TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: We need to buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits he wants to buy in January.Dyche said the club were actively looking to add in January.”We are but it is tough,” Dyche said. “We are looking to build a system and a model that is not just for this window but works in a longer period for the club.”There is no immediate pressure on him (football chief Mike Rigg) but it is helpful if he can add something to what we already do and if there is something out there that we think we can move on then we will do.”It’s not throwing money at every situation. It is finding the right situations for now, and there needs to be a competitive element for now quite obviously because we’ve got to get wins, but also the next layer of player and the next development of player.”There’s a lot of boxes need ticking to make sure they are the right players for this club and that makes it difficult but that’s the challenge we’ve been doing for the last six or so years.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Elias Sorensen ready to leave Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveElias Sorensen is ready to leave Newcastle United this month.The Dane has rattled in 19 goals for their Under-21 team this season, and is expected to face arch-rivals Sunderland’s senior side in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night. He said: “The goal is to get to the first team at Newcastle. A loan would help me a lot — to come up against bigger and stronger players every week. We [in the U21s] are striving, working our socks off and want to get into the first team.“I am waiting to see what happens in January. If the manager wants me to go on loan, I will go on loan. If he wants me to stay, I will stay.“It is up to the club and the manager, and I trust them. The manager is world class.”
Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard talks Real Madrid plansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard sees his long-term future with Real Madrid.The Norway international is on a two-season loan in San Sebastian.Odegaard told TV2: “My goal is still to play for Real Madrid. That’s why I signed with them, because I want to play one day. “For me, this is the place to be. I feel that I have improved over the past two years. I think I’m a better player and I’m more mature, older and a little stronger. I feel better now than when I arrived in Spain.”Age also helps, of course.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Shaqiri admits frustration with Liverpool game timeby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loverSwiss international Xherdan Shaqiri admits his frustration over game time at the club.The right winger has only played off the bench twice this season, which is a similar story to last season.While Shaqiri has made important contributions, he knows that he is having a tough time dislodging the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane from the wide positions.It is possible that Shaqiri will ask for a transfer in January, but a move next summer is the outcome that looks the most likely.”It is not easy for me, of course I am a little downbeat,” Shaqiri told Teleclub.”You have to be able to handle that and you have to accept it, I was always still in the squad.”You cannot ask the coach to play every match.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles recognises Bellerin threatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles hopes manager Unai Emery keeps selecting his team on merit.Maitland-Niles knows his place will be under threat once fullback Hector Bellerin returns to full fitness.He said, “I want to stay in the team, but if the manager chooses him over me, that’s something I have to live with. I just have to keep training and working so hard that I can be selected instead.”I’m usually a midfielder – either centrally or on the wing – that’s just the same for me. I’m not a defender, so I hear a lot about bad defending, but it’s something I’ve been learning for a few years now.”It won’t come overnight. I would have understood the criticism if I had been a defender as a kid and my defending was poor, but I do my best for the team and the manager.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@NickPriceKU Kansas made quick work of Montana at the Phog today, scoring an 88-46 win this afternoon. Midway through the second half, with a 33 point lead, Wayne Selden and Carlton Bragg connected for an extremely impressive alley-oop. Selden threw it up from beyond half-court, Bragg slammed it home, and accidentally wound up riding on Montana forward Martin Breunig’s shoulders, to add insult to injury.Carlton Bragg making Montana look foolish with this crazy alley-pop. All smiles inside Allen Fieldhouse. #kubball pic.twitter.com/2QsrGVX3mM— Andrew Baker (@abakesports) December 19, 2015Carlton Bragg out here disrespecting #12. #kubball pic.twitter.com/MfMLYPB6kD— Nick Price (@NickPriceKU) December 19, 2015That dunk brought the crowd to its feet, and rightfully so. Not every day does your team casually throw alley-oops from 50 feet away.
