Seat sharing talks with the Janata Dal (U) will figure high on the agenda during BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to Patna on Thursday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to join Mr Shah for both breakfast and dinner during the visit. Top sources in the BJP have confirmed that while Mr Shah will be largely busy with organisational meetings, two one-on-one meetings have been scheduled with Mr. Kumar.“Adhyakshaji (BJP president Amit Shah) will be having breakfast with the Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar) at the State guest house where he will be staying. After addressing organisational meetings like the social media volunteers meet, a meeting of vistaraks, core committee and Shakti Kendra meetings, he will have dinner with Nitish Kumar at the latter’s residence,” said a source. State BJP president Nityanand Rai confirmed the two meetings. “Seat sharing talks are on the anvil, and a formula that will be good for all stakeholders will be formulated,” added the source. No other details were shared as party men and allies like the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) are holding their peace.Electoral equation“We won 22 seats in 2014 on our own; some of them were seats where JD(U) used to win as part of the NDA. Therefore, the seat adjustment is not just about absolute numbers but particular seats and this will have implications for some sitting BJP MPs too,” added the source. Meanwhile, a political observer in Bihar told The Hindu, “I don’t see any electoral dividend for the BJP to take JD(U) along with it in Lok Sabha poll…for the BJP, a triangular contest will always benefit as both RJD and JD(U) would cut each other’s backward caste vote while the BJP’s vote bank will be intact in the name of PM Narendra Modi”.“Though, it will be a different ball game if JD(U) compromises with 9-10 seats with the BJP promising it a lion share in the State Assembly poll in 2020,” said political analyst Ajay Kumar.
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Titans, who also paraded new signees Arvin Tolentino and Kyles Lao, finally won after four tries.The Generals slumped to 0-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Gamboa-St. Clare whipped Jose Rizal U, 93-76, for its third straight win.The Titans almost lost the game after leading by as many as 28 points as Cedric de Joya, Cedric Ablaza, and Jerome Garcia moved the Generals to within 95-93 in the final 11.0 seconds. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Robbie Manalang remained a force to reckon with as AMA Online Education finally ended its drought with a 96-93 win over Batangas-EAC in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Manalang, the former Adamson playmaker, sizzled anew in his second game for the Titans, finishing with a conference-high 40 points on 8-of-16 shooting from three-point zone.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Martinez could only muster a split from the foul line to keep the door open for Batangas-EAC in the last 9.9 ticks, but Earvin Mendoza and Garcia both muffed their attempts that could have forced overtime.“Maybe the players just got tired,” said AMA coach Mark Herrera. “But we got players who can score. At least now, we have options where we can go in our games.”Meanwhile, Mila’s Lechon has decided to withdraw from the league, citing internal problems.Team owner Aika Salanguit made the announcement to discontinue the Mighty Roasters’ campaign in their maiden conference.Mila’s Lechon ended its stint with a 0-4 card and an average losing margin of 26.3 points—RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Philsteel returns as major sponsor of PBA LATEST STORIES
After having faced flak from several quarters for its shoddy state in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, the Athletes Village on Wednesday drew effusive praise from the head of the Games Federation who described it as the best-ever he has seen.”The atmosphere in Games Village is extremely positive. Representatives are relishing the facilities there, especially the training and practice facilities…the best facilities I have seen anywhere at any Games I have been to so far,” Fennell said at his media conference.In the build-up to the mega event, the Village had come under attack from foreign delegations for the “filthy and unliveable” conditions there.There were complaints about water logging in the basements of apartment blocks and unhygienic living conditions.–with PTI inputs
If the poor play continues for these three upperclassmen, it may be time to give a younger corner such as Harper or Williams a shot at some playing time. We’ll learn a lot in a few weeks against Tech in Stillwater.SafetiesThis group, for my money, has played a bit better than the corners. Tre Flowers has been solid, especially lately, racking up eight tackles against Iowa State, to go with two breakups. He continues to be a physical presence at 6’3 and 200 lbs., and will be much needed in the upcoming Big 12 tilts.Senior Jordan Sterns has been a monster in the secondary and helping the running game, with an astounding 39 tackles (12 against Texas!), even missing the Iowa State game. The 2015 All-Big 12 second-teamer is well on his way to an all league honor this year, and the Cowboys will need him to be healthy and at his best if they are to have any shot at the Big 12 title, playing the slew of impressive QB’s they’ll see to end the year.The Pistols Firing Blog staff gave the secondary an aggregate grade of C+, which is the lowest for any positional group on the team. This looks to be the weakest link on the team, and if they play anything like they did the first six games of the season, this Cowboys team will lose several more games, no matter how many they score.I’m concerned about this group but if they can find a way to pull it together and tighten things up, this defense will look completely different and could keep the Cowboys in the Big 12 title race well into November.Secondary Grade: C Alright, take a deep breath and grab an ice cold Coop… because we need to talk about the secondary. Six games in, and I don’t think there’s any doubt which of the positional groups has struggled the most in 2016. The Cowboys, for the most part, roll with two redshirt senior cornerbacks, a junior corner, a RS junior safety, and a senior safety, so lack of experience is not an excuse. Let’s start with the corners, the guiltiest party.CornerbacksComing into this season, I think the combination of a healthy Ashton Lampkin, Ramon Richards in his third season, and grad transfer Lenzy Pipkins (fun to say) seemed like a potentially solid group. They’ve had a boatload of starts between the three of them, and we even had two promising newcomers getting praise from Gundy himself behind them, in Rodarius Williams and Madre Harper.But through six games, this group ranks 103rd nationally in passing yards allowed, at 270 per game, and 14.34 per attempt. Yuck. This is a stat that Glen Spencer may be losing sleep over, because West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, and Oklahoma remain on the back end of this schedule. It’s also a group that has just four picks in six games.Lampkin, Richards, and Pipkins have all had their share of the blame, but perhaps the most jarring game of the season was Baylor. Ish Zamora continued his 2016 lifestyle theme of beating anything alive within 50 yards of him to a pulp for the world to see.Additionally, Lampkin and Richards both got beat multiple times on fairly basic double moves, which was kind of shocking for two guys that had multiple years of starting experience in the Big 12. Here’s one of them, with Chris Platt leaving Lampkin in his dust. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Our photo/video guy Chris Knox put together this awesome video of Chris Carson set to the lyrics of a Biggie Smalls/Thomas the Tank Engine mashup. I of course had no idea what in the world the song was, but I have to say it’s pretty awesome.We tried our best to edit out all the expletives, and I think we got them all, but you might want to keep the volume down just in case.Also, if you missed it, you should read Kyle Cox on Carson’s renaissance.
