TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham keen on Hull City winger Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur are targeting Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.According to football.london, Spurs have been scouting the 22-year-old on numerous occasions.He ha scored 10 goals this season from the right wing.Besides his obvious talent, Spurs are interested in Bowen because he is not cup-tied for the FA Cup and will help fill their homegrown quota.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: Liverpool have grown since winning Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Champions League opponents Liverpool are stronger than last season.The Azzurri host the European champions this week.“Liverpool have grown because last season gave them so much awareness,” Ancelotti said at a Press conference.“On the other hand, we’ve also grown because we’ve added more quality to their squad.“It’ll be a hard-fought match as we’ll be facing the best team in Europe. We hope to get the same result as last season.“As for formation, we mustn’t distort our identity and idea. We must take inspiration from the good things we’ve done and the problems we’ve been faced with.“We defended very well against them last season, and the defensive aspect is very important in games like these.“I expect a team capable of defending when necessary, attacking when the opportunity arises and keeping the ball when needed. We’ll need the perfect game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Burnley boss Dyche delighted with manner of goals for victory over Norwichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche was delighted with the manner of their goals for victory over Norwich City.The Clarets boss celebrated becoming the fourth longest serving manager in the club’s history with three deserved points, thanks to Chris Wood’s early brace.Wood struck twice in the 10th and 14th minutes, first with a near post header from a perfect Ashley Westwood corner and then with a smart near post flick to get on the end of Dwight McNeil’s delicious cross.“For the set piece I was pleased with my staff because there are certain things they work on and they deserve a lot of credit for that,” explained Dyche.“For the second, we know what a good young player Dwight is. He keeps developing all the time and he’s got great feet and pulls a lovely ball back.“Woody is on the spot and it’s a great bit of movement and a good finish because they are not easy.My only gripe was that we didn’t capitalise on so many counter-attacks in the second half, but they’ve shown me enough, yet again, that we are a force when we get things right.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) @KETVFormer Nebraska star running back Lawrence Phillips is currently in prison, serving a 31-year sentence following a 2009 assault conviction. How has his time in prison been? Unsurprisingly, not great. Thanks to USA Today Sports, we’ve gotten an inside look at what Phillips’ life at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif., is like. The media group obtained letters that Phillips wrote to some of his high school coaches. Here are some excerpts from his letters: We have been in lock down about 80% of the time. You would be surprised at what these altercations are about! Nonsense! But when your world is this small all one has to care about is nonsense. That is why I do not want any of these idiots in the cell with me.All they they want to do is the drugs, make knives and make alcohol. Then they say when they get out they will not come back. I tell them of course you will. You are doing the same thing that got you locked up. Of course they do not want to hear that. It is like speaking to a brick wall.—-I do not have a cell mate. All of these dudes want to use drugs and (illegible) weapons in the cell. I’m in the process of applying for single-cell status. I will let you know how that goes.—–Well, there is nothing new happening here. We are still locked down. One of the guards was assaulted so it may be awhile. Coach D, this place is a jungle. Trouble everywhere. One must swallow his pride constantly or one will always be in the hole. But we must deal with the situation we put ourselves in.Terrifying. You can read all of the letters obtained by USA Today Sports here.
college football playoff field Twitter/PlayoffWe’re just four days away from the College Football Playoff field being announced, but per usual, nothing is even close to set in stone. The current field – Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa – is bound to change, given the list of conference championship games to be played this Saturday.Obviously, the television networks have their favorites – they’d love to see Alabama stay in the field and have Ohio State sneak in. The bigger the fan bases, the more money they’ll make. Plus, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are the best two coaches in the game.But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be good for the sport, long-term. We’ve gone through and picked out the playoff foursome (one that is possible this year) that we believe would be the best for college football, long-term. You’ll be surprised to see which teams are included.Get Started: No. 4 – Iowa >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
CNN.A bus carrying a JUCO football team got into a severe accident in North Carolina on Saturday.The JUCO team was traveling from Rock Hill, South Carolina to play University of God’s Chosen in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The bus hit an overpass bridge on the Highway 74 bypass and crashed.The accident tragically left four people dead and 42 people injured.From CNN:Initial reports said the team was from the Ramah Jucco Academy in Rock Hill, but the Highway Patrol said the majority of the passengers were from Clinton College, also in Rock Hill. The patrol said it was unclear if they played for an off-campus football team.The four deceased have been identified as: the driver, 43-year-old Brian Andre Kirkpatrick of Chester; Clinton College students Devonte Gibson, 21, of Rock Hill and Tito Hamilton, 19, of Pahokee, Fla; and Darice Lamont Hicks Jr., 8, of Rock Hill.
