TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Higuain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s mooted transfer to Chelsea has taken another switch, with his agent having flown to London on Thursday morning.The Argentine is believed to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge by cutting short his current loan spell with AC Milan.Nicolas Higuain, the 31-year-old’s brother and agent, was in the English capital on Thursday in order to sound out Chelsea’s interest, according to the London Evening Standard.The deal is made complicated with three parties involved. AC Milan has an option to purchase Higuain for £32m at the end of the season, and Juventus would want Chelsea to adhere to the same deal.However, the Blues are not keen to spend a large sum of money of an ageing striker.Higuain thrived in his one season under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, when he scored 38 goals.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cole urges Man Utd not to overload Greenwoodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Andrew Cole has urged the club not to overload Mason Greenwood.Greenwood has scored for United against Astana in the Europa League and Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, and he could start against Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out injured.Cole told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He’s got a chance, he has got a chance. His finishing is a joke. Left or right foot, he’s got quality in abundance.”I just hope they won’t put too much undue pressure on him. He’s got great ability.”The disappointing thing is he’s going to have to get thrown in to the deep end a little bit earlier than they would have liked, due to injuries, due to them being prepared to allow Lukaku and Sanchez to go.”They’re looking at it and saying ‘we’ve got Mason, we’re going to give Marcus [Rashford] the opportunity to play centre-forward.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp knows Liverpool under pressure to beat RB Salzburgby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants his team to get back to winning ways in the Champions League.The Reds suffered a disappointing defeat in the first round of games away from home against Napoli.They are in a tough group and know they must get a win in the second round of games if they are to progress to the knockout rounds.Klopp hopes they can do that against RB Salzburg on Wednesday.He said to reporters ahead of the game: “We have to start winning and we should not waste time.”We want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football and if we are then it is not easy for Salzburg. We should not forget that.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Really? Barber insists Pogba needs right haircut for Man Utd formby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba’s personal barber has defended the Manchester United midfielder’s form.Pogba has beem criticised for caring more about his haircut than he is about playing football.But Pogba’s barber Ahmed Alsanawi told the Sportsman: “People say ‘What’s the haircut?’“Think about it, they’re always on TV, millions and millions of people are watching them.“What would you rather look like? S***, or good?“People don’t get that and it winds me up sometimes.“Hair is the crown you wear.“If I’m going out, and my hair is messy and my beard is all over the place, my confidence isn’t going to be as good as if I have a proper decent fade and I’m feeling myself.”That’s every aspect of life, anything; if you feel confident in yourself and the haircut makes you feel that way, you’re going to perform better.”
Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi backed for senior England return by Fodenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is being backed for a senior England return.Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden believes Hudson-Odoi will be knocking on Gareth Southgate’s door ahead of the senior internationals next month.”Callum’s a special talent and I’ve known him for a long time now,” Foden said. “We played together in the youth teams and I’m positive he’ll be back up to the first team in the next camp. I’m hoping so.”He actually looks even sharper. That’s just Callum for you. He’s always got a smile on his face and just loves the game. He hasn’t dropped standards in any way. He’ll obviously feel like his sharpness isn’t quite there but you can see the signs.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Believe it or not, college football’s bowl season is just two days away. This Saturday at 2 PM ET, Arizona and New Mexico will kick things off in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. In fact, there are five contests in total on the day. And as you’re probably aware, there are 41 postseason contests this year – the most in college football history.We’ve gone through and made our picks – including the national championship game. Who will be crowned the College Spun bowl game king? We’ll find out in the coming month.
