Transfers Manchester City January transfer news LIVE: Alexis family arrive as move nears Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:50 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester City Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Citizens as the January transfer window heats up Alexis’ family arrive in London ahead of Arsenal exitThe family of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez have arrived in London ahead of the Chile international’s expected departure from the club, Goal can reveal.Manchester City still lead the way in terms of capturing the former Barcelona ace, but Man United carry an interest too.Get the latest on January’s biggest story right here! Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player ‘Mourinho risks Alexis custard pie’Manchester United’s “gamble” on Alexis Sanchez surprises Paul Merson, who feels Jose Mourinho is risking a “custard pie” if the player ends up at arch-rivals Manchester City.The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports: “It’s a big gamble what Jose’s done with Alexis Sanchez, by going ‘I want Sanchez’. Because if Sanchez chooses to go to Man City, that’s a real custard pie to Man United.”Read the full story on Goal.Man City make Fred bidManchester City have made a £45 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, according to the Manchester Evening News . The Brazilian has been identified by Pep Guardiola as the long-term successor to Fernandinho in midfield, although he may face competition from rivals United. Sane not threatened by AlexisLeroy Sane insists he has nothing to fear from Alexis Sanchez’s potential move to Manchester City.Arsenal star Sanchez is said to be on the brink of deciding his next move, and City were favourites to secure his signature before rivals Manchester United emerged as contenders – as revealed by Goal on Friday .Read what Sane has had to say on Goal. Arsenal expect Alexis exit but hopeful on OzilArsene Wenger concedes that Alexis Sanchez is likely to leave Arsenal, but he remains optimistic regarding a new contract for Mesut Ozil.The Gunners have seen speculation surrounding two key figures cast an unwelcome shadow over their efforts in 2017-18, with Manchester rivals City and United ready to pounce if the exit door is opened.Read the full story on Goal. Real Madrid move for Man City’s SterlingReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is in talks with Manchester City over the possible signing of Raheem Sterling, claims Don Balon .Sterling has seen marked improvement in his game since coming under the wing of Pep Guardiola. And that upturn in form has not escaped the attention of Perez, who sees him as a possible successor to Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.Man City consider Seri approachManchester City have identified Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri as a possible signing, according to L’Equipe .Seri, who was close to a Barcelona move in the summer, would add more depth to the City midfield and is highly rated through his displays in Ligue 1. No Alexis bidding war, says WengerArsene Wenger has said there is no bidding war between Manchester City and Manchester United over Alexis Sanchez.The Frenchman was tightlipped over the future of the Chile international but did not deny that approaches had been made.Get the full story right here on Goal! Mourinho refuses to rule out Alexis moveManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not ruling out the possibility of a move for Alexis Sanchez.The Arsenal forward has been widely expected to join Manchester City, but the Red Devils have reportedly swooped in with a late approach for the 29-year-old. Get the full story right here on Goal! Man City still hopeful on AlexisManchester City are still hopeful of signing Alexis Sanchez in January, despite a supposed approach from Manchester United, Goal understands.The Blues’ plans for Alexis remain unchanged, despite news of rival interest emerging on Thursday, and the club are also believed to be working on at least one other deal.Read the full story on an intriguing transfer tale here. Napoli boss requests Sane signingNapoli manager Maurizio Sarri has requested the signing of Manchester City Leroy Sane, according to CalcioNapoli24 .The 59-year-old asked president Aurelio De Laurentiis, during talks over a new contract, to attempt to lure the Germany international away from the Etihad Stadium.De Laurentiis, however, instantly rebuffed the request, maintaining that the winger would prove too expensive.Man Utd ahead of City in Weigl raceManchester United have passed Manchester City in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, according to the Independent .Jose Mourinho is said to want a new defensive midfielder in support of Paul Pogba, and City target Weigl has landed on the Red Devils’ radar.While a swap involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems unlikely, United’s willingness to send the midfielder to Dortmund could help facilitate talks to sign Weigl.
