About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ings return has boosted Southampton – Targettby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are boosted by the fact that Danny Ings is back in contention, according to Saints fullback Matt Targett.Ings was in excellent form as he played a part in the side’s 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday.And Targett believes that Ings has a lot more to offer when he is up to full fitness.He said to the Daily Echo: “He is a massive player for us.”When we can get him on the pitch and playing, it’s a massive boost for us.”Hopefully, he can stay fit for a long time and continue to score goals for us.”We tried to push it and get him back for the Fulham game, but it backfired a little bit.”It was nice to have him back, even though he isn’t 100 per cent fit yet.”That fitness will continue coming with more games, and hopefully, he can carry on scoring.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan winger Perisic: Man Utd offer was trueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has again spoken of missing out on a summer move to Manchester United.The Croatia World Cup star was one of the names on Jose Mourinho’s list of potential summer signings, the lack of which largely contributed to the Portuguese’s unhappiness at the club prior to his sacking last month.”It’s true that an offer from Manchester United was on the table and I was close to leaving Inter,” he said.”But I decided to stay and, as I said, Spalletti’s perseverance to keep me played a big role.”In football, small details in these situations are key.”Admiration from a coach like Mourinho is definitely something that flattered me.”It’s confirmation of hard work and good performances.”When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Manchester United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer.”I’m glad he has a high opinion of me and these things motivate me to work hard and train hard, to achieve the best performances.”
Shilton pays tribute to Arsenal keeper Cech after retirement: Terry was rightby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland legend Peter Shilton has paid tribute to Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech after he announced his retirement.Cech will hang up the gloves at the end of the season.Shilton wrote for the Daily Mail: “I always say all keepers make mistakes, but the best ones make the fewest. That certainly applies to Petr.”Keepers are all dependent to an extent on what is in front of them and Petr played in front of some great defenders.”But his technical judgment, shot-saving and consistency were all of the highest standard and that marks the great from the very good.”There is no doubt that his confidence was affected after he fractured his skull in that horrific collision with Stephen Hunt at Reading in 2006, which is understandable.”Many years ago Brian Clough said I was worth 15 points a season to Nottingham Forest. “That is also what John Terry repeated about Cech and it sums up my memories of the great Czech keeper.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chimbonda tells Spurs: Back Pochettino and buy!by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham fullback Pascal Chimbonda says manager Mauricio Pochettino is not to blame for their poor start to the season.Spurs have won just three out of 12 games in the Premier League so far this season and are on a desperate winless away run that dates back to January last season.”It’s been pretty much the same team for two years in a row, and if you want to be a big team, you have to buy players and keep your squad fresh,” Chimbonda told Gambling.com. “I don’t think they should change the manager. I think some players’ heads have gone and the manager has no alternative options, and that’s what’s causing problems in the Spurs team.”Sometimes Pochettino only has one player available in a certain position, and that’s not necessarily his fault. Things have become stale because of the lack of options.”
