Sevilla 3 Atletico Madrid 1 (5-2 agg): Griezmann stunner not enough for semi spot Tom Webber 06:26 1/24/18 Getty Images Sevilla extended their unbeaten record at home to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey to nine games as part of a quarter-final triumph. Sevilla advanced to the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 3-1 second-leg victory over Atletico Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Tuesday, despite a stunning goal from Antoine Griezmann.Griezmann fired in a beautiful 25-yard strike after Sergio Escudero opened the scoring in Andalusia, but Ever Banega’s second-half penalty following Saul Niguez’s foul on Joaquin Correa and Pablo Sarabia’s goal completed a 5-2 aggregate win.Escudero netted after just 24 seconds – the quickest goal scored against Atletico in any competition under Diego Simeone – but Griezmann’s exquisite effort got the visitors back on level terms on the day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player One more goal for Atletico would have forced extra time, but those hopes were wiped out when Saul clattered into Joaquin Correa – scorer of an 88th-minute winner in the first leg – and Banega coolly beat Miguel Angel Moya from the spot.The match became increasingly heated and Simeone used all three of his substitutes by the 64th minute as he attempted to engineer a comeback, but Sarabia punished them on the counter-attack to put the match to bed.FT: #SevillaFC 3-1 @atletienglish (5-2)#CopaDelRey semi-finals here we come. #vamosmisevilla #CopaDelRey pic.twitter.com/XrgoCJbiQ7— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 23, 2018Simeone was sent to the stands in the aftermath of the goal and will now focus on ending his side’s three-match winless run against LaLiga’s second-bottom side Las Palmas on Sunday.An incredible start saw Sevilla take the lead in the opening minute, Escudero getting in front of Sime Vrsaljko to volley Sarabia’s right-wing cross into the bottom-left corner.Atletico responded by forcing a corner from which Jose Gimenez headed straight at Sergio Rico, but the Sevilla goalkeeper could do nothing to keep out Griezmann’s equaliser.France international Griezmann generated sensational power and dip as he fired a bouncing ball over Rico from 25 yards after Kevin Gameiro’s knockdown.25′ | 1-1 | Thanks to @AntoGriezmann’s GOLAZO, we’re still alive in the tie! COME ON, LADS! #SevillaFCAtleti #AüpaAtleti #CopadelRey pic.twitter.com/sDgsPwINoy— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 23, 2018Sevilla proved susceptible to Atletico’s direct attacking, Angel Correa firing off target rather than squaring for Gameiro following a brilliant throughball from Koke.Franco Vazquez spurned a glorious chance to restore the hosts’ lead when he headed wide before half-time, but Saul’s foul on Joaquin Correa enabled Banega to slot home from the penalty spot within three minutes of the restart.Angel Correa would have levelled it had Rico not got a strong arm in the way of his shot after Saul found him alone on the right side of the box.Tempers began to flare and Gabi and Vazquez were booked for a clash in midfield, while Angel Correa saw yellow for a late challenge on Escudero before making way for Yannick Carrasco on the hour mark.Simeone had already replaced Gabi with Fernando Torres and his third substitution sent Thomas Partey into the fray at the expense of Gimenez, but their aspirations of a comeback were dashed 11 minutes from time.Vazquez released Sarabia and the winger showed great composure to guide a left-footed effort beyond the idle Moya and into the bottom-left corner, completing a rousing win for Vincenzo Montella’s men. read more
Transfers Batshuayi joins Borussia Dortmund on loan from Chelsea Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi Chelsea Premier League Bundesliga The 24-year-old has moved to the Bundesliga for the rest of the season as BVB look to replace the outgoing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season.The 24-year-old moves to the Bundesliga side for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign, but BVB do not have an option to purchase him once his stay in Dortmund is finished.Peter Stoger’s side were eager to add a goalscoring threat following the deadline day departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal for £56 million. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aubameyang’s exit meant that 18-year-old Alexander Isak was the most senior striker left in the squad, with Dortmund turning to Batshuayi when a loan move to Olivier Giroud failed to materialise.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc praised his new signing, claiming he had been impressed with his ability in front of goal.”Michy is a young, very interesting striker,” Zorc told the club’s official website. “He impresses with his high scoring and his extraordinary ability at both Chelsea and in Marseille, in the Belgian league and the national team, his quality has already proven.”Belgium international Batshuayi takes the number 44 shirt at Dortmund and is eager to make a good impression ahead of the World Cup in the summer.”In order to reach my main goal, I want to play as much as I can and score many goals. In the summer, the World Cup takes place,” he told the club’s official website.Batshuayi’s chances at Chelsea have been limited this season, with Antonio Conte only handing him three Premier League starts despite Alvaro Morata’s inconsistent form in front of goal.The striker has been offered more opportunity to impress in cup competitions and has proven his talent with six goals in eight games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup combined.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Chelsea lead Man Utd in Lewandowski race Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:09 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Transfers Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Chelsea lead Lewandowski raceChelsea are leading the race to sign Robert Lewandowski ahead of Premier League rivals Manchester United, according to The Sun. The Bayern Munich striker is reported to want to move to England this summer and that was the rationale for his change in agent.Lewandowski’s current contract at the Allianz Arena runs until June 2021. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pogba being shopped to MadridPaul Pogba is being shopped to Real Madrid by his agent and is ready to quit Manchester United if Jose Mourinho remains as manager, according to The Sun. The midfielder and his manager have a fractured relationship and Mino Raiola is reportedly talking with the La Liga giants about a summer escape plan. Dembele eyes Chelsea loanBarcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is open to the idea of joining Chelsea on loan in 2018-19, reports El Gol Digital.The France international has endured an injury-hit debut campaign at Camp Nou and believes a spell elsewhere could help him to rediscover his spark.Klopp targets £20m CookLiverpool are considering a move for Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook as they identify possible replacements for Emre Can, claims The Sun.The Reds are set to lose a Germany international midfielder to free agency in the summer and will look to cover his departure with a £20 million move for an England U21 international.City keen on KimpembeManchester City will look to further bolster their defensive unit with a move for Paris Saint-Germanin’s Presnel Kimpembe, according to Le 10 Sport.Pep Guardiola spent big on Aymeric Laporte during the winter window but is eager to bring in another option for the present and future.No Lewy contact with MadridBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has rubbished reports suggesting a change of agent means he is off to Real Madrid, with no contact received from Spain.“I haven’t heard anything from Real Madrid, I don’t know whether my agent has and people will write what they want, but it doesn’t interest me.”Read the full story on Goal.Bale wants Bayern moveGareth Bale does not want to be part of Real Madrid’s move for Neymar this summer, preferring a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, report Don Balon.The Welsh winger knows his time with Madrid is coming to an end, but wants to be sold to the German club rather than being used to help pay down the cost of the Brazilian. Neymar wants to be the world’s best paidNeymar has told Real Madrid that he will have to be paid more than Cristiano Ronaldo and every other player in the world if he signs with the Spanish giants, reports Don Balon. According to the report it would take close to €50 million per year to get the Brazilian to sign for Madrid, a figure nearly double to amount currently being paid to Ronaldo. Ausilio: Inter in ‘silent’ Icardi talks Inter Milan want to keep Mauro Icardi but don’t want their talks with the Argentine to play out in public, according to Piero Ausilio. The Inter director told Mediaset Premium: “We are in constant contact with Icardi’s agent, aimed at the common goal of seeing if the future can be shared together and above all it’ll be done in silence.”Read the rest of his comments on Goal. De Gea wants £350k per weekDavid de Gea wants £350,000 per week in his new contract to stay with Manchester United, reports The Sun.The goalkeeper has been constantly linked with Real Madrid and has seen his current side sign Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez to massive deals since his last contract was penned. Man United monitoring Milinkovic-SavicManchester United are among the top clubs monitoring Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, reports the Mirror. Rated at £80 million, the 22-year-old has plenty of suitors but is on the shortlist for Jose Mourinho’s side, who desperately need to sign midfielders this summer. Chelsea interested in Van GaalFormer Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is a surprising candidate to be the next coach at Chelsea, according to the Mirror. The 66-year-old is looking for a short-term gig and wants another shot at the Premier League after flopping at Old Trafford. With Antonio Conte’s bags already packed, the Dutchman would be ready to step in on an interim basis. Bayern jump ahead in Malcom raceArsenal and Tottenham are set to be beaten to the signing of Brazilian star Malcom by German giants Bayern Munich, reports the Mirror. The Bundesliga side are searching for long-term replacements for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and are set to go after the Bordeaux star. The North London clubs both attempted to land the 20-year-old in January. Ramsey demands new Arsenal dealAaron Ramsey has demanded a new contract from Arsenal after watching the club sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to lucrative deals this winter, reports The Times. The club’s two new stars are both on wages around £170,000-a-week, while Ramsey currently makes around £110,000-a-week.But the midfielder is now looking to put pen to paper on a new deal more in line with the winter signings. Man Utd ready €200m Isco bidManchester United are ready to lodge a €200 million bid for Real Madrid playmaker Isco when the summer transfer window opens, reports Don Balon.The Spain international has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth throughout his time at Santiago Bernabeu.Jose Mourinho is prepared to offer him a key role at Old Trafford, with personal terms worth £17.6m-a-season set to be tabled.Man Utd renew Seri interestManchester United are stepping up their efforts to land Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to the Mirror . Paul Pogba’s future has been thrown into doubt with his recent dip in form, and Jose Mourinho could activate Seri’s £35 million release clause in the summer.Scholes understands De Gea desireManchester United legend Paul Scholes has told Goal it will be tough for the club to hold on to David de Gea if Real Madrid make a summer move for the star goalkeeper.The Spain international has long been linked with a return to his roots in the Spanish capital, and another approach could be made in 2018.Find out what Scholes has had to say on a possible deal here.
The Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen will play host to the camp – in preparation for the five Australian teams to take on New Zealand for the first time at a Masters level since the World Cup three years ago. Australia’s Men’s 30’s, Women’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s and Men’s 50’s will train for the first time as Australian sides this weekend following the selection of the teams at the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League in March. Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, says that it will be a busy weekend in Narrabeen. “All five teams are training. They will start with a little bit of an induction process and all get their uniform allocation and then they break off into their teams, start training and play some trials games. The referees are along too and they will referee the trial games.”Grant says the camp is crucial in the lead up to the series to be held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June 2010. “It’s our one and only organised camp because of the time frames from when the teams were selected up until the event so it’s pretty important as it is the only one we will have before (the series),” he said. With just over four weeks to go until the series, the players are excited about the chance to represent their country against New Zealand. “They are all very keen because it’s the first Masters event internationally that we’ve had since 2007, most of them are really keen and looking forward to playing especially in front of family and friends so it should be a good event,” Grant said. The Masters Trans Tasman Test Series will be held in conjunction with the North Queensland Championships at Queens Park, Townsville on the June long weekend.
1. Consider your future self: “Think about how pleased you’ll be by the time summer comes around if you put in the hard work now. Don’t let your near-future self down.” -Daniel Withers, elite North Queensland Cowboys touch football player and Director at VidaFit gym, Rockhampton2. Schedule variety: “If I was just doing touch football and netball drills all the time, the repetition would make me bored and I’d lose motivation to train, so I schedule plenty of variety into my week’s training, mixing it up with running and sprint training.” -Samantha Rodgers, Australian Women’s player3. Set aside a few minutes for planning on Sunday: “Plan your training week every Sunday. Make appointments to meet your workout buddy at specific times and hold each other accountable. Think of those appointment as social activities, like coffee dates, but with sweating!” -Dan Withers4. Set your alarm for the crack of dawn: “I love my sleep but I get up at 5am every morning because if I don’t get to the gym before the day starts, I’m just not going to go after a day at work. I pre-plan for the morning workout by having my gear ready to go and making a smoothie the night before that I can drink before the workout.” –Sam Rodgers5. Sleep better to wake better: “I always take magnesium powder before bed because it helps my muscles relax and helps me go to sleep, because I have trouble going to sleep after training.” –Danielle Davis, Australian Women’s player6. Keep your opposition in mind: “Understand that when you think it’s too cold or early to train, so does your opposition. Let them stay in bed and use it as an opportunity to ‘out-train’ your opposition and put distance between you and them.” -Dan Withers7. Recover smarter to hurt less so you’re ready for the next session: “I stretch after my training and I use foam rollers and spiky balls, as well as stretch bands. When I’ve had a heavy week of training or come out of a tournament I go to this place called P3 Sports & Recovery [on the Gold Coast] – a recovery centre where there are hot/cold pools, then they do this room with inflatable things that you put around your muscles and they help repair your muscles.” -Danni Davis8. Surround yourself with active people: “I met my boyfriend through touch football, and it means he enjoys staying active too. It means that on holidays, we go on bike rides or climb that mountain.” –Sam Rodgers9. Sub some ‘rest’ days with ‘active recovery’: “I train five days a week, then on my two active recovery days each week, my partner Pete and I ride our bikes down to the beach and get into the surf.” -Danni Davis10. Do it for the team: “I quit individual sports when I was younger because I’m more motivated by the fact that I don’t want to let my team down. At the end of the day, with team sports you participate because you enjoy spending time with the people you play with.” –Sam Rodgers
TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard confirms interest in Everton midfielder Dowellby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed interest in Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell.The Everton youngster has only featured in the Carabao Cup this term and could leave on loan in January.Gerrard has watched the youngster closely and may look to tie up a deal.He said, “He’s an Under-21 international.”He’s a player I admire but there’s not really anything else to say on that at the moment as he’s an Everton player.”