Zinédine Zidane Zidane ‘would leave tomorrow’ if Real Madrid players lost faith in him Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:29 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid Primera División The Frenchman is under pressure having overseen a disappointing 2017-18 campaign up to now, with the Copa del Rey exit to Leganes not helping matters Zinedine Zidane insists he “would leave tomorrow” if he had seen any sign of Real Madrid players’ faith in him being shaken following a dreadful run of form.Goal reported on Thursday that the Frenchman still had the support of the Madrid dressing room, despite being dumped out of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals by Leganes.That result came as a bitter blow to Zidane, as many had suggested the Copa represented his side’s most realistic opportunity for success this term, having fallen well adrift of Barcelona in La Liga and drawing free-scoring Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid return to league action on Saturday, though their task involves trying to take three points from Mestalla against a Valencia team sat directly above them in the table.Zidane’s men go into the match 19 points behind pacesetters Barca, who have played a game more, but the head coach remains optimistic in the face of adversity, adamant he would simply leave if he felt there was no way of getting his messages across.”No, if I thought that I would leave tomorrow,” he told reporters at his pre-match news conference on Friday.”These aren’t excuses; it’s part of football. Sometimes you need to go through lows to experience the highs. We need to keep going, dust ourselves off.”Look at life; bad things happen. We just need to have that desire to change things. I feel strong and able – if I didn’t, that’d be a problem.”Nobody can take my motivation to keep going away from me, working until the last day.”We take each day as it comes. I could sign a ten-year contract, but that doesn’t mean anything – it’s all about taking it one day at a time and the work you put in.”I’ve been here two years and I still have the energy and drive. We’ll see in June what happens.”It was put to Zidane that the club’s pre-season planning in the transfer market is potentially the cause of Madrid’s troubles, as they allowed strong rotation options such as Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez, Danilo, Pepe and Mariano Diaz to leave.On top of that, the only players they spent money on – Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos – have made very little impact on the first-team, but Zidane insists he is happy with their transfer business.”I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” he said. “I accept that whatever happened is done.”We just have to turn things around here and when I signed before start of season I was very happy with the squad at my disposal.”It’s a younger squad with a bright future. They have to learn, but I’m here giving 100 per cent.”
Mexico Araujo not 100 percent as he joins Mexico national team Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 23:19 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin Jairaj Mexico Liga MX World Cup Santos Laguna The Santos Laguna center back joined his teammates to celebrate their title win, but his El Tri status is still up in the air Nestor Araujo will report to Mexico national team camp Monday but says he’s still not totally fit.The Santos Laguna center back suffered a knee injury while playing with the Mexico national team in a March friendly against Croatia. While the original timetable for recovery after undergoing surgery in Mexico City would’ve put him back in the playoffs, he wasn’t in the Santos squad for either leg of the final.He was present in Toluca to celebrate with his teammates Sunday night as Santos won its sixth Liga MX title, though, and said he’s off to join the Mexico squad with hopes to play in next week’s friendly match against Wales despite not being sure what manager Juan Carlos Osorio and the coaching staff will decide. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I’m still not at 100 percent, but Monday I’ll talk with Juan Carlos and see what happens,” Araujo said. Later, when congratulated for being the only Liga MX champion who would represent Santos in Russia, he said, “I’m not at the World Cup yet but we’re hoping.”Araujo was injured in the same match as Mexico center back Carlos Salcedo, who made his return to the field and helped Eintracht Frankfurt win the German Cup this weekend.While the former Chivas defender is back on the field, Araujo is yet to be included in a squad. He looked on as Santos defended a one-goal lead for the last eight minutes of Sunday’s second leg and was sweating out the end. Soon enough, Araujo was able to join his teammates to celebrate the title.”I was really nervous, but now I’m enjoying it,” he said. “I think the team deserved it.”Mexico will travel to the Los Angeles area this week ahead of a May 28 friendly match against Wales. After that there is a send-off match against Scotland on June 2 in Mexico City before Osorio has to trim the roster by five players on June 4. Araujo is one of the five injured players who Osorio is concerned about recovering in time for the tournament.