The dream, says Pep Lijnders, is simple.“We want like four or five players in the box,” the Liverpool assistant manager told Goal back in February. “We always said that our dream is one full-back crosses, and the other full-back scores. That would be perfect.” 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 dream wasn’t quite realised this season – there’s still one game to go, in fairness – but in terms of attacking full-back play, the Reds have taken things to the next level.In Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, they surely have the best pair in the world right now. Forget Dani Carvajal and Marcelo, or Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba, Joao Cancelo and Alex Sandro, it is the pair from West Derby and Glasgow who are changing the game.Between them, they have been responsible for 27 per cent of Liverpool’s goals this season. The Reds have netted 113 times in all competitions, and 31 of those have been scored or assisted by their right or left-back.It was Gianluca Vialli who once opined that the right-back in any football team is usually its weakest player, the one who wasn’t quick enough for the wing, tall enough to play centre-back or skilful enough to play in midfield or attack. The Italian’s point seemed a fairly logical one when it was made, 13 years ago, but one imagines he has revised his viewpoint since. Alexander-Arnold, of course, makes a mockery of it. Technically immaculate and athletic with it, the 20-year-old is the perfect embodiment of the all-action, modern-day full-back. And the scary thing is, he’s only likely to improve in the coming years too.“If he doesn’t go on to become the best right-back in the world, he should be disappointed,” says Jamie Carragher. Plenty believe Alexander-Arnold is already there.He is already well on the way to 100 senior appearances for Liverpool, and on Saturday he will start his second Champions League final – the youngest player to achieve such a feat. He’s played – and scored – for England, featured at a World Cup and been named in the PFA Team of the Year. He doesn’t turn 21 until October.It was the youngster’s quick thinking which brought Liverpool to their second European Cup final in a row, his corner swept home by Divock Origi while Barcelona’s experienced stars stood with their backs to the play. “A genius moment,” Klopp called it. It was one of 16 assists the Scouser has racked up across the campaign.On the other flank, Robertson has been equally productive. For the first time in Premier League history, two defenders from the same team provided 10 or more assists in a single season. Meanwhile, they were part of the league’s meanest defence too. Liverpool conceded just 22 goals in 38 Premier League games. “How many runs Robbo and Trent make, I don’t know,” says Joel Matip. “It has a big impact on our defending, because the wingers of the other team get tired.”Even Jose Mourinho is a fan. “I am still tired just looking at Robertson,” he said after what turned out to be his final game as Manchester United manager, a 3-1 defeat at Anfield back in December. “He makes 100 metre sprints per minute, absolutely incredible.”Incredible, too, is the fact that between them, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson cost just £8 million (€9m/$10m). You could add a zero onto that figure now and still wouldn’t come close to buying them. Both are on long contracts, both will be at Liverpool for many years to come.“He has exceeded expectations,” Klopp said of Robertson in January.“He might be from Glasgow originally, but everything about him screams Liverpool. His progression is an example to any player joining us.”The manager is right. Robertson had to wait for his chance at Liverpool, but Alberto Moreno’s misfortune – an injury suffered in a Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow – was the 25-year-old’s gain. Like Alexander-Arnold, he seized his opportunity and never looked back.When Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, his first-choice full-backs were Nathaniel Clyne and Moreno. Both will be allowed to leave the club this summer. Reasonable players, both of them, but Liverpool have evolved past ‘reasonable players’. They need exceptional ones.And in Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, they now have arguably the world’s best full-back duo. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The last that most casual fans saw of Cristiano Ronaldo during the club season was for Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals against Ajax. He scored in both legs, which ahead of the UEFA Nations League final against the Netherlands will give Matthijs de Ligt and Daley Blind in particular cause for concern.Ronaldo showed on both evenings that even in a malfunctioning team he is capable of deciding outcomes. Juventus failed in the Champions League this year and as a result there will be big changes in Turin this summer, starting with the coach.Ronaldo was the only player to score for them in the knockout rounds; he followed up his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 with a goal in each leg against the Dutch champions. It wasn’t enough. He carried more than his fair share for the Italians and was let down by what was going on around him. 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? He doesn’t need time, he doesn’t need space, he doesn’t need five chances. He needs barely a chink of light.The 34-year-old, according to one coach who prepared a team against one of Ronaldo’s, is actually straightforward to plan for in general play. A defensive line knows where he is going to be, whether he’s going to stand in the front line or drop off to the wings or further back, and can keep him in their sights. It’s in in the breakdown that he becomes unmarkable.And his hat-trick goals against Switzerland on Wednesday night in the Nations League semi-final demonstrated that. The first is a great free-kick which he won himself and despatched. But in the analysis of the second and third goals you can see the danger which faces the Netherlands tonight.Portugal built a sweeping back-to-front goal for Ronaldo to go ahead with only a couple of minutes remaining. Minute one or minute 89, Ronaldo is alert to the possibility of chances. The ball from Ruben Neves to Bernardo Silva puts Switzerland on the back foot and the Manchester City man then conjures a successful pull-back.But the pull-back is only successful because it is Ronaldo meeting it. Look again at the movement to evade Manuel Akanji at the edge of the box. If you’re wondering why Akanji is not close by the time Ronaldo shoots at goal, well, the devil is in the detail. He only needs a split second to strike in a move like this, and rarely fluffs it. In a team that goes slow – slow – fast in the creation of chances, he is lethal.But the third goal shows the other side of Ronaldo; what he is capable of when opposition possession breaks down. From the moment Granit Xhaka loses the ball in the midfield due to a lack of concentration, Portugal put the stranglehold on Switzerland.Ronaldo with half a pitch to gallop into on the break is a foreboding sight for any defence in world football, at club or international level. In the chaos which envelops the field after a turnover, he is ruthless. All he needs is the right ball and he will do what he did against the Swiss. Two stepovers later, the ball is in Yann Sommer’s bottom corner.