Oklahoma State’s big recruiting weekend was even bigger than we thought. In addition to a commitment from in-state lineman Bryce Bray, who chose OSU over Oklahoma, the coaching staff also pocketed a commitment from 2018 texas athlete Jaelyn Nolan, according to Scout. He held offers from Oklahoma, Houston and Texas Tech, among others before committing on Monday afternoon.Nolan is a standout dual-threat quarterback for Brownfield High School but missed most of last season with an ACL tear.Oklahoma State already holds a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders in the 2018 class, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, so Nolan will likely switch positions in Stillwater.In his sophomore season, Nolan completed 97 of his 159 passes, 1,311 yards and 11 touchdown passes. He also recorded 52 rushes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.“Yes sir, I’ve committed to Oklahoma State,” Nolan told Scout on Monday. “I just felt of the schools recruiting me they were the one I liked.”Nolan is the sixth commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, and the second this week. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In 2009 when Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury in Oklahoma’s season debut against BYU, many fans in Stillwater, Austin, Waco and elsewhere collectively exhaled a breath of “finally.”In came freshman Landry Jones, a goofy-looking freshman from a city of about 11,000. He didn’t play bad as Bradford’s replacement, but the No. 3 Sooners did lose 14-13 that day. Jones went 6-for-12 for 51 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions.Again collectively, a lot of the nation must have thought “finally.” Until the next week and the week thereafter when Jones beat (yes, I know) Idaho State and Tulsa a combined 109-0 while throwing for 622 yards, nine touchdowns and three picks.Saturday, Bob Stoops retired as coach of the Sooners, and former offensive coordinator and (by most accounts) wizard of football Lincoln Riley was named his replacement. The transition won’t be flawless. There will be times when he looks more like the coach of his hometown 3-A Muleshoe High School up in the Texas Panhandle.But don’t be fooled. Riley is not inept at coaching football. Nov. 4 is quickly approaching, and Riley’s (not Stoops’) Sooners will be prepared for Bedlam.The move from Stoops to Riley seems simple enough. Riley was one of the hottest coaching commodities in the nation late in the 2015 season when OU was headed to the Orange Bowl. He won the Broyles Award that year for the country’s top assistant and conducted the third-best offense in the NCAA by yardage.But it’s not going to be easy. Stoops was a defensive guy. He was the defensive coordinator at Florida from 1996-98 and the co-DC at Kansas State from 91-95. But even still, OU had the 75th-ranked defense in the nation last year in terms of points per drive given up. For perspective, OSU was 54th.It’s unclear whether Mike Stoops, Bob’s brother, will remain as defensive coordinator under Riley, but with Bob gone, it is hard to think the defense will get better, at least in the short term. And offensively, the Sooners lose Biletnikoff winner Dede Westbrook and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine.OU probably won’t go 11-2 and finish fifth in the nation like it did in Stoops’ last season, but they won’t lose to UTEP week 1. They won’t lose to Tulane week 3 or probably not Kansas (State), Iowa State or Texas Tech. That’s about where you have to draw the line though.Under Stoops, you could pencil in West Virginia, Baylor and (yes) the Cowboys of OSU. That’s the gray area for Riley in year 1.Stoops was, still is, a legend in coaching. He won 10 Big 12 titles in 18 seasons. I don’t know, for the most part, what Stoops’ culture was like within the walls. And no one knows about Riley’s yet, but regardless, it won’t be as seamless as it will (probably) appear on Saturdays.Imagine your favorite U.S. president of all time. Now imagine if he had just walked away midterm and left you with the vice president. For you, the U.S. citizen, or OU football fan, not much will change in your daily life. But for those within the administration or program, the reporters or his peers, more than a name plate outside an office will change.Some of those changes won’t be felt in the first week or the sixth week or the eighth month. But things will change in Norman, and unless you think Lincoln Riley is equivalent to the best coach in Big 12 history, then they won’t necessarily change for the better.Don’t get me wrong, Riley might be great, but Stoops was a legend. That’s tough to replicate as it looks like OU is trying to do. I think Mike Stoops of all people might have put it best.“I think it’ll be strange for everybody,” he said. “But I think it’s easy to see what Lincoln brings to the table.”
