10 months agoAgent of River Plate midfielder Palacios: Real Madrid offer will arrive

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of River Plate midfielder Palacios: Real Madrid offer will arriveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios has revealed an offer from Real Madrid is expected.Real remain the leaders in the pursuit of his signature.”The leaders of River got together with Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi,” Renato Corsi, the player’s agent said. “In the coming days there will be a formal offer and the operation is quite advanced.”The family, Exequiel and I want him to go in June and Real Madrid don’t have a problem with him staying at River until then.”A deal could move to the next stage as early as Monday, with talks already being advanced.”Real Madrid want him and supposedly River will sell,” he added. “They agree, so between Monday and Tuesday the formal proposal will be presented.” last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this weekby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have lined up two replacements for Cesc Fabregas. The club have blocked Fabregas from joining Monaco this month until they find a replacement.And Sky Sports claim the Blues are closing in on deals for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, who could cost £45m.24-year-old Paredes has caught Chelsea’s eye with a number of fine performances for the Russian giants this season.A deal for one of the two aforementioned names is expected to be completed this week. last_img

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a month agoSheffield Utd defender Basham: No intimidation facing Liverpool

first_imgSheffield Utd defender Basham: No intimidation facing Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United defender Chris Basham insists there’s no intimidation facing Liverpool.Basham revealed Chris Wilder’s side believe they can shock the visitors by ending their eight month unbeaten run in the competition.Basham, a member of the squad which gained promotion last term, said: “We don’t get starry-eyed. “The Premier League is the hardest league in the world and teams get points off everybody. We have got to play our way as if we don’t, it could be a high score. Hopefully, we can get the result.”We can make little mistakes, but as long as no-one is getting on others backs. That is when the cracks start happening in a team. We are not like that, we are built on solid team foundations. We fancy ourselves for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 days agoWoodward: Man Utd board happy with squad ‘base’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Man Utd board happy with squad ‘base’by Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the board are happy with their transfer policy.United have restructured their recruitment department, adding 45 scouts since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, while greater forward planning means next summer’s transfer targets will be identified by January.If any of those targets become available in January, United will move for them, although there is an acknowledgment that the mid-season window is a notoriously difficult time in which to buy.“The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad,” said Woodward.“But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.” last_img read more

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Tuchel: PSG can cope without Neymar

first_imgThomas Tuchel retains faith that his Paris Saint-Germain squad can handle the absence of Neymar, despite slipping to their first defeat of the Ligue 1 campaign on Sunday.Neymar will miss the next two months due to another metatarsal injury  sustained in last month’s Coupe de France victory over Strasbourg.PSG had won their first game without the Brazil international – against Rennes – but they came up short against Lyon, losing 2-1 to Bruno Genesio’s side. 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? Angel Di Maria had given PSG an early lead at the Groupama Stadium, but Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir turned the game back in Lyon’s favour, ending PSG’s unbeaten run at 20 league matches.While disappointed, PSG head coach Tuchel found some positives and is confident his squad can cope without Neymar, particularly as the Champions League nears a return.”I do not know it we missed them but it’s clear that we do not have a second Neymar or a second [Marco] Verratti, but I have full confidence in the other players,” he said.”There were a lot of chances on the line with Angel and [Julian] Draxler who made a very good match.”We were too passive after our first goal, we lacked precision, we made bad decisions. Lyon played with a lot of quality, but I liked our second period.”Tuchel’s side will be without their Brazilian star when they take on Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, a tie that looks tricky given the Red Devils’ form of late.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone unbeaten in his first 10 games in charge after picking up a 1-0 against Leicester on Sunday, and has won five consecutive away matches in all competitions. Neymar, who scored an impressive five goals as the Parisians’ topped their group ahead of Liverpool, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, could be sorely missed when the sides meet at Old Trafford on February 12.last_img read more

