About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Balbuena: England feels like a movieby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena is living the dream in his debut Premier League season.The Paraguayan arrived from Corinthians in the summer for £4million.”I saw all the good matches,” Balbuena told Standard Sport. “Chelsea vs Manchester United, United vs [Manchester] City, Arsenal vs West Ham, Tottenham vs Arsenal… when I was a child all the teams had good players.”I saw every game on TV and when I came to the Premier League in my head it seemed like a movie because all the players want to play in the Premier League and now I make the target possible.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery expects emotion, passion for Spurs Cup clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery expects more emotion tonight for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash with Tottenham.Emery saw plenty of passion in his first encounter with Tottenham on December 2, a game that swung this way and that before it was settled by Arsenal’s stirring second-half performance.“I think showing emotion is very important,” said Unai. “I think football is emotion. And in a derby, maybe this emotion is greater.“When you win it’s amazing, when you lose it’s horrible. But respect is very important. We can show this emotion with respect when we are playing, but also when they scored against us, they can show their emotion with their supporters. But with respect. “We need to show this emotion when we are playing, when we are winning, because I think football needs this passion.“I say to [the players] that, in every match, we need to respect the opposition. Against Southampton, against Tottenham, against Manchester United, against Huddersfield, it’s the same. This respect is by playing with a big motivation and a lot of excitement to win against them. “We must respect this emotion in every moment. But the emotion is not bad. I think showing our emotion, the players, the fans and me, is good. But every time we must respect them.”
Monaco coach Henry to test Arsenal resolve for Koscielnyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry is ready to test Arsenal’s resolve for Laurent Koscielny.With his team in desperate stakes, Henry is going back to the Gunners for reinforcements.Nice-Matin says Henry is eager to tempt Koscielny back to France in January.The Arsenal captain has only just returned to action after suffering an Achilles injury last season – and Henry hopes to convince him about a career swansong at ASM.Koscielny, 33, is tied to Arsenal until 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Alisson credits Liverpool teammates for FIFA Best awardby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker believes that his FIFA award is partially due to his excellent teammates.Alisson won the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award in midweek, capping off a tremendous first year with the club.But he believes that despite his excellent personal performances, the team’s displays and results helped him win.”Well, like I always said, for me the most important thing is to achieve my goals that are the same of the team: winning something for the club, winning something together. And then if you win some awards individually then it’s OK if you win always together,” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.”I’m really happy because I worked a lot to arrive here, to win the Champions League, to become a great player, to have a great season as I had in the last one with Liverpool and with the national team also. “So yeah, I’m very happy because always I just feel grateful for my family – they help me a lot in all the moments, good moments, bad moments. They are together with me so I’m really happy for that.”
DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 7: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Former Duke star J.J. Redick is back in Durham this week, and worked out at the team’s facility yesterday. He’s back out there today, and shooting like he used to do for the Blue Devils, according to the Duke basketball Twitter account. All-time Duke scoring leader @JJRedick shooting 92% unofficially in this workout. The guy can’t miss. #DukeFam pic.twitter.com/qH5Bg6imDZ— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) September 15, 2015Crazy to think that Redick is entering his 10th NBA season. Time flies.
