Man City midfielder Gundogan: Title-race on if we beat Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIlkay Gundogan says Manchester City can win the Premier League title – if they can beat Liverpool tonight.City are seven points off the league leaders ahead of tonight’s highly anticipated clash at the Etihad.”Of course, the pressure is great for us,” Gundogan told Sport Buzzer. “I think it’s a game that’s at the absolute top level. It’s going to be tight, as you’ve seen in the first 0-0 draw.”We have a chance to reduce the gap to four points now, and then I think the season is long enough to make up for that in the rest of the games.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Graham Potter: Spurs win long time comingby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter says victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex was just rewards for their recent work.Potter commented on how the mood remained upbeat within the squad despite the results not going his players’ way.“They’ve had the belief despite the results. That gives you strength if you feel that you’re doing things in the right way.“We know we’ll still improve because it’s only our eighth game together. But the performances have been good and the players understand what we’re trying to do.”Today we had a bit of luck and that helped to grow our belief and confidence. Saying that though, I felt we produced a performance that was worthy of a 3-0 victory today.”
Vine: Kansas State Star Receiver Tyler Lockett Made A Defender Look Silly During Senior Bowl Practice
30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportThis year’s NFL Draft features a number of standout wide receivers, including Kansas State star Tyler Lockett. The Wildcat star caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and is showing off some of the skills that led to that remarkable season during Senior Bowl practices this week. Northwestern State cornerback Imoan Claiborne got the worst of it during today’s practice. CBS Sports projects Lockett as a second or third rounder. He can certainly help himself with a big week in Mobile in front of the many scouts at this week’s Senior Bowl.[@JoeGoodberry]
Juventus’s current dominance of Serie A was founded upon shrewd signings. During Beppe Marotta’s time as director general, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Fernando Llorente, Sami Khedira and Dani Alves were all brought in on free transfers. Consequently, it is hardly surprisingly that Fabio Paratici is now trying to emulate his mentor’s success by picking up Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey for nothing. 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? As he said himself when confirming Juve’s interest in the Welshman: “His contract is expiring and we’re always alerted to situations the market offers.”The Bianconeri weren’t the only ones interested in Ramsey either. Marotta’s new club, Inter, were thought to be in pole position as recently as last month, while Gareth Bale was hoping that he would be joined at Real Madrid by his international colleague.The most lucrative offers came from Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich but Ramsey looks all set to accept Juve’s deal, which will net the Welshman €7 million (£6.3m/$8m) a season.Given the intense competition, Ramsey represents something of a coup for the Italian champions but, in truth, the intense clamour for his services is more indicative of the inflated nature of the transfer market than the midfielder’s talent.No fee, no risk, essentially. Only there is no guarantee that Ramsey will even remain fit in Turin, let alone recapture his very best form.He has been out of action for at least a month on five occasions in the past three seasons alone and has played 30 games or more in the Premier League only once (2015-16) since 2013.In that sense, he actually looks like a perfect replacement for the injury-prone Sami Khedira, whose performances have deteriorated badly this season. Still, Juve believe that a healthy Ramsey would prove an excellent addition to their squad and they are certainly lacking a box-to-box midfielder with an eye for goal.They are hoping to see the Ramsey who netted 16 times in all competitions for Arsenal in 2013-14, or the Ramsey who was named in the Team of the Tournament after helping Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016.Back then, Ramsey wasn’t flattered by the constant comparisons with Steven Gerrard, who was even moved to describe the Arsenal man as “the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League”.He has long since lost that title, though, and it is telling that it was Arsenal who decided against extending Ramsey’s contract at the Emirates – despite his enduring popularity with the fans as the man who scored winning goals in two FA Cup triumphs, in 2014 and 2017. The player had wanted to stay and was mystified by the club’s change of stance. “That’s a decision they have made,” he lamented, “and things happen in football and you just have to get on with it.”To his credit, he has done exactly that, performing well when called upon, often as an impact substitute, and nobody can fault his professionalism in recent weeks.