Super agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Mino Raiola fears for Italian football after the incidents around Inter Milan’s victory over Napoli on Boxing Day.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“Racism is ignorance by definition,” he told ANSA.“It’s difficult to talk to the ignorant, but we must always fight against them and be united together.“Having said that, where is the government, both the real one and the one in football? Where is the union? Where are the unity and solidarity between all the players and clubs?“This is a problem for all club owners and players. If Italy fails to defeat this cancer then it has no future in football.“Football is the mirror of society. It takes a unique objective, bravery, good ideas and b***s.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Who will win enough games to compete for this?The NFL Draft is dominating today’s news cycle but it’s always a good time to make some College Football Playoff predictions. About five months away from the 2016 season, some of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has done just that. ESPN play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler tweeted out the teams himself, Jesse Palmer, Desmond Howard, Joey Galloway and Kaylee Hartung are picking to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson was the only unanimous selection between the five college football personalities, while seven other teams – Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Houston – were picked by at least one of them. fired up panel @JessePalmerABC @DesmondHoward @Joey_Galloway @KayleeHartung making bold CFB predictions at our sponsor summit tonight! 1/2— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 20162/2 our panel’s consensus CFB playoff pick: @ClemsonFB w/ OU, BAY, ALA, LSU, TENN, STAN, HOU also mentioned by at least one of them.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 2016Some pretty popular choices, but it’s surprising to see no Big Ten teams on their list. Both Michigan and Ohio State are thought to be preseason top 10 teams and it’s tough to imagine a one-loss Big Ten champion getting left out.Who are you picking?
As champions of the 2018 Apertura, Club America will take on Tigres, champions of the 2019 Clausura, in the 2019 Campeon de Campeones on Sunday, July 14 in Carson, California.It is the fourth successive year the US venue, which is the home of the LA Galaxy, has played host to the event, with Tigres taking the honors in all of the previous three games, including a thumping 4-0 win over Santos Laguna last year.Meanwhile, America go chasing their fifth Campeon de Campeones crown, having last lifted the trophy in 2005. 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? It is an encounter that will go straight to penalty kicks if the score is tied after extra-time.The winner, meanwhile, will earn the right to tackle 2018 MLS champions Atlanta United on August 14 in the 2019 Campeones Cup, the second running of the annual competition, which Tigres won last in 2018 thanks to a fine 3-1 victory over Toronto in Canada.How to buy tickets for the Campeon de CampeonesThe Campeon de Campeones is part of a double-header that will also see Cruz Azul and Necaxa play out for the Super Copa MX at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.Tickets went on sale on Friday, April 26 and are already sold out for the event but are available on re-sale sites and are typically going for between $38 and $400, depending on the location of the seat.When tickets initially went on sale, they were priced between $38 and $250.How to watch the Campeon de Campeones The Campeon de Campeones and Super Copa MX double feature will be broadcast in Spanish language on Univision and the Univision Deportes Network (UDN), the network that carries the majority of major Liga MX fixtures. The channels that the fixture will be shown on and the streaming packages it will be available via have not yet been clarified.There is not yet any confirmation if the match will be shown on English-language television.The Super Copa will begin at 6pm ET (3pm local time) while the Campeon de Campeones kicks off three hours later at 9pm.
Megan Rapinoe struck a 61st-minute penalty before Rose Lavelle netted a fine solo goal as the United States beat Netherlands 2-0 to become Women’s World Cup winners for the fourth time.Reign FC forward Rapinoe plundered her sixth goal of the tournament to ensure Jill Ellis’ side successfully defended their title at the expense of a Netherlands team that fought bravely to overcome their underdogs tag but ultimately came up short.The goal, which came after a VAR review highlighted Stefanie van der Gragt’s foul on Alex Morgan, drew Rapinoe level with Morgan and England’s Ellen White in the goalscoring stakes, while Netherlands forward Lieke Martens cut a frustrated figure as the Dutch struggled to create chances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Lavelle provided the best moment of an entertaining clash in Lyon when she carried the ball from the centre circle to the edge of the box before producing a classy finish, the quality of which reflected everything crowds at this World Cup have come to expect from its dominant team.The European champions certainly played their part but, perhaps fittingly after a tournament marked by the use of technology, the contest hinged on a challenge that might have gone unnoticed without it.Stepping up when it matters the most #LaGrandeFinale | #USANED pic.twitter.com/beM7wlftxV— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 7, 2019Sherida Spitse was booked for a late sliding challenge on Lavelle in a cagey opening spell that saw the United States fail to score inside the opening 12 minutes of a game for the first time at this year’s tournament.The USA struggled to break down a compact Dutch defence until Julie Ertz thundered a volley towards goal after 28 minutes but Sari van Veenendaal was equal to it, parrying the ball away from danger.Van der Gragt’s superb interception prevented Morgan from latching onto a long ball forward and Van Veenendaal then made two excellent saves to deny the forward before Netherlands ended a battling first-half performance with a dangerous spell of pressure.Netherlands continued to frustrate USA until Van der Gragt’s high challenge on Morgan prompted a VAR review and, after a penalty was correctly awarded, Rapinoe side-footed the ensuing spot-kick low to Van Veenendaal’s left and into the net.Vivianne Miedema tore through the USA defence with a mazy dribble but could not get her shot away and moments later Lavelle provided a finishing lesson, making space for herself on the edge of Netherlands’ box before stroking a left-footed shot into the corner of the net.Van Veenendaal made an excellent save to deny Crystal Dunn when the left-back burst clear but there was no time for her team-mates to mount a comeback as the world champions deservedly secured back-to-back titles. Key Opta Facts- Netherlands have now lost their last seven matches against the United States in all competitions by an aggregate score of 24-2.