Father of Ajax defender De Ligt opens door to Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe father of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has opened the door to a move to Juventus.De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola met with Juve officials this week.“Juve could be a possibility, but they’re not the only team interested,” Frank de Ligt said.“Now we’re focusing on this season with Ajax. Turin is a beautiful city, I came here for the Netherlands match in June too.“In the next few months, I, my son, and [agent Mino] Raiola will make the best decision for his future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: Sloppy defending cost Man City defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse admits they paid for “sloppy” defending in defeat to Manchester City.Saints were behind inside ten minutes when David Silva converted namesake Bernardo’s cutback, by which time the goalscorer had already been denied by a fine save from Alex McCarthy.Saints responded well and deservedly drew level through Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, but succumbed to two goals in the dying minutes of the first half that ultimately decided the game, before skipper Højbjerg was dismissed late on.“It’s a disappointing result, obviously. I think we started the game poorly and didn’t quite get into the flow of the game,” Ward-Prowse said.“I think we showed glimpses in the first half of what we’ve been working on as a team, pressing high, and the goal came from that.“I felt we were right in it, but two unlucky, sloppy goals at the end of the first half killed the game.“When you give a team like that those sorts of opportunities and chances, they’re going to run away with it, which they did.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmerson Palmieri is set to land a new contract with Chelsea.TMW says now a regular starter under manager Frank Lampard’s training, Palmieri is very close to penning a contract renewal. It will be an upgrade that will lead him to receiving €5m-a-year, plus an extension until June 30, 2024. Emerson’s form has also seen him force his way into Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s plans.The fullback is in his third season with the Blues.
West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeksby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines waits for a second half punt while playing the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers got into a physical altercation with an Ohio State fan after Saturday’s contest. Slo-mo video offers a little more insight into just what happened.Following Ohio State’s insane win over Michigan on Saturday, Buckeyes fans rushed the field at Ohio Stadium, leading to a chaotic exit for the Wolverines’ staff and players. One player – star linebacker Jabrill Peppers – got into it with a fan on the way out.The below video, slowed down, offers some insight into just what happened. It looks as if Peppers is shaking the hand of the man wearing white, only to be run into by the fan. Peppers appears to snap, and grabs the fan by the shirt. The fan tries to get himself out of situation (and even puts his hands up), but Peppers pushes him away up at the neck anyway.It’s hard to know exactly why the fan ran into Peppers – he could have done it on purpose or gotten pushed.While Peppers looks like the aggressor here, it’s important to remember that fans are not supposed to rush the field. Luckily, it looks like nobody – at least in this situation – actually got hurt.
Real Madrid’s €54 million (£48m/$60m) summer signing Rodrygo says that “fear is motivating him” to succeed at Santiago Bernabeu. The Brazilian forward signed for the La Liga giants on a six-year contract last summer, before spending a final season at Santos.The 18-year-old rose through the youth ranks at the Urbano Caldeira Stadium before graduating to the first team in 2017. 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? Rodrygo quickly became an important member of the Santos squad, racking up 83 appearances across all competitions while also contributing 17 goals and earning a spot in Brazil’s U-20 set-up.The teenager bid a final farewell to Santos fans and staff after the team’s 1-0 win over Corinthians on Wednesday night and he is now looking forward to a new challenge.Rodrygo has confessed that it scares him to be joining “one of the world’s biggest clubs”, but he is determined to make his mark in Madrid.”Of course it motivates me to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he told Santos FC TV. “That can also scare you but that fear is good because it motivates you even more. I want to prove why this club believed in me and signed me.”The young attacker is following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Neymar and Robinho, both of whom began their careers with Santos before moving to Spain.The former spent five years at Barcelona before completing a world record switch to Paris Saint Germain in 2017, while the latter starred for Madrid between 2005 and 2008.Rodrygo insists he does not feel any pressure to reach the same heights as the Brazilian duo, but he is sad to be leaving Santos after an eight-year association with the club.”I have mixed feelings as I’m leaving the place where I’ve been since I was 10 but at the same time, I feel good because I leave knowing I’ve done a good job here,” he said. “Who knows, perhaps one day I will return. I always had the pressure to be the successor of players like Neymar and Robinho but I never worried about that.”I just focused on training and being ready.”Real Madrid have welcomed five new players in total already this summer, with Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy joining Rodrygo at the Bernabeu.
