Instead, for Argentina, it’s not the same.The formation Sampaoli preferred was confusing. To play two defensive midfielders in Lucas Biglia and Javier Mascherano was to pay Iceland entirely too much respect. There was a failure to deal with the direct aerial threat carried by the Islanders. There were jitters throughout the backline and from Willy Caballero and Marcos Rojo in particular. That much was proven in the Alfred Finnbogason equaliser. This is the kind of team in which Messi at his best can paper over the cracks. But when he has an off-day – and he did – there is simply no other answer. And for Argentina, that is a big worry.But what Messi and Argentina must remember is Portugal started their Euro 2016 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Iceland… and it didn’t turn out too badly for them.last_img read more

FIFA fines Mexico over homophobic chantsFIFA fines Mexico over homophobic chants

first_imgWorld Cup FIFA fines Mexico over discriminatory chants during World Cup Jamie Smith 06:05 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Manuel Neuer Germany Mexico 2018 World Cup Matthias Hangst World Cup Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany Costa Rica v Serbia Serbia Costa Rica FIFA has confirmed that the Mexican federation have been hit with a fine after fans were found to have made discriminatory chants against Germany The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been fined CHF 10,000 (£7,616/$10,035) by FIFA in relation to “discriminatory and insulting chants” at the World Cup.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was the latest to be targeted by an alleged homophobic slur, a common chant among the Mexican fans who have been warned about its use and asked to avoid it by players, as he prepared to take a goal-kick in the first half of a Group F encounter in Moscow. Disciplinary proceedings were opened following Mexico’s 1-0 win over the world champions, which came thanks to a goal from Hirving Lozano. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move FIFA has now confirmed Mexico have been hit with a fine, although it noted the FMF’s efforts in attempting to persuade fans to stop such chants.”The decision was passed after a thorough assessment of the relevant match reports, the FMF’s precedents and the evidence provided, which included videos of the incidents as well as examples of certain sustainable actions taken by the FMF to raise awareness among its supporters,” FIFA said in a statement released on Wednesday.”Moreover, the disciplinary committee gave a warning to the FMF, who may face additional sanctions in case of repeated infringements of this type.”Mexico are next in action against South Korea on Saturday, with striker Javier Hernandez calling on supporters not to use homophobic slurs again.In addition, FIFA has fined the Serbian Football Association CHF 10,000.FIFA confirmed the punishment was handed out for the display of an “offensive and political banner” by Serbian fans during their match against Costa Rica.last_img read more

