Man City plot move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are ready to move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.The Sun says City boss Pep Guardiola is a massive fan of the 20-year-old after facing him in two Champions League games this season.He even waited in the tunnel at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium last month to congratulate Aouar on his performance after their 2-2 draw.Etihad scouts have made enquiries about the youngster as they look for a long-term successor to Fernandinho.Ajax star Frenkie De Jong is also on City’s wishlist.But the competition for the Dutch midfielder means there is no guarantee of landing him.And Aouar is one of the midfielders they are keeping a close eye on after his progress in France. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: De Bruyne in contention for Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could face Liverpool on Thursday night.The Belgian missed Sunday’s win over Southampton due to a muscle injury.City can cut the gap to the league leaders to four points with a victory, and manager Pep Guardiola could have his superstar back in action.”He trained today. Tomorrow we need to have another check in the morning, but he’s much better,” said Guardiola in his pre-match news conference.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid happy for Martin Odegaard to remain with Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are happy to keep Martin Odegaard on-loan with Real Sociedad.Odegaard has impressed at Real Sociedad, yet his superb start has not changed Los Blancos’ long-term strategy for the Norwegian.He has netted twice in the league and his latest assist in La Real’s 3-0 win over Alaves which dissected the defence will be dominating highlight reels for years to come.Amid an injury crisis at Real Madrid, many are calling for the 20-year-old to return to the capital in January, says Marca. But such a scenario isn’t being contemplated by the club.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal title winner Smith: I didn’t think Abraham would make itby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Alan Smith admits Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has proved him wrong.Writing for the London Evening Standard, Smith stated: “Walking away from Besiktas’s Vodafone Park stadium in August, I seriously wondered whether Tammy Abraham was going to crack it as a Premier League striker.”In that Uefa Super Cup Final, the Chelsea substitute had fluffed a very good chance from close range before missing the decisive penalty in the shoot-out to hand Liverpool victory. Abraham looked devastated as his team-mates crowded round to try and console him. “Thank goodness I was wrong, for Abraham (right, training this week with England) has always appealed to this former centre-forward for the unselfish way he leads the line. Not many cover as much ground as this hard-working character.”On top, his tremendous physique and speed across the turf make him ideal for the top flight. All Abraham required was a bit of self belief, which, in strikers, can only come from scoring goals. ”
COLUMBUS, OH – JANUARY 4: Ohio State Mascot Brutus the Buckeye goofs around with a basketball prior to the start of the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on January 4, 20114 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won by a final score of 84-53. (Photo by Ryan Young/Getty Images)On Thursday, we learned that members of the Ohio State football team were working on a dance routine for halftime of today’s OSU basketball game against Wisconsin. The performance has come and gone, so let’s see how things turned out: Our thoughts:Does Ezekiel Elliott wear his crop-top exclusively now? Seems like a poor decision with the winter that we’re having, but whatever works for him.We really appreciate that the players totally went for it. It looks like anyone who was hesitant about dancing in front of tens of thousands of fans stayed home.Aaron Parry: not the best rhythm, but the effort is there.Overall, solid job by the Buckeyes. They’re probably more likely to win another national championship on the gridiron than the dance floor, but they definitely brought it this afternoon.
Omar Gonzalez is heading back to Major League Soccer, and credits a couple of his U.S. national team teammates with helping make the decision to join Toronto FC an easy one. The defender won MLS Cup three times with the LA Galaxy prior to his move to Pachuca in January 2016 and has been plying his trade in Mexico since then. His move back to MLS will see him link up with one of the league’s leading clubs along with two longtime international teammates in the form of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. 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? All three were starters on the fateful night in Trinidad that saw the USA miss out on the 2018 World Cup and they have all been consistent members of the national team since Gonzalez broke in with the side in 2010. Now they’ll be club teammates, and Gonzalez says conversations with both the forward and the midfielder helped him come to the conclusion that joining TFC was the right call. “I know from speaking with Jozy in the past, how much he loves being in Toronto, loves playing for the club. That speaks volumes about a place,” the 30-year-old told reporters on a conference call. “With Michael, we were roommates in last camp back in March. Mike was talking to me about what the possibilities could be – just us having a conversation – spoke really highly about the club, the city. It really made my decision easy.” Those conversations weren’t the only draw for Gonzalez, who points to the team’s recent history of success as a big draw. ⭐️ A resume that speaks for itself ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/JMTirvAYLK— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) June 3, 2019The 2018 season was a disappointment for TFC. Though the Canadian club did reach the final of the Concacaf Champions League, they never recovered from a poor start in the league and missed out on the playoffs. Despite those struggles, Toronto has been a dominant force in MLS over the last half decade, reaching back-to-back MLS Cup finals and putting together a historic season to win the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup in 2017. “For the past few years, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Toronto and when the opportunity arose to come back and they were first in the allocation list, it just made sense because they’re such strong team, have a streak of making it in late into the playoffs, and have aspirations of winning a Concacaf title. “That’s everything that I want to be a part of.”
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Ever since then-freshman Tua Tagovailoa led Alabama to a national championship in the second half of the College Football Playoff title game, Crimson Tide fans – and fans of other schools – have been wondering whether Jalen Hurts will be transferring ahead of the 2018 season. Well, we now have our answer.Hurts, who started every game for Alabama a year ago but was benched in the second half of the championship game, will reportedly be returning to Alabama this season. ESPN dropped the news on Tuesday.ESPN’s Sage Steele reports that Nick Saban told her that Hurts will be staying for the 2018 season. It looks like it has to do with more than just football too – he wants to get his degree from Alabama.Saban, however, told ESPN’s Sage Steele on Tuesday that Hurts told him he was staying at Alabama after the coach fielded a question about the quarterback’s future during SEC media days.“Jalen actually came to me and said … ‘I am going to be here. I am going to be here. I came here to get an education. I graduate in December, and I’m going to be here,’” Saban said Hurts told him.Hurts himself has not made such a declaration – but then again, he may not need to.Hurts has been one of the most dynamic players in the country the past few years, but Tagovailoa showed in one half of football why he could actually be an upgrade. It’s going to be one of the most fascinating quarterback competitions we’ve seen in quite some time.Either way, Alabama is stacked yet again heading into the 2018 season. They’re going to be the favorite in every game they play – regardless of which quarterback they start.