Everton moved into the top half of the Premier League after goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday.Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said in midweek that Everton being 11th in the Premier League “is just not good enough” and Zouma’s 61st-minute header got them going in the right direction at Goodison Park.Substitute Calvert-Lewin struck deep into second-half stoppage time for a result that may help ease the pressure on boss Marco Silva, who was backed by Moshiri despite a run of four defeats in five matches. 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? Wolves could send the Toffees back into the bottom half by beating Manchester City on Monday, while Bournemouth have now been victorious only once in their past seven top-flight outings.FT: THAT WINNING FEELING! #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/EmfBrjIiby— Everton (@Everton) January 13, 2019Seamus Coleman and Jordan Pickford combined to stop Josh King converting Ryan Fraser’s cutback, before David Brooks had a penalty claim ignored by referee Anthony Taylor.Brooks was unperturbed and in the 14th minute latched onto a throughball from Junior Stanislas and struck the base of the post with an awkward-looking effort with his weaker right foot.Everton eventually improved and Michael Keane clipped the crossbar with a glancing header from Lucas Digne’s delivery before half-time, while Richarlison would have broken the deadlock four minutes after the restart had Nathan Ake not managed to block his goal-bound shot on the line.Zouma put Everton ahead with his first goal for the club when he found space in the area to head another fine cross from Digne beyond Asmir Begovic.Keane and Pickford combined to deny Dan Gosling an equaliser and Calvert-Lewin – who replaced Richarlison – turned Ademola Lookman’s cutback home in the 95th minute to guarantee the win.What does it mean? Bournemouth blunted by Wilson absenceEddie Howe deemed Callum Wilson’s hamstring injury sufficient to keep him out of the trip to Merseyside and the Cherries lacked a clinical edge in his absence. King was unable to take his best chance in the first half and Bournemouth might find it tough to turn around their poor form if Chelsea can tempt Wilson away.Digne impresses once againLeft-back Digne has stepped his performances up a level over the past month and his quality out wide in the final third proved key for Everton. He was involved in the Toffees’ best moments and his assist for Zouma means he has been involved in five goals in his past seven Premier League games.Gomes and Sigurdsson come up shortEverton struggled to keep hold of the ball in the first half and they were not helped by the sloppiness of Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson in possession. The Iceland international hacked at a great opening before half-time and Gomes also wasted an excellent opportunity early in the second half, blazing over from 15 yards.Key Opta facts- Everton have now won all six of their competitive home matches against Bournemouth, including all four in the Premier League.- Bournemouth have conceded 103 goals in the Premier League since the start of 2017-18, two more than any other team in that period (West Ham on 100).- Zouma was the 139th different player to score a goal for Everton in the Premier League, only West Ham (147), Tottenham (146) and Newcastle (141) have seen more players net for them in the competition.- Zouma’s goal for Everton was his third in the Premier League and his first since November 2017 for Stoke City. All three of his goals have come from headers inside the box.- Everton’s Digne has had six goal involvements this season (three goals, three assists), equaling his best ever tally in a top-flight campaign (also six for Roma in 2015-16).- Calvert-Lewin scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season for Everton, equaling his best-ever tally in a top-flight league campaign (four in 2017-18).- After scoring six goals in his first nine Premier League appearances for Everton, Richarlison has scored just three goals in his last 11 games in the competitionWhat’s next?Everton travel to Southampton on Saturday and Bournemouth host West Ham on the same day. read more
Eleven days out from the beginning of the Copa America, Brazil play host to Qatar, who will compete in the competition as a guest nation, in Brasilia.Tite’s side have gone undefeated since crashing out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage to Belgium 11 months ago, recording seven wins and a draw, conceding only two goals along the way.Meanwhile, Qatar, three years out from hosting the next global gathering, approach this encounter on a high after winning the AFC Asian Cup after a 3-1 win over Japan. They are on a seven-match win streak and have conceded only once. 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? Will logic hold out and Brazil claim the expected win, or will the Gulf state cause a monumental upset? Game Brazil vs Qatar Date Wednesday, June 5 Time 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on FreeSports TV. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports TV N/A Squads & Team News Position Brazil squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Eder, Fagner Midfielders Casemiro, Arthur, Coutinho, Allan, Fernandinho, Paqueta Forwards Neres, Jesus, Neymar, Everton, Firmino, Richarlison Brazil had a high-profile injury scare as Neymar limped out of a recent training session with a knee problem, but the Paris Saint-Germain ace is fit to feature in this encounter.CBF vice-president Francisco Noveletto has suggested personal issues could keep the striker from playing in the Copa America, however.Vinicius Junior, Fabinho and Lucas Moura are among the high-profile players overlooked for the squad.Having played in the Champions League final with Liverpool just a matter of days ago, this game will come too soon for Alisson and Roberto Firmino.Possible Brazil starting XI: Ederson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro; Richarlison, Arthur, Coutinho, Neymar; Jesus Position Qatar squad Goalkeepers Al Sheeb, Hassan, Al-Bakri Defenders Hassan, Ismail, Ro-Ro, Ali Mukhtar, Al-Rawi, Salman, Al-Muhaza Midfielders Boudaif, Khoukhi, Hatem, Ali Afif, Fatehi, Al-Hajri, Moein, Al-Ahrak Forwards Al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Ali, Alaaeldin Qatar have named a young squad and are likely to expose these players to a match against one of the world’s very best teams.Possible Qatar starting XI: Al Sheeb; Al Rawi, Khoukhi, Salman; Miguel, Al Haydos, Madibo, Hatim, Hassan; Afif, AliBetting & Match Odds Brazil are unsurprisingly red-hot favourites to win this match with Bet365, priced 1/10. Qatar can be backed at 18/1, while a draw is available at 9/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Given Brazil’s rich footballing heritage, it is a country relatively starved of recent success. World Cup winners on five occasions, the last of these victories came in 2002, while they have failed to win any of the last five Copas America.On home soil in 2019, they will aim to reprise the success they enjoyed in Venezuela back in 2007, which was their fourth victory in five editions.Tite remains the man charged with leading them to glory, having pieced together a quietly effective run in Russia that ended only at the hands of a very capable Belgium team. The rebuilding process since then has been impressive, with a succession of victories gradually building momentum towards the Copa America, including a 3-1 success away in the Czech Republic in March.Having trailed at the break in Prague, Roberto Firmino scored shortly after the restart before a late double from Gabriel Jesus gave them the win.There was no Neymar on that occasion, with the Paris Saint-Germain ace laid up with a foot injury, and he has since been stripped of the captaincy by the coach, with the more experienced Dani Alves taking over.With the burden of expectation on the 27-year-old already immense, it is a move designed to ease the pressure on the forward, who has scored 60 times in 96 international outings.A strong showing against Qatar would help build his confidence, though the Asian champions, who will compete in the Copa America as a guest team, will be eager to show that they are well on track to being a competitive team for World Cup 2022, which they will host.They boast an experienced squad which is entirely domestically based and very well drilled, as reflected by the fact they have conceded only once in their last seven internationals.There are no household names in their ranks, although promising attacker Almoez Ali of Al-Duhail has 19 goals in 39 internationals and is the player Brazil will have to most closely police. This is the start of an exciting period for Qatar, who will lock horns with Paraguay, Colombia and the superstars of Argentina in competitive action when the serious stuff starts in Brazil in little over a week.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is a little more than three months away. Week 1 should be awesome.There are a number of high-profile games on tap right off the bat. Among them are Michigan-Notre Dame, Alabama-Louisville, LSU-Miami and Virginia Tech-Florida State.However, according to ESPN, none of those four are as crucial to the College Football Playoff race as Auburn-Washington.Today, the Worldwide Leader put out a Week 1 primer based on its Football Power Index (FPI). The computer says the Auburn-Washington matchup is the most important for the CFP.Here’s why:There’s plenty to play for in college football — bowls, conferences, rivalries — but when we strip it down, this is what matters the most, right? A ticket to the playoff and a shot at a championship. Neither team in this game reached the playoff last season, but based on our FPI projections both are immediate contenders to get there this season — especially with a win in this neutral-site game. By our adjusted leverage metric — which considers each team’s chance of earning a top-four strength of record depending on the result of their game and how likely that result is — no game in Week 1 matters more to the playoff race than this one. In fact, it’s the third-most important game for the playoff race in the entire season and it’s a coin flip — FPI gives each team a 50 percent shot to win.If Washington wins the game, it would have a 51 percent chance to have a top-four SOR (our playoff proxy), while Auburn would have a 35 percent chance with a win.Now, we haven’t crunched the numbers like ESPN has, but Michigan-Notre Dame is also a strong contender for most important Week 1 game. Notre Dame could really use a resume booster right off the bat, particularly since the Irish don’t belong to a conference.Michigan, meanwhile, could lose to Notre Dame and still make the playoff. But it would have to run the table after Week 1 and that’s really tough when you have to play at Michigan State and Ohio State and also host Penn State.Auburn and Washington will face off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 1.