- USA attacker Megan Rapinoe is just the second player in history to start three Women’s World Cup finals (2011, 2015, 2019) after Germany’s Birgit Prinz (1995, 2003, 2007).- The USA scored 26 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the most by a team at a single tournament in the competition’s history.- The USA’s Megan Rapinoe became the first player to score a penalty in a Women’s World Cup final, as well as being the oldest scorer in a final (34 years and two days).- This was a 12th consecutive victory at the Women’s World Cup for the USA – the longest run in the history of the FIFA World Cup (men’s and women’s).- Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal made eight saves – the most by a goalkeeper in a knockout game at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. read more
Roma director Gianluca Petrachi has confirmed the club are interested in signing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, but has insisted they are not using Franco Baldini as an intermediate to negotiate on their behalf.It was reported last week that Baldini, who previously worked as a director of football for Roma and operated as technical director for Spurs between 2013-2015, was in London negotiating a deal which could see Alderweireld move to the Italian club.The Belgian centre-back has long been linked with a move away from the London outfit and he even missed long spells of 2017-18 campaign with rumours he was on his way out of the club. 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? However, that did not transpire and Alderweireld went on to play a pivotal role in Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final last season, featuring in all but one of their European games.It has since been reported that the 30-year-old has a relatively low release clause of just £25 million ($32m), which Roma could meet in the coming days.When asked about Baldini’s recent trip to London and Alderweireld’s purported buy-out clause, Petrachi said: “Baldini can be a resource for us.“I realise there is a release clause for Alderweireld, but Baldini has a strong rapport with Spurs directors, he worked there for many years and can support Roma in signing Alderweireld.“If you want to say that Baldini negotiates on our behalf, then that is incorrect. I want it to be clear that he is of support to Roma and in the specific case of Alderweireld is an idea to help us save a bit of money. We’d be happy if we could sign him tomorrow without paying the release clause.“I don’t like to talk about specific players, but obviously with Ivan Marcano and Kostas Manolas sold, we need two centre-backs and that is the priority. We are working on several fronts and have clear ideas on what we intend to do.”The Roma director was also asked about the recent claims that Nicolo Zaniolo and Alessandro Florenzi are available for transfer, something he denied.“It’s not right that every word we say gets built up into some giant story,” said Petrachi. “I understand your point of view, but I never put Zaniolo on the market.“I can’t rule anything out either, because nobody thought Juventus would sell Zinedine Zidane and yet they did. What I can say is that today Zaniolo is not on the market. We evaluate everything, but must also be clear.”“As for Florenzi, he is the captain of Roma and I never put him on the market. If offers arrive, they will be evaluated, but I never called anyone to say he was available.”
RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams is in danger of missing the start of the Bundesliga season as he recovers from a lingering groin injury.United States international Adams dealt with the problem last season following his January move to Leipzig from the New York Red Bulls, missing five of the club’s final six league games of the campaign.He then returned for club’s final Bundesliga game, starting and playing 64 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen. 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? Adams then suited up for the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich a week later and put in 65 minutes in the 3-0 loss to the German champions. However, the injury returned over the summer and Adams was forced to pull out of USMNT duty, missing the Gold Cup, where the Americans finished second after a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the final.It was hoped Adams would be ready to return to the Leipzig squad at the end of July, had he began individual training while rehabbing the injury earlier in the month.Instead, Leipzig have confirmed he remains missing from team training, with his availability for the start of the new Bundesliga season in doubt.New Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said the team are doing all they can to get Adams back on the field, but they are taking no risks with the 20-year-old midfielder.”Our medical department are doing everything they can, but Tyler’s injury is complicated,” Nagelsmann told Bild. “Suddenly you’re pain-free and expect to get involved again, but it’s misleading.”Adams made a favorable first impression at the club after joining last January, appearing in 10 Bundesliga contests and starting eight of those. He contributed a pair of assists in his debut half-season with Leipzig, as the club finished third in the Bundesliga and qualified for the 2019-20 Champions League group stages.Leipzig will close out their pre-season programme with friendlies against Rennes and Aston Villa before getting their season underway on August 11 against second-division club Onsabruck in the DFB-Pokal.Their Bundesliga campaign starts a week later with a trip to newly-promoted Union Berlin.