Spurs goalscorer Alli: The bottle? It makes the win sweeterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli shrugged off being struck by a plastic bottle during their Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Arsenal.Alli and Son Heung-min struck for the 2-0 win.On being hit by the bottle, Alli smiled: “It is what it is. It made the goal a bit sweeter and the win.”He continued: “We knew how important it was today, a big test. It was a strong performance in the end.”Son is a passionate guy and brings his character out on the pitch. He’s one of the fastest players I’ve seen, I didn’t have a doubt he would finish.”When I went through for my goal I knew I had to time my run and keep my composure.”Son also stated: “It’s a big derby, last time we were here we didn’t have a great result and this is a special night. We go for the semi-final.”I was happy with the goal, thanks to Dele for the pass. I always make the run and it was great timing. We are on the way, we are positive.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bournemouth boss Howe insists Mousset not for saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists Lys Mousset is not for sale.The French forward, linked with Fulham, played in Bournemouth’s 1-0 loss at Chelsea and Howe said he was impressed with his performance. Of Mousset he said: “I thought he did very, very well tonight. That’s probably his best performance for the club. “His fitness levels were much improved. Technically I thought he produced a really high level game. And he’s a big part of our future.”Mousset has struggled for games since joining Bournemouth in a £5.4m deal from Le Havre in 2016, making just seven Premier League starts. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan slates Solskjaer: Man Utd don’t want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his appointment as Manchester United caretaker manager.Jordan insists the on-loan Molde coach doesn’t deserve the job.He told talkSPORT: “Solskjaer can’t lose.“He was always going to walk in the door, he was always going to pick the big players, he’s not going to make any unpopular decisions and he’s not going to have any confrontation, so all of the players who felt wronged or maligned or not as important as they’d like to be are not going to have that on their toes anymore.“This is all about the players, it’s all about someone walking into an environment simply being able to lighten the mood, and if that’s worth £2million or £3million for six months, I don’t know what to say about football.“But it’s no surprise to me they beat Cardiff, it’s no surprise to me they beat Huddersfield, it’s no surprise to me that Pogba has got his boots on – none of it was a surprise to me.“The next culprit to pop over the horizon will be [Alexis] Sanchez, he’ll start to play now because they’re all getting what they want.“I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no tactical genius, he isn’t doing anything that anybody with half a brain who understands football couldn’t do, which is deliver good news.“These kids in this dressing room only want good news, they don’t want reality or want their noses put out of joint.“The worst thing that could happen to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United is if he gets the job long-term.“Like what happened to Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, if he wins anything of significance and has to be kept there against the real wishes of the club and then gets taken out later, that would be the worst thing for both him and the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Klopp insists no BVB formula for Liverpool seasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has not implemented a specific plan for Liverpool’s title-run. The German won the Bundesliga twice with Borussia Dortmund, temporarily displacing perennial favourites Bayern Munich.Liverpool are currently perched on top of the Premier League table, but Klopp says there is no formula to successfully win the title.”If it happens, we will see how we deal with it,” he said. “There is nothing we can prepare. It sounds like a luxury problem to be honest.”I didn’t write it down when I was at Dortmund, saying ‘we dealt with it like that’ – we didn’t deal with it like that. We will see. It’s life and in life you always find a solution as long as you are healthy.”Our people have learnt a lot in the last couple of years. They trust the team again and all the things around are not important.”You need luck with players injury-wise and in the games, you need all that, the key moments, and we don’t know if that will happen.”We don’t think about it really – that’s the truth. Who thinks in January about being champions? When I was with Dortmund, we were always in the tunnel because we had no time to think about anything else.