2007 VAWDON CUP ROUND THREE WRAP2007 VAWDON CUP ROUND THREE WRAP

first_imgRound Three of the New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup was played at the Tempe and Bankstown venues on Friday 3 August 2007.There were some hard fought victories and some impressive performances across the board as teams clicked into gear and looked to establish some good early season form.In the 7.50pm Men’s Premier League clash at Bankstown the Parramatta Eels recorded their first victory of the season when they held off Manly 6-5 in a tight struggle. Parramatta, in need of a confidence boosting win, got away to a flyer and in the first ten minutes played error free touch to lead the Sea Eagles 3-1, with Adam Lollback dotting down for a double for the Eels in quick time. The Eagles hit back as the half wore, but the Eels still went to the break 4-2 the better.The Manly coaching staff replaced the H2O with magic water at half time and the Eagles came out full of running to dominate for much of the second stanza.The Sea Eagles, with Putatou Berryman and Jamie Chan leading the charge, took the game right up to Parramatta, pressing the scoreline on numerous occasions and getting back on level terms at 5-5.Parramatta composed themselves to regain control of the game and held on to record a narrow 6-5 victory.In the sold out match-up of the round, 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand Finalists Canterbury Bulldogs prevailed 3-2 over 2006 NSWTA State Cup champions Wests Magpies in a high quality encounter at 7.50pm at Tempe.The highly anticipated clash featuring two of the competition’s most passionate clubs didn’t disappoint with both outfits going hammer and tong to secure the premiership points. The game was a replay of last year’s NSWTA State Cup Grand Final, though both teams were vastly altered from the line-ups that met in that epic final, with several big guns forced out of the game through various work/injury reasons.Australia Men’s Open representatives Garry Sonda (Canterbury), and Wests trio Jason Stanton, Scott Mitchell, and Anthony Ziade were all unavailable.Despite the missing super stars, the punters weren’t asking for their money back, with both teams producing a quality game.The game, as expected, was end to end, with both teams keen to get on a roll early and set the platform for a winning night at the office.It was Wests who bounced out of the barriers best, with the calm leadership of Australian Men’s Open playmaker Daniel Rushworth, and the cool hand of West’s veteran Michael “Bear” Farhat, laying on two early touchdowns for the Magpies, allowing Wests some early breathing space.The Dogs were out of sorts for the majority of the first half, finding it difficult to attain field position and looking disorganised. The tide started to turn through powerhouse driving displays by Matt Bird and 2006 New South Wales Mixed Open representative Stuart Brierty, and improved team defence on the score line. This heightened composure in attack and defence frameworked the Dogs first touchdown.Canterbury’s 2006 New South Wales Mixed Open representative Daniel Walsh pulled the trigger on a long ball that was brilliantly picked up centimeters from the turf by the money man Matt Prowse who showed great balance to scoop the ball up and beat a diving Aceya Bishara to score.  2-1 to Wests at the break, with both sides entitled to think that the game was there for the taking.The second half was vastly different from the first, with the Maggies failing to get out of their own half and the Dogs mounting pressure to slowly gain the ascendancy as the half wore on.Stuart Brierty, 2007 Australian Mixed Open star Steve Roberts, and Paul Dwyer drove strongly to bankroll the Dogs second half performance. During the onslaught from the Dogs, The Wests defence held admirably with Michael Jacono and Cameron Nicolls in particular showing their growing maturity in this company.Wests used up a lot of petrol trying to repel the rampant Dogs attack and then when the footy was back in Magpie hands, found the Dogs kill defence overwhelming with the Dogs commitment and drive pressuring Wests into costly turnovers. Eventually the weight of possession told and the Dogs got the equalizer to make it 2-2.Paul Dwyer then worked a set piece close to the scoreline with the Quicksilver Steve Roberts to slide over and exploit a tired Magpies defence to put the Bulldogs into the lead 3-2 for the first time in the game.Despite throwing the kitchen sink and everything in it at the Doggies line to bridge the deficit in the final 5 minutes, time conspired against the Magpies and Canterbury held strong to secure the win 3-2.At Bankstown at 8.40pm Hornsby Lions continued on their winning way with an enterprising 9-5 victory over the Cronulla Sharks.The Hornsby boys had racked up 5 touchdowns in the first 11 minutes of the game to signify what could have been a long night at the office for the Shire lads who had to dig deep to stem the Lions remarkable roll on.The Sharkies worked feverishly to get back into the contest and at one stage got the score back to 7- 4, but with Dave Roberts directing traffic better than Tom Croyden at peak hour in his hey day at Mount Thomas, and the irrepressible Dylan Hennessey’s feet declaring happy hour on the Sharks defence, the Hornsby combination went on with job to record a 9-5 victory that rocketed them to the top of the competition standings.Shaun Street and the Tope brothers, Mitch and Matt, never stopped trying for Cronulla, whilst Rhys “The Claw” Bevan produced a spectacular play for the Sharkies when he plucked a ball at high speed from mid air one handed, whilst on the dive to plant it for an opportunistic touchdown.Danny Hamilton, Jon Palau, Heath Cooper, and the fleet footed Maurice Kennedy all played dominant roles for the winners and the Hornsby team’s impressive early season form has set a high benchmark for other teams to chase. In the late 9.30m timeslot at Tempe, defending Vawdon Cup champions, the Penrith Panthers got home 7-5 over a spirited Easts Roosters combination.Both teams needed a win as much as the Broncos need a backline for the business end of the NRL season, and effort level was not a problem in a very willing contest.Penrith were on top for most of the game, despite the Roosters drawing level in the first half.The experienced Chris Benfield was Penrith’s standout performer with some impressive long balls that were jut too good for the Easts outside defenders. Scott “Jack” Buckley and the Springfield brothers were full of running to give Easts little respite for the entire game. Easts had captain/coach Chris Hill returning and Jarrat Wood back from injury, but the Roosters were far from their best in a performance cruelled by ill-discipline and handling errors. Christian Frost was outstanding for Easts, whilst Jonathon Rooke put in a “workaholic” performance in his last match before surgery, that will rule him out of action for the Roosters for the next four-six weeks.The Roosters will look to improve their cohesion in coming weeks, whilst the Panthers will gear up this Friday for the replay of last year’s Vawdon Cup Grand Final against Canterbury.In the Women’s Premier Division, 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand Finalists Canterbury Bulldogs recorded a 5-3 win over the Wests Magpies in a high