LeBron James and Alabama football have shared a weirdly symbiotic championship relationship, going back to James’ time with the Heat. That ended this year.When Alabama captured the national title back in January, it was good news for superstitious fans of King James and the Cavaliers. Going back to 2012, whenever Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide won the title, LeBron won the NBA Finals.That lined up perfectly in 2012 and 2013, when both sides went back-to-back. Alabama missed out on the championship in 2014 and 2015; those years, James lost to the Spurs, made his move to Cleveland, and then lost to the Warriors in the first of four match-ups.In 2016, the Tide beat Clemson for a title. LeBron, Kyrie Irving, and company came back from down 3-1 to beat the Warriors.Last year, Clemson got its revenge, and so did the Warriors. This year broke the streak, with an Alabama national championship and a James Finals loss.So what changed? In reality, this was all just coincidence. However, that hasn’t stopped some from pointing to an interesting headline from earlier this spring.In April, James’s media company “Uninterrupted” sent Alabama football a cease-and-desist.In late March, Alabama football launched a video series called “Shop Talk,” which featured Alabama greats discussing football in the program’s barber shop. It was pretty familiar to a series that James does.Uninterrupted has a video series called “The Shop,” in which James talks to fellow athletes, business partners, and others about a variety of topics.It isn’t the most original idea in either case, but the aesthetics were pretty similar. James and Uninterrupted sent this letter after Alabama’s video:On Monday, “Uninterrupted” sent a letter to Alabama addressing concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property appropriation.“The Shop” was developed by James and “Uninterrupted” co-founder Maverick Carter. Its first episode, which premiered during the 2017 NBA Finals, generated approximately 4 million views across Uninterrupted.com and ESPN’s YouTube channel, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ESPN.“Your continued exploitation of ‘Shop Talk’ infringes ‘Uninterrupted’s’ copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in ‘The Shop’ and significantly damages ‘Uninterrupted’s’ commercial prospects for ‘The Shop,’” the letter reads, in part.In response, Nick Saban had this to say in a press conference.“I’m sorry that anybody could be offended by something that we were just having fun with, and I enjoyed it and we’re going to continue to do it.”Again, coincidence, or did Saban and Alabama put some sort of curse on LeBron? Fans on Twitter are skeptical:I told y’all BRON wasn’t gone win a title this year cause he tried to sue Bama… smh pic.twitter.com/QJ3UvNYBFu— Alphonse Taylor (@SHANKK50) June 9, 2018Maybe LeBron shouldn’t of sued Alabama over that dumb barber shop thing earlier in the season. pic.twitter.com/jpaGKyEWcr— Paul Bryant Davidson (@paulbd) June 9, 2018This could have all been avoided if Lebron didn’t go after Alabama and their Shop Talk videos… pic.twitter.com/NsWn2rSLBl— Hayden Kestle (@HaydenKesselhof) June 9, 2018If LeBron wouldn’t have went after Bama, he would have won the finals the same year Alabama won the National Championship. #poorlebron— Dale Mahathey (@DaleMahathey) June 9, 2018This marks the first year LeBron hasn’t won a title the same year Alabama won. Could the uninterrupted lawsuit be a reason? pic.twitter.com/baamo5Z6fx— Mr. HEAVY Handles (@HEAVYHandleHoop) June 9, 2018Considering the Warriors were just a much better team overall, it is probably the former, but the latter is certainly more fun to think about. To be safe, we probably shouldn’t go crossing Alabama football anytime soon.
Kirk Herbstreit appeared on SportsCenter this morning to preview today’s slate of college football games. During his appearance on ESPN, he was asked about the College Football Playoff.A trio of preseason highly-ranked teams – Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin – have all already suffered a loss this season.Which of those teams has the best chance to rebound and make a dark-horse run at the College Football Playoff?Herbstreit didn’t hesitate when answering.“I think it’s Wisconsin,” Herbstreit said. “I think they were sleeping last week (against BYU).”Wisconsin was a popular College Football Playoff pick before the season. The Badgers haven’t looked anything like a top 10 team during the season’s first three weeks, though.Herbstreit remains confident in Wisconsin’s chances moving forward.“I think Wisconsin still has the team and the schedule to make a run,” he told ESPN.Wisconsin has a major test to pass tonight. The Badgers are taking on Iowa at 8:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on FOX.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Retirement rumors were swirling for a top Ohio State football assistant coach this offseason. He addressed those rumors in a recent interview.Larry Johnson, a standout defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, heard his name mentioned in the retirement arena this past offseason.The veteran assistant coach, who’s developed arguably the nation’s top defensive line at Ohio State, addressed those rumors on the Big Ten Network.“You want to know when I’m going to retire? Might want to ask me,” Johnson said in an interview for BTN’s The Journey. “I kept hearing all these rumors, coach Johnson this, he’s gonna do this, he’s gonna retire – like, no one has asked me.”Johnson had to take to Twitter this past offseason when rumors were swirling on message boards.Apparently there is misinformation about my future. I want to make a bold statement that I am not going anywhere and I’m proud to be Buckeye. #Buckeyes #RushmenForLife— Larry A. Johnson (@R2X_Rushmen1) December 15, 2017Johnson is one of the top assistant coaches in college football. He would be a major loss from Urban Meyer’s staff, but it appears he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.You can watch his full interview below: