About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores pleased with Capoue developmentby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is very impressed with the way Etienne Capoue has developed.The defensive midfielder is now club captain, and Flores believes that he is one of the senior members of the dressing room that others look up to.The two have a history, with Sanchez Flores coaching Capoue the last time that he was at Watford as manager.”He’s really mature now,” said the head coach to reporters about Capoue.”Three years ago he was an amazing player, a very good player and very important for us. “Three years later, he’s the captain right now, also he’s more mature, he’s able to take and to organise some of the players – for us he’s a very important player.”
Mauro Icardi delighted with PSG Champions League winnerby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauro Icardi is delighted to be off the mark for PSG.The Argentina striker hit the winner against Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.”Sincerely, I’m very happy,” said Icardi. “Especially the match made by the team. “I am of course happy to have scored this goal that offers victory. We must continue to work for the future. “I am not yet 100%, but with a goal, the pain passes. I will try to recover and play the next match in the best possible way.”Icardi is on a straight loan at PSG from Inter Milan. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Robins: Man Utd board must give Solskjaer timeby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United FA Cup winner Mark Robins says the board must be patient with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robins, now manager of League One outfit Coventry City, believes that Solskjaer must be given plenty of time to implement his philosophy on the playing squad.”What he’s trying to do is reinstall the values that he felt as a player and that were there under Sir Alex,” he told Sky Sports.”He needs time to do that. If you remember when Sir Alex took over, it was six years before that started to take an effect.”I don’t think you get that times these days but I think the board will be patient. As long as they can see things moving forward in the right way they will be patient.”Clearly you need to get results alongside that. Ole knows that but the noises coming out of there and what is being said, they seem happy, the players seem happy, it seems a happier camp.”Things can turn quickly but you need results to maintain it. I hope he gets that time and he gets the backing in the transfer market because it’s going to take a long time to get them back to where they were.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@CBSSportsCBB Twitter/@CBSSportsCBBThis weekend featured some fantastic college basketball, but no moment matched Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, where Duke pulled off a huge come from behind win over St. John’s to clinch win number 1000 for head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K became the first coach in division one history to eclipse that milestone, and he did it behind a gritty effort by Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, and the rest of his Blue Devils team. With the win, and an early-week blowout loss for Villanova to Georgetown, Duke is once again in the top five in both polls.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.VirginiaVirginia3.GonzagaGonzaga4.DukeDuke5.WisconsinWisconsin6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.Notre DameNotre Dame9.KansasLouisville10.LouisvilleUtah11.UtahKansas12.Wichita StateWichita State13.North CarolinaMaryland14.VCUNorth Carolina15.Iowa StateVCU16.MarylandIowa State17.West VirginiaWest Virginia18.Northern IowaNorthern Iowa19.TexasBaylor20.BaylorTexas21.GeorgetownIndiana22.IndianaGeorgetown23.MiamiMiami24.Oklahoma Colorado State25.ButlerArkansas
oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it. oxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.
England fans involved in scenes of unrest in Porto have been slammed for “completely unacceptable” behaviour by the UK’s head of football policing.Travelling supporters arrived in the Portuguese city earlier this week ahead of Gareth Southgate’s side taking on Netherlands in the semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League Finals on Thursday.Following an instance of anti-social behaviour outside a bar on Tuesday, riot police charged England fans after bottles were thrown at a Porto fan zone on Avenida dos Aliados, where Portugal fans were gathering to watch their team’s 3-1 win over Switzerland. 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? Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, football policing lead at the National Police Chiefs’ Council said on Wednesday: “Earlier this evening Portuguese police deployed riot officers against a group of England fans in the main square area of Porto.”It is believed the fans had been throwing bottles at Portugal fans who were watching the match in the same area.”This is the second evening in a row where disorder has occurred in Porto. Last night there were issues outside a bar, where bottles were thrown and minor damage was caused. It is completely unacceptable.”The incidents come as a blow to the Football Association (FA), which launched a campaign video entitled ‘Don’t Be That Idiot’ last week that sought to urge fans against being involved in scenes such as those witnessed in Porto.FA head of security Tony Conniford expressed concern about a “stag-do culture” among an element of the travelling England support for games in more easily accessible destinations such as Portugal.”A lot of it is alcohol-fuelled and there almost becomes an acceptance that because you are at the football, anything goes,” Conniford, formerly assistant director at the UK Football Policing Unit, said when the campaign was launched.”I find that difficult to buy into and people need to have a look at themselves and start to think, ‘If my relatives, wife or children were here with me, would it be an enjoyable experience?’ And the answer is ‘no’.””I don’t want to stereotype people and put everybody into a box. That is very dangerous. But it would be stupid to say we had not recognised groups of young, adult males booking together are the ones we are more concerned about.”It’s that holiday, stag-do culture where young guys get together and suddenly anything goes.”Around 15,000 England fans are expected to be on the ground for the game against Netherlands at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, which has a tournament capacity of 26,500.The Three Lions will return to Guimaraes on Sunday to face Switzerland if they lose to Ronald Koeman’s side, while victory would bring a final against Portugal in Porto later that day with up to 18,000 England supporters estimated to be in attendance by the weekend.