World Cup Croatia a better team than Messi-dependent Argentina, says Kovacic Harry Sherlock 17:58 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty World Cup Argentina v Croatia Lionel Messi Croatia Argentina Mateo Kovacic insists that, barring Lionel Messi, the Europeans are better than the South American side all over the pitch Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic is confident his side will get the better of Argentina when they meet in the World Cup because they are “a better team” than the South Americans.The two heavyweights of Group D meet on Thursday, with Argentina having drawn 1-1 with Iceland in their opener and Croatia beating Nigeria 2-0.Neither game will be remembered as a classic encounter, but a win for Kovacic’s side against Argentina could potentially see them through to the knockout stages as group winners. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move That would be something of a shock given the pre-tournament billing given to Argentina, in particular Barcelona’s talisman Lionel Messi.Kovacic, though, insists that Messi is the only advantage the South Americans hold, believing that the rest of their team is better to a man.”Argentina depends a lot on Messi, although they are a great team in other positions,” he told reporters. “He has to take care of them most of the time. He is phenomenal, he can resolve the game at any time.”He added: “We do not need to be too afraid of Argentina, we are singularly better than them, except Messi, and so we should behave, look at ourselves, not others.”Croatia boast the talents of Kovacic and his Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric, along with Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic.The winners of Group D will meet the runners-up of Group C, meaning a last-16 showdown looms with either France, Denmark, Australia or Peru.
Congratulations to Mike Rush who returned to the TFA Board of Management as Chair and to Steve Cullen and Jane Russo who were elected as Directors.Please find attached the 2008/2009 Annual Report. For further information please contact the TFA office. Related Filestfa_annual_report_2009-pdf
A dedicated Play NRL campaign has been developed to encourage a fun, active and healthy lifestyle through NRL and Touch Football programs. The Play NRL â€˜My Storyâ€™ campaign showcases the values and positive attributes of playing NRL and Touch Football through a series of content pieces that feature some of the biggest names in both sports. Touch Football is again a centrepiece of the campaign and participation agenda. This yearâ€™s campaign features Australian Menâ€™s Open representative, Ben Moylan and his younger brother, Penrith Panthers captain, Matt sharing their own story of growing up playing Touch Football and Rugby League. The Moylanâ€™s ad is one of three videos, the others featuring North Queensland Cowboys captain, Johnathan Thurston and Jillaroos players Sam Hammond and Jenni-Sue Hoepper. Keep an eye out for some familiar faces in all three ads, with Touch Football featuring prominently. To view the ads, please click on the links below: Ben and Matt Moylan â€“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ3FR1GNISE Johnathan Thurston â€“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jHPl6mwQqQ Sam Hammond and Jenni-Sue Hoepper – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9WD1Br_-Pw Related LinksPlay NRL Campaign
Wolves rival Juventus for Braga striker Francisco Trincaoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves have joined the battle for Braga striker Francisco Trincao.The Sun says Wolves are trying to beat Juventus and Inter in a £13.5million race for frontman Trincao.The Portuguese starlet, 19, is Sporting Braga’s prize asset but they are resigned to losing him to one of Europe’s top leagues.