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Pickford the penalty hero as England take third place

first_imgJosip Drmic saw his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford as England beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties to claim third place in the Nations League after a goalless draw in Guimaraes.In the first 90 minutes, England were twice denied by goalkeeper Yann Sommer making fingertip saves to push the ball onto the woodwork, while Callum Wilson had a late strike ruled out following a VAR check.Sommer again came to Switzerland’s rescue during the 30 additional minutes but despite a steady stream of excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses England could not find the breakthrough. 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? Gareth Southgate’s side broke their penalty malaise at last year’s World Cup and, after 11 converted kicks, including one from Pickford, the Everton keeper dived to his right to keep out Drmic’s poor effort and finally settle the prolonged play-off clash.England almost opened the scoring in the second minute, but Harry Kane’s clever chip bounced back off the crossbar after goalkeeper Sommer got a touch to the ball.Kane freed Raheem Sterling for a one-on-one chance but his tame finish was blocked by Sommer, the forward then failing to convert a right-wing cross from Alexander-Arnold.Another pinpoint Alexander-Arnold delivery created an even better opportunity for Dele Alli in the 35th minute but his header flew over the crossbar.Alli connects with a brilliant Alexander-Arnold cross but heads it over the top… #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/yyUf309m3F — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 9, 2019 Sommer made a great save to prevent Fabian Schar scoring an own goal after the interval, turning a deflection off the defender onto the post, then at the other end Pickford was called into action to push away Granit Xhaka’s firm drive.Substitute Wilson seemed to have won it late on for England, but the strike was disallowed after a VAR check for his foul on Manuel Akanji in the build-up.A brilliant double save by Sommer maintained the deadlock in extra time, with the woodwork saving Switzerland again when Sterling beat the goalkeeper with a 20-yard free-kick.Sommer could do nothing about England’s penalties, though, with Pickford netting himself before making the decisive save from Drmic in the shoot-out.GET INSix perfect penalties to seal third spot at the #NationsLeague for the #ThreeLions. Well done, lads! pic.twitter.com/SEPNdCtXnB— England (@England) June 9, 2019What does it mean? England experiment with flexibility Southgate used a fairly irrelevant game to try a new tactical system, which saw England alternate from a traditional back four to more of a central three, with Eric Dier dropping into defence from the base of midfield.Switzerland’s lack of goal threat is no secret – last year’s 5-2 defeat of Belgium remains a curious outlier – but a solid defence should see them reach Euro 2020 relatively easily.Sharp Sommer stars for Swiss That Switzerland stayed in the game owed much to their goalkeeper, who twice made vital interventions to turn the ball onto the woodwork. On the back of a solid season for Borussia Monchengladbach, Sommer stood out for his composure and reactions in key moments.Tired Sterling wasteful for Three Lions England could and perhaps should have been out of sight at half-time, but Sterling failed to make the most of two clear chances. The Manchester City winger looked like a long season had caught up with him with fatigue seemingly playing a part in an under-par display, a heavy touch in the box during the second half summing up his frustrating efforts.Key Opta Facts- England finished third in a major international tournament for the first time since Euro 1968.- Switzerland have won just one of their past 23 matches against England in all competitions (W1 D6 L16).- England scored six penalties in a single shoot-out at a competitive international tournament for the first time in their history.- Jordan Pickford became the first goalkeeper to take (and score) a penalty for England in a competitive penalty shoot-out.- Trent Alexander-Arnold created seven goalscoring chances versus Switzerland; the last player to create more for England in a match was James Milner versus San Marino in October 2014 (9).What’s next? Both teams will enjoy a deserved rest before the 2019-20 season. In September, England’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign sees them host Bulgaria and Kosovo, while Switzerland play the Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar. read morelast_img read more

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This Big 10 Program Had The Most Fans Ejected From Games In 2017

first_imgWisconsin's stadium with snow on the field.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Madison, Wisc. is one of the best road trips a college football fan can make. Few campuses are better than Wisconsin’s on a fall Saturday when the Badgers are playing at home.It can get rowdy, though. Sometimes, it gets too rowdy.Eleven Warriors has obtained information on Big Ten programs’ stadium ejections, arrests and incidents for the 2017 season.Wisconsin leads the way in a number of categories.The Badgers had the most arrests, ejections and ejections/1,000 fans of any program in the Big Ten (three programs did not divulge information, though).Our annual look at arrests, ejections and other incidents from football stadiums around the Big Ten. https://t.co/GYhrPGpXuX— Eleven Warriors (@11W) June 4, 2018Here’s some more information on what happened at Wisconsin:Of the 137 people arrested at Wisconsin football games last season, 121 were cited for underage consumption of alcohol while 86 were Wisconsin students. Other citations issued at Camp Randall Stadium included five for obstructing/resisting arrest, four for disorderly conduct, three for trespassing, one for use of a fake ID, one for entering the playing surface, one for throwing hard objects, and one for drug possession.Of the 167 people ejected from Camp Randall Stadium last season, 74 were Wisconsin students. 58 people were ejected for intoxication, 34 people were ejected for seating issues in the student section, 33 were ejected for possession of alcohol, 30 were ejected for tobacco usage, 10 were ejected for disorderly conduct and two were ejected for disorderly conduct.You can view the full report here.last_img read more