quality contest at 7.00pm at Tempe.The Doggies were up 2-0 at half-time with 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup stars sisters Louise and Claire Winchester dictating the play and proving to be the most influential players on the paddock.Wests are a dangerous outfit who have the players to give the premiership a real shake in 2007, and it didn’t surprise to see the Magpies bridge the gap to 4-3 mid way through the second half, thanks to some quality attack led by Wests gun Nola Campbell who has started the Vawdon season in outstanding form.The Doggies were controlled and played percentage touch in the clinch exchanges. They have the ability to dig in and pay the price to secure victory, or be more adventurous on cue, and it did not surprise to see them nail a late touchdown to close the game out 5-3.Australian 20 Years Youth squad members Nicole Mc Hugh and Nicky Albury played well for the Magpies, whilst Kate Fitzsimmons was again prominent for a committed Canterbury outfit that is playing well within itself with equal parts skill and tenacity.Cronulla Sharks secured a 5-3 win over the Central Coast Dolphins at Bankstown in the 7.50pm timeslot.Cronulla got off to a good start with winger Susan Smith scoring early off a great long ball from Kath Fitzgerald.  Central Coast hit back straight away with 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup representative Kylie Hilder setting up a touchdown in the corner. The Dolphins played aggressively and unsettled the Sharkies who struggled to find rhythm in the first half.Cronulla Captain Jo Nelson composed her troops at half time and helped them to deliver a dominant second half performance.Nelson weighed in with some quality driving as well as setting up a touchdown and scoring one herself off a great gap hit.Rebecca Howe was a constant threat to the Dolphins defence and Jenna “Squirt” Cell made a miraculous pick-up to nab a vital touchdown late in the game.Star turn Kylie Hilder was outstanding for the Central Coast who battled hard for the duration, but failed to finish off their opportunities when it mattered most.Young guns, the Woolongong Devils, who have had a tough initiation to Premier League facing the competition’s big guns Easts and Canterbury in the opening two rounds, had an easier night last Friday recording a confidence boosting 4-0 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles in the 8.40pm game at Bankstown. Manly, by their own admission failed to control the ball early and gifted the “Young Divas” a mountain of possession, which they gratefully utilized. Bianca Mounsey, Ash “Dobbie” Dobbins, and Jess McCall, with two touchdowns, were the Devils scorers.Dobbin’s Touchdown featured more dummies than the total in a childrens’ crèche, and Jess Mc Call’s double involved some great vision and a turn of speed that left the opposition grasping at thin air. Kobi Ruzzene was also a key figure for Woolongong, producing a strong defensive game and being a driving force in the battle for field position. The “Young Divas”, whilst happy with their first win of the season; have identified room for improvement in coming weeks in the effectiveness of their rucking, and the fluidity of their line attack.Premiers Easts Roosters “schooled up” the young Penrith Panthers combination, delivering a comprehensive 8-2 lesson at 8.40pm at Tempe.The Roosters scored in the fourth minute and continued to pepper the dogged Penrith line until a well-timed long ball put the Roosters 2-0 up.To their credit, Penrith hit back through a touchdown to veteran Vicki Wheatley.The touchdown stung the premiers into action and they notched two quick touchdowns to go 4-1 up before some great lead up work from Penrith’s Lisa Clark and Ally Tairi gift-wrapped a touchdown for Brook Began.At 4-2 up at the break, the Roosters came out on resumption to post four unanswered touchdowns to record a comfortable 8-2 scoreline.Easts Megan Smee produced a dominant performance, whilst the Roosters new recruits in 2007 Pepita Macalister-Knight and Megan Campbell stood up well and are finding their feet in the star studded line-up.Vicki Wheatley and Rachael Foster gave their all for Penrith, and with some defensive adjustments the Panthers will continue to improve as the season unfolds.Round Four of the Vawdon Cup will be played at the Bankstown and Tempe venues on Friday 10 August 2007 and will feature some great clashes in both the Men’s and Women’s Premier divisions.In the Men’s draw, Canterbury Bulldogs and Penrith Panthers meet at 7.50pm at Bankstown in the 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand Final replay that is sure to produce a high quality encounter. Reserve seating has been sold out, but there are a handful of general admission tickets still floating around for the highly anticipated clash.Easts and Cronulla square off at Tempe at 7.50pm, whilst at Bankstown at 8.40pm, the Parramatta Eels will confront a white hot Hornsby Lions side, currently sitting atop the premiership ladder.At Tempe Wests will be looking to consolidate their position on the ladder against Manly in the 8.40pm timeslot.In the Women’s premier division, at 7.00 pm, State Cup champions Canterbury will take on Penrith at Bankstown, whilst defending Vawdon Cup champions Easts Roosters play Cronulla at Tempe.In the late timeslot at 9.30pm, Woolongong Devils will be looking for back-to-back victories when they meet the Central Coast Dolphins at Bankstown, and the Manly Sea Eagles will battle the Wests Magpies at Tempe.Action continues in the 2007 NSWTA Vawdon Cup Division 1 and 2 Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, as well as Men’s Seniors and Masters grades.This weeks “Blackest Cat” for the Men’s Premier League Player of the Round goes to cool and collected Doggies winger Matty Prowse who has better hands than a Swedish masseuse.This week’s “Go to Girl” for the Women’s Premier League Player of the Round goes to Canterbury’s Claire “Bear” Winchester for her dominant drive in the middle and her superior defence, not even light is allowed through on her watch!Thanks to all coaches and players for their contribution to the wrap.Good luck to all.When in doubt, throw the flick pass.For the full draw, results, and all the latest information about the Vawdon Cup please visit the NSWTA web-site: www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: What I’d do with Pogba as Man Utd manager10 months agoSolskjaer: What I’d do with Pogba as Man Utd manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: What I’d do with Pogba as Man Utd managerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can get the best from Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Solskjaer is expected to be named United caretaker boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.Before the start of the season, the United legend, who worked in the club’s academy, was asked about Pogba: “I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt. I had him with David [Gray] and Etzaz [Hussain] who is playing for me tomorrow.”That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.”On his own managerial skills, Solskjaer added: “Sir Alex [Ferguson] taught me how not to become complacent and always keep the standards up.”Everything I know about managing top footballers I learned from him.” last_img read more