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 17: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils shouts against the Rhode Island Rams during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Last week, we brought you a story about both Georgia coach Mark Richt and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher responding to a fan’s wedding invitation. Well, for whatever reason, this seems to be becoming a trend. A Duke fan named Sheldon Farrell invited Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to his wedding earlier this month, and excitedly shared what he got back in the mail. Coach K actually took the time to reply and autograph the invite. He also included a 2015 National Champions poster as a gift.Nvr thought n my wildest dreams I’d get a response from Coach K 4 wedding. What a great man! @Duke_ATHLETICS #honored pic.twitter.com/FrnEBLI0Wb— Sheldon Farrell (@SheldonFarrell) May 29, 2015This is great, but we’re waiting for the first time a college coach actually shows up to one of these weddings. That’ll make serious headlines.[Buzzfeed]
Jabrill Peppers AutographSomeone claiming to be a Michigan fan on Twitter attempted to frame Wolverine defensive back Jabrill Peppers and linebacker Jared Wangler this afternoon. The attempt was a poor one.The Twitter user, @jbiggs24, posted a series of tweets claiming he paid Peppers and Wangler $50 apiece in an elevator for their autographs, which would be an NCAA violation and put the student-athletes’ eligibility in question. A “photo” of the autographs was even posted. @JabrillPeppers @Jwangles2 hey guys thanks for letting me buy your guys autographs from U!! Go blue!! #michigan pic.twitter.com/FUU16INXef— Jason biggs (@jbiggs24) June 16, 2015@JeffFromOhio I met them I an elevator and gave them 50— Jason biggs (@jbiggs24) June 16, 2015@JeffFromOhio I didn’t even have 2 ask them, they offered after I told them I was big fan #goblue— Jason biggs (@jbiggs24) June 16, 2015This seemed sketchy right away. The account has been active for less than 24 hours. The Twitter user whose questions were being answered belongs to an Ohio State fan – why would a Michigan fan admit to an obvious NCAA violation on Twitter thanks to the prodding of a Buckeye supporter? And the autographs, after viewing real photos of Wangler and Peppers’ signatures, are clearly forged. Wangler shot down the framing attempt on Twitter. Neither of our signatures you clown. https://t.co/kDotJTQxs6— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) June 16, 2015We (hopefully) probably don’t need to tell you this, but don’t believe everything you see on Twitter, folks.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Many other top college football coaches are annoyed with Jim Harbaugh, but he’s formed an interesting alliance with Art Briles and Baylor. Briles served as keynote speaker for Michigan’s March 10 coaching clinic. Now, Harbaugh and his entire staff are working Baylor’s instructional camp. We’re sure they don’t mind getting some time to work with recruits down in Texas.Pumped to have Jim & crew down – two top-5 programs giving student athletes the opportunity to learn! #RealityNoHype pic.twitter.com/VuU1iiFcNW— Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) March 17, 2016Now give us a Baylor-Michigan non-conference game, and we’ll all be happy.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>
England cruised into a second consecutive Women’s World Cup semi-final courtesy of a dominant 3-0 win over Norway on Thursday.After the unsavoury narrative surrounding England’s ill-tempered last-16 win over Cameroon, the focus was back on football in the quarter-finals and, with defenders Steph Houghton and Millie Bright fit to start, Phil Neville’s side controlled proceedings.Jill Scott netted in a third different World Cup to put the Lionesses ahead, before Ellen White scored her sixth finals goal – the most ever for an England player – and fifth of this tournament. 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 irrepressible Lucy Bronze added a brilliant third and England were able to take their foot off the pedal for the final 30 minutes, running out comfortable winners even with Nikita Parris missing a late penalty.England were beaten by Japan in the last four in 2015 but will have the opportunity to improve on that performance against either hosts France or defending champions the United States.It was a flying start for England, who recorded their fastest ever Women’s World Cup goal, timed at two minutes and six seconds.Bronze stormed down the right and pulled the ball back from the byline for Scott to prod in off the left-hand post after White initially missed her kick.Parris should have done better as she shanked wide after working space on her left foot in the area, before White crashed a powerful strike against the post from a similarly promising position.The two made amends five minutes before the break, though, as Parris squared for White – compared by Neville to Alan Shearer and Michael Owen – to tap into the net.4 – Ellen White is the second English player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances after Gary Lineker between 1986 & 1990 – she is the first English player to do so in a single edition. Unremitting. #FIFAWWC #NOR #ENG #NORENG pic.twitter.com/ycNCfkufZz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2019And a slow start to the second half was quickly forgotten when Bronze powered into the roof of the net from 20 yards following a right-wing Beth Mead free-kick in the 57th minute.Houghton cleared off the goal line from Lisa-Marie Utland in a brief England blip, while Karen Bardsley denied Isabell Herlovsen, but Neville’s side could have had a fourth.Captain Houghton was shoved to the ground in the area by Maria Thorisdottir and Parris took the spot-kick, only for Ingrid Hjelmseth to save well and limit the damage for Norway.Key Opta Facts:- England have reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in back-to-back editions of the tournament (also 2015); they had never reached the final four in the competition before this.