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo rates the striker very highly and hopes the club, through sporting director Kevin Thelwell, can do a deal.Juventus and Inter have been interested in the player since the summer.But Wolves hope Trincao’s links to agent Jorge Mendes, with their own close relationship to him, will sway things in their favour.Trincao is a Portugal Under 20 star and won the golden boot in the European U19 Championships last summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal interested in Wolves defender Willy Bolyby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are interested in Wolves defender Willy Boly.Unai Emery is still on the look out for defensive reinforcements after signing David Luiz and Kieran Tierney in the summer and the Wolves man may fit the bill, says The Sun.Boly, 28, joined Wolves in 2017 and won promotion to the Premier League in his first season at Molineux. Wolves are reluctant to sell the the centre back but could make a decent profit on the £10million paid to Porto for the Frenchman’s signature.The defender scored a late winner in midweek in Wolves’ 1-0 win over Besiktas in the UEFA Europa League and has been one of the club’s best performers this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Southend announce appointment of Arsenal hero Campbellby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend United have confirmed the appointment of Sol Campbell as their new manager. The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender will take charge against Ipswich Town on Saturday 26th October.Campbell entered management for the first time last season with Macclesfield Town.He left in August after helping the club secure their League Two status.Andy Cole and Hermann Hreiðarsson have followed Campbell from Macclesfield, while former Gunners fitness coach Anthony Colbert has also joined his backroom staff. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Kansas State’s men’s basketball team defeated its in-state rival, Kansas, Monday evening, 70-63. It was the Wildcats (14-15, 7-9 Big 12) second straight victory against the Jayhawks (22-6, 11-4 Big 12) in Manhattan. Following the upset win, KSU’s fans stormed the court. What transpired during the rushing of the floor included Kansas coach Bill Self getting trapped at the bench and forward Jamari Traylor getting elbowed – seemingly on purpose – by a Wildcats’ student. Check it out: A closer picture of Bill Self getting crushed. That was a tidal wave of humanity that hit him. pic.twitter.com/yEeiF0zqsF— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 24, 2015During his post-game press conference, Self had some strong words about the court storming. Bill Self miffed about K-State court storming by his team’s bench. His full quote: pic.twitter.com/QyMayAFzYO— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) February 24, 2015KSU coach Bruce Weber apologized for his fans’ actions.Bruce Weber says he apologized to Bill Self and KU for the unsafe conditions of K-State’s court-storming. pic.twitter.com/kQspP7FeRb— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 24, 2015We’re all for court stormings, but not when they get dangerous like they did at Kansas State Monday night. Something needs to be done.
Penn State “Why Penn State”If you’re a fan of Penn State football, there’s a lot to be excited about. Your coach, James Franklin, seems to be a budding star. He’s one of the country’s best recruiters and has been reeling in elite prospects to State College, Pa., since he arrived on campus. The Nittany Lions have some momentum heading into 2015, too, as they’re coming off a bowl game victory vs. Boston College. If you’re not excited, just watch the following video. Penn State’s football program released an awesome “Why Penn State” hype video that will surely get you jacked up for the fall. This is what makes Penn State Football #PSUnrivaled. Proud to be a part of this FAMILY, the future is bright! http://t.co/cc32mWkRK4— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) June 9, 2015
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Fox Sports analyst Clay Travis isn’t one to hold back on what he truly thinks – the Outkick The Coverage founder routinely takes shots at different college football fan bases. Well, it looks like one is attempting to strike back.Friday, Travis tweeted a photo of an FCC complaint that was filed against him earlier this month. The other party, who hails from Montevallo, Alabama, alleges that Travis “uses his public forum to engage in libelous and slanderous statements.”How great is this? An Alabama fan filed an FCC complaint against me. For making fun of Bama online. pic.twitter.com/CIAnW0BzXz— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) September 18, 2015Clearly, someone has too much time on their hands. Somehow, we doubt this is going to make Travis lose much sleep.