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Vegas Predicts How Alabama Would Fare vs. College Football Playoff Teams

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)If Alabama beats LSU this weekend, the Crimson Tide’s spot in the College Football Playoff will get a lot more locked up.In light of that, oddsmakers have started making predictions as to how the Crimson Tide would fare against their potential College Football Playoff opponents. And Alabama fans will have a lot to look forward to.According to BetDSI, Alabama will be favored by at least a touchdown against every potential playoff opponent.Clemson appears to have the best chance as they are only +6 against the spread. But everyone else are fish in a barrel for the Crimson Tide.Oklahoma is listed as second best as a +9.5 underdog, while last year’s SEC Champions Georgia are +10.5.Big Ten titans Michigan and Ohio State project as +11.5 and +14 underdogs respectively.Notre Dame would be one of several teams that has to overcome more than two touchdowns. They are +15.5 underdogs.Projected PAC-12 winner Washington State are +18.5, while undefeated UCF of the Group of Five are +16.5.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Issues Major Injury Update For Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re less than two weeks away from the College Football Playoff semifinals. Alabama will take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the right to play for the national title.There is still no official word on if Tua Tagovailoa will be able to play in that game. Tagovailoa injured his ankle in the second half of the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.While Tagovailoa hasn’t been declared a full-go for the matchup against the Sooners, today’s update from Nick Saban is an encouraging one.Saban called his sophomore signal caller “ahead of schedule” in his recovery.Nick Saban on Tua: “He’s doing well. I think he’s ahead of schedule.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 17, 2018If Tagovailoa can’t go, Jalen Hurts will fill in for him. As we saw against Georgia, that isn’t a bad thing at all. Hurts has plenty of experience and can hold his own in a spot like this.However, the Crimson Tide offense is at its best if Tagovailoa is at the helm. He is the better passer of the two, which allows Bama’s playmakers on the outside to take games over with the ball in their hands.We might not get a full update on Tagovailoa until right before game time, but it certainly appears he’s on the right track.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29. ESPN will broadcast the game.last_img read more

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Report: LSU RB Tae Provens Arrested On Third-Degree Rape Charge

first_imgA look at one of the end zones at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 22: A detail of the logo on the field of the LSU Tigers prior to the the game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)LSU running back Tae Provens found himself at the heart of a serious criminal allegation on Wednesday.According to NOLA.com, Provens has been arrested on charges of third-degree rape. Per the report, he is being accused of raping a “blacked out” woman at an LSU apartment on Sunday, March 24.The full details behind the alleged incident that led to the arrest are available at NOLA.com.LSU confirmed the arrest on Wednesday via spokesperson Ernie Ballard. He explained that Provens has not been practicing with the team due to his being in the NCAA transfer portal. He further emphasized that the school has no tolerance for sexual violence and that there will be a full investigation once the criminal investigation concludes.“We take any and all allegations like these seriously, and currently, this is a law enforcement investigation. Once the law enforcement component is completed, the Office of Student Advocacy & Accountability and the Title IX office will conduct their investigation as well. Provens entered the NCAA transfer portal on March 21, and since that time, he has not participated in team activities.“At LSU, we’re committed to ending sexual violence and maintaining a community of respect, and an alleged incident like this goes against everything we stand for within our community. Our thoughts go out to the victim in this incident and every resource available through the university is being offered through the LSU CARE Team.”Provens played in only two games last season, allowing him to pick up a redshirt in the process. His only touches consisted of four carries for 13 yards in a win over Rice.He entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, but does not yet have a new team for 2019.last_img read more

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