Looking at the Golden Boot standings, it would be logical to conclude that Alex Morgan has had a fantastic World Cup. But, as anyone who has watched all five USWNT games would tell you, it hasn’t quite been that simple for a player considered to be one of the world’s top forwards.The U.S. striker is tied with three others atop the leaderboard with five goals, but all of those came in one game. In Morgan’s four subsequent matches, it’s been something of a slog, highlighted by flashes of solid connecting play along with intense physicality from opponents. 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 “Naturally as a number nine I’m going to be plowed through quite often,” Morgan said. It’s all made for a somewhat strange tournament for the striker, who has had to display different elements of her game at different times; a deft scoring touch early and, later on, as coach Jill Ellis said after the team’s quarterfinal win over France, Morgan has needed her “gritty” side.It all started off with a bang for Morgan: an incredible five-goal performance to kick off her World Cup in the USWNT’s record-setting 13-0 win over Thailand. But the rest of her group stage was quiet. She was rested against Chile and then pulled at halftime against Sweden with a minor injury, the exact specifications of which are still a mystery. The knockout stage has seen Spain and France seemingly try everything to exploit that injury. The two teams have battered the U.S. striker, who has had to settle for more of a facilitator role than she possibly anticipated. Meanwhile, a different U.S. player has stolen the headlines. “Megan Rapinoe has put the team on her back from Spain to France,” Morgan said of her teammate, who has scored all four of the USWNT’s goals in the knockout phase thus far. In comparison to Rapinoe, Morgan has flown under the radar a bit. But her coach is still noticing the forward doing the little things to help her team win. “She has a balance in her game in terms of penetration and being able to, like she did in the France game, be more of a player that can hold the ball up for us,” Ellis said. “Sometimes you get one of one or one of the other and I think Alex has worked on that and has that balance.”Early in her career, Morgan was seen as a pure goal-scorer, a player whose displays were mostly characterized by trying to use her speed to get in behind defenses and score goals. But as she’s gotten older, her game has evolved. In addition to scoring, which she still does quite often, Morgan has looked to develop her playmaking, hold-up play and defense. It’s those elements that have shone through in her team’s past few games. “I’ve been given different roles within the team defensively and on the attacking side and all I would like to do is to be able to execute that,” Morgan said, “I think I have.”Still, Morgan would undoubtedly like her scoreless run to end in her team’s semifinal against England on Tuesday. There aren’t many players who could go four straight games without a goal at a World Cup and still win a Golden Boot, but Morgan is certainly one of them. “Of course it would be a great accolade,” Morgan said of the Golden Boot, “but that’s not my goal, my goal is to help this team win a World Cup.“As long as the goals continue to come then I’m happy.”
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 12: General View during the game between the Indiana State Sycamores and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 12, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Faking injuries – or, at least, exaggerating injuries – to slow down a team’s offense is unfortunately a part of today’s football.Earlier this year, Florida State head coach Willie Taggart says he believed Virginia Tech’s defenders were doing it. Then, this past weekend, it seemed like the Seminoles’ players were doing it against Syracuse.Now, a new video has surfaced, appearing to show a Purdue player telling a teammate to go down with an injury.Check it out:Bro what is this? Watch 98 tell 46 to go down, to stop our tempo… Clear as day pic.twitter.com/hnD6WhIy8d— Sean *Archon (@ArchonRL) September 16, 2018It’s clear as day that the player goes to the ground after his teammate points at it, but it’s possible that the player was truly injured and his teammate just wanted him to not play hurt.Regardless, Missouri ended up winning the game, 40-37.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh attempted to compliment Rutgers and its football program following the Wolverines’ blowout win this afternoon.Unfortunately, Harbaugh got the name of Rutgers’ head coach wrong. Seriously.Harbaugh was trying to compliment Rutgers head coach Chris Ash, who’s been at the school since 2016. Ash is a former Ohio State defensive coordinator.The Michigan head coach, though, did not call him “Chris.” He called it something much different.“That’s a team that’s very close to breaking through and winning multiple games, consecutive games,” Harbaugh said. “Rob does a really good job with them. They’ve got a good plan offensively and a good plan defensively.”As NJ.com has noted, there is no “Rob” at Rutgers.Who the heck is Rob?There is no Rob on the Rutgers coaching staff. There is no Rob on the team’s travel roster, either. The university president’s name is Robert, but he’s about as involved with the team as the average concessionaire.It would appear that Harbaugh was referring to Rutgers head coach Chris Ash but just messed up the name. Hey, the guy is trying to win a national championship. He can’t have all the details straight.Maybe Harbaugh had Montana State head coach Rob Ash come to mind?Former Montana State coach Rob Ash. https://t.co/Ira3KjAYOl— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 11, 2018Harbaugh did end up being very nice to Rutgers and its program.“Rutgers has a good — I thought the home fan base was really good. The team has improved. That’s a competitive football team. They did as good a job as anybody containing our running game. I was really impressed with their young backs — they run hard. The quarterback looked good, too.It was a good competitive game. I knew it would be. I knew going in, we saw the way they played Northwestern, we saw the way they played Indiana. That’s a team that’s very close to breaking through and winning multiple games, consecutive games. Rob does a really good job with them. They’ve got a good plan offensively and a good plan defensively.”Next time, just get the name right.