10 months agoArsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debut

first_imgArsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBukayo Saka was thrilled to make his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham.Saka replaced Alex Iwobi with three minutes remaining in our 4-1 win over Fulham, adding to his two appearances in the Europa League late last year.“Right now I’m feeling so happy,” he said. “I feel blessed to have made my debut and get minutes on the pitch. I just want to thank my family, my friends and everyone at the club who’s helped me to get to this stage.“It’s been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here.“I’m not stopping now. I’m very hungry. I just want to work hard with every chance I get. In training I just want to impress the coach so I can get back on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: Isco can play anywhere

first_imgReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: Isco can play anywhereby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he has no set position for Isco.Solari was happy with the midfielder for the 2-2 draw with Villareal.He said, “I believe that Isco’s a player with that much quality that he can operate anywhere on the pitch. “Sometimes it’s not all about making the difference with pace, but rather by using your quality, creativity and technique. “Each player has their own qualities.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoMan City, Chelsea in contact for Brescia whiz Sandro Tonali

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City, Chelsea in contact for Brescia whiz Sandro Tonaliby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrescia could double the price of Sandro Tonali by the end of the season.Il Mattino says Brescia president Massimo Cellino slapped a €30m price-tag on the teen over the summer.However, after a full season in Serie A, Cellino is expected to seek double that valuation next summer.Juventus, Napoli, Inter Milan, Roma, Manchester City, Chelsea and Monaco are all in contact with Cellino.It’s been suggested Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on Tonali, likening him to Andrea Pirlo, whose career he launched at AC Milan. last_img

23 days agoMan City boss Guardiola: Dinamo Zagreb made it difficult

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Dinamo Zagreb made it difficultby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Champions League opponents Dinamo Zagreb after last night’s win.City encountered a stubborn Dinamo defence at the Etihad Stadium, who were eventually unlocked by what has become a trademark Guardiola move.Having worked the ball wide, Riyad Mahrez played it across the face of goal and Raheem Sterling, as he so often is, was there to bundle it home.For the Catalan, it is the perfect way to score and he admitted the visitor’s resolute defending made the goal even sweeter.“We don’t have big headers for crosses,” added the boss.“We play that way for the quality of the players we have in small spaces.“We believe when you attack inside and put a ball wide and people arrive for the cross, that’s the best way to score a goal.“It was really nice, but they defended so well. Even for the goal the defender was there. They were so good.“I didn’t expect them to play so deep, because they didn’t have a shot on target, apart from one or two set pieces.“But what they did in that part of the pitch was so good. They won duels and anticipated all the time.“They deserve a lot of credit. That’s why it was an incredible battle.” last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Says Oklahoma Has Better Offense Than Alabama

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Alabama Crimson Tide are the No. 1 team in the nation for many reasons, not the least of which is their offense led by QB Tua Tagovailoa. But the Oklahoma Sooners have had a few offensive explosions of their own this year, and at least one analyst thinks the Sooners have an edge over Alabama.On the Paul Finebaum Show, ESPN Big 12 reporter Jake Trotter claimed that Oklahoma’s offense was better than Alabama’s “by a slight margin.”“I think Oklahoma’s offense is better than Alabama’s offense by a slight margin,” Trotter said.Alabama is averaging 48.6 points per game, while Oklahoma is averaging 49.0 points per game.”I think Oklahoma’s offense is better than Alabama’s offense by a slight margin” – @Jake_TrotterAgree or disagree? pic.twitter.com/5dGU75Il3G— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 12, 2018One key difference between Alabama and Oklahoma has been their defenses. Alabama’s is second in the country in points allowed (12.7) while Oklahoma’s is 83rd, allowing 29.8 points per game.It might not matter if the Sooners have the better offense or not though. If Oklahoma doesn’t make it to the College Football Playoff, they won’t have a chance to prove it against Alabama.The Sooners are currently ranked No. 6 and will need help to make it into the top four.last_img read more

Ohio State Fans Will Love What Urban Meyer Said About Michigan Tonight

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is getting ready to coach the final game of his career, with the Buckeyes preparing for the Rose Bowl contest against Washington.Meyer has said that he doesn’t want to do too much reflecting on his career until after the Rose Bowl, as he wants all of the focus to be on the Huskies.However, Ohio State’s head coach did boast about one aspect of his time in Columbus while speaking to reporters tonight.Of course, it’s about Michigan.“Knowing we went 7-0 against our rivals; of all the really cool things we’ve been a part of as a staff the last seven years, I don’t know if we could top that. That’s the respect that I have for that rivalry,”  Meyer said.Urban Meyer on going unbeaten as Ohio State’s coach against Michigan: “Knowing we went 7-0 against our rivals; of all the really cool things we’ve been a part of as a staff the last seven years, I don’t know if we could top that. That’s the respect that I have for that rivalry.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 27, 2018Meyer will finish his Ohio State career as successful against Michigan as any coach in Buckeyes’ history.Ohio State is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Everyone Said The Same Thing About Art Briles Landing New Coaching Job

