About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton says they deserved their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on the south coast, and Albion finished the game strongly, going close on a number of occasions against Unai Emery’s side.Hughton said, “After a difficult start, going 1-0 down against a very good team on the ball, we showed great character to get back into the game.“If there was a team that was going to score in the second half, I felt it was going to be us.“They had more possession because that’s the way they play, but I thought we were a bigger threat to score and Solly [March] probably had the best chance of the game.“But remember these are a team, up until recently, that had gone on a very long run of winning games. You can’t underestimate the quality they’ve got — a draw will always be a very good result.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal activate Monreal one-year extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract until 2020.Monreal, 32, had entered the final year of his contact this season.However, the Gunners have trigged an extension clause that will stretch his current deal for another season, according to ESPN.Talks over a longer extension have been put on hold until the summer.There are a host of Arsenal players who have entered the final six months of their contract, including Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck.
Sheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve hadby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Dean Henderson says Sheffield United goalkeeper coach Darren Ward can make him the best shot-stopper in the world.Henderson is in the midst of his second loan spell with the Blades, with a recent call-up to the England squad as an indication of his personal development.And the 21-year-old says Ward is the “best goalkeeping coach” he has had.”Wardy has been outstanding,” Henderson said.”The best goalkeeping coach I’ve ever worked with. He’s brought me on leaps and bounds in every aspect of the game – mentally, physically, tactically – and the sessions are brilliant.”I look forward to coming into work every day, and long may that continue. If I could work with Wardy for the next couple of years, I really think I can elevate to one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”In a weird way, I feel Wardy is more in charge of me at United and the gaffer is outstanding with that. He said to me at the start, ‘Listen Deano; I won’t be chewing your ear off every day. Darren’s your coach, he knows what he’s talking about and I don’t have a clue about goalkeeping. I’ll speak to you before games or whatever, but he’ll look after you because he’s the specialist’.”The gaffer has real good trust for his coaches. So the ‘keepers go off and do our little thing in the corner. He’s always keeping a watchful eye over us and making sure we’re doing well though, not letting our standards slip. His standards are so, so high.”But it’s been a pleasure working with him. Sometimes I feel like I can get away with murder, but he doesn’t let me. He’s the only guy, apart from my dad, who gets on at me and doesn’t let me get away with anything, but does it at the right times. He also wants to have a laugh and I’ve got massive respect for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
United States Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte won’t be going back to Rio – at least not to face any of the charges brought against him.Ryan Lochte, who is being charged by Rio police with filing a false police report, will not be heading back to the site of the 2016 Olympic games to deal with the legal situation. Lochte was interviewed by TMZ early this morning and made it clear he will not return to face the charges.Lochte didn’t close the door on returning to Brazil someday – but obviously he’d have to settle with the city before that could happen. He also doesn’t believe that the U.S. Olympic Committee is going to penalize him for his actions.Ryan Lochte — I Won’t Go to Brazil to Face Charges … Not Happening (VIDEO) https://t.co/tHlgTdSiiM— TMZ (@TMZ) August 29, 2016No, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Most didn’t believe that it would be in Lochte’s best interest to return. But now it’s confirmed that he won’t be.
How different Barcelona’s season could have been.Wrapping up La Liga with time to spare not only added to the humiliation of Real Madrid’s dreadful season, but had fans and pundits alike tipping the Catalans for additional glory in the Copa del Rey and Champions League.For the second campaign in a row, however, the Blaugrana threw away a sizeable first-leg lead, ultimately being dumped out of Europe by a determined Liverpool side who were simply better than them in the 4-0 battering at Anfield. 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? In addition, an inconsistent Valencia lifted the Spanish cup as they pulled off a 2-1 result against a Barca bereft of ideas and still reeling from the beatdown handed to them on Merseyside.Fingers had been pointing left and right: first it was the coach, then it was the players, then it was the general manager’s fault. Since then, Ernesto Valverde’s Camp Nou future has been secured. And so the club have decided the faults primarily lie with those on the pitch. However, Barca blew their entire transfer budget on signing Frenkie de Jong, meaning several players will be put up for sale to raise funds and inject some fresh impetus into the side.Here, Goal breaks down the 12 players that the club are ready to move on…Umtiti, Rakitic & CoutinhoThree huge names – a World Cup winner, a World Cup runner-up and one of the most recognisable Brazilian stars in football.Umtiti is largely regarded as a top player within the ranks, but niggling knee issues and the potential to make a profit on the €25 million (£22m/$28m) they paid for the 25-year-old back in 2016 has Barca ready to listen to offers for the centre-back. Rakitic has been a key cog in the Barca machine since his arrival, winning four La Liga titles in the five seasons he has turned out for the club. However, with the Croatian turning 31 and teams such as Manchester United crying out for experienced heads, there is money to be made.Coutinho. Oh, Coutinho. A £130m ($164m) outlay was required to land the man seen as the perfect replacement for Neymar, but the playmaker has shown only glimpses of his brilliant best since making the move from Liverpool.The Reds have gone from strength to strength in his absence, while the 26-year-old continues to struggle to cement a spot in the starting XI and fans continue to question whether he can fully adapt to Valverde’s system. If the right offer comes in, Coutinho is gone.Cillessen, Rafinha & VermaelenMarc-Andre ter Stegen’s presence between the Barca sticks has drastically limited Jasper Cillessen’s playing time. But while the player himself has asked to leave, Barca want to recover at least the €16m (£14m/$18m) paid to Ajax in 2016. Benfica are understood to have an interest in the Dutchman, but his parent club are currently asking for as much as €30m (£27m/$34m) for the shot-stopper, a sum the Portuguese giants simply cannot afford.With Valverde staying, Rafinha is almost certain to leave. The Brazilian’s famous father, Mazinho, admitted in November that he was looking for a new club for his son due to a lack of playing time under the Barca boss.The 26-year-old has been out for much of the season with a cruciate ligament rupture but is expected to be back in the game near the end of June. With time to reach full fitness before the new season gets into full swing, the attacking midfielder could be a bargain.A disaster of a signing since day one, Thomas Vermaelen, meanwhile, has spent five years at Barcelona and has a list of injuries almost long enough to match his total appearances for the Catalunya side.The Belgian is out of contract this summer and thus will leave for free, but cutting the wage bill will please Barca at least and they can move on while pretending the whole thing didn’t happen in the first place.Murillo, Boateng & TodiboJeison Murillo was brought in on loan from Valencia as cover and has made a grand total of seven appearances for the club. As such, it is extremely unlikely that the Blaugrana will exercise their right to purchase the Colombian.Similarly, Kevin-Prince Boateng’s rebirth as a ‘false 9’ at Sassuolo saw him snapped up as backup for Luis Suarez, but a a combined playing time of just 303 minutes with no goals will see the Ghana international heading back to Italy.Highly-rated and versatile, Jean-Clair Todibo appears set for a big future. Barca, however, are still extremely keen on bringing in De Jong’s Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt. Should the Camp Nou side raise the funds and bring in the Dutchman, Todibo will be allowed to move on.Malcom, Denis Suarez & Andre GomesFamously hijacked from Roma at the last minute, Malcom’s market value remains high – even if his total appearances don’t. Barca are already looking for a buyer for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who has started in only 16 per cent of the Blaugrana’s matches in 2018-19.From a muscle injury at Barca to a groin issue at Arsenal, Denis Suarez, meanwhile, has had a season to forget. The midfielder, deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, is understood to be more likely to leave on loan due to a lack of interest in an outright purchase.Andre Gomes is another who left on loan, and, after arriving at Everton, quickly banished the memories of a string of poor performances in a Barca shirt.Despite his strong performances in the Premier League, Valverde’s side are still keen to sell the Portuguese and it’s been reported that West Ham have already had an offer turned down.
Casemiro believes Brazil would be even better with Neymar as he lauded the quality of the squad ahead of Sunday’s Copa America final against Peru.Despite being without Neymar, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, Tite’s men and the tournament hosts have reached the decider.While Casemiro hailed the forward’s quality, the midfielder also praised the talent in Brazil’s squad. 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 “The quality of Neymar, indisputably we have to say he is the best Brazilian player,” he told a news conference on Friday.”If the kid is OK, I’ll tell you, it’s almost impossible to stop him. He is a player of extreme quality, already demonstrated for all, already demonstrated in the Brazilian squad.”But, of course, we have other great players. We have great players.”If Neymar were here, it would be better for us and it would help a lot more, but he isn’t and we have to overcome his absence, overcome this difficulty.”We have created a game identity, but if he were here it would be much better.”Brazil head to the Maracana with plenty of confidence, having thrashed Peru 5-0 in the group stage two weeks ago.Casemiro, who opened the scoring in that win in Sao Paulo, said Brazil needed to avoid changing their approach in the final.”You have to know the time to suffer, you have to know the time to attack, you have to know the time to defend,” he said.”Above all, we are creating a very solid team at the back. When I say solid back, it’s not just the defenders, everyone is committed. That’s it, don’t lose our characteristics.”We don’t have to do anything different from what we’re doing, not only in relation to the last matches, but for the last two, three years.”We built a good average of wins, few losses. We don’t have to do anything different. We have to play our football. We know there is a great team as an opponent, but it is our football.”