Atletico Madrid are out of the Copa del Rey after Girona secured a see-sawing 3-3 second-leg draw at Wanda Metropolitano to reach the quarter-finals on away goals.Seydou Doumbia’s decisive touch from Borja Garcia’s 88th-minute effort undid Antoine Griezmann’s inspirational rescue act and handed Diego Simeone’s men a heart-breaking exit from a tournament they last won in 2013.Griezmann, introduced on the hour, had only moments previously completed a quickfire Atletico comeback by lashing them into the lead after helping Angel Correa level the scores inside 90 minutes. 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? But Girona – who earlier overturned Nikola Kalinic’s first-half opener thanks to goals from Valery Fernandez and Cristhian Stuani – recovered to incredibly snatch back the ascendancy as a 4-4 aggregate draw saw them through. 1 – Atletico de Madrid have been knocked out at the last 16 stage of the Copa del Rey for the first time with Diego Simeone as manager. Surprise. pic.twitter.com/H46WL8cAqy— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 16, 2019Atleti were in pole position to advance following a 1-1 draw seven days earlier and strengthened their cause through Sevilla-linked Kalinic’s composed finish following Diego Godin’s long ball in the 12th minute.The striker had a second ruled out for offside just beyond the half-hour mark and Girona’s relief turned to joy as, against the run of play, Fernandez equalised, the teenager controlling a defensive header with his chest and volleying brilliantly across Antonio Adan.Atleti saw Saul Niguez hobble off after half-time and their hopes of escaping the last 16 appeared in tatters by the 59th minute, the unmarked Stuani heading in Aleix Garcia’s free-kick.Simeone turned to Griezmann and it was his clever poke into the box that enabled Correa to sweep home the equaliser seven minutes later.Santiago Arias soon became the second Atletico player to have the assistant referee deny him a goal but the home fans’ mood swung again in the 84th minute – star man Griezmann gathering Thomas Lemar’s inventive pass and rifling into the roof of the net from a tight angle.It was another substitute, though, who had the final say, Doumbia intelligently flicking in Garcia’s shot to decide a rollercoaster contest.What does it mean? History made for GironaAs the title hopefuls in LaLiga were left to make sense of their first Copa del Rey exit at this stage under Simeone, outsiders Girona will deservedly savour their maiden quarter-final berth as a memorable milestone in an encouraging campaign.Stuani showcases credentialsBarcelona’s search for striking support to Luis Suarez is said to have sparked their interest in the experienced Stuani and he now boasts 13 goals in all competitions this term.The in-form 32-year-old’s thumping header suggested he could provide a point of difference at Camp Nou should the Spanish champions seek to activate his reported €15million release clause.15 – Girona’s Cristhian Stuani has scored 15 headed goals since last season in all competitions, more than any other @LaLigaEN player. Titan. pic.twitter.com/VsUVzoDRvy— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 16, 2019Simeone pays price for preserving key weaponBarca last week lost 2-1 at Levante in the Copa del Rey after leaving Lionel Messi out of their squad but Simeone evidently failed to heed that warning as he left Griezmann on the bench until alarm bells were ringing.Though the France forward had time enough to weave some trademark magic, the assist and goal he registered ultimately served only to highlight the folly in not giving him longer to put the match beyond Girona’s grasp.What’s next?Atleti, still undefeated inside 90 minutes since October, will refocus on LaLiga when they visit bottom-placed Huesca on Saturday, while Girona can take confidence into a tough away assignment against Real Betis the following day. read more
Neymar’s father launched an explosive defence of his son following a backlash against Neymar Jr for sharing private content between him and a woman who reportedly alleges he raped her in May.The Paris Saint-Germain player posted a video on Instagram in the early hours of Sunday morning in an attempt to publicly defend himself against allegations made in a report filed to police in Sao Paulo on Friday, May 31 that reportedly accused Neymar of rape.Brazilian police have not commented in relation to the allegations made by the woman, and have not charged Neymar with any crime. 