- Norway have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s World Cup for just a second time (also 2003 v USA), having previously progressed from four of their five ties at this stage.- Norway have been eliminated from the Women’s World Cup by England in consecutive tournaments (also 2015 last 16); England are the second nation to knock them out of more than one edition of the competition (also USA, 1991 and 2003).- Ellen White is now England’s outright record goalscorer at the Women’s World Cup (six goals), with her strike today moving her ahead of Fara Williams (five).- White is the second English player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances after Gary Lineker between 1986 and 1990 – she is the first English player to do so in a single edition.- Jill Scott (2007, 2011 and 2019) is only the second ever player to score in three separate Women’s World Cup tournaments for England, after Fara Williams (2007, 2011 and 2015). read more
Patrick Vieira has ruled out a return to English football at Newcastle, with the Frenchman fully committed to his role at Nice.There is a managerial vacancy to be filled at St James’ Park following the departure of Rafa Benitez.It has been suggested that the Magpies could turn to a man with considerable Premier League experience after Vieira spent nine memorable years with Arsenal during his playing days, before bringing the curtain down on an illustrious career at Manchester City. 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 He cut his coaching teeth with the Blues, within their academy system, before heading to New York City in MLS.Nice brought the World Cup winner back to Europe in the summer of 2018 and secured a seventh-place finish in their first season under Vieira.The 43-year-old believes there is still much work for him to oversee with the Ligue 1 outfit, meaning that he will not be heading to Newcastle any time soon.Vieira told reporters when quizzed on his future: “I am at OGC Nice long term. I have no intention of going elsewhere.”I’ve always felt good here and with the people around me. I can’t see myself anywhere other than OGC Nice.”While Vieira has sought to distance himself from a role at Newcastle, it has been suggested that a position with the Magpies may be a useful “stepping stone” in his career.Former team-mate Ray Parlour is expecting to see the Frenchman back at Arsenal at some stage, with it possible that another Premier League post could be used as a springboard.“I always tipped him to be the Arsenal manager one day. I’d love to see him back at Arsenal, but this could be the stepping stone, who knows,” Parlour told talkSPORT.“He was a fantastic player, a really intelligent guy. He knew exactly what he brought to the table every game and he never let you down, he could handle the pressure.“Not all great players become great managers, but I could always see him going down that road.“To take over from Tony Adams as Arsenal skipper, that was a big loss for us because Tony was a big, big player at centre-half, but Patrick did a wonderful job. He was skipper for about eight years and everyone looked up to him.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tonight’s Alabama-Louisville game didn’t have a lot of drama heading in, at least with regard to which team would probably win.Alabama was a heavy favorite entering the game. The major storyline entering the day centered on Alabama’s quarterback situation.Tua Tagovailoa started the game, and has taken the vast majority of snaps for the Crimson Tide, so it is pretty clear that he’s the guy. He’s shown why, as well, with some incredible throws.With Tua under center, Alabama has run out to a 28-0. If anything, it is a smaller deficit than many imagined, as the Crimson Tide have been a bit sloppier than they often are.Louisville can’t make anything happen on the other end though. Alabama has outgained the Cardinals 340-113.Will Nick Saban’s club hang on in the second half? Uhh…yeah, probably.Here’s what ESPN is predicting for the second half of Alabama-Louisville.ESPN‘s football power index gives Alabama a 99.7-percent chance to hold on for the win.Tua is 11-for-15 for 195 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jerry Jeudy. Alabama has 109 yards on the ground as a time, paced by Damien Harris’ 51 yards, though Tua and Najee Harris have scored on the ground.In his first start, Louisville’s Jawon Pass is 10-for-19 for 100 yards, and one interception. Stepping in for Lamar Jackson was never going to be easy, especially when the Crimson Tide is the first opponent for the young quarterback.