first_imgHead coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on as the Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second half at McLane Stadium.WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on as the Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second half at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The news of Art Briles becoming a coach once again hasn’t been out for a full day, yet it already has the majority of people on social media enraged.On Friday, Mount Vernon in Texas announced that Briles will become the football team’s head coach for next season. The former coach of the Baylor Bears was fired for the school’s sexual assault scandal that took place.In the press release, Mount Vernon said “We are pleased to welcome coach Briles back to Texas. He brings with him a wealth of not only football experience but also life experience.”Just the thought of Briles coaching at the high school level has brought out a plethora of negative reviews, but the way Mount Vernon handled the situation has drawn even more attention. The timing of the announcement has led many people to believe that Mount Vernon tried to bury the hiring.With the school year coming to an end very soon and Memorial Day weekend upon us, the news of Briles getting hired almost slipped through the cracks.Now, most sports analysts and writers are unleashing on Mount Vernon for dumping the news late on Friday.Art Briles gets hired at dinnertime on Friday before Memorial Day weekend. News dump of all news dumps.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 24, 2019Mount Vernon announced the hire of Art Briles on a Friday evening, going into a holiday weekend, right as the school year is winding to a close.They made EVERY effort to bury this.— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) May 25, 2019The Friday before Memorial Day news dump is a big one …… Art Briles is coaching again, and it’s for a Texas High School.Seriously, he is https://t.co/bM9b481Kz4— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 25, 2019During his time as the coach at Baylor, Briles led his team to an overall 65-37 record.Fans won’t argue against Briles’ ability to coach, especially on the offensive side of the football, but his actions at the collegiate level have made him a controversial figure in the sports world.last_img read more

Iowa Sports Anchor Rips Nebraska Fans

first_imgNebraska RB Devine Ozigbo runs through an Iowa defender.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 23: Running back Devine Ozigbo #22 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs up the field in the second half against defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 23, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)No sub-.500 team enters the 2019 season with the hype of Nebraska football. The Huskers showed serious development in the second half of last season, including a tough loss against Big Ten West rival Iowa.The Huskers and Hawkeyes enter the year as co-favorites to win the division. While it hasn’t really happened to this point during Nebraska’s tenure in the Big Ten, there is increased talk about the two forming a true rivalry in the Big Ten West.The Athletic‘s Scott Dochterman went deep on the budding rivalry, calling it the “best new rivalry” in the sport since conference realignment shook things up earlier this decade.The piece, which is behind the site’s paywall, leads off with an anecdote from a Michael Buble concert in Lincoln, of all things. “I know it was a tough year, but coach (Scott) Frost is going to take this thing, maybe not next year, but the year after, you guys are going to be bad, bad asses,” Buble told concertgoers. “You guys know that.“So, suck on that, Iowa!”Iowa-Nebraska: How a shared border, free beer and Christmas crooner Michael Buble has turned fans’ emotions from mild disdain to realignment’s best new rivalry @TheAthleticCFB https://t.co/R6VXB3xcfv— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) July 23, 2019Iowa fans have an established rival in Iowa State, but would probably welcome a true Big Ten rivalry. Nebraska, meanwhile left behind its most meaningful series, like Oklahoma and Colorado, when it left the Big 12.Still, many Husker fans were not a fan of Dochterman saying that this was a true rivalry for the Huskers.🙂 pic.twitter.com/YStyi2mQ5l— Paula Lavigne (@pinepaula) July 23, 2019It’s more of a rivalry w/ Iowa fans than Nebraska. I live in the NW part of Iowa & Iowa fans literally hate Nebraska w/ a passion. They talk more about Nebraska than they do Iowa. Yes Iowa has beatin NU 4 straight years but let’s remember NU had 3 losing seasons in that timeframe— Brett Johnson (@Dewiz_45) July 29, 2019Iowa wants this rivalry so much more than Nebraska does. You can’t trash talk your way into one. Until Iowa wins anything of value (which they haven’t) they’ll just be another game. Nebraska has their sights on something much bigger than a dumb corporate sponsored rivalry trophy— Andrew Kinne (@akinne_47) July 29, 2019Iowa sports anchor Andy Fales flipped the argument on Nebraska, saying that it only isn’t a rivalry because of the Huskers’ recent struggles.Fales, of WHO-TV in Des Moines, fired back at the notion in his “What’s Bugging Andy” segment. Per Fales, he saw Nebraska fans that were offended by the thought, calling Husker fans “mouth breathers” over the reaction.“Nebraska fans were somehow offended. You’d have thought Dochterman told them they couldn’t park in their yards anymore. They lit up his Twitter feed with mouth-breathing calls of ‘BS’ and ‘fake news,’ appalled that Scott had the gall to even suggest that Iowa and Nebraska are even rivals.”Whats Bugging Andy: Is Iowa-Nebraska a rivalry? According to Husker fans, no. @AndyFales sets the record straight. pic.twitter.com/ovIWYPdeyM— SoundOFF (@SoundOFF13) July 29, 2019Fales goes on to argue that the only reason the rivalry isn’t established is thanks to the Hawkeyes’ recent dominance of the series, and not because of anything that Nebraska has done.“They’re not wrong. They’re in denial and stuck in the 90s, but they’re not wrong. To have a rivalry, you need a back-and-forth. Iowa has won four-straight and five-of-six… If Iowa and Nebraska are rivals, then so are Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri…“They don’t want Iowa as a rival, they think they’re above Iowa… Bowl season last year? The Hawkeyes were playing in the Outback. You merely…played out back, in an empty lot, dreaming of Tommie Frazier and the days when the only thing more foreign than losing was a forward pass.”Finally, he wrapped up his segment by admitting that he is rooting for the Huskers to improve, as he would like to see the Iowa-Nebraska rivalry bud into something special, as college football is at its best when heated rivalries dot the landscape.“Well it’s 2019, Scott Dochterman is right, this rivalry is set to take off and Nebraska should improve, a lot, fast. And whether you like Nebraska or like Iowa, you should be hoping for all of that, because in-conference, regional rivalries are what college football fans, all of them, should embrace.”That last point is one that most should be able to get behind.last_img read more