We have known for a while now that freshman receiver Tylan Wallace will wear No. 80, but the official Oklahoma State media guide was released at Big 12 Media Days, and the rest of the newcomers are included as well.One of the most noteworthy listings was going to be whether Wallace’s twin brother, Tracin, was going to be placed at quarterback or defensive back. He and the other newcomers are listed below with their official position listed on the media guide as shown below. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 15Brendan VaughnLBFr. 20Malcolm RodriguezSFr. 86Baron OdomCWFr. 6Adrian BakerCBR-Sr. 24LD BrownRBR-Fr. NumberPlayerPositionClassification 44Patrick MaconLBJr. 13Tyron JohnsonWRR-So. 51Arlington HambrightOLJr. 78Aaron CochranOLR-Sr. 4Tracin WallaceQBFr. 81LC GreenwoodWRFr. 30Chuba HubbardRBFr. 40Brock MartinDEFr. 42Sione FinefeuiakiCWJr. 23Trey SterlingDBFr. 8Braydon JohnsonWRFr. 56Enoch Smith Jr.DTR-Jr. 13Lamarcus MortonCBFr. 28Thabo MwanikiSFr. 77Tyler MooreOLJr. 27J.D. KingRBFr. 98Brendon EversDTFr. 18Jelani WoodsQBFr. AdChoices广告Outside of freshmen and junior college transfers, there are several worth noting listed on the roster: Tyron Johnson will wear 13, Clemson cornerback transfer Adrian Baker, who we project will start this season, will wear 6, Cal grad transfer tackle Aaron Cochran will rep 78, and Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore will wear 77 (although he isn’t eligible until 2018).While there aren’t any glaring oddities of the roster, it’s worth noting that Tracin Wallace is in fact listed at quarterback where he starred in high school, despite two ACL tears in consecutive seasons.Beat writer Hayden Barber contributed to this report 80Tylan WallaceWRFr.
Here’s a look at some of #OKState’s first football practice of the season. pic.twitter.com/oy9nCAedD3— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) July 31, 2017Gundy eager to get the backup QB competition out of the wayMany times OSU has had their guy at backup (or at least a semblance of an idea) going into fall camp. But that’s not the case this time around, with Jelani Woods, Keondre Wudtee, Taylor Cornelius and John Kolar all vying for the spot. Gundy says he wants to get the competition over and done with to prepare for the 2017 season.“You would like to do it within two weeks, but I don’t have think a timetable really fits in this criteria because it has to be the right guy,” Gundy said. “They’re all going to get a lot of reps like you saw today. Each of them will get a lot of work and somebody is going to have to go out and make some plays because once we get into the final 10 practices before the game there is not enough reps to share at that position.”OSU will take part in 22 practices before the start of the season, so naming a backup could be done by mid-August — if not earlier.Tyron Johnson speaksAfter a full season of sitting on the sidelines and watching from a distance, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson spoke to the media Sunday after months of receiving buzz for his talents.“It’s very exciting,” Johnson said. “All last year I had to sit out and watch these guys play, and now I get to be a part of it.”Johnson admits that sitting out stunk, but he was able to take advantage of his time out by learning the offense.“I learned the offense is fast-paced. I learned I would have to get better positioning to be a part of this offense, so in the spring and summer I had to attack it and take it seriously so I can keep up with these guys in the regular season.”The boys are back. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/OjDqmbjEvd— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 31, 2017 Oklahoma State kicked off its first practice of fall training camp on Sunday evening in a no-pad practice at the Sherman E. Smith training center approximately seven hours after players reported for camp. According to OSU, there were no players who weren’t accounted for — (sans for the late scratch of Fua Leilua) — and the workout lasted a full two hours.Here’s a few notables from practice number one.Justice Hill is back at full strengthWe know Hill, a freshman All-American in 2016, was slated to be RB1 this season. But his health and offseason shoulder surgery put that into some question. Hill addressed his health on Sunday, saying he’s ready to roll for the season.“I got set back a little bit with the surgery, but I came back late in April and went hard all summer. So now, I’m back, definitely 100 percent, but I’ve been surpassing my numbers from last year.”Hill didn’t name names when discussing the backup running back race, but praised the group’s effort in working together.“We’re all clicking together,” he said. “Everybody is helping each other out, just like last year when I was a freshman and LD was a freshman. We’re all clicking and working out every day.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
The preseason hype surrounding Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys has been flooding in this week, with Sports Illustrated naming OSU as a College Football Playoff Team and Rudolph landing on the cover of the magazine.Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt continued the trend of preseason praise on Friday when he named Rudolph as his pick to not only get an invite to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation, but to win the Heisman Trophy in 2017.“The guy I think is going to win the Heisman Trophy: Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State. He’s this perfect combination of on the radar yet not the favorite where we’re going to pay attention to him as he puts up gaudy numbers when they’re likely undefeated through the first half of the season maybe three-fourths of the season before they play Oklahoma, and yet he’s not the favorite.AdChoices广告“We’re not going to expect him to be perfect every single week. Mason Rudolph in that offense with that receiving corps is going to put up huge numbers. We’re going to be following him each and every week en route to what I think is a Heisman Trophy for Oklahoma State.”Although Rudolph isn’t the dual-threat, jump-off-the-screen athlete that will wow fans from home like a Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield, there’s no denying Klatt is right in that he’s going to put up some insane numbers this year airing it out in his senior season.OSU enters the preseason ranked No. 11 in the coaches poll, which does give Klatt’s argument some validity: OSU, like Mason Rudolph, is a perfect combination of on the radar yet not the favorite. And it’s why many like the Cowboys as a sleeper to make the playoff this season behind the Heisman-contending senior quarterback.2017 Heisman winner?Look no further than Mason Rudolph (via @joelklatt) pic.twitter.com/n4dd6wDlXa— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 11, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Same here.And here.And he’s shown that he can make plays with his legs like here.And with this dangerous karate move to Keenen Brown. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State kicks off the 2017 season two weeks from today. Let’s look at a Cowboy who could go from a casual fan’s afterthought to the most important player on the roster at any time.How he got to OSUQuarterback Taylor Cornelius hails from Class 2A Bushland High School (Texas) near Amarillo. He wasn’t heavily recruited but that wasn’t for lack of trying — or production. His senior season, the 6-foot-6 QB threw for 3,815 yards and 46 (!) touchdowns — all while completing 65 percent of his passes. He was a star basketball player and also competed in baseball and track and field. How that alone didn’t earn him a scholarship offer from Gundy, I have no idea.What he’s done in StillwaterCornelius has been in a backup role since 2014 when he and Mason Rudolph came in together. While Rudolph turned into a record-setting star and Heisman candidate, Cornelius has stood behind the scenes working on his game and his body. Coming in as the walking portrait of lanky — 6-6 and 184 pounds — Cornelius has added over forty pounds to his frame and is up to 225.Heading into this past spring game, all the buzz surrounded redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee and early enrollee Jelani Woods. But it was Cornelius that was able to make plays going 5 of 9 for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also ran it four times including a 21-yard play.How much would Cornelius have played had he graduated high school one or two years earlier? It’s a good question. He was an inexperienced walk-on true freshman when Gundy and Co. decided to burn their highly-rated rookie’s redshirt at the end of 2014. But what if they stakes weren’t so high? What if there wasn’t a Mason Rudolph in front of him? What could Cornelius have done with a little more opportunity?On an episode of our PFB podcast, Kyle Porter asked former OSU wide receiver David Glidden to name the most underrated quarterback he ever played with at Oklahoma State.“To be honest with you, I might have to say one of the most underrated and overlooked guys is a guy that’s here right now in Taylor Cornelius,” said Glidden.“The kid throws an outstanding ball. He’s big. He runs a lot better than people think, a lot more athletic than people think and he’s worked ever since he’s gotten here.”Glidden raved about Cornelius’ work ethic and how he came in as a “twig” but has built his body up. He also talked about the obvious talent he brings to the table.“Some of the plays and throws that he typically makes in practice kind of opened up eyes for a lot of people,” Glidden continued “especially guys that practice with him everyday. It’s not really a surprise now to see him put balls on the money or even get out and scramble a little bit and kind of run away from a few people.”Oklahoma State fans hope they don’t have to see what Cornelius can do with the spotlight in 2017. But what about 2018? Could he make a strong case to compete for the QB1 role next year?Role in 2017The competition to be Mason Rudolph’s backup is a two-man race. Redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee has shown some nice things in his year-plus in Stillwater and still may have the most upside but Cornelius seems to have a much better grasp of the offense. The battle hasn’t been decided as of yet but all through camp, it’s seemed like Cornelius’ to lose.Noteworthy stats and highlightsCornelius’ reps have come in garbage time but we did get a decent sample size against Southeastern Louisiana, regardless of the level of competition.He showed he could find the open man.
Swansea City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Ayew and Dyer see Swans into quarters Dom Farrell 06:00 28/2/2018 Getty Images Swansea won a third consecutive FA Cup replay as second-half goals from Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer put paid to Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Ayew came off the bench to help Swansea City past injury-hit Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Following a goalless initial encounter at Hillsborough, Tuesday’s return was another cagey encounter and Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal saw his Premier League side create little of note during the first half versus his former employers.But Swansea’s top scorer Ayew came on at the interval and poached his ninth of the season before Nathan Dyer quashed Wednesday’s dwindling hopes 10 minutes from time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp A 4-1 thrashing at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday put Swansea back in the Premier League relegation zone and they were arguably second best in the first half at the Liberty Stadium.Kristoffer Nordfeldt parried Jacob Butterfield’s swerving shot from outside the area just before the half hour and the Swansea keeper reacted sharply to keep out Jordan Rhodes’ diving header from Lucas Joao’s cross.Sam Clucas’ improvised overhead kick was as close as Swansea came before the break and they were grateful for Nordfeldt’s assured handling after the marauding Joao cut inside Kyle Bartley9 – Swansea City are unbeaten in the previous nine competitive games in which Jordan Ayew has scored for them (W7 D2 L0). Charmed. pic.twitter.com/mPPHy1e23Q — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 27, 2018 Carvalhal elected to send on Martin Olsson and Ayew in a double change that paid dividends when Tom Carroll’s 55th-minute drive remarkably struck both posts, leaving the Ghana international to snaffle the rebound.Dyer ensured a home tie against either Tottenham or Rochdale in round six when he sprung the Wednesday offside trap – a VAR referral fell in the winger’s favour – to slide home Tammy Abraham’s pass.
