Vitesse coach Slutsky reveals Musonda ‘bitter setback’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse coach Leonid Slutsky has virtually wrote off the season of Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda.On-loan at the Eredivisie outfit, Musonda has been missing since September with a knee injury – and Slutsky admits his recovery hasn’t gone to plan.”It does not look good,” he said.”Musonda will now be fit again at the earliest in February. But beware: then he has to be trained again to become a match fit. Then we talk about the end of March. “And then everything has to go as expected.”For all of us this is a bitter setback.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatekby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.AS says sources close to the player have confirmed the approach.This contact claimed that conversations have taken place between Real Madrid and the Genoa striker’s representatives and that the Bernabéu “is following him” closely.These same sources also stated that they have been talking with “many great clubs” that are interested in the 23-year-old.However confirmed that Barcelona was not amongst those clubs, and that, as of yet, no formal offer has been made by any clubs. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Jack Stacey for victory over Everton.Stacey was handed his Premier League debut.Howe said, “I thought Jack did really well. He was up against a really tough competitor in Alex Iwobi who is an outstanding player.“He was examined by him and responded every time. I thought he stepped up defensively and did a really good job for the team.“Usually, he’s a marauding full-back, up and down the line. But he knew he had to be responsible and defend first. He did it really well.“I was really pleased with him. It’s a huge moment for any player to make their debut in the Premier League. He’s done it in impressive fashion and was part of a winning team so credit to him.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fearby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKurt Zouma says Chelsea’s young team are still adjusting to eachother’s games.Zouma is relatively new to this particular Chelsea side, which he acknowledges is a work in progress.”We are improving a lot,” the central defender told chelseafc.com. “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.”The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.”We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.”All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.”We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.”
Twitter/@KenzieThirkillWhen college football is a category on Jeopardy, it almost never goes well. In the past, we’ve had a former LSU lineman say that Syracuse was in the Ivy League, contestants failed miserably on a question about the Big Ten, they’ve avoided a question about the sport’s stadium nicknames like the plague, and perhaps worst of all, one man thought Auburn is called the “Crimson Tide.”College students from LSU, Northeastern, and Wright State competed on the show tonight, and you’d think someone at an SEC powerhouse would fare better when asked about the sport. You’d be very, very wrong. When asked questions about former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Alabama Heisman winner Derrick Henry, LSU student Kevin didn’t even try to give an answer. I. JUST. CAN’T. pic.twitter.com/Z8LBfGOQu9— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) February 3, 2016SEC fans on Twitter are ROASTING him, as you’d expect.the LSU senior on college jeopardy who couldn’t get a spurrier quote or where derrick henry went to college shouldn’t be allowed to graduate— arflora (@arflora) February 2, 2016An RA from LSU is on college Jeopardy! and failed to get “where did Derrick Henry play” and “who is the Head Ball Coach” and I’m mad.— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) February 3, 2016Kid on jeopardy enrolled at LSU and doesn’t know who Derrick Henry, 2015 Heisman trophy winning running back, played for.. Study less.— Luke Longfield (@Lukers17) February 3, 2016Ain’t NO WAY IN HELL the kid from LSU in College Jeopardy didn’t know Derek Henry went to Bama. He just didn’t want to say it— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) February 3, 2016Man the peeps on college @Jeopardy stink. Dude from LSU had no idea who Derrick Henry is. Really? What the hay?— Ben Spalding (@DangerSpalding) February 3, 2016An LSU student on Jeopardy doesn’t know who Steve Spurrier and Derrick Henry are? God this is mortifying. https://t.co/lewNR8x7su— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 3, 2016Maybe mix in a trip to Death Valley sometime, Kevin. You’ll probably enjoy it.