“Some players would sulk and say, ‘I’m leaving at the end of the season, so it doesn’t really matter’, but his attitude has been spot on,” Ray Parlour recently told talkSPORT.And Ramsey’s strong work ethic is one of the reasons why those close to him believe that he can succeed in the demanding world of Juventus, where the standards are high and the expectations even higher.Certainly, as a bilingual Welshman, he should find the linguistic barrier easier to overcome than his compatriot Ian Rush, who quipped during his disastrous spell at Juventus in 1986-87, “I can hardly speak English that well, let alone a foreign language like Italian!”Still, as Rush apocryphally noted, Italy is “like a different country” from a footballing perspective and Ramsey will come under intense scrutiny because of his salary alone, with the 28-year-old set to become Juve’s joint second-highest earner after Cristiano Ronaldo, alongside Paulo Dybala. News of his imminent arrival has already sparked great debate in Turin, with the majority of fans underwhelmed by the acquisition of a player that rarely starts for the sixth-best team in the Premier League, one that Unai Emery quickly deemed unworthy of the £200,000-a week salary the former Cardiff City ace was demanding.Still, fitness issues permitting, he should see plenty of game time at Juve next season. The Bianconeri midfield is in need of an overhaul, with Khedira and Blaise Matuidi the wrong side of 30, and doubts persisting over Miralem Pjanic’s future at the club as well as Emre Can’s ability to prove himself as talented as he believes himself to be. A more high-profile midfielder is still expected to arrive in the summer to complement the industry of the rapidly improving Rodrigo Bentancur. Ramsey is, therefore, not viewed as the answer to Juve’s problems, merely a calculated gamble that could pay off handsomely, another shrewd signing to sustain the Bianconeri’s bid to sustain this unprecedented spell of success.As Pirlo recently told Sky Sport Italia, “Ramsey is a great purchase. Juventus are preparing another excellent deal. He is a strong player and could do very well.”The fear among Juve fans right now, though, is that as free transfers go, Ramsey will prove more Can than Pirlo.
Alvaro Morata insists that criticism from Atletico Madrid fans about his past tenure with bitter La Liga rivals Real Madrid past is “normal” as he closes in on a move to Diego Simeone’s side from Chelsea.The 26-year-old is expected to complete an initial year-and-a-half loan move – with an option to subsequently buy – from the Premier League imminently, with the Spain international having arrived in the capital on Saturday.The striker exited Los Blancos for the Blues in 2017 but has struggled over the past year despite a bright start to his career at Stamford Bridge, winning the FA Cup with the club. 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? A return to Spain had looked likely this month following Maurizio Sarri’s arrival to take charge of Chelsea ahead of the current campaign and after Sevilla ceased their pursuit, Atletico emerged as clear frontrunners.The forward spent his early youth career with the club as a child, and was a member of their academy, before he made the switch to Champions League holders Madrid.Some sections of supporters however have not been keen on Morata playing for Atletico, with a portion of the crowd during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Getafe chanting their displeasure at the impending arrival.The player however remains calm about the situation, and is insistent that he remains proud of his past at the Santiago Bernabeu.Speaking to reporters at the airport, Morata said: “I’m happy to be in Madrid. I’ve been waiting for many days.“I’m super happy and I want everything to be finalised, to start and train with my colleagues.“The people who have always been with me know how I feel today, how the last days have been.“It’s normal for people to have their thoughts [about playing for Atletico after Real Madrid], I know what I can do.“I started playing at Atletico. People who know where I come from, they know my history and what this means to me. The past is the past, I am proud of that.”Morata is expected to have a medical on Sunday and his Atletico debut could come at Real Betis on February 3.