Predicting The College Football AP Poll After Week 2 Of The 2019 Season

first_img Michigan, after surviving Army in overtime, will probably slide a few slots. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Terrapins will likely slide into the poll.Here’s what we think the top 25 will look like on Monday afternoon:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateLSUNotre DameAuburnFloridaMichiganUtahTexasPenn StateWashington (plays Cal tonight)OregonTexas A&MWisconsinUCFMichigan StateIowaWashington StateMarylandStanford (plays USC tonight)Boise StateIowa StateCollege football fans – do we have it right? Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix throws a pass.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week two of the 2019 college football season will wrap up in just a few hours. Let’s go ahead and predict what we think we’ll see in the AP Poll on Monday afternoon.Clemson, the No. 1 team in the country, faced a stiff test from No. 12 Texas A&M on Saturday, but passed. The Tigers, at home, prevailed, 24-10, behind a few big plays from Trevor Lawrence and a stingy defense.The other big game of the week featured No. 6 LSU vs. No. 9 Texas in Austin. The Tigers, behind an all-time performance from quarterback Joe Burrow, scored a huge road win.Two ranked teams lost to unranked opponents. No. 21 Syracuse was routed by Maryland, 63-20. No. 25 Nebraska, meanwhile, blew a big lead against Colorado and fell in overtime, 34-31.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarIndia pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also opened up on the competition for spots in the playing XI, given the impressive comeback of Mohammed Shami and the superlative form of Jasprit Bumrah. India begin their World Cup 2019 campaign on June 5 in Southamptonadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 14:47 IST India will have three frontline pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami at the World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBhuvneshwar Kumar said India have the attack to do well in all conditionsBhuvneshwar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are India’s frontline pacers at World Cup 2019The Indian bowling attack has grown from strength to strength: BhuvneshwarIndia pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has talked up the firepower in the team’s bowling unit, saying the Indian bowlers’ ability to be potent both at the start and the death will augur well even in flat pitches in the United Kingdom during the World Cup.Scores of 300-plus are being posted day in and day out in England and Wales as the pitches have been assisting batsmen in England. For instance, Pakistan and England batsmen have been relishing the conditions in England in an ongoing ODI series as scores of 350-plus have been posted with ease.Nonetheless, India were able to keep the English batsmen relatively quiet during a three-match ODI series in the Old Blighty in 2018.With the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami proving effective both with the new ball and at the death, India are banking on their bowling firepower to get the job done at the World Cup, starting May 30 in the UK.Moreover, India’s wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been picking wickets in the middle overs and have managed to put a break on the opposition’s scoring rate consistently.”I agree that pitches in England in the last few years have been flat, but teams will be wary of India’s bowling unit since we can be potent both at the start and at the death. It will all boil down to how we execute the plans on the given day,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar told The Times of India.He added: “Our performances over the last few years speak for us. The Indian bowling attack has grown from strength to strength. Today, we can say that our pace attack can make an impact on any surface.”advertisementMohammed Shami’s comeback into the ODI side and the subsequent consistent performances has increased the competition among the pacers for spots in the playing XI and Bhuvneshwar Kumar insists the situation is healthy.Bhuvneshwar suffered injury concerns in 2018 and struggled to make impacts in the opportunities that came his way. In 24 matches since the start of the 2018 season, the right-arm pacer has picked up just 20 wickets at a cumulative average of 35.58.Bhuvneshwar failed to impress in IPL 2019 as well as he was expensive, conceding at 7.81 from 15 matches. Nonetheless, the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer is confident he will be able to shine in English conditions during the World Cup.”Each one of us has our own strengths that we bring to the bowling unit. It is always a good thing that whoever is getting a chance in the playing XI has been performing well. As a bowling unit – we back ourselves to do well in any conditions,” Bhuvneshwar said.”I have always enjoyed bowling in England because there is some swing around, which is my strength. Unlike in India, pitches in England don’t usually get slower as the game progresses. So depending on whether the ball is moving or not, I make my plans.”Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluableAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Kuldeep Yadavlast_img read more