Leo Duarte is set to join Serie A side AC Milan after Flamengo head coach Jorge Jesus confirmed “it’s all done”.Flamengo defender Duarte has been linked to Milan and Italian rivals Roma in recent weeks after impressing for the Brazilian club.AC Milan looked to have won the race with reports they are poised to complete a €11 million (£9.9m/$12.2m) deal for Duarte on a five-year contract. 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? “I’m sure Duarte will become a Milan player, it’s all done,” Jesus told Radio Brasil following Sunday’s 3-2 win over Botafogo.”He’s preparing for his move to Europe. I wish him all the best.”Duarte has racked up almost 100 appearances for Flamengo since making his debut in 2016, with the 23-year-old centre-back scoring two goals.He is set to become the latest player to swap Flamengo for Milan following Lucas Paqueta’s €35m (£31.5m/$39m) transfer in January.It has been a busy off-season for Milan as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2018-19 campaign in which the club finished fifth in Serie A, missing out on a place in the Champions League.It started with the appointment of Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo as head coach after Gennaro Gattuso’s departure in May.Milan legends Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban were then given key backroom roles at San Siro.Former Rossoneri captain Maldini was appointed technical director while Boban, who won four Serie A titles and the Champions League during his spell at Milan, is now their chief football officer.On the transfer front, Milan have signed defender Theo Hernandez from Real Madrid and midfielder Rade Krunic from Empoli, while the likes of Ignazio Abate, Cristian Zapata and Riccardo Montolivo all departed at the end of their contracts.Milan are expected to bring in another forward with Patrick Cutrone reportedly on the verge of joining Wolves.The Rossoneri are close to signing Lille forward Rafael Leao and Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa.Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar also revealed earlier this month that he had spoken to Milan and city rivals Inter over a possible move to Serie A from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)BYU football went just 4-9 last season, but the Cougars look rejuvinated this year, and landed a massive upset of a College Football Playoff contender: No. 6 Wisconsin.The Badgers are the heavy favorite to win the Big Ten West, and some thought this would be the year they could break through and play for a national championship.Instead, BYU just pulled out a 24-21 win at Camp Randall Stadium.Down three points with under a minute left, Rafael Gaglianone missed a potential game tying field goal, giving BYU the ball and the giant win.DOWN GOES NO. 6 WISCONSIN! pic.twitter.com/Ooo2oSwR8f— ESPN (@espn) September 15, 2018BYU was a 23.5-point underdog at many sportsbooks.Wisconsin football is now 2-1 entering Big Ten play.Amazingly, this was the first home non-conference loss for the Badgers since 2003.Wisconsin’s last non-conference loss at home? 2003.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 15, 2018BYU is 2-1, and looks significantly improved from a year ago. The Cougars knocked off Arizona in Week 1, and fell 21-18 to Cal last week.Wisconsin’s playoff hopes aren’t totally extinguished, but they’ll almost definitely need to run the table, and get some serious help now.
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators and D’Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs shake hands following a game at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)College GameDay broadcast live from Jacksonville this morning, ahead of a big Top 10 rivalry game between Florida and Georgia.Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, so plenty of people are using this weekend to celebrate.That includes one Florida fan…at least, we assume that was his intent. I can’t imagine this was an “every weekend” get-up.The GameDay Twitter account tweeted out a gif of a Florida fan with some Gators paint inspired by the Marvel character Venom.This version of the Gator chomp is a lot…Taking the Gator Chomp to the next level ? pic.twitter.com/6RULhFmJMq— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 27, 2018The Georgia fan behind him doesn’t seem too impressed, but that had to take some serious effort.The No. 7 Bulldogs and No. 9 Gators kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET from Jacksonville. The game will be broadcast on CBS.The Dawgs are a one touchdown favorite right now.
NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Louisiana State University Tiger runs on the field before the Tigers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the AllState BCS National Championship on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Of the last eight meetings between LSU and Alabama, last Saturday’s was certainly one of the worst. At home, as 14-point underdogs, against a bitter rival, the Tigers couldn’t even score a point, let alone beat the spread.Some players may see the loss as a sign of hopelessness, but not LSU recruit Kardell Thomas.Taking to Twitter, the five-star rated OL (per 247 Sports) made a pledge. Thomas pledged that LSU would beat Alabama during all of his years with the Tigers.“Mark My Words,” he wrote. “WE WILL BEAT BAMA ALL MY YEARS HERE REMEMBER THIS TWEET I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE HAS TO SAY IT’S A BOLD STATEMENT AND I WILL BE READY TO BACK IT UP. GOOD GAME ALABAMA BUT ENJOY THIS LAST WIN AGAINST US”Mark My WordsWE WILL BEAT BAMA ALL MY YEARS HERE REMEMBER THIS TWEET I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE HAS TO SAY IT’S A BOLD STATEMENT AND I WILL BE READY TO BACK IT UP. GOOD GAME ALABAMA BUT ENJOY THIS LAST WIN AGAINST US ??? #ForeverLSU— Kardell thomas (@kardellt62) November 4, 2018Alabama won 29-0, wearing down the defense as four different players rushed for over 5.0 yards per carry on at least three runs.As for the defense, the Crimson Tide never let up. They sacked Joe Burrow five times and allowed less than 20 yards rushing.While it’s easy to applaud his cajones, Thomas should know that no one man can win a football game on their own.Thomas is slated to be a part of LSU’s 2019 class.