Chile’s bid for a third straight Copa America title started with a 4-0 win over guests Japan in Sao Paulo on Monday.Eduardo Vargas scored a second-half brace to go with goals from Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez as the two-time defending champions claimed a comfortable win in Group C.Japan, who have taken a youthful squad to the tournament, had their chances but lacked a cutting edge. 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? Pulgar’s header and Vargas’ deflected strike set up the win, before the latter scored again after Sanchez’s effort as Chile joined Uruguay on three points in the group.Japan made the better start with Takefusa Kubo, signed by Real Madrid last week, central to their energetic opening.Kubo curled a free-kick over in the seventh minute, before Naomichi Ueda headed a corner straight at Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias soon after.Chile grew into the encounter as Sanchez fired two attempts off target just after the half-hour mark. EN VIVO #LaRoja25′ Échale un vistazo a las fotos más destacadas de lo que va de partido. 0-0 #VamosChile #CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/7XAynnhyxt— Selección Chilena (@LaRoja) June 17, 2019They would be rewarded for their period of dominance with the opener, Pulgar heading in a Charles Aranguiz corner in the 41st minute.Japan almost responded immediately, but Ayase Ueda scuffed a shot wide from an angle after rounding Arias, while Sanchez headed a cross straight at Keisuke Osako at the other end on the stroke of half-time.Chile doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half through Vargas, whose strike from the edge of the area took a deflection and went in after a Mauricio Isla cutback for his 37th international goal.Again, Ayase Ueda squandered a chance to respond, firing wide at the back post after a cross from Gaku Shibasaki.Kubo also had an opportunity after the hour-mark, bursting into the box before shooting into the side-netting from a slight angle as Japan looked for a way back into the game.Instead, Chile sealed their win in the closing stages through goals from Sanchez and Vargas.Sanchez headed in a cross from Aranguiz before playing in Vargas, who lobbed Osako after the goalkeeper’s rash decision to rush out. What does it mean? Winning start but work to do for ChileTaking three points was the key for Reinaldo Rueda’s men, but there is plenty of room for improvement. They started the encounter scrappily before building into it, which they will hope is a sign of things to come.Vargas goes past SalasVargas has consistently delivered for Chile and his goals were his 37th and 38th at international level. He went past Marcelo Salas and into second on the nation’s goalscoring list, moving within four of Sanchez (42).Kubo shows glimpses for JapanMost of Japan’s good moments came thanks to Kubo, who signed a six-year deal with Madrid last week. He almost set up Ayase Ueda after a nutmeg down the left in the first half and his excellent touch and left foot showed why he has been described as the ‘Japanese Lionel Messi’, although he squandered a good chance in the second half.Key Opta Facts:- Chile are unbeaten in their past six Copa America games, winning five and drawing one.- They have now won four of their past five opening Copa games.- Chile have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Copa America for the first time.- Vargas moved onto 12 Copa America goals, which is the most for Chile ahead of Enrique Hormazabal (10).What’s next?Chile’s campaign continues against Ecuador on Friday, while Japan take on Uruguay on Thursday. read more
CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: A general stadium view of FirstEnergy Stadium during the second half of the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Browns 21-18. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward left tonight’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a back injury. He was soon declared out for the remainder of the night.Browns fans had to be worried about their first-round pick. However, it looks like they dodged a bullet.According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ward’s injury “doesn’t appear to be serious” based off initial tests.Sounded like, based on initial tests, that Denzel Ward exited as a precaution. Doesn’t sound like a major deal. https://t.co/qOwZbKBOq8— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2018Ward injured himself on this play early in the first quarter. He stayed down on the ground for several minutes, but was eventually able to walk off under his own power.Hoping Denzel Ward is okay after this pic.twitter.com/BXfix6JYfD— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) August 24, 2018Ward was the No. 4 pick of the 2018 draft out of Ohio State. He is being counted on to be a major contributor right away.However, we wouldn’t’ be surprised if this was the end of his preseason action. Cleveland has only one game left before the regular season, and there’s no sense in risking further injury.Expect them to be cautious with Ward.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit issued new thoughts on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga during College GameDay‘s 2018 college football preview show on Saturday.Herbstreit says he is disappointed with how Meyer and the Ohio State program reacted to everything, especially during Wednesday night’s press conference.“First of all, it’s a stain for Ohio State to have to deal with as an institution. For Urban Meyer, for everyone involved, it’s been embarrassing. I thought the Wednesday night press conference was almost doubling down as far as how bad it could have gone for Ohio State. I don’t think they handled the press conference well. I don’t think Urban Meyer handled the press conference well.When you go through it and you read the report, 23 pages, and I read it five or six different times. The more I go through that and the more I scratch my head and I left more confused. There were a number of times the committee pointed to issues it had with Urban Meyer. On one hand they say, ‘He was truthful and honest with us.’ Then there are times that says within the report, ‘Well he said he brought Courtney Smith and Zach Smith into his office after the ’09 incident.’ Turns out the committee said that, ‘We really don’t believe that he did that.’ There’s another incident in ’15 where they said that he knew about Shelley Meyer and the text exchanges between Shelley and Courtney Smith.I don’t know, man. The optics of this for Ohio State, I don’t know if they could be any worse. And that’s after the press conference where they had an opportunity I think to at least address it and talk about it and get it out in the open. And now I think you just have a lot of people that are kind of like, ‘Where are we now?’ I don’t feel like it’s over for me,” he said, per 247Sports’ Jordan James.Herbstreit then spoke about what to expect from Ohio State’s players this season.“I think as far as football is concerned, that will happen to the players. You got a lot of veterans on that team, and I think they’ll have a way of looking at it us against the world. And I’ll be shocked if they don’t go out and play very inspired football those first three weeks without Urban Meyer when Urban is not on the sideline. I think they’ll just divide up the staff. I think it’s going to be an offensive staff led by Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson, who is a former head coach. And then a defensive staff led by Greg Schiano, who is a head coach in his past as well. They’ll get the two sides ready, they’ll meet on Saturday and go play football for three weeks. It’ll be a collective effort even though Ryan Day will have a head coaching hat on him as an interim tag. It’ll be a collective effort through those first three games,” he said.Ohio State is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season.
FOXOhio State football currently leads Indiana 42-26 in Columbus. The attention is turning to Urban Meyer on the sideline.As the game cut to commercial, Meyer was seen on a knee, getting attention from the Ohio State medical staff.A screenshot from the broadcast, via Land-Grant Holy Land.Broadcast shows Urban Meyer on a knee getting attention on the field. pic.twitter.com/QmVE1QCdeh— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) October 6, 2018According to FOX’s Bruce Feldman, Urban Meyer collided with a fellow staffer while reacting to a play.As we’ve come back from commercial break, he appears to be okay.According to @BruceFeldmanCFB, Meyer was running down the sideline on Ohio State’s scoring play and collided with a staffer. He’s back on his feet now.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 6, 2018Urban Meyer appeared to go down to a knee on the field after that last touchdown. He was helped back to the sideline. pic.twitter.com/TU9Bnk1Ofj— Ozone Communications (@theOzonedotnet) October 6, 2018Meyer has had some health issues during his career. He famously stepped away from the sport while at Florida, before returning to take over at Ohio State in 2011.This sounds like a bizarre one-off issue though, and Meyer appears to be okay now.We’ll update as we learn more.Update: Feldman rejoined the broadcast to confirm that Meyer was hit in the head after a collision with a fellow staff member during the last Ohio State touchdown. After being attended to, he assured everyone he was okay.