10 months agoHE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaer10 months agoHE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say HE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be on the training pitch with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today.The Daily Mail says Ferguson is expected at United’s training ground on Saturday after Solskjaer invited his mentor to visit him at the club.Ferguson will be greeted by Solskjaer and his coaching staff at Carrington as United prepare for Sunday’s game at home to Bournemouth.Ferguson is believed to have had a say in the decision to appoint Solskjaer as caretaker boss on loan from Molde until the end of the season alongside his old No 2 Mike Phelan.The former United striker acknowledged Ferguson’s influence over his career as a player and manager when he started the job last week. last_img read more

10 months agoMan City attacker Sterling: Victory a massive step for us10 months agoMan City attacker Sterling: Victory a massive step for us

first_imgMan City attacker Sterling: Victory a massive step for usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Raheem Sterling says victory at Southampton has them back on track.After two successive losses over the festive period, it was vital City bounced back and to a man the Blues delivered an impressive all-round display on the South Coast.“It’s a massive step and what we needed to do. We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win here today to give ourselves a chance,” said Sterling. “But we were really motivated to give ourselves a chance and that’s what we did.“We had to bring that level that we know we can bring – we had a bit of luck but we played some great football and controlled the game which we know we can do.“Now its down to us to keep this focus and go onto the next one.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Historic milestone for Barcelona and TikToka month ago​Historic milestone for Barcelona and TikTok

first_imgTagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Historic milestone for Barcelona and TikTokby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona has become the first football club to reach a million followers on TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@fcbarcelona), the short-form mobile video platform, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukLaunched in July this year, in just two months, Barça has overtaken other international teams that were on the channel long before Barça came onto the scene. Barça was officially launched on TikTok on July 19, the same day that the first team returned for preseason training. Since then, its acceptance among TikTok’s community has been nothing short of spectacular, with an average of over 15,000 new followers every day.Apart from this upward tendency, the club also leads the way in terms of content-related interactions: the Barça account has gathered a total of 7.2 million ‘likes’, which apart from video views is another indicator about the engagement generated with the fans. Short-form football video content on TikTok receives a great reception among users, mainly the Z generation and Millennials.More than the symbolic achievement of reaching a million followers, this reflects the leading position of FC Barcelona in the digital ecosystem of social networks, where it has 340 million followers and is the only sports club to get more than 1,000 million interactions in the 2018/19 season. last_img read more

8 days agoCallum Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals for Chelsea8 days agoCallum Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals for Chelsea

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals for Chelseaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi is targeting more goals when he returns to Chelsea after the international break.The 18-year-old scored two sublime goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Wednesday night.”I definitely think I can improve,” Hudson-Odoi said at Stadium-mk. “I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch, I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving.”I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come. I am delighted to get the goals. It is goals that I always try to get as well as assists – any contributions to the team.”I am happy with the finishes and I will hopefully build on it and get many more. I have scored many solo runs, maybe not exactly like that, but I am delighted to get a goal like that.”Hopefully many more like that will come and I will get opportunities to score. I will hopefully go back to Saturday with Chelsea and get another three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: FSU’s Rashad Greene Trolled Notre Dame With A “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” Instagram PostPhoto: FSU’s Rashad Greene Trolled Notre Dame With A “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” Instagram Post

first_imgFSU's Rashad Greene celebrates after beating Notre Dame.IG/_rg80_Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve had plenty of college athletes and teams send out celebratory tweets and Instagram posts. Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene took a slightly different tone for the holiday. Greene, who racked up 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns this season, posted a screenshot from Florida State’s dramatic 31-27 win over Notre Dame, a clear dig at the Fighting Irish.Greene caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame, and caught two big passes on what would prove to be the winning drive for the Seminoles. Well played, Rashad.last_img