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan coach Conte: Barcelona more worried facing usby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte insists they’ll face Champions League opponents Barcelona full of confidence.Conte says it will be Barca who’ll be more concerned.“We want to make our fans proud, playing a type of football that excites them and with which they can identify themselves,” Conte told UEFA’s official website.“It’s difficult to set objectives, so we’ll see along the way. The important thing is to give 110 percent and have no regrets.“I know how difficult it is to win the Champions League and I know how painful it is to lose a Final.“It’s a competition in which one incident, like a shot that goes in or bounces away after hitting the post, can change everything.“There are many factors to consider, such as form, suspensions and the fixture list. Having Barcelona in our group will be fascinating.“It’ll be a game that pushes us to give our best. I also believe they won’t be happy to face Inter.“Facing the big teams will be the best way for us to see where we are.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen on penalty save: I went with feelingby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was proud of his clean sheet for their 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.The German international made a string of fine saves in the game to ensure Barça kept a clean sheet, including stopping Marco Reus’ penalty. “I think they had some clear chances at times when we weren’t organised very well, but I think we played well,” Ter Stegen said after the game. “With the quality they have, it’s difficult to avoid (them having chances).” Ter Stegen, who kept his first clean sheet of the season, said that “we’re happy in the end because we have got a point here.” As for his penalty save from Germany teammate Reus, he added: “It’s difficult to study him because he always changes. It was just a feeling that I had and I am happy to have saved it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I’m not doubting myselfby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he won’t doubt himself despite growing pressure surrounding his job security.The Norwegian heads into Monday’s clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford with United sitting 10th after collecting eight points from six games.”I’m not doubting myself. If I doubted myself, then I think the rest of the world would as well,” Solskjaer said.”We have loads of discussions as a club and believe in what we are doing.”I can’t think, ‘I need a player’, because it’s my reputation on the line – no, it’s the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
kaileon herbert top 3 decision dateFour-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Hebert has announced both his final three schools and the day he’ll make his decision between them. Herbert broke the news on Twitter, confirming that Michigan, Miami and Florida are the only three programs left competing for his services. He’ll be making his decision next Wednesday – July 6.Herbert, who hails from Fort Lauderdale, thanked all of the programs that offered him. July 6th pic.twitter.com/8YlcxSFOPb— Kai-Leon Herbert (@KHerb17) July 1, 2016Herbert is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound player for the class of 2017. He’s the 31st-best player from the state of Florida, per 247 Sports.
Instagram/UofOklahomaLEGOs are cool, but they’re even cooler when reenacting one of the greatest plays in college football history. It’s “The Play” between Texas and Oklahoma.Texas and Oklahoma will do battle in the Red River Showdown this weekend marking the 111th meeting between the two schools. The two teams share a long history together, but there is one play that has stood the test of time for 15 years now.We present to you “The Play” with a little help from some LEGOs and incredible camera work:This is just so well done.“The Play” occurred in 2001 when the Sooners led the Longhorns 7-3 with 2:06 left in the fourth quarter. Texas was backed up on their own three-yard line and couldn’t afford a mistake.As soon as Chris Simms got the snap, Roy Williams was already mid-air in a Superman like position. He proceeded to pop the ball right into Teddy Lehman’s hands who scampered into the end zone securing the Sooner victory.The Longhorns and Sooners kick off at 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday.