Rafa Benitez has been officially appointed as the new coach of Dalian Yifang after leaving Premier League club Newcastle.The Chinese Super League club hosted a press conference on Tuesday where the Spaniard was presented to the media.Benitez left St James’ Park after he failed to come to an agreement with the Magpies over a new deal. 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 Newcastle fans widely met his departure with anger, and it sparked fresh calls for owner Mike Ashley to follow the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss out the door.Benitez had been linked with a number of clubs as his Newcastle contract ran down over the last few months, but rumours emerged he had a big-money offer from China during the closing stages of the Premier League season.He has admitted he was eager for a resolution on Tyneside, though, but claimed the club did “not share the same vision”. And the 59-year-old has also opened up about his connection with the Newcastle supporters.“I’m sad because Newcastle has been my home,” Benitez told The Times “If Liverpool is where my family live, then Newcastle will always be my other home. “You can sell a house, but you can never sell a home. To have that connection with a city and fans, it’s strange and difficult to lose that. I feel like an honorary Geordie now.“In your career, you come to understand that football is a business, so you have to be professional, but sometimes it’s about the relationship with fans.”I was lucky to have that in Valencia and Tenerife, in Napoli and Liverpool, and Newcastle was the same. In our bad runs, it meant I could stay calm and do my job. They were behind us. It is difficult to say goodbye, to say goodbye to that feeling.“I have just a . . . not regret, but a little bit of disappointment that I couldn’t go higher. I’m really pleased with what we did with the resources we had, with all the things around – everybody knows it’s not easy – but I’m just disappointed we couldn’t achieve more, that we couldn’t compete and reach the real potential of this fantastic club.”Benitez led Newcastle to a 13th-placed finish in the Premier League last term, securing a third consecutive season in the top flight. The manager led a Championship title-winning campaign in 2016-17 to ensure the Magpies returned to the top flight at the first time of asking, having been relegated with the club after taking over at the back end of the previous season.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan are rivals on the football field, but also on the recruiting trail. The two schools regularly compete for the same prospects.One player who was pursued heavily by both programs is current Ohio State running back Mike Weber. Weber originally verbally committed to Michigan the summer before his junior year of high school, but eventually flipped and signed with Ohio State.Fans of both schools haven’t forgotten about Weber’s recruitment. Neither has he.Weber tweeted today on the anniversary of his short-lived commitment to Michigan.“Today four years ago I committed to TTUN .. crazy how tables turn,” he wrote.Today four years ago I committed to TTUN .. crazy how tables turn ?— Mike Weber (@mikeweberjr) August 6, 2018Weber rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2016 and has scored 19 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons combined. He’s also found the end zone both times he’s played against Michigan.Wolverines fans can cheer on two pretty good backs in Karan Higdon and Chris Evans, but one has to wonder if they think about what could have been with Weber.Stories like these are part of what makes this rivalry great.
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, one college football program has issued an apology for an insensitive tweet regarding a game cancellation.Virginia Tech issued an apology for an “insensitive” tweet that was sent out following ECU’s decision to cancel its trip to Blacksburg for the Week 2 matchup. The Hokies released a tweet suggesting the team was “waterproof” regarding the coming hurricane.The official Virginia Tech football Twitter account reminded everyone of the time the team traveled to North Carolina during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The Hokies won 34-3 in that contest.Here’s the tweet in question.Oh, you thought you could just delete that? Nah. pic.twitter.com/OYDiJhHH8u— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) September 11, 2018Pete Moris, Virginia Tech associate athletic director, issued an apology for the tweet. Moris suggested the tweet was scheduled, but he failed to delete it before the tweet went live.“100% my fault entirely for not deleting it before it went live,” Moris said on Twitter.As it stands now the Hokies and Pirates won’t play each other Week 2. The two teams have no rescheduled the contest.[The News & Observer]
BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 03: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for a third quarter touchdown while playing the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alabama won the game 29-0. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a message for LSU fans following his team’s dominant performance inside Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.The message was a complimentary one.Tagovailoa was extremely impressed with the noise level at Death Valley on Saturday evening, even in the fourth quarter when the game’s outcome wasn’t in doubt.“It was very loud tonight – very loud,” he told reporters. “It was loud consistently, throughout the whole game.”Tua compliments Tiger Stadium and it’s crowd noise. #LSU #Bama pic.twitter.com/2rqnWgDQRn— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) November 4, 2018LSU fans can hang their hats on that, at least.It could prove to be beneficial, too. Tua’s younger brother, four-star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, was on an LSU visit on Saturday night.The quarterback recruit is committed to Alabama, but some think he might consider flipping to Coach O and the Tigers.Stay tuned.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 28: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes against Carlton Davis #18 and Kris Frost #17 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’ve arrived at Week 13, the final weekend of the 2018 college football season. Rivalry Week is here.There are a number of classic matchups on the docket this week. Alabama-Auburn, Oklahoma-West Virginia, Michigan-Ohio State and Washington-Washington State are four that stand out.All of those games have major conference title and CFP implications. ESPN’s panel of experts released their picks for those four contests today.The breakdown for them is as follows:It is a pretty even split for OU-WVU. Nine experts took the Sooners, while eight picked the Mountaineers.Twelve of 17 experts picked Wazzu over Washington in the Apple Cup.Everybody is taking Alabama to beat Auburn.Fifteen of 17 panelists like Michigan to handle Ohio State.You can check out all of ESPN’s expert picks here.Oklahoma and West Virginia will play at 8 p.m ET Friday on ESPN, while Washington and Washington State will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX.On Saturday, Michigan and Ohio State meet at noon ET on FOX, followed by Alabama and Auburn at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.