Man Utd sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Koulibaly at Anfieldby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Kalibou Koulibaly.The Red Devils fell 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after falling 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.Manager Jose Mourinho is desperate for defensive reinforcements this January and Koulibaly is his number one target.And according to The Sun, United have recently had people in the stands watching the Senegalese centre-back.An Old Trafford source said: “The club had people there and it wasn’t just to run the rule over Liverpool.”They wanted to see what Koulibaly was like against English opposition after watching him a few times in Italy.”He impressed everyone and the need for players at the back has never been more evident.”It is reported that United are willing pay £90m for the 27-year-old. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Klopp demands Liverpool stay ‘angry, greedy’ against Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp wants his Liverpool side to stay hungry against Newcastle United.Klopp knows the challenge facing the team if they want to win the Premier League. While they are four points ahead of Manchester City, the two teams meet on January 3rd in what will be a titanic clash.And the Reds will want to maintain the four point gap going into that fixture.Klopp said in his press conference: “The most important thing for us is [the reaction] after you win the last game – that is why the Wolves game was such a big challenge.”Because we played against United a few days, and before that against Napoli, you are on the big stage.”Then going to Wolverhampton, not only on players’ minds but in people’s mind, you could drop focus a little bit.”So I was really happy with our attitude. That is what we need – to stay angry, greedy and in the job. That is what we have to do against Newcastle.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson warns fans: We have nothingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson has warned fans nothing has yet been won.The Reds meet Manchester City on Thursday.Robertson said after Saturday’s 5-1 Anfield thrashing of Arsenal: “You need to ask other teams about that.“We spoke about City last season and I’m sure every other team. did. They were very hard to beat. Of course we did it here in the league and the Champions League but in the league, not many people could touch them. But the thing is, they completed it and they’ve got their winners’ medal and the trophy.“Just now, we have nothing and that’s why at the end of the season, hopefully we can talk about it.“Of course we hope that we win it but we know how hard it is and we know two teams, probably even more, are right behind us and causing us all sorts of problems. We know they’ll be right on our tails so we keep our feet on the ground and hopefully by then we’ll be celebrating. But we take it game by game.“If teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage. If people are worrying coming here, it’s a good sign for us. But it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.”
PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Joe Burrow #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls out signals during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback transfer Joe Burrow isn’t expected to be on the transfer market for much longer. A decision is reportedly coming soon for the former four-star recruit.Burrow has already taken visits to Cincinnati and LSU. According to a new report, the former Buckeyes’ QB has one more visit scheduled. Then, a decision could be made.Rivals.com’s Sean Callahan reports that Burrow will be visiting North Carolina. A decision on his final destination could be made by the end of the week.“Ohio State grad transfer QB Joe Burrow has visited both Cincinnati and LSU this past week. Look for his third and final visit this week to be to North Carolina. I expect an announcement by possibly the end of this week from Burrow,” Callahan reports.Ohio State grad transfer QB Joe Burrow has visited both Cincinnati and LSU this past week. Look for his third and final visit this week to be to North Carolina. I expect an announcement by possibly the end of this week from Burrow.— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) May 15, 2018A couple of other schools – Florida, Nebraska, Texas Tech, UCLA – have been mentioned for Burrow, but it’s unclear if there is interest on either side.Burrow, Ohio State’s 2016 backup, is a graduate transfer, meaning he’ll be eligible to play right away in 2018. He left OSU when it was clear that Urban Meyer was not going to name him the team’s starting QB.The former Buckeyes’ quarterback could be one of the country’s best behind center if given the right opportunity.Stay tuned.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)The NCAA altered some of its rules today. Surprisingly, given the history of the organization, the changes actually made sense.One of the rules allows football players to participate in up to four games in a season without losing a redshirt. But the biggest change allows student-athletes to transfer without having to ask permission from their current school.We’ve all seen stories of school’s blocking a player’s transfer to a certain program. Often times schools back off those restrictions after some public pressure.Now, they won’t be allowed to block a player in the first place.“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools.”Starting in October, student-athletes can transfer and receive a scholarship without asking their school for permission: https://t.co/TgTuSBcCnF— NCAA (@NCAA) June 13, 2018We’ve complained about the NCAA and its arcane rules plenty of times, so we’ll be fair here. This was a wise decision.Good for them.Anything that provides more freedom for the players to move seems like a good measure.