Mario Balotelli has revealed that his mother burst into tears when she heard that he had the chance to sign for his hometown club Brescia.The newly promoted club confirmed the signing of Balotelli on Sunday, with the striker reportedly signing a three-year deal after previous negotiations with Brazilian giants Flamengo broke down.The 29-year-old was a free agent after his short-term contract with Marseille expired at the end of last season. 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? It means a return to his native Italy after three seasons in France and an emotional move to the city where he spent the majority of his childhood.Balotelli revealed it was a particularly moving moment for his foster mother Silvia, who cared for Balotelli from the age of three.“When I told her that I could come back to play in Brescia, she started crying,” said Balotelli. “I asked her for an opinion, but she cried.”The Italy forward also brushed off suggestions that he would struggle to replicate his previous form for his new club.”It seems that you are more afraid of my failure than I am,” he added. “I’m not afraid, zero. I’m fine, I’m serene. This is my home.”During his time at AC Milan Balotelli was targeted by racist abuse, which has continued to blight Serie A in recent years.”I don’t know what to expect,” he said when asked about racism in Italian football. “I hope things don’t happen like in the past.”Balotelli returns to Serie A on the back of a successful spell at Marseille, where he scored eight goals in 15 appearances.However, financial restrictions meant the club were unable to offer him a long-term deal and he was released at the end of the season.Prior to that Balotelli spent two-and-a-half seasons with Nice after his ill-fated three-year spell with Liverpool came to an end.The former Lumezzane youth player has won a host of honours during his career, both in Italy in England. He won three successive Serie A titles at Inter and was part of the side that won the Champions League in 2010 to complete the domestic treble.Balotelli then went on to win the Premier League and the FA Cup during his three-year stint at Manchester City, becoming a cult figure with the supporters in the process.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is just over a week away from coaching his biggest game in years, but he has to be feeling confident about his future after today’s start to the early signing period.Notre Dame now has the No. 13 ranked recruiting class in the country after securing 21 commitments.Last year’s class was ranked No. 10 in the country, according to 247Sports.Notre Dame’s class includes 15 4-star recruits. Only Penn State and Alabama have more.Among the marquee players for Notre Dame are S Kyle Hamilton, the No. 8 Safety in the country; OT Quinn Carroll, the No. 12 OT in the country; and, DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah, the No. 7 Weak-Side DE in the country.Football runs in @q_ocarroll’s blood.The big bodied offensive lineman joins us from Edina, Minnesota.#GoIrish ☘️ #FightClub19 pic.twitter.com/Cc4vYGI3jC— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 19, 2018Now lacing up the gloves for the Irish… from Fort Worth, Texas… @NaNaOsafo2.This young man is gritty and focused with the desire to be excellent.#GoIrish ☘️ #FightClub19 pic.twitter.com/qAk0SRNRUS— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 19, 2018The class also includes another six 3-star recruits.None of Notre Dame’s players were ranked in the top-100.Unfortunately for Brian Kelly, the quest for a elite 5-star prospect will have to continue. The Fighting Irish haven’t landed a 5-star recruit since 2016.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer won his final game as Ohio State’s head football coach, leading the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory over Washington.Tributes for the three-time national title-winning head coach are pouring in on social media.One of those tributes comes from the best player in the NBA.LeBron James, an Ohio native and strong Buckeyes fan, took to Twitter to write Meyer a message.“Congrats my friend!!” LeBron tweeted.“Way to go out The only way that feels right and that’s on Top with a W! It was a pleasure to watch you lead this program throughout the years and I wish you nothing but happiness and health in the nearest future HOFer.”@OSUCoachMeyer Congrats my friend!! Way to go out The only way that feels right and that’s on Top with a W! It was a pleasure to watch you lead this program throughout the years and I wish you nothing but happiness and health in the nearest future HOFer‼️???— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 2, 2019Meyer is retiring as one of the greatest head coaches in the history of Ohio State’s football program.Ohio State will now move forward with Ryan Day, who becomes the full-time head coach tomorrow.
Happy Retirement @OSUCoachMeyer Thanks for allowing me to help you celebrate ?? @spinnershells pic.twitter.com/dxsIYXag54— James (@MiamiJamez) February 15, 2019James, the Twitter user who posted the video, appears to own a few nightclubs in the Miami area.He posted a photo with the couple as well.Much love @spinnershells @OSUCoachMeyer pic.twitter.com/vrmqmXuVjK— James (@MiamiJamez) February 15, 2019Meyer appears to be enjoying retirement so far.During Super Bowl week, Meyer was spotted hanging out with Snoop Dogg. Just a few weeks ago he took in an Ohio State basketball game alongside Dwayne Haskins and newcomer Justin Fields.Although he stepped down from coaching, Meyer continues his duties at Ohio State as an assistant AD to Gene Smith. He’s also teaching a class at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Late Friday night a video of former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer hit social media and the college football world could not contain itself. Meyer and his family were spotted partying his retirement at a Miami nightclub on Friday night.No, seriously. The former Buckeyes head coach can be seen getting hyped up by his wife, Shelley, as they received VIP treatment and bottle service at the LIV nightclub in Miami.On Friday, Twitter user MiamiJamez posted a video showcasing Urban and Shelley taking in the scene. While Urban just sits back and relaxes, Shelley appears to be all about the star treatment.Check it out.