Jose Mourinho has dropped hints to his future plans, revealing that he sees himself becoming the manager of a national team rather than another club.The former Manchester United boss has been out of coaching work since being sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018 and has recently appeared as a pundit for broadcaster beIN SPORTS.In an interview broadcast by Eleven Sports however, the 56-year-old revealed he still has the desire to take on new challenges in the world of management. 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? “I want to compete in new competitions,” he said.“I think about the World Cup and the European Championships.“For a long time I have had the desire to try out such an adventure. Right now, I see myself more at a national team than with a new club.“Is Portugal the right team for me? Not necessarily.”The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ has enjoyed a glittering career in club management since lifting his first league title with Porto in 2003 – a year before the Primeira Liga side won the UEFA Champions League.Mourinho would go on to lift the Champions League once more with Inter in 2010, but not before winning consecutive Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, as well as four domestic trophies.He added his fourth league title in as many countries with Real Madrid in 2012, and although his spell at Manchester United may not have gone as planned, there is no question that there is little left for him to achieve in club management.The 56-year-old did not rule out a return to club football when speaking earlier in June however, telling Eleven Sports: “Winning a fifth championship in a different country or the Champions League with a third club are things I’d like to do.“I wouldn’t do it just for that. I only go where a project convinces me.”I want to be happy, not necessarily win, I want to be happy and I don’t want to accept a proposal without being convinced of it, that’s what I’ve always thought.“That’s why if [a club] told me ‘today there are no conditions to win, but we want you to create the conditions to win’, then I would evaluate it.”
Juventus are willing to include Paulo Dybala in transfer negotiations with Manchester United as they aim to seal a deal for Romelu Lukaku.According to sources, United want €83 million (£76m/$93m) for the Belgian striker but there could well be movement on that price should the Red Devils be interested in adding Dybala to their squad.Juve head coach Maurizio Sarri wants Lukaku to be his main centre-forward heading into the 2019-20 campaign, with Cristiano Ronaldo being deployed on the left flank and Federico Bernardeschi on the right. 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? That means that Dybala would have to settle for a rotation role similar to the one he had under former coach Massimiliano Allegri that saw his playing time reduced following Ronaldo’s blockbuster arrival from Real Madrid.Indeed, Ronaldo is capable of playing centrally and Mario Mandzukic would seemingly be ahead of Dybala in the pecking order in terms of a direct replacement for Lukaku, while Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado offer alternative options out wide.There is also the presence of Gonzalo Higuain, although Juve are looking to move on the 31-year-old should a suitable offer arrive.As revealed by Goal, Juve are ready to listen to offers for Dybala, while the club’s vice-predicent Pavel Nedved has confirmed there have been “some proposals”, with Tottenham having also been strongly linked.As for Inter, who have been linked with Lukaku throughout the summer and made no secret of their desire to take him to San Siro, they would have to resort to Plan B, should the former Everton striker not end up joining them.Antonio Conte currently only has Lautaro Martinez as a recognised striker, with Mauro Icardi having been told he has no future with the Serie A club and having not taken part in any of their pre-season preparations to date.Edin Dzeko is another who is on Inter’s wanted list although, like Lukaku, there are complications in terms of negotiations, with Roma demanding €20m (£18m/$22m) or alternatively a transfer that would see Icardi swapped for the former Manchester City man, with the Nerazzurri expecting €30m (£28m/$33m) as part of that deal.The latter scenario would free up the necessary funds for Inter to go for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, with the Ligue 1 champions demanding as much as €50m (£46m/$56m), and leave Conte with the two striker purchases he has been craving.As it stands, Dybala is ultimately proving key in a complicated transfer merry-go-round that could trigger as many as four transfers relating to Italy’s top flight.Should the Argentine be open to a move to Old Trafford, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward also agree to a deal, that would leave the path clear for Lukaku to make the switch to join Sarri’s Juve.United, meanwhile, continue to chase Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, while they have also been linked with midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.Paul Pogba is looking increasingly likely to stay at the club, meanwhile, with Real Madrid’s hopes of landing the Frenchman fading amid the Red Devils’ reluctance to open negotiations amid fears they won’t have enough time to sign a suitable replacement.Lukaku is, however, one member of the United squad that looks almost certain to leave and the Belgian, who has played no part in pre-season, teased a possible exit as he posed for a photo with agent Federico Pastorello and captioned the image “soon to be continued”.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)We’re only four weeks into the 2018 college football regular season, but the College Football Playoff race is already heating up.ESPN published today a piece on the teams that have already been eliminated from this year’s College Football Playoff race.It’s a lengthy list.The following major programs are already out of contention:Arizona StateFlorida StateBoise StateHawaiiHoustonNebraskaOle MissRutgersTennesseeTCUUCLAUSCThere are a little more than 30 teams still in the race, according to ESPN.You can view that full list here.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Penn State Nittany Lions took the field against the Iowa Hawkeyes looking to get back on track in the Big Ten. No. 17 Penn State opened as a 5.5-point favorite heading into the game, but No. 18 Iowa hasn’t gone quietly thus far.After one quarter of play, Iowa leads Penn State by a score of 12-7 after forcing a safety in the opening minutes of the game. The Nittany Lions have a history of starting slowly against the Hawkeyes and that’s holding true today.Early in the second quarter, Penn State got the ball with the hopes of taking a lead.Star quarterback Trace McSorley dropped back to pass and the attempted to scramble away from pressure, but was hit and went down awkwardly.McSorley laid on the ground for a few minutes before getting helped off the field by Penn State training staff.Early indications are McSorley hurt his leg on the play.Trace McSorley is helped to his feet but needs the help of trainers to get off the field. The Penn State QB looked to grab his right leg after taking a third-down sack.— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) October 27, 2018If McSorley is out for the rest of the game it would be a huge blow to the Penn State offense. McSorley has led the Penn State offense for the past three seasons and is one of the best in the country.Junior quarterback Tommy Stevens looks poised to enter the game for the Nittany Lions.