Transfers Tottenham target Sessegnon dreaming of Premier League Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 20:42 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Fulham Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Championship Premier League Manchester United Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace The Cottagers left-back wants to make the jump to the top-flight, having been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and even Real Madrid In-demand teenager Ryan Sessegnon is dreaming of the Premier League, with Fulham battling to finish in the Championship’s play-off places.Sessegnon, considered one of the hottest properties in English football, has hit 13 league goals this season for Fulham, who sit fifth in the table.The 17-year-old has been linked with Real Madrid, as well as Premier League giants including Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, with many comparing the versatile left-sided player to Gareth Bale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Indeed, Goal understands that Fulham rejected a £25 million bid from Spurs for Sessegnon last year, prior to Sessegnon signing a new deal at Craven Cottage.And the youngster, who followed in the footsteps of Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli in claiming the Young Player of the Year prize at the London Football Awards, is focusing on helping Fulham get to the top flight as speculation over his future continues to mount.”It’s a great feeling for me, to win two awards is a brilliant achievement, but credit to the team,” Sessegnon told Perform at the London Football Awards. “The way the team plays is good and is helping me to become a better player.”I think for any young player playing outside the Premier League, the dream is to be in the Premier League. So I think winning this award makes me want to keep improving as a player.”If you look at those two young English players [Kane and Alli], they’ve done it at a young age and they’re doing it currently in the Premier League.”I’m no different to any other player, I just want to play at the highest possible level.”Congratulations for these deserved awards, @RyanSessegnon . There will be more if you keep working hard. A proud moment for the @FulhamFC academy. #LFA18 pic.twitter.com/HOmPPzosq6 — Slavisa Jokanovic (@Jokanovic) March 1, 2018 Bale made his name at Spurs before earning a move to Real Madrid, with Sessegnon accepting it is an honour to be likened to the Wales star.”I think ever since he was at Tottenham as a young left-back, I’ve watched him for many years,” Sessegnon added. “People compare me to him and it’s great to be compared to someone like him. I’m happy to be myself and keep pushing forward.”Right now I wouldn’t say I have a favourite position, I like to play anywhere on the pitch. But I’m enjoying my role at left wing at the moment.”The London Football Awards Manager of the Year! pic.twitter.com/oLmOxoKVNw — Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 2, 2018 Former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson won the Manager of the Year prize, having led Crystal Palace out of the Premier League’s relegation zone, and the 70-year-old feels Sessegnon has what it takes to make it at the top level.”He’s got enormous potential, he’s playing at a club that is very close to my heart,” said Hodgson. “A very, very great club and a club which has a great possibility this year of getting back into the Premier League, where they were when I was managing them and where I’d like to see them again.”Players like Ryan Sessegnon are going to help the manager [Slavisa Jokanovic], who has done an excellent job. They’re going to help him and the club, I hope, to achieve that goal.”It was very good to see him receive the award. I was impressed with the way he spoke, with the maturity he has shown and the humility with which he spoke.”It’s important he continues to play well between now and the end of the season because, like ourselves, everything will be decided in the next couple of months and we are playing for big stakes.”