Anonymous Missouri Player Says Players And Coaches Divided On Boycott: “If We Were 9-0 This Wouldn’t Be Happening”Anonymous Missouri Player Says Players And Coaches Divided On Boycott: “If We Were 9-0 This Wouldn’t Be Happening”

first_imgMissouri stand together in support of players strike.Twitter/@GaryPinkelNot every member of the Missouri football program is thrilled with the team’s boycott in response to racial issues on campus. An anonymous Mizzou player tells ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that the team and coaching staff is very split on the issue, and that if the Tigers had a better record, they would not be taking this course of action.Mizzou player tells @ESPN, MU players & coaches “are pissed (about halting football practices). If we were 9-0 this wouldn’t be happening.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 9, 2015McMurphy has more on how the team is handling the week in preparation for BYU, should the game occur.Monday are regular off days for the football team and the coaches told the players to watch film on their own iPads and keep preparing for Saturday’s game against BYU in Kansas City, the player said.The player indicated they had been aware of Butler’s hunger strike for several days. However, some black players didn’t decide to take any action until Butler met with some players Saturday night.“Not everyone agrees with the decision (to stop all football activities),” the player said. “Most people are pissed, including the black guys (on the team).”Earlier today, the athletic department expressed support for the team’s decision, and Mizzou took a team photo to show solidarity. Even so, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that this nearly-unprecedented decision does not have unanimous support within the team. It will be very interesting to see how the team proceeds as we near game day.[ESPN]last_img read more

Copa America: Brazil, Argentina & 12 teams in 2019 finalsCopa America: Brazil, Argentina & 12 teams in 2019 finals

first_imgThree years after celebrating its centenary in the United States, the Copa America is back in 2019. South America’s proud footballing nations go head to head in what is the world’s oldest international football tournament, which will this year be held in Brazil.Brazil had originally been slated for hosting duties in 2015, but swapped that tournament with Chile due to the overlap with the World Cup and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The last time the Copa came to the nation was back in 1989, an edition won by the hosts thanks to the lethal combination of Bebeto and Romario up front for the Selecao.Unlike the Centenary edition, which expanded to 16 teams, the 2019 Copa returns to the 12-side format that has been used since 1993, organised into three groups of four. As well as CONMEBOL’s 10 member nations the Asian AFC contributed two participants, with Japan and Qatar entering the fray as guests. 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? With Thursday’s draw we now know who will face whom in the group stage, which will kick off in Sao Paulo’s Estadio Morumbi on June 14 with Brazil’s clash against Bolivia. With some of the world’s greatest players in action and a huge prize on offer, the Copa will doubtlessly be one of the highlights of the summer football calendar.last_img read more

Lehamnn: Augsburg sacked me over the phoneLehamnn: Augsburg sacked me over the phone

first_imgFormer Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann learned of his sacking by Augsburg from his assistant coach role in a ten-minute phone conversation, he has revealed.Lehmann was dismissed by the Bundesliga club on April 9 this year, along with head coach Manuel Baum and technical director Stephan Schwartz.The former Germany international, who won 61 caps for his country, was appointed by Baum in January but the management duo only oversaw three victories in their time with the club, leading to their ouster. 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? When they were sacked Augsburg were 15th in the table, only four points above the relegation playoff spot.Martin Schmidt took over from Baum and staved off the threat of relegation though the club still finished in 15th place, and had the same four-point margin over Stuttgart, who occupied the relegation playoff spot.Lehmann has spoken of his dismissal for the first time and the 49-year-old was still surprised by the manner of his dismissal.“[Augsburg General Manager] Stefan Reuter called,” Lehmann told Bild.“The phone call lasted ten minutes. He said: ‘We separated from Manuel Baum.’ I thought: ‘What is coming now? Sack or promotion?’” Despite the relationship between Lehmann and Reuter from their time together at Dortmund and the national side, there was no sentiment for the retired shot-stopper. Lehmann who was also an assistant coach in North London, following a playing career that saw spells at Schalke and AC Milan, says he didn’t expect the top job at Augsburg. He did believe that he’d be offered the chance to remain as an assistant, but Reuter told him that wasn’t an option. “Actually, I did not expect the coaching job, because they stressed when I signed my contract that is wasn’t part of the deal. “But I was told on arrival that I would stay if there was a new head coach. That’s different now.” After he was dismissed Lehmann has had no contact with Schmidt, who will be at the helm at Augsburg in the new season. He does believe his short time with the club was of value, despite it coming to a strange end.last_img read more