TAMPA, FL – MARCH 17: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on from the sideline against the UCLA Bruins during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The Larry Nassar scandal caused major upheavals at Michigan State, including the resignation of president Lou Anna K. Simon and the retirement of athletic director Mark Hollis.Nassar, a former doctor for both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, was convicted of sexually abusing over 100 women earlier this year. He was sentenced to a maximum of 175 years in prison.Two days after the sentencing, ESPN’s Outside The Lines published a bombshell report, citing a “pattern of denial” within Michigan State athletics. It featured allegations that roped in both head football coach Mark Dantonio and men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, both among the top coaches in their sports.In the report, former Michigan State sexual assault counselor Lauren Allswede said there was a serious lack of transparency in its handling of accusations against football players. Per the report, 16 MSU football players had been accused of sexual assault since 2007.The report also surfaced previous rape allegations made against former Michigan State basketball stars Keith Appling and Adreian Payne.A day after the ESPN piece, The Athletic reported that NCAA president Mark Emmert was made aware of 37 different accusations against Michigan State athletes.Hollis, who retired the day that the ESPN report dropped, said that it featured inaccuracies weeks later.The NCAA has investigated Michigan State’s programs in lieu of the Larry Nassar scandal, and it has cleared the school.BREAKING: Michigan State University says NCAA has cleared it of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 30, 2018From the school’s release, via Lansing State Journal‘s Graham Couch:“Michigan State athletics has received notification from Jonathan F. Duncan, Vice President of Enforcement for the NCAA indicating that ‘it does not appear there is need for further inquiry.’ Duncan, in a letter to MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman, states that the NCAA review ‘…..has not substantiated violations of NCAA legislation.’On Jan. 23, 2018, the NCAA contacted Michigan State requesting the institution’s response to the sexual assaults committed by former university physician Larry Nassar and its position on whether any violations of NCAA legislation occurred.In a March 23, 2018 response, MSU shared its position that violations of NCAA legislation did not occur.The NCAA also conducted a second and additional review stemming from reporting by an ESPN program ‘Outside the Lines’ related to the way the institution handled allegations of student conduct involving student-athletes in Michigan State’s football and men’s basketball programs. Again, the Duncan letter states the NCAA review ‘…….has not substantiated violations of NCAA legislation.’The NCAA letter closes with this statement which is much appreciated by the MSU Athletic Department: ‘The enforcement staff appreciates the institution’s cooperation and its responsiveness to both inquiries.’”The release was made just a day before Michigan State football begins its season.
Each and every week of the college football season, ESPN’s College GameDay attends one of the biggest games of the week. This weekend, Kirk Herbstreit and company are up in Boston as the Boston College Eagles look to knock off No. 2 Clemson.With today’s show well underway, College GameDay announced a future location. No, it’s not next week’s location, but a different future locale.GameDay revealed it’s heading to the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia on December 8.Check it out.Hey Philadelphia!We’re coming to your city for one of the biggest rivalries in college football … Army vs. Navy! ?? See you December 8th! pic.twitter.com/iGBW6ZQWAL— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 10, 2018Neither Army nor Navy are vying for the College Football Playoff this season, but there’s plenty to play for. Pride is all these teams need to play for and they’ll put it all on display later this season.After 14-straight Navy wins, Army has retaken the series over the past two games with a 21-17 win in 2016 and a a 14-13 win last season.Army sits at 7-2 on the season and nearly knocked off Oklahoma earlier this year. Meanwhile, Navy sits at just 2-7, but we expect this game will be close regardless of record.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 17: Braxston Cave #52 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish prepares to snap the ball against the USC Trojans during the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on October 17, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame and USC renew their annual rivalry tonight. The two teams approach the game from different directions.Notre Dame is 11-0, needing a win to wrap up an undefeated regular season. If the Irish are 12-0, they should have a spot in the College Football Playoff.USC, meanwhile, is 5-6. The Trojans’ head coach Clay Helton is likely to be fired, and all USC has to play for in this one is pride and to fill the role of spoilerNotre Dame is a double-digit favorite tonight. ESPN has updated its prediction for the game.The FPI still heavily favors the Fighting Irish.Notre Dame and USC will kick off at 8 p.m. ET from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.ABC will broadcast the action.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State is playing for a Big Ten championship tonight and, so far, it’s going well for the Buckeyes. OSU is leading Northwestern, 24-7, at halftime of the league’s championship game.Urban Meyer’s team is also playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, though, and the Buckeyes need style points.Ohio State opted to pass on those at the end of the first half.The Buckeyes had the ball with about 40 seconds left in the first half and one timeout. Meyer, though, opted to run one play – which went for a couple of yards – and then went into halftime.Some feel like Meyer should’ve been more aggressive with the College Football Playoff selection committee watching.“If you are Urban Meyer, you have to play for at least a field goal here. 44 seconds. 1 timeout. Go for it now,” Kevin McGuire tweeted.If you are Urban Meyer, you have to play for at least a field goal here. 44 seconds. 1 timeout. Go for it now.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) December 2, 2018“Urban needs to go for another TD before the end of this half. There is NO need to be cautious or conservative. GO GO GO,” another added.Urban needs to go for another TD before the end of this half. There is NO need to be cautious or conservative. GO GO GO— jacob (@CoolidgeJacob) December 2, 2018It’s a tough situation for Meyer and Ohio State. You don’t want to take unnecessary risks to put the game in doubt, but you also have to look as good as possible.The second half of Ohio State and Northwestern will begin soon on FOX.
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Another college football head coach was spotted on Miami’s campus this afternoon in the wake of Mark Richt’s retirement.Former Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who’s accepted the Temple head coaching position, was seen on campus.The Miami Herald reported the news:Former Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was seen by the Miami Herald walking away from UM’s Hecht Athletic Center about 2:30 p.m Sunday, a few hours after coach Mark Richt announced that he was retiring from coaching and about an hour before athletic director Blake James was set to address the news.Diaz would have been one possibility to replace Mark Richt as head coach, but Diaz coached his final game with UM at the Pinstripe to become the new head coach at Temple University.Diaz is now the head coach at Temple, but some have speculated that he could be a candidate for the Hurricanes’ head coaching position. He was arguably Miami’s top recruiter and was responsible for several of the team’s top prospects.Miami’s AD didn’t say much when asked about Diaz this afternoon.“Manny Diaz? I haven’t any comment on Manny,’’ Miami AD Blake James said. “I guess Manny is on his own schedule.’’Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers and former NFL head coach Rex Ryan have been named potential candidates.