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? His decision to share private pictures of the unnamed woman without permission has caused police to launch an investigation into the forward in Brazil, where it’s alleged Neymar could have broken laws that forbid such an act in the South American country.Goal can confirm that police have visited Brazil’s national team training ground, Granja Comary, on Monday to notify him of the accusation on an official basis.Meanwhile the video the player posted has been removed from Instagram by the social media giant, according to Neymar Sr, who said he’d prefer his son committed “an internet crime than rape”.“We didn’t have a choice [to post the content of the video],” Neymar’s father told Band, a Brazilian TV channel, on Monday.“I prefer an internet crime to rape. It was Instagram that took the video down. By Instagram rules, it was normal.“He censored the images, the name [of the woman]. He needed to defend himself quickly.“It’s better to be truthful and show what happened. We knew about the blackmail, but did not [expect] her to go to the police.”Neymar’s father has also revealed further details about the encounter in Paris on May 15, which involved the woman being flown into Paris to stay at a hotel to meet his son.Neymar Sr, who is also his son’s agent, has claimed that the footballer was spooked by the woman recording their meeting on May 16, the day after the 27-year-old is accused of raping her.“The resentment she had was that Neymar didn’t give her the importance she expected and went to train that day [on May 16],” added Neymar Sr.“She wanted him there no matter what. When he went there on the second day, he saw her mobile phone and realised she was recording.“We knew that it would be important to release the video [on Instagram].Neymar Sr. went on to allege that the woman “wanted to assault [his son]”. He continued:“He went to the bed, tried to calm her… Neymar himself was calm, left the hotel and gave her the ticket to fly back to Brazil.”Neymar’s father also expanded on claims made by Neymar in the Instagram video and in his PR team’s official statement that he’d been a victim of blackmail from the lawyer claiming to represent the woman.“When we realised that we would go public with this as an extortion, we spoke to our lawyers and received these people to understand what they wanted,” Neymar Sr added, with pictures shown in the TV interview of the alleged lawyer arriving for the meeting.“When they informed us that they wanted money we refused them. I was reached by a lawyer that said it was [the woman’s] representative.”Brazil’s national team set-up will be keen to move on from the allegations quickly with the Copa America starting next week.The ex-Barcelona star is part of a Brazil team that will be hoping to triumph in a tournament they have failed to even reach the semi-finals for since 2007, which they won under Dunga.
Ralf Rangnick believes that Timo Werner should consider extending his contract with RB Leipzig amidst rumours of a move away from the Red Bull Arena.The 23-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Bundesliga club, and has been linked with both Bayern Munich and Liverpool this summer.But Rangnick, who leaves his post as RB Leipzig manager to become Head of Sports and Development Soccer at Red Bull on June 30, feels the striker should stay put for the near future. 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? “My opinion is that Timo fits best here, also in terms of style of play,” he told Kicker.“If I were his advisor or father, I would clearly advise him to stay and extend his contract.“When a really big club comes in for him and he wants to leave, he can still do that.”RB Leipzig finished third in the Bundesliga last season and qualified for the Champions League once again after missing out the previous season, with Werner scoring 19 goals in 37 games across all competitions.Rangnick revealed that the former Stuttgart forward is not currently planning on signing a new deal with the club – although no teams have made contact over a potential transfer.“Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract,” he continued.“So far, no club has reported their interest or said they would speak with Timo and want to sign him. “It’s not a good idea for Timo to go into the final year of his contract, which could be difficult for his relationship with the fans depending on how his performance turns out.“It would be a shame because since he joined he has become a crowd pleaser.”If the Germany international has a change of heart and opts to stay with RB Leipzig, he will be playing under former Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann, who has agreed to take over Rangnick’s post for the 2019/20 season.The 60-year-old’s current stance echoes his statement in May, when he told Bild that the club “do not want [Werner] to go into the last year of his contract without an extension”.
Tomas Kalas is set to end his nine-year stay at Chelsea to join Bristol City on a permanent basis after the Championship club agreed a fee with the Blues for the defender.The Robins were impressed with Kalas’ loan spell last season and are willing to make him the club’s best-paid player as they hope to make a push for promotion to the Premier League next season.The fee for Kalas could even eclipse the club record of £5.3 million which City paid to sign Famara Diedhiou from Angers in 2017. 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? Now 26 years old, Kalas has spent time on loan at six different clubs since joining Chelsea in 2010, with stints at Sigma Olomouc, Vitesse, FC Koln, Middlesbrough, Fulham and Bristol City.Kalas is best known with Chelsea fans for making his Premier League debut at Anfield in April 2014 against Liverpool, who were on an 11-game winning streak. He helped to keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard famously slipped in error for the first goal in a match that some cite as costing the club the title.The Czech’s nine years at Chelsea make him the longest-serving non-academy produced player ono the club’s books. Aside from David Luiz, who left Chelsea and came back, Kalas is one of the only players to have been at the club when Frank Lampard was around as a player.Chelsea are continuing talks for Lampard’s return as manager, along with a host of his staff, as they aim to secure the Derby County boss after being granted permission to talk directly with him.Chelsea are looking to reduce the size of their loan group amid pressure from FIFA, who want to see big clubs reduce the number of players out on temporary deals through new rules in the future, with Jay Dasilva having already completed a permanent move to Bristol City from the Blues.Kenneth Omeruo, meanwhile, is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria but talks have continued behind the scenes as Leganes target a reduction on the option-to-buy clause to keep him in Madrid.Several other unnamed Spanish clubs are said to be interested but a deal is not thought to be close, although he is unlikely to be returning to Stamford Bridge next season.Jake Clarke-Salter, meanwhile, is interested in a move to Leeds United after a spell on loan at Vitesse last season.Martell Taylor-Crossdale is understood to be close to moving on a free transfer to Chelsea’s local rivals Fulham. He was thought to be deciding between both Hoffenheim and Bristol City but looks set to stay in the English capital city.
Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Manchester United over Tottenham’s tough tackles during Thursday’s International Champions Cup game.Angel Gomes hit a late winner for United after Lucas Moura’s deflected shot cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener in China.Eric Bailly hurt his knee trying to block a shot from Son Heung-min and United’s new winger Daniel James seemed to be targeted by Tottenham throughout, with Moussa Sissoko appearing to stamp on the 21-year-old following a first-half challenge by the corner flag. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And Pochettino acknowledged his side were perhaps overly aggressive in their 2-1 defeat.”I was a little bit annoyed about some situations, I was not happy,” the Tottenham boss told reporters. “It was a friendly game and in some situations of course when you are tired, when it’s so hot you are not right with the tempo to arrive at the actions, sometimes you arrive late and something can happen.”I apologise on behalf of our players to Manchester United.”Pochettino added: “It wasn’t their intention, but sometimes when you are tired you arrive late and some things can happen.“And I was worried because in this period of preparation it is sometimes you need to be aggressive and you need to play with passion but sometimes the focus is to build your fitness and develop the way you want to play.”Of course I was worried, Manchester United, Eric Bailly got injured and I am sorry for that but he was alone.”And always when the players start to build their fitness and start to fight for their place in the team, when something happens in the pre-season it’s always tough and I was a little bit worried, but in the second half the game was a bit more relaxed.”Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised James’ honesty and bravery following the victory on Thursday.James has been a regular starter for the Red Devils in pre-season after completing his move from Swansea earlier this summer. The Wales international could make his competitive debut for his new club on August 11 when Solskjaer’s side take on Chelsea on their first Premier League fixture of the season.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant considered a number of major college football programs when transferring out of the Tigers’ program, but he ended up picking Missouri.Bryant has received some tough news this morning.The NCAA has hit Missouri football with a 2019 postseason ban as a result of the Tigers’ academic scandal, which found that a tutor was doing work for athletes.“A former Missouri tutor violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes,” the NCAA announced.A former Missouri tutor violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes: https://t.co/sQnShvPwho— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) January 31, 2019Bryant has just one season of eligibility left, so he won’t be playing in a bowl game in his final season if he remains at Missouri.Will Bryant now pursue a transfer? The NCAA would likely allow him to play immediately at another program, if that’s what he wants.Of course, Missouri wasn’t going to be making the College Football Playoff in 2019, anyway, and playing in a bowl game isn’t everything, so it’s possible Bryant could stay put.Still, speculation about Bryant’s future is swirling.So is Kelly Bryant leaving Missouri?— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 31, 2019Any chance Kelly Bryant returns to the transfer portal?— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) January 31, 2019Live look at Kelly Bryant… pic.twitter.com/rSxMJuhwYT— Saturday Down South (@SDS) January 31, 2019Kelly Bryant, right about now pic.twitter.com/1f9wskamwB— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) January 31, 2019One of the main reasons Kelly Bryant picked Missouri over Auburn was the offensive system and improving his chances to get to the NFL.Being unable to play in a bowl shouldn’t change that. He’ll get 12 games instead of 13. The other punishments for Missouri won’t affect him.— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) January 31, 2019All the attention is on Kelly Bryant… but I’m now wondering about the rest of the roster/recruits, too. https://t.co/Nmd1IouxMy— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) January 31, 2019Kelly Bryant about to pull a Manny Diaz pic.twitter.com/4b9EHiAF34— CFB Home (@CFBHome) January 31, 2019Bryant, who transferred out of Clemson after Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence the team’s starting quarterback, also considered Auburn, Arkansas, North Carolina and Miami, among other programs.Stay tuned.