Pauleta: Ronaldo isn’t from this worldPauleta: Ronaldo isn’t from this world

first_imgPortugal legend Pauleta has heaped praise upon Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Sunday’s Nations League final against Netherlands.The Juventus forward netted a hat-trick in his side’s 3-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday to send the Euro 2016 winners through to the final.The former Real Madrid man has many admirers across the globe, and one of whom is the man he took Portgual’s all-time goalscoring record from, Pauleta. 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? The 46-year-old scored 47 goals in 88 appearances for his country before retiring from international football in 2006, before Ronaldo went on to smash the record and now sits on 88 goals for his country – 21 behind the world record holder, Iranian forward Ali Daei.”Cristiano is a fantastic player,” Pauleta told Marca .“In my opinion he is from another world. He has made and continues to make footballing history.“It is difficult to find another player that has performed as consistently as he has over such a lengthy period of time.”I hope he achieves it [the record] because it would be great for Portuguese football.”The former Paris Saint-Germain striker failed to lift silverware for Portgual during his nine-year international career, coming closest at Euro 2004 as they lost to shock winners Greece on home soil.Netherlands ran out 3-0 victors the last time the two sides met in March 2018, but have lost seven of their 13 meetings with the Portuguese.Pauleta sees no parallels between that game and the Nations League final except the country in which they are played, adding: “”It will not have any bearing on it whatsoever.“They are two completely different matches, this time we are playing against a different team and against different players.“I am sure that we are going to be treated to an excellent spectacle, our fans will be right behind us spurring us on and hopefully we can get the result.“Holland are a great side with lots of young, talented players. However, we also have a very strong team. We are all just hoping to see a great final, with lots of goals and hopefully a win for Portugal, which is obviously our main aim.”last_img read more

Messi plus 10 others! How Leo’s Argentina will line up at Copa AmericaMessi plus 10 others! How Leo’s Argentina will line up at Copa America

first_imgTo paraphrase Diego Maradona’s praise of Javier Mascherano prior to the 2010 World Cup, Argentina at the Copa America truly are Lionel Messi and 10 others. The Barcelona wizard was coaxed back into the international setup during the build-up to the tournament in Brazil, and will once again attempt to break his drought with the Albiceleste. Messi and Argentina’s long road to possible glory begins with a clash against Colombia on Saturday, a test which will give a good indication of their overall chances of taking the Copa.  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? Outside Leo, however, there are plenty of question marks surrounding this team. Coach Lionel Scaloni – since taking over from Jorge Sampaoli – has taken big strides in renewing a tired-looking team, dispensing in the process with many of the names that fell in the last 16 at the World Cup. Indeed, just nine players have survived the cull, with less than half boasting more than 10 caps for their country. Scaloni has rotated heavily in his friendly matches so far, meaning that Argentina go into the Copa with no clear idea of what their default starting line-up may be. There are plenty of options to choose from though, especially in the final third where the rookie coach could still spring a few surprises. Argentina PSDefensively, and due more to Argentina’s own limitations than any tried and tested formula, Scaloni appears to have a more or less fixed idea in mind. Having seen his experiment with three at the back fail miserably against Venezuela, a four-man defence is almost certain to be his first choice. Behind them Franco Armani is likely to start the Copa in goal, with Esteban Andrada’s blooper for Boca Juniors in their Copa Superliga final defeat to Tigre perhaps tipping the balance definitively in favour of the River Plate man. Racing Club’s Renzo Saravia is the obvious option at right-back and indeed the only man to play that role naturally in the squad following Gabriel Mercado’s omission. German Pezzella and Nicolas Otamendi are favourites to start in the middle, while Nicolas Tagliafico will retain his spot on the left boosted by a fantastic Champions League campaign with Ajax. River’s Milton Casco deputises for Tagliafico, while Juan Foyth and Ramiro Funes Mori will serve as understudies for the first-choice central pairing. It is in midfield where certain dilemmas may arise. Scaloni has picked a squad rather short on choices to anchor the engine room, which leaves Leandro Paredes and Tigres’ Guido Rodriguez almost certain to act as a double pivot when the tournament kicks off. Argentina PSThe decision over which players line up outside that duo depends substantially on whether Argentina opt for more creativity or mobility, as well as the formation Scaloni chooses. Giovani Lo Celso enjoyed a fine season with Real Betis but has looked shackled in previous outings as part of a midfield trio for the Albiceleste, which could lead to Roberto Pereyra getting the nod in a 4-3-3 set-up. If, on the other hand, Scaloni tries a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lo Celso would be a natural selection in the middle, with Messi and Angel Di Maria flanking the former PSG man. Lo Celso did his chances no harm with a fine performance during Friday’s 5-1 thrashing of Nicaragua, linking with Messi well throughout and providing a creative touch that has been sorely missing for the national team in recent years.Argentina PSFurther up the field Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez are the prime candidates to lead the attacking line, Aguero’s superior experience naturally giving him the edge at this point despite featuring in just a single match since the World Cup. Like Lo Celso, Martinez was the big winner against Nicaragua with two goals in the second half after coming off the bench and, whether it is from the start or as a substitute, will almost certainly play a significant role at this Copa.Messi is likely to continue in his favoured position on the right while Di Maria takes the left side of attack. There is likely to be little room for Paulo Dybala after failing to impress for either club or country over the last 12 months, although Scaloni could yet spring a surprise by including Martinez or River’s Matias Suarez – both of whom linked well with Messi against Venezuela – alongside Aguero and giving Messi a free role in the final third.last_img read more

