Liverpool boss Klopp’s Christmas Message: Why these players so specialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to his players in his Christmas Day message.Klopp says a key to their success so far this season is the ability of his team to ignore “the noise” of the media and press.He told Liverpoolfc.com: “This is my fourth Christmas as the manager of this incredible football club and although I am not the kind of guy to allow myself to look backwards, I think it is fair to say we have had an incredible ride in 2018 with some real highs and a couple of disappointments.”That’s what gives me the confidence and belief there is more to come from these boys in 2019, that there is more to come from this journey we are all involved in.”We can – and should – all be proud of what the team have done so far this season, but this is only the beginning and there is still such a long way to go, both this season and in terms of what this group of players can achieve.”The best thing about these boys, and what has helped us have such a good start to the season, is they do not listen to the noise; they are 100 per cent every single day in training and every single matchday. We know when we say ‘one game at a time’ some people might consider it football talk, but that really is the way for us. It is the philosophy that has got us to where we are currently.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bournmouth boss Howe knows they’re fighting history against Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournmouth boss Eddie Howe knows they’re fighting history against Tottenham today.Howe’s side have never beaten Tottenham in the top flight, losing five and drawing one of their six meetings and conceding 17 goals in the process.They have also lost all five meetings with the division’s top six clubs this season.Howe says his team must approach the game with attacking intent and relish what promises to be a stern test.”We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” said Howe, whose team travel to Manchester United following the Spurs clash.”But we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these types of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet and we are working towards it.”We expect to get something, that’s how we’ve always been, no matter who we play.”The reality is these games are very difficult so we’ve got to try and attack the games, I think that’s our best form of defence.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Van Dijk appreciates ‘bond’ with Liverpool fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits he feels a close “bond” with the fans.Thursday marks the first anniversary of the Reds agreeing a record-breaking £75million deal with Southampton for the Dutch centre-back.“I definitely feel the bond we have with the supporters,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.“It’s about being normal. We’re not better than anyone else. We are all human beings and the manager is also putting that out as well.“He has been loved by everyone and I think it is because he has been himself. As a player, he will give you his honest opinion and be straight with you. It’s who he is.“I’m obviously aware of my song the fans have created for me. It’s brilliant. Like everyone else, I first saw it on Twitter. Now I’ve heard it in the last few games.“It means a lot to me and to have such a great song already is fantastic. It’s recognition of how things have been going and I am very proud to have a song. I can’t tell you how great it is to hear my name being sung in the stadium.“I have a good relationship with the fans and I see their comments on social media from time to time. For a club like Liverpool, you need to give your blood, sweat and tears on the pitch and if you do that then I think you will be adored because you’ve done everything possible to win the game.“It feels like it is an exciting time at Liverpool. Since I have been here, I have had some fantastic moments with this team.“With the help of all my team-mates, the staff and the fans, I believe it can only get better and hopefully we are going to achieve amazing things with the group for all the fans supporting us throughout the world.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri convinced by Hudson-Odoi potential: Big European futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists he wants Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay.The winger is the subject of intense interest from Bayern Munich this week.But Sarri says, “He is a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve.“He has to improve I think in movement without the ball. As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for English football I think but for European football.”Sometimes there are one, two players in Barcelona from the academy, sometimes one, two in Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris Saint-Germain. It’s not easy. “We are lucky. We have [Ethan] Ampadu, [Andreas] Christensen, Hudson-Odoi. We have three or four players from the Academy. It’s really very good.“In Europe there are few players of 18 with eight matches at this level. Hudson-Odoi this season played six, seven official matches. He is not lucky, he is good.”