Notre Dame unveiled its new Shamrock Series uniforms for this year’s game vs. Syracuse at Yankee Stadium. It didn’t take long for the internet to review them.The majority opinion was formed pretty quickly: these uniforms are very, very ugly.With the game in the Bronx, Notre Dame and Under Armour came up with uniforms that pay tribute to the Yankees, pinstripes and all.The results are, well…this:The Fighting Irish.The @Yankees.Two Iconic Brands.One Uniform.One Night.Yankee Stadium.November 17 – 2:30pm.#GoIrish ☘️ #ShamrockSeries pic.twitter.com/bH6yr4BfiG— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 16, 2018The matte navy helmet unites the Notre Dame monogram with the @Yankees inspired helmet decal. #GoIrish ☘️ #ShamrockSeries pic.twitter.com/NkRbmT2OiV— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 16, 2018The Notre Dame Yankees uniforms are getting widely roasted on Twitter.No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. pic.twitter.com/nT1oSzS2TT— Andrew Hammond (@ahammsportsgeek) August 16, 2018I’ve fixed Notre Dame’s Yankees uniformshttps://t.co/Z0n9s0PJL7 pic.twitter.com/YonLYNNNBK— L. Ron Dayne (@JasonKirkSBN) August 16, 2018Hey Notre Dame and Under Armor, the good news is you have plenty of time to redesign those Shamrock Series uniforms for this season. It’s not too late.Just saying.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) August 16, 2018Notre Dame’s new ‘Bandwagon Collection’ uniforms are fire pic.twitter.com/7teiuoLIQX— Dan Lucero (@danluceroshow) August 16, 2018Today may be the day I stop being a Notre Dame fan https://t.co/NlAQjwU4fj— Quigs (@Mike_Quigs) August 16, 2018Absolute Trash. You know what’s iconic about Notre Dame? The gold helmet. Zero ND tradition in these. and I HATE THE YANKEES and want np part of this disaster of a combination. https://t.co/StbNddFOD5— Jeff in the ‘Ville (@JeffInNashville) August 16, 2018The official jersey of Notre Dame fans who didn’t go to Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/6L7tfAkYHy— Owen (@hambino01) August 16, 2018Usually I’m in the camp that likes Notre Dame pushing the boundary on these jerseys.Usually. https://t.co/Ld2NZ0pIB5— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) August 16, 2018Even Notre Dame blog One Foot Down wasted little time in lambasting the new Fighting Irish uniforms.Notre Dame Football: The Shamrock Series Uniforms For Yankee Stadium Are Awful https://t.co/CPtjRVTTDM— One Foot Down (@OneFootDown) August 16, 2018On top of the fact that these just don’t look good, the helmet decal—Notre Dame’s logo over a pinstripe patch—was already done by another school. The school that Notre Dame is playing at Yankee Stadium. Syracuse.Syracuse’s New York City alumni association created hats with the orange block ‘S’ logo over pinstripes for an event at Yankee Stadium months ago.??? pic.twitter.com/8G8BGf3GgX— SUinNYC (@SUinNYC) August 16, 2018Ours was better ? pic.twitter.com/pOm7Wm68Ot— SUinNYC (@SUinNYC) August 16, 2018Notre Dame and Syracuse kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 17.The Fighting Irish are 5-3 all time against the Orange, winning two games in the series at another New York City area venue—Metlife Stadium—in 2014 and 2016.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 01: Former University of Michigan player Desmond Howard watches the action on the field during the game between the University of Alabama and the University of Michigan at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Alabama defeated Michigan 41-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard revealed earlier this morning that he’s picking multiple top-six teams to lose today.One of those picks is obvious, as No. 1 Alabama is playing No. 3 LSU in Baton Rouge, La. There’s a guaranteed top-six loss right there.The second pick is more surprising.Howard revealed at the end of this morning’s College GameDay show that he’s picking No. 6 Georgia to lose to No. 9 Kentucky.The ESPN college football analyst was the only member of the panel to pick Kentucky.We’re still proving them wrong. Let’s get it done today #BBN! #SECEast #SaturdaySelections #CollegeGameday pic.twitter.com/NhP6WKzkIx— Aaron Swayne (@A_Swayne) November 3, 2018Kentucky and Georgia are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on CBS.
BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The Texas Longhorns were unable to beat Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game and suffered their fourth loss of the season. But the Longhorns’ strong season has them in play for a major bowl game.ESPN just released its final bowl predictions that will no doubt leave Texas fans pleased.Two analysts for ESPN have the Longhorns playing their final game of 2018 in a New Year’s Six bowl game against another team that couldn’t get it done on Championship Saturday.ESPN analysts Mitch Sherman and Kyle Bonagura both have Texas scheduled to face off with SEC runner-up Georgia in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on January 1 at 8:45 p.m.The Bulldogs are coming off a heartbreaking 35-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game in which they blew a 14-point lead.There’s little doubt that QB Jake Fromm and company will be looking to get redemption against any team they come across in the New Year’s Six.Texas last appeared in the Sugar Bowl in 1995, a 28-10 loss to Virginia Tech. Their only win in the bowl game came in 1948 in a 27-7 win over Alabama.