Eden Hazard Hazard is entitled to ask himself: What am I doing at Chelsea? Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Eden Hazard Chelsea Manchester City v Chelsea Barcelona v Chelsea Manchester City Barcelona Premier League UEFA Champions League Opinion The jig appears to be up for Antonio Conte and the Blues have a summer of rebuilding ahead of them, meaning their playmaker might consider moving on The warning signs were there before kick-off. The presence of N’Golo Kante for Chelsea in a game like this is non-negotiable.Although he travelled with the squad – and was seen coming through the bowels of the Etihad Stadium with the rest of his team-mates afterwards – the France midfielder was unavailable to face Manchester City on Sunday through illness.With him in the side Chelsea can play both ways. Antonio Conte can ask his side to get on the ball and he can rely on the simple but tempo-setting passes of Kante in midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp If they decide to surrender the ball and play on the counter, well, Kante can be the ideal man for that too.Conte prepared a game plan for Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 and assumed that he could deploy a similar set up against Pep Guardiola’s side.That would make sense if Kante was available. He wasn’t.Danny Drinkwater and Cesc Fabregas are an inadequate pair for a side of Chelsea’s profile in a game of this circumstance. The ex-Leicester captain appears to be a forgotten Chelsea Sporcle quiz answer-in-waiting such has been his lack of impact at Stamford Bridge.His signing, and that of Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud in January, as well as Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta in summer, hint at a much deeper problem. Transfers have not been on the required level.Chelsea were crying out for improvements last summer when Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and John Terry were leaving. To that trio you can add David Luiz who has become persona non grata around West London under Conte. That is the heart and soul of a Premier League title-winning team.Chelsea’s recruitment department did not step it up and give their first-teamers something to think about. The Blues have regressed and regressed badly. Alarm bells should have been ringing as early as the Community Shield in August.Kante can do plenty to paper over the cracks as he is a one-man midfield. Without him this plan was doomed to fail.In it Eden Hazard is expected to work selflessly as a false centre forward. His role in an attacking sense is limited to instigating counter-attacks whenever possession-heavy opponents lose the ball.That might be fine if Chelsea had a little more ambition. But they were routinely coming forward with only three men – Hazard, Pedro and Willian – while a fourth in an off-key Victor Moses got forward only intermittently.Hazard’s best qualities are sacrificed in a team like this. He does not work well with his back to goal. Fans prefer to see him take possession somewhere high on the left, cut in and take shots or provide through balls.To willingly nullify your best attacking player requires the ultimate payoff of the result. It came against neither Barca – albeit unluckily – nor City.”I think the target was to be solid until the end and then try to put one in at the end,” Olivier Giroud said of the tactic. “Obviously, when you concede just after half-time, it is a kick in the leg a little bit but we still thought we could come back at the end. It was not enough but City deserved to win.”It is always easy to say that after the game but if Eden had an opportunity to score, we could have said it was the best choice. Obviously it was difficult today. I am not the coach and the coach makes the team. We have to respect that and give our best no matter who is on the pitch.”If the Barca draw convinced Conte that the system could be tried again then this disgrace of a showing should see it consigned to the dustbin unless they are playing Barca again. Even then it will come with no guarantees.This was a performance of such limited quality and ambition that Chelsea found themselves on the bad end of a couple of Premier League records. No team has ever completed more passes than the 902 City managed here. No player has managed more touches than the 174 by Ilkay Gundogan. How jealous Hazard must have been of those figures; he hit 20 passes on the day. Courtois, his goalkeeper, made 45. Some of those City passes and touches were delivered too easily. One unforgivable passage of play in the 75th minute saw Chelsea filter back into their defensive shape slowly, allow passes to be interchanged at will in front of them, before finally approaching their adversaries in possession at walking pace.Sky commentator Gary Neville raged against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final last week for their walking football. He won’t be the only one unimpressed by Chelsea’s efforts on Sunday.Maybe that’s just how good Guardiola is. He reduces otherwise decent teams to the role of jobbers. No team has a good plan for City other than to dig in, soak it up and hope for the best. You’ll get lucky every now and again as Wigan proved recently. But it’s not enough. It’s certainly not enough for a team like Chelsea and a player like Hazard.He is 27 now and has a few more seasons at his peak. There remains significant disquiet at the Bridge over their playmaker’s new contract. What he was asked to do at the Etihad – and the standard of his team-mates at present – should have him think twice about his next move. Indeed he did not shake the hand of his coach Conte when finally replaced late on. There is clearly more upheaval and more new arrivals imminent at Chelsea this summer. It would be amazing if Conte lasted through to August at this rate while a clear-out on the playing side can be expected. Hazard might well look at that mess coming down the line and think his interests are better served elsewhere.Although he’s got a couple of league titles to his name, he has not been part of a dominant Chelsea team – an era-defining team like Jose Mourinho’s back-to-back title winners or the 2012 team that won the Champions League.He has played his part in their big recent successes but there is a lack of a plan, a lack of identity and a lack of promise at present. If Hazard decides to leave he will not be short of suitors. One thing is for sure, he would be forgiven for thinking that he deserves better.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: PSG ready to swoop for Mourinho Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:11 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond PSG ready to swoop for MourinhoJose Mourinho is set to clash with Manchester United’s boards over transfer funds, opening the door for a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Mirror claims.The report suggests the Portuguese wants more money in order to compete with their rivals both domestically and on the continent, with Manchester City’s spending having propelled them to the top of the Premier League.And with the Red Devils having been dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla after having been backed to the tune of nearly £300 million over the past two years, the club’s board feel Mourinho should have made better progress with what has been at his disposal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It is said that PSG will use the tension between boss and board to lure the 55-year-old – who has a contract until 2020 – to France should the situation become untenable at Old Trafford.Madrid to rival Barca for Bayern’s AlabaReal Madrid are ready to table an €80 million bid for Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, Diario Gol claims.A hugely versatile player capable of operating both in defence and midfield, Alaba’s relatively young age of 25 makes him a sound investment for the future.Madrid, however, could face competition from Barcelona, who are also interested in the Austria international.Mourinho wants WillianJose Mourinho wants to sign Chelsea’s Willian in the summer transfer window, according to The Sun .The Brazilian, who is set for contract talks with the Blues at the end of the season, was a target for Mourinho last summer.With Nemanja Matic having already left for Old Trafford, however, Willian was not allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.The report claims Mourinho will return for his man at the end of the season, having sent scouts to monitor his form throughout the current campaign.Man Utd have agreement for TaliscaManchester United have a gentlemen’s agreement in place to sign Anderson Talisca in the summer, A Bola reports.The Portuguese outlet claims that the Red Devils will pay up to €40 million for the attacker, with loan side Besiktas seemingly unable to meet Benfica’s valuation of the Brazilian.Mourinho turns to RakiticJose Mourinho is interested in signing Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic for Manchester United, Diario Gol reports.Mourinho is said to see the Croatian as a good alternative to top target Luka Modric, who turns 33 this year and is nearing the end of his top-level career.And with competition for midfield spots becoming tougher at Camp Nou, the Red Devils boss may just be able to convince Rakitic to swap La Liga for the Premier League.Arsenal ready €60m Modric bidArsenal are prepared to offer €60 million for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric at the end of the season, claims Don Balon .Modric is reportedly considering a return to the Premier League in the summer, with former club Tottenham also showing an interest in the 32-year-old.Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus would also be willing to explore a deal for the Croatia international if he decides to quit Madrid.Conte closes on PSG jobChelsea manager Antonio Conte looks increasingly likely to take over as Paris Saint-Germain coach at the end of the season, claims Sports Illustrated .Conte is being tipped to leave Chelsea in the summer following a limp defence of the Premier League title and a last-16 exit in the Champions League.With PSG also having crashed out of the Champions League at the same stage, Unai Emery is expected to be relieved of his duties, with Conte primed to take over.Milan want Donnarumma-Cavani swapAC Milan are hoping to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani if Gianluigi Donnarumma moves the other way, according to Premium Sport .PSG’s search for a new goalkeeper has led to increased speculation they will sign Donnarumma, and that deal would free up the funds for Milan to take Cavani.However, Milan will have to overcome rival interest from Chelsea and Manchester United for the Uruguayan, along with the likely failure to be able to offer Champions League football next season.Batshuayi to cost Dortmund €60mBorussia Dortmund will have to pay €60 million if they want to sign on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi permanently, reports Bild .Batshuayi has enjoyed an impressive start to his Dortmund career after joining on loan from Chelsea before the close of the January transfer window.The Belgium international’s long-term Chelsea future is uncertain, but Dortmund will have to stump up big money if they want to keep the forward. Bayern consider Can moveBayern Munich are considering an approach to bring Liverpool midfielder Emre Can back to the club, reports the Mirror .Can is out of contract at Liverpool at the end of the season and has yet to agree an extension at Anfield.Juventus have long been leading the chase for the Germany international, but Bayern could now make a move for Can, five years after he left the Allianz Arena to join Bayer Leverkusen.Arsenal & Milan to fight for MeyerArsenal and AC Milan could fight it out to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer on a free transfer, claims Calciomercato.com .Meyer is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave Schalke after failing to agree terms on an extension.The likes of Liverpool and Tottenham have also been mentioned as admirers of the 22-year-old, who reportedly favours a move to the Premier League, leaving Milan with a battle to convince the Germany international to head to Serie A.Chelsea plot Asamoah approachChelsea are interested in signing Juventus left-back Kwadwo Asamoah on a free transfer, claims The Sun . Asamoah is out of contract at the end of the season and, while Juventus are keen to keep him, the Ghanaian is weighing up a new challenge.Napoli, Inter Milan and Galatasaray are also interested, but Chelsea hope to agree a deal for Asamoah after former target Alex Sandro decided to stay at Juventus.Milan line up Depay moveAC Milan have identified Lyon winger Memphis Depay as a prime summer transfer target, according to Tuttosport .The Serie A side are looking to add a creative attacking edge to their play next season and feel former Manchester United man Depay can be the answer.Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey are also under consideration, but Depay is considered less of a gamble by Milan.Spurs to sell LlorenteTottenham are ready to sell Fernando Llorente in the summer after just one season at the club, reports the Evening Standard . Llorente joined Spurs from Swansea before last summer’s transfer window closed, but he has struggled to make a sustained impression.With Harry Kane facing a month on the sidelines, Spurs are instead expected to turn to Erik Lamela to lead the line, prompting fresh questions over Llorente’s future at the club.Milan boss Gattuso likes Wilshere ‘a lot’AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso said he is a fan of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere ahead of the two sides meeting in the Europa League on Thursday.Wilshere’s contract is expiring at the end of the current season and the midfielder has been linked with a move to Milan, among other Serie A sides. Read what Gattuso had to say about Wilshere right here! Stuttgart set price for Spurs & Liverpool targetStuttgart have slammed the door on any prospective bids of less than €30 million for in-demand defender Benjamin Pavard. The 21-year-old has been hugely impressive for the Bundesliga side in 2017-18, and also earned his first cap for France in November. Pavard’s performances have led to reported interest from several clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.Read the full story on Goal right here! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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Transfers ‘Napoli will not be pillaged’ – De Laurentiis yet to hear from Chelsea over Sarri Rob Lancaster 19:49 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Newcastle United v Chelsea Napoli v Crotone Napoli Serie A Premier League The club have already replaced the Italian coach and are waiting to negotiate with the Premier League side, who have made him their top candidate Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Chelsea he will not allow the Italian club to be “pillaged” as the uncertainty surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s future rumbles on.Sarri still has two years left on his contract with Napoli despite being replaced as head coach by Carlo Ancelotti in May.Amid uncertainty over Antonio Conte’s position, Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for Sarri, but the £7 million ($9.4m) Napoli are demanding as compensation is proving a major stumbling block.. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 However, De Laurentiis insists he has yet to have any contact with the Premier League club, even though he is ready to be “reasonable” in negotiations over his former coach.”I never received any calls from Chelsea, even if they are announced via the newspapers,” he said during an interview with Corriere dello Sport.”If that were to happen, I would sit politely and listen, reflect and then give the response that was best for Napoli.”I want to make one thing clear: this is not a club to be pillaged, this is not a club to be underestimated. I am here to discuss and have already said that, if called, I would be reasonable.”@ADeLaurentiis wishes @MrAncelotti many happy returns on his birthday! https://t.co/HJ9WxWbjHV#ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/PvS3qHAGPd— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) June 10, 2018De Laurentiis also confirmed he has not spoken to Sarri either since the conclusion of the Serie A season, yet holds no grudge after their working relationship came to a rather abrupt end.”I’ve not spoken to Sarri since then and he never called either,” he added.”After the final match of the season against Crotone, I waited, but neither he nor his manager [Alessandro] Pellegrini made themselves heard.”I took that into consideration and thought about a phrase my father said: ‘In life you should never let yourself be surprised’.”I don’t reproach Sarri, as if anything I should’ve set the rules and objectives at the start of the season. But being great gentlemen is a characteristic in the behaviour of the De Laurentiis family.”
Mohamed Salah VIDEO: Mohamed Salah penalty gives Egypt hope against Russia Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Mohamed Salah Russia v Egypt World Cup Russia Egypt African All Stars Videos The star forward converted a penalty against Russia to temporarily keep Egypt’s faint hopes of progressing to the last 16 alive Egypt’s World Cup went from bad to worse as they fell behind Russia 3-0 in the second half of their Group A fixture, though Mohamed Salah was able to pull one back for the Pharaohs in the second half to make it 3-1.The Liverpool forward missed the opening game against Uruguay – which resulted in a loss – but started Tuesday’s game against the host nation.Salah endured a frustrating game as he was unable to get on the ball much in the first half, but managed to score from the penalty spot in the second half after being pulled down inside the Russian penalty area. Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 After Salah went down in the box, the referee initially whistled for a free-kick outside the area. However, the referee consulted with VAR and after review, awarded the penalty.Salah delivered an excellent spot kick to cut the deficit back to two goals, and score the first Egyptian World Cup goal since their last appearance at the showpiece in 1990. Russia were flying after scoring two goals after the break through Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba after Egyptian Ahmed Fathi conceded an unfortunate own goal early on in the first half.But while Salah’s goal gave Egypt a little hope of reversing the deficit, the game ultimately ended with a 3-1 Russia victory. Mo Salah pulls one back for Egypt!Is there enough time for a comeback?? pic.twitter.com/HOIPd5Zzxh— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 19, 2018Salah has to assist himself to scorePeak— 〽️ (@Riddock__) June 19, 2018With the defeat, Egypt must hope Saudi Arabia register a win against Uruguay on Wednesday if they are to have any chance of making it into the last 16.
MLS Atlanta United and USMNT midfielder Nagbe set to miss 2-3 months with groin injury Ives Galarcep 08:38 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Soccrates Images MLS Atlanta United The U.S. national team midfielder is set to miss considerable time for the current MLS leaders. Atlanta United currently boasts the best record in Major League Soccer, but staying on top will be a bit tougher now after losing a key starter to a long-term injury.U.S. national team midfielder Darlington Nagbe is set to miss two to three months with a right adductor injury, Atlanta announced on Tuesday. Nagbe suffered the injury during the Five Stripes’ 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.Acquired via trade from the Timbers before the 2018 season, Nagbe has settled into a steady role in Atlanta United’s midfield. Playing less of an attacking role, Nagbe has yet to score his first goal for his new club but has contributed three assists and started all 17 of the club’s matches this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 Despite the lack of attacking stats, Nagbe has been effective in helping serve as a link between the Atlanta defense and attack, leaving the attacking duties to playmakers Miguel Almiron and Ezequiel Barco.Atlanta United coach Tata Martino won’t have an easy time replacing Nagbe’s ability to keep possession in midfield. Hector Villalba had been pushed to the bench with the arrival of Barco, but replacing Nagbe with Villalba in the lineup could leave Atlanta vulnerable defensively. Chris McCann is a more defensive-minded option in central midfield and could be asked to fill the void. A member of the U.S. national team squad that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Nagbe still figured to play a role with the national team going forward, though Atlanta United did not release him for the USMNT’s most recent friendlies. He last appeared for the United States in a starting role in a 1-0 friendly win against Paraguay on March 27.The injury will likely rule out Nagbe for the USMNT friendlies against Brazil and Mexico.Atlanta United returns to action on Saturday at home against Orlando City.
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