“We know he’s one of the best, and the nicest thing in football is that you cannot stop [a player like him] 100 percent [of the time] because sometimes he’s too good,” Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said on Saturday.“We know the qualities of that player, and of course we need to defend well when we have the ball, we need good defensive organisation, but it’s not a special marking [system], one on one, because we don’t like that.“But, Ronaldo is good enough to create [chances], even against really good defenders, and that’s the nicest part of football, that you can’t do everything because his quality is at such a high level that sometimes it’s difficult.“They can stop him, of course, it’s all about the match and how it starts, and the ball possession, and that will be really important for us.”Portugal are sometimes criticised for their fundamental football but they are a far better side than given credit for. Fernando Santos has given a platform to Ronaldo to shine, as he should do considering the captain has now scored 88 international goals, second only to Iran’s Ali Daei in the all-time reckoning.“The reason that explains how a player can keep up this kind of level at 34 – and I think he will keep going for three or four more years – is that he is a player who has very specific and strong goals,” the Portugal coach said.“That’s what makes him have a great life in terms of his determination, his physical well-being, he keeps his intensity levels very high and always trains at his limits.“His life beside that is also very important. It was always an ambition of his, he always kept it as a purpose.“That’s why, although it isn’t very usual, a player can be 34 years of age, scoring 50 goals per season and will continue to do so for a little while longer.”Portugal can play on the counter and hit on the break, or else they can probe through the possession-retention capabilities of Neves, William Carvalho and, especially, Bernardo Silva in the middle. Ronaldo provides them a threat both ways.In order for Portugal to win the Nations League, Ronaldo won’t need to be come the first player in 65-odd matches to dribble past Virgil van Dijk. He won’t even need to be in the game for long spells. All he needs is a moment to pounce.De Ligt has suffered it this season, Blind has suffered it this season, and having struggled against Lionel Messi in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Barcelona, the biggest test there is now awaits Van Dijk.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has gotten into a war of words with the wife of one of college football’s top head coaches.Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, called out Finebaum on social media last week, saying that she never watches him or ESPN.“Ummmm, newsflash? Or Maybe not. He gets NONE OF MY ATTENTION. Should get no one else’s either. I don’t listen or watch him or his network anymore,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet.Finebaum was asked about this on the air earlier this week. He didn’t hold back in response.“Deleting seems to run in the Meyer family,” Finebaum said. “Remember Urban Meyer deleted texts [about a former assistant accused of domestic violence]; now Shelley Meyer — I don’t believe in deleting the tweet. You say something, everybody already knows it, it’s been disseminated across the country.“I don’t know what to say to her. I know her fairly well. She’s a nice woman. I think she has bigger problems right now dealing with whatever Urban is going through than slapping back at me.”ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke up, too.“With all due respect to the lovely Mrs. Meyer, when your husband left his coaching job [at Florida], where did he come to work? To the very network you said you no longer want to watch,” Smith said. “You didn’t have a problem with ESPN then. So why do you have a problem now? Because something happened at the Ohio State that every network discussed and somehow we’re the problem?“I respectfully disagree.”Finebaum has been quite critical of Meyer this season, crushing him for the Zach Smith controversy and suggesting that he’ll be leaving Ohio State at the end of the 2018 season.“This is observational. I’m watching him. Don’t forget the month of August, one of his worst months ever. I still feel like it’s a bad marriage. We’re hearing him talk about his health. Most coaches don’t talk about their health unless it’s a very serious situation. I think this is a precursor to him walking away at the end of the season much like he did six or seven years ago at the University of Florida.“The signs are there.”Meyer, meanwhile, has maintained that he wants to coach at Ohio State and plans on leading the Buckeyes in 2019.Ohio State is back on the field today, taking on Nebraska at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the college football bowl season continued with a plethora of action. In all, five games are on the docket today – with two already in action.The third contest of the day is slated to kick off in just a few minutes. Nevada and Arkansas State meet in the Arizona bowl and look to head into 2019 with one last win on their resume.Nevada enters the game as a slight favorite, but the Red Wolves head into the bowl with a four-game winning streak on the line.Despite what is expected to be a close contest, the fans for both programs didn’t show up in droves. They didn’t really show up at all, unfortunately.Here’s the crowd just before kickoff.BOWL TIME! A beautiful morning for some Wolf Pack football! pic.twitter.com/0Y7eTDAwNx— Nevada Sports Net (@NevadaSportsNet) December 29, 2018Ouch.Perhaps the early kickoff time is taking its toll.Arkansas State and Nevada are slated for a 1:15 p.m. ET kickoff time. The game will be broadcast on CBSSN.