Pereira signs new four-year contract at Man UtdPereira signs new four-year contract at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract, with the option to extend his stay a further year.The 23-year-old rose through the ranks at Old Trafford as a youth player and graduated to the senior squad in 2014, before being sent out for loan spells at both Granada and Valencia in later seasons.The Brazil international managed to make 15 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season, contributing one goal and one assist. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Pereira is prepared to stay and fight for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI and already has his sights set on making an impact in the 2019-20 campaign.“I have spent so long in Manchester that I now regard the city and the club as my home and I’m extremely happy to continue my career here,” he told the club’s official website. “The manager has shown great faith in me and I can’t wait to get this campaign started under him. “We know that we all have to work hard and that started on day one of pre-season. I will be doing everything I can to help us perform the way we need to, this season and beyond. I also want to thank my family for the trust they have in me and God for the opportunity he has given me.”✍️ @AndrinhoPereira has put pen to paper on a new #MUFC deal 👍— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 5, 2019Solskjaer also expressed his delight after the announcement was made on Friday afternoon, praising Pereira for his professionalism behind the scenes and energy on the pitch.“Andreas is another player brought through our Academy that understands what it means to play for Manchester United,” the Norwegian began.”He came from another country but quickly understood the values of playing for this club and doesn’t take it for granted.”Andreas has become an important member of the squad with his energy and hard work in midfield. He works non-stop every day in training, has a great character and knows what he has to do to continue his development here. We all look forward to working with him in the season ahead.”Pereira has been joined in committing his future to United by defender Axel Tuanzebe, who has signed a new three-year contract of his own at the Red Devils.Tuanzebe spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, playing a key role in their promotion to the Premier League, and has been tipped by some to challenge for a first team spot at Old Trafford.Axel Tuanzebe Aston Villa 2018-19“I have grown up at Manchester United and it has always been a big part of my life and my family’s life,” he said upon the announcement. “I appreciate the trust that the club has in me and I want to repay that with my performances on the pitch. “I know I have a lot of hard work and learning ahead of me but the experience I gained throughout last season puts me in good stead for the future ahead. I am determined to give everything and show everyone the player that I can be.”The Red Devils finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League last term, missing out on qualification for the Champions League.In addition to tying Marcus Rashford and Pereira down to new deals, Solskjaer has been busy in the transfer market, bringing in Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea and Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a combined total of £65m ($82m).United have also reportedly seen a lucrative bid for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire turned down, amid ongoing links to a number of top European players. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

2 Top 25 Teams Are On The Verge Of Losing To Unranked Teams Tonight2 Top 25 Teams Are On The Verge Of Losing To Unranked Teams Tonight