LSU OL Jevonte DomondUpdate: LSU has suspended offensive lineman Jevonte Domond following his domestic violence arrest. #LSU has suspended OL Jevonte Domond. Les Miles has reached out to Domond but has yet to speak with him, Michael Bonnette says.— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) May 26, 2015Earlier: LSU offensive lineman Jevonte Domond has been arrested for an alleged felony domestic violence abuse battery with strangulation, according to police reports obtained by The Advocate. Domond, who transferred into the Tigers’ program from Glendale Community College (Arizona) last summer, played in one game last season. The details of the alleged incident are ugly. BREAKING: Booking records show #LSU OT Jevonte Domond was booked into EBR Prison on charges of Felony Domestic Abuse Battery w/Strangulation— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) May 26, 2015From the report: According to a Sheriff’s Office report, an argument occurred Monday afternoon between Domond and his fiancée. During the dispute, while she was leaning over the crib of their “newborn baby,” Domond allegedly “grabbed her from behind by the neck,” lifted her off the ground and dropped her, the report says.The woman told deputies she “began to lose consciousness,” the report says, and she “almost blacked out.” At some point during the argument, Domond allegedly grabbed a bandana from his fiancées head. In response, she sprayed him with pepper spray, the report says.The woman told deputies Domond then picked her up and “slammed her on the couch,” the report says. She also told them Domond bit her on her hip, prompting her to spray him again with pepper spray, the report says.You can read the rest of the report here. An LSU spokesman confirmed to The Advocate that the program is aware of the situation, though they have yet to officially comment on the matter. Domond, who is currently in East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, is reportedy scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Houston coach Tom Herman may be the hottest coaching commodity in the country after leading the Cougars to an upset victory over Florida State in the Peach Bowl on Thursday, but his wife Michelle might have attracted her own set of suitors after the contest. Michelle Herman’s Twitter mentions skyrocketed after she was shown live on ESPN.There are thousands of tweets – you can guess why.Mrs. Tom Herman pic.twitter.com/Pbm7G1dwCL— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) December 31, 2015If Tom Herman’s wife cheated on me I would apologize to her pic.twitter.com/Ilk2BoL5w1— BMOC (@TailgateC9) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife is proof he can recruit. Hubba hubba— Brandon #GoBucks (@fierybuckeye) December 31, 2015Y’all see Tom Herman’s wife? Lawd have mercy— Max Thompson (@itsmaxthompson) December 31, 2015Did @UHouston name their mascot after Head Coach Tom Herman’s wife? Daaang!!! #Cougars @ESPNCFB— Kacey Brown (@KaceBrown) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife….straight up hottie.— Matt (@gatriguy) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife. It’s fair to say the man is winning both on and off the field.— Donny (@DonnyTello50) December 31, 2015Lol Tom Herman’s wife finna break twitter. You guys make me laugh.— Chad (@ChadSpringer) December 31, 2015Life isn’t so bad for Tom Herman right now.
Mesut Ozil needs to accept his “time is up and he must move on”, says Charlie Nicholas, with the Arsenal playmaker tipped for a possible switch to China.The World Cup winner is facing questions regarding his future after slipping out of favour under Unai Emery.A lucrative contract penned in February 2018 and a lack of contribution on the field is considered to be causing those at Emirates Stadium unnecessary problems. 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? Removing Ozil from the fold could help to resolve some of those issues, with Nicholas suggesting that he could attract interest similar to that being shown in West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic.The former Arsenal striker told Sky Sports, with Aaron Ramsey also edging towards the exits in north London: “I think they should get rid of Ozil.“It is the people running the club who gave him the wage, but it looks silly letting Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere go.“Hopefully Juventus will take Ramsey immediately and Arsenal get some money for him. Ozil does not fit Emery’s plans, so you get the agent in and look for him to go elsewhere.“Ozil has amazing talent and is popular in the dressing room but his time is up and he must move on. If the Chinese clubs are interested in Arnautovic then they should be interested in Ozil.“He will not want to sit on the bench but the common-sense consensus is finding a club and looking to sell him.”Another ex-Arsenal star, Paul Merson, also believes that a decision needs to be made on Ozil.He considers goings on at the Emirates to be “a joke”, with Ramsey being allowed to walk away on a free transfer while Emery is told he has no transfer funds for reinforcements.