PITTSBURGH – SEPTEMBER 07: A general view of the goal post during a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Texans on September 7, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Early this month, Bakersfield College freshman Aaran Porter was repeatedly stabbed after reportedly leaving a concern. Sadly, the 18 year old has now died from his injuries.Porter spent two weeks on life support after the attack, which occurred at around 1 a.m. on February 2. According to his sister, who was with him the night of the attack, they were caught up in a “large fight” after the show.Three men have been arrested in connection to the attack, including a 19-year old who was found across the country in Pennsylvania. Two others are still wanted.Bakersfield College athletics put out a statement after Aaran Porter’s tragic death.From 23ABC News in Bakersfield:“Renegade Athletics is saddened to hear of the tragic events involving one of our football student athletes, Aaron Porter, this last week. Aaron was a freshman redshirt offensive lineman on the Renegade football team.“Our continued thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends throughout the community. Aaron’s character was always exemplary and his influence was profound. Coaches referred to him as the ‘Gentle Giant’. He was well liked and left a positive impact with all he encountered.‘It’s a tragedy – too young, too much life ahead.’ commented head football coach Jeff Chudy, ‘I will always think of Aaron as an upbeat kid with a great smile. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.’”Porter was in his second semester studying criminal justice, with goals of becoming a probation officer.The five suspects are being accused of attempted murder, conspiracy, and gang participation. Despite that final potential charge, Porter’s mother said that her son was not affiliated with any gang, and that it was a random act of violence.From KGET.com:Porter’s family insists he didn’t know any of these men.“I know it’s hard for people to think that this was just a random act, but it really was,” said his mother, Kim Wyatt. “My sons are not affiliated in no gang at all.”The Porter family is taking donations through Facebook. So far, the efforts have raised over $1,300 for the family. Our thoughts go out to them in these difficult times.[23ABC News; KGET.com]
“Still deciding. All options remain open… They both are playing extremely well. Shea has had as a strong, I’d say five great practices strung together consistently, and I’d say Dylan has as well, playing extremely well. Joe Milton is getting a lot of reps, and you can see all that he has in his toolbox. So those three have been doing a great job.”Patterson is heading into his senior season after having a career-year as a junior. Last year he threw for 2,600 yards and 22 touchdowns while completing 64.6-percent of his passes.Meanwhile, McCaffrey and Milton have both appeared in spot duty for the Wolverines.Michigan’s biggest strength last year was the defense. But if Harbaugh can get the quarterback position up to speed, whether it is just Patterson or a combination of the Wolverines’ options there, they could be a serious power in college football this fall.[The Michigan Insider] ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Under Jim Harbaugh, Michigan has largely utilized a pro-style offense with a quarterback under center. However, that hasn’t always played into the strengths of starting quarterback Shea Patterson.But in an effort to integrate the offense being installed by offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, a big change could be coming.According to The Michigan Insider, Harbaugh was recently asked if he would consider playing Patterson and sophomore Dylan McCaffrey together in every game. Harbaugh responded by not ruling out the option.He explained that Patterson and McCaffrey, along with redshirt freshman Joe Milton have all been playing well. As a result, he couldn’t rule out letting any of them play.