first_imgA general view of Mississippi State's football field.STARKVILLE MS -OCTOBER 10: General view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between Troy and Mississippi State on October 10, 2015, in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)We might have a couple of upsets on our hands tonight. A pair of top 25 teams are on the verge of losing to unranked opponents.No. 22 Duke looks like it will be knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Blue Devils trail Virginia Tech 17-7 in the third quarter.Virginia Tech backup quarterback Ryan Willis had a heck of a first half filling in for the injured Josh Jackson.Virginia Tech leads Duke 17-7 at halftime. Ryan Willis, starting at QB for the injured Josh Jackson, is 11/16 for 221 yards and two TDs.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 30, 2018Meanwhile, No. 23 Mississippi State is about to fall to Florida at home. The Gators lead the Bulldogs 13-6 in the fourth quarter.If the result holds, Bulldogs fans are going to be pretty upset. After all, Florida is coached by former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.Is Starkville going to burn tonight? Mississippi State looks really bad.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 30, 2018If both Duke and Mississippi State lose, the AP and Coaches polls will certainly look different tomorrow afternoon.We’ll keep you posted on both games.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Georgia College Football Playoff Take Is Getting Ripped By Other AnalystsKirk Herbstreit’s Georgia College Football Playoff Take Is Getting Ripped By Other Analysts

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talks about Alabama's strengths.Kirk Herbstreit has really gone out on a limb with his College Football Playoff rankings after the SEC Championship. Not only does he see Georgia football making the field… he thinks the Dawgs could move up.Of course, this would get UGA out of an immediate rematch with Alabama, which is a pragmatic move. But for Herbstreit, it sounds like he actually believes that it is a deserved move.The lead ESPN college football analyst has Georgia at No. 3, Notre Dame at No. 4, and Oklahoma and his alma mater on the outside looking in.Well, @KirkHerbstreit thinks #UGA moves up to No. 3 in the #CFBPlayoff rankings after today. pic.twitter.com/xqQGzJZ7fN— Trent Smallwood (@SmallwoodTrent) December 2, 2018When asked about the controversial call at the end of that clip, Herbstreit said “I don’t get caught up in champions, I get caught up in ‘best.’”Of course, the committee is also tasked with finding the four “best ” teams, but going with two-loss Georgia over a pair of one-loss strong conference champions would be a real limb to go out on.Unsurprisingly, Kirk Herbstreit is catching heat for his Georgia football College Football Playoff stance.Among his critics appear to be two of his fellow former college star quarterbacks in the media, Danny Kanell and Matt Leinart.Neither directly addressed Herbstreit, but he’s clearly the head of the pro-Georgia contingent outside of those in the SEC.“Hey, Let’s lose a game but move up in the rankings.” Says NO ONE!!!! Come on man.— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) December 2, 2018So dumb that people are pushing for Georgia after a loss.Maybe the more important takeaway is that Bama is beatable.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 2, 2018They’re not alone:Kirk Herbstreit says Georgia should move UP after a loss?Nah, man.If you want two SEC teams in the #CFBPlayoff, expand it to 8 teams. Simple.— Mitch B. (@MitchBrownTV3) December 2, 2018Kirk Herbstreit really said Georgia should move up to 3 after losing to Alabama. Respect him a lot, but that’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard. Rewarded for losing. Come on!— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) December 2, 2018Herbstreit saying Georgia should stay top 4 even with a close loss today is wild. They’re in the playoff, the playoff starts today for them— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) December 1, 2018Herbstreit just said Georgia moves UP to #3….my god the world is insane. Why play the games.— CG (@CG2pointO) December 2, 2018Herbstreit just said that Georgia should be number 3 and Notre Dame should fall to 4. What a joke!— Jason Swimmer (@Jswimmer84) December 2, 2018Lot of folks saying Georgia will not drop, hell I just heard Kirk Herbstreit say Georgia should move up to 3rd and move Notre Dame to 4th. Complete total utter joke— Spencer (@skellmarietta) December 2, 2018Two-loss Georgia, non-conference champion Georgia would be setting all kinds of precedents, but the College Football Playoff era is very young, which we can all lose sight of sometimes.This also may be the best argument yet for Playoff expansion. The top six teams all have pretty good cases this year.last_img read more

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Is Unimpressed With The Cotton Bowl Thus FarOhio State QB Dwayne Haskins Is Unimpressed With The Cotton Bowl Thus Far

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Notre Dame is struggling against Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday night, and of course, many are now questioning whether the Fighting Irish belonged in the College Football Playoff in the first place. One prominent college football quarterback appears to be among them.Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins has taken to Twitter with a simple-but-effective tweet about the contest. It includes a face-palm emoji.It seems pretty clear that Haskins is implying that he’s unimpressed with Notre Dame’s performance thus far.Ohio State, after finishing 12-1 and winning the Big Ten, wound up No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings. Notre Dame, at 12-0, was No. 3.Here’s the tweet:Man you watching this game? ?‍♂️— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) December 29, 2018Clemson currently leads Notre Dame at the half, 23-3. The Fighting Irish are going to need a big offensive performance in the second half to come back.As for Ohio State, the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.last_img read more