“If this was in a book, you’d throw the book in the sea as it would be so unbelievable for such a big football club,” said Merson.“You shouldn’t let £50 million players’ contracts run down, it is a joke. The way the club is being run at the moment and the players that have been let go, I worry for Arsenal.“I think the Arsene Wenger contract talk dominated the agenda at Arsenal so much, the club took their eye off sorting out contracts for their key players. A top football club shouldn’t be allowing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere to leave on the cheap.“Arsenal won’t be able to buy anyone until they can get Ozil off the books.“If Arsenal want to attract the big players for £50-60m then those players will want to be on Ozil’s wages. Arsenal can’t afford to do that. Then players will look elsewhere.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was one of the best signal callers in recent college football history during his Sooners career. Lincoln Riley shouldn’t have trouble attracting other quarterbacks, and in 2019 commit Spencer Rattler, they have the top guy in the class coming in next year.Rattler has been committed to the Sooners since last June. It doesn’t seem like he’s wavering from that choice, with his profile continuing to rise.After many of the top players competed at The Opening finals, 247Sports has updated its rankings. That is big news for Rattler.He was already the top-ranked quarterback in the class. Now he has received his fifth star.God is good. 5 ⭐️ https://t.co/GTTb0z1f5i— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) July 12, 2018Spencer Rattler should continue what can become a strong line of Oklahoma QBs.Mayfield solidified the position after his transfer from Texas Tech. This season, Kyler Murray is expected to have a big season before he turns his attention to baseball full-time.Austin Kendall will also contend for the job after this season, if he cannot beat out Murray, the expected starter, this season. He is a former four-star recruit as well.247Sports’ composite rankings have Kendall as the No. 26 player in the country overall, and No. 1 at his position and in Arizona. Last month, the site’s Greg Biggins wrote that he was the most impressive passer at the Elite 11 Finals:Three quarterbacks separated themselves by consistently being in the top group of signal callers and Rattler was the most dynamic for us. He’s a play maker who has the ability to beat a defense with his arm or his legs and has a presence about him that should make him a natural leader in college.Like Mayfield, Rattler is a confident player, who says he can make all the throws. As long as Riley is there, the Sooners offensive should keep humming.
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week 5 of the college football season is still a few days away, but that won’t stop us from looking ahead. There are a few major games, including two top-10 matchups as Ohio State travels to Penn State while Stanford takes on Notre Dame.Another top-25 matchup will take place in the Big 12 on Saturday. Texas Tech, which just took down No. 15 Oklahoma State, takes on West Virginia in what promises to be a shootout.Ahead of the game, a Vegas sportsbook’s computer predicted the outcome.OddsShark’s computer model suggests the Red Raiders will pull off yet another upset. According to the OddsShark prediction, Texas Tech will take down West Virginia by a final score of 35.6-31.6.Kliff Kingsbury entered the season on the hot seat, but the Red Raiders are off to an incredible start to the season. A win over Heisman contender Will Grier and the Mountaineers would do wonders for the program.Stay tuned.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers passes against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made the decision to name true-freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the team’s starting quarterback. The decision to bench Kelly Bryant in favor of Lawrence made headlines after Bryant announced his decision to transfer.On Saturday afternoon, Clemson took on Syracuse – the program that shocked the Tigers during the 2017 season. Lawrence saw the field for the first time as a starter early in the first quarter.Facing a 3-0 deficit, Lawrence completed his first pass – a strike over the middle. However, the next snap didn’t go too well.Lawrence botched a handoff with running back Travis Etienne, leaving the ball on the turf. Clemson jumped on the ball for the game’s first turnover.Fumble! Syracuse recovers. Lawrence and Ettiene don’t connect and the Orange have the ball again— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) September 29, 2018The Orange took the turnover and got points on the drive with a 51-yard field goal. Syracuse jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but will need touchdowns instead of field goals if the team wants to stay undefeated.The game can be found on ABC.