Ronald Koeman says it is “not the right moment” for him to become head coach of Barcelona, insisting he is committed to his current role as Netherlands manager.Koeman has been mooted as a potential replacement for under-fire Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, having spent time in Catalonia in his playing days between 1989 and 1995.Pressure has mounted on Valverde after Barca were knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals by Liverpool by suffering a shock 4-0 defeat at Anfield, and they lost the Copa del Rey final to Valencia on May 25. 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? But Koeman says he wants to continue in his job as the Dutch national coach through to the 2020 European Championships at least.The former Everton boss only took over last year and has already led the Oranje to the Nations League finals. Speaking ahead of his side’s semi-final against England on Thursday, Koeman told NOS: “I conformed myself to the KNVB. If you’ve done only one year and there’s one year left to the European Championships, it’s not the right moment.”As far as I’m concerned, we can just put this speculation behind us.”No matter what I say, there will always be people who say ‘if they [Barcelona] offer him a job, he will go anyway. The media will run those stories and I understand that.”I know how I agreed this with the KNVB and for me, that’s enough.”Koeman took charge of the Netherlands following their failed World Cup qualification campaign in 2018 and could take them to a final in Porto against either Portugal or Switzerland if his side get past England. There is certainly plenty of potential in Koeman’s young squad.A number of the national team’s stars featured in Ajax’s Champions League run as they knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semi-finals, and it was only a last-minute Tottenham goal that denied the Amsterdam outfit a spot in the final.Teenage centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has been tipped as one of the best emerging defenders in the world, while Frenkie de Jong has already secured a move to Camp Nou.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greet after the AllState Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)It was a pretty wild weekend in college football, with some big upsets and a couple of College Football Playoff contenders going down.ESPN’s Football Power Index has been updated following the Week 3 action. The numbers for its projected conference champions are pretty interesting.The FPI gives percent chances for teams to win their respective conferences. The metric also calculates each team’s chances of winning out.Here are the updated Power Five conference championship odds, via ESPN’s FPI.Four of the five power league representatives are over 50-percent. The one that isn’t is pretty surprising.ACC: Clemson Tigers (3-0) (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)FPI rank: 6Conference win percentage: 57.6Win out percentage: 19.1Big Ten: Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)FPI rank: 3Conference win percentage: 39.6Win out percentage: 17.2Big 12: Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)FPI rank: 5Conference win percentage: 64.9Win out percentage: 16.7Pac-12: Washington Huskies (2-1) (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)FPI rank: 7Conference win percentage: 56.5Win out percentage: 17.4SEC: Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)FPI rank: 1Conference win percentage: 57.5Win out percentage: 34.7
STILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns greets head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys before their game on October 27, 2018 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas head coach Tom Herman and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy had a heated altercation on the field late in the Cowboys’ upset win over the Longhorns.The Longhorns and the Cowboys were getting into it as the game clock was running out and Gundy ran onto the field, pushing his players back and yelling at the referees.Herman then ran onto the field himself and had to be held back from Gundy.It got heated:Mike Gundy & Tom Herman in a steel cage at WrestleMania 35 pic.twitter.com/U6PsZALIHq— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) October 28, 2018Details have started to reveal what happened, as Gundy explained everything in a post-game interview on ABC.Basically: Gundy had ran onto the field to make sure a fight between players didn’t break out, Herman thought Gundy was being unfair to his Texas players and it was mostly just a misunderstanding.The two head coaches were seen talking cordially at midfield after the game.
ESPN’s College GameDay faced some criticism on Saturday for not including Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in a Heisman Trophy interview with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.Haskins was interviewed later in the show by Tim Tebow, but many fans felt that College GameDay was slighting the Heisman Trophy finalist.More Dwayne Haskins disrespect. #HesAFinalistToo pic.twitter.com/Bu254fNZat— Lettermen Row (@LettermenRow) December 8, 2018ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit took to Twitter to address the interview.“I have no idea,” Herbstreit said in response to a fan who asked about the interview. “Surprised to see that myself. Although Dwayne had his time with Tim Tebow later in the show. Shame of this whole thing is all 3 of these guys put up Heisman numbers. Any other year and the 2 that come up short tonight probably would win it.”Herbstreit later added:“Again, I have no idea why he wasn’t on with them. Wish he was. Not my call.”I have no idea. Surprised to see that myself. Although Dwayne had his time with Tim Tebow later in the show. Shame of this whole thing is all 3 of these guys put up Heisman numbers. Any other year and the 2 that come up short tonight probably would win it. https://t.co/Bem9nkdhHL— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 8, 2018Very fair and true statement. Again, I have no idea why he wasn’t on with them. Wish he was. Not my call. But your statement is 100% accurate. https://t.co/e6n88C3t5Y— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 8, 2018Murray went on to win the Heisman Trophy, while Tagovailoa finished in second and Haskins finished third.