iowa fans rush court after msu winIowa knocked off No. 1 Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last night, and in celebration, a few hundred Hawkeyes fans rushed the court. But not everyone seems to agree with the move.Immediately following the court rushing, college basketball fans on Twitter started to criticize the decision. Why? Well, Michigan State was playing without its best player – Denzel Valentine. The Hawkeyes were also favored by 2.5 points. Iowa also led the entire game, so it’s not as-if there was a ton of drama involved.Iowa fans rush the court when we beat a team ranked higher than us unlike state pic.twitter.com/Ct8vArEvT7— nate (@Marky_Marks19) December 30, 2015This sucks because you know that Iowa knows Valentine isn’t playing and they are still gonna rush the court— Logan VanDeWostine (@lvandy7) December 30, 2015I hope Iowa fans rush the court against a team missing the national player of the year.— AustinCSmith TOC (@acsmith06) December 30, 2015You can’t chant “overrated” to a team and then rush the court when you beat them lol but regardless I’m glad Iowa won— Sarah♓️ (@heyyysarahhh) December 30, 2015Good for Iowa beating undefeated #1 but have enough respect to not rush the court against a conference opponent. You’re better than that.— David Wheatley (@david_wheatley) December 30, 2015Silly Iowa fans, rush the floor after winning a game you were favored to win!— Rick Holmes (@spartyholmes) December 30, 2015Way to rush the floor Iowa… You beat the #1 team in the country, at home, without their best player. Idiots…— Chris Thomas (@wtpartners) December 30, 2015Iowa fans…. Chant “overrated”, then rush the floor after beating a team without the National POY. Classic #Hawkeyes.— Jeff Greene (@GMachine7) December 30, 2015Sorry, Iowa. That is the most lame student rush to the court I’ve ever seen.— DP (@sports_and_ads) December 30, 2015If you really just beat an “overrated” team, why rush the court? Do better Iowa, do better… #MSU— Craig Janes (@Craig_Janes) December 30, 2015What do you think? Should Iowa fans have rushed?
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Miami Hurricanes 38-3 in the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The ACC Championship Game is moving from Charlotte to Orlando.After the conference’s decision to remove its football title game from Charlotte due to the controversial North Carolina “Bathroom Bill,” the game has found its new home. According to Sports Illustrated, the game will now be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.The ACC made the official announcement today, after reports of the move surfaced earlier in the week.2016 Dr Pepper #ACC Football Championship Game set for Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on December 3rd: https://t.co/ZjLESQOTBz #ACCFCG pic.twitter.com/1Ifs6EVBtK— The ACC (@theACC) September 29, 2016The ACC is not the first organization to move away from North Carolina. The NCAA recently moved 13 of its Division I and Division II neutral site games from North Carolina. The NBA also relocated its All-Star Game to New Orleans in response to the law.Sports Illustrated explains the law as such:“House Bill 2 limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and transgender people, and requires people to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificates.”The ACC will move its Championships for other sports, such as women’s soccer and men’s and women’s swimming, as well.[ACC]
Ajax and Netherlands star Matthijs de Ligt revealed Cristiano Ronaldo asked him if he would join Juventus next season following Portugal’s Nations League victory over the defender’s Dutch side.De Ligt, 19, is expected to make a big-money move from Ajax in the close season, with Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona reportedly among the likely transfer destinations for the young defender.But Juve star Ronaldo wasted no time trying to get the defender to Turin after Portugal edged Netherlands 1-0 in the Nations League final on Sunday. 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? The Portuguese forward was seen talking to the defender following the match, which saw Portugal edge De Ligt and co. 1-0 behind a goal from Goncalo Guedes.Asked if Ronaldo had questioned if he would be his team-mate at Juventus, De Ligt told NOS: “That could be true, yes.”I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed, but I didn’t say anything.”Shortly after the game you are not at all concerned with it, you are disappointed you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about.”@Cristiano #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/h3cF9IUcFU — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 9, 2019 Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the centre-back, who enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 as Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals.They were defeated by Tottenham in that semi-final battle, but the Eredivisie champions were able to take down reigning champions Real Madrid and Ronaldo’s Juventus along the way, with De Ligt putting in standout performances in both ties.Ajax were also able to seal a league title, edging PSV to win the Eredivisie.De Ligt, Ajax’s captain, has made 117 senior appearances for the club and was recognized with the Golden Boy award in 2018.
LA Galaxy head east to take on Atlanta United on Saturday with both sides looking to maintain their push for a MLS play-off place.Atlanta could go top of the Eastern Conference and second in the Supporters’ Shield standings with a victory at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium if other results go their way. In the West, Galaxy are third but could overhaul Seattle and move into second with three points.Both teams go into the game on the back of away defeats, with Atlanta losing 4-3 at runaway Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC while Galaxy were thrashed 4-0 at Portland Timbers. 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? Game Atlanta United vs LA Galaxy Date Saturday, August 3 Time 10pm BST / 5pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Network/Fox Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Mix. It is also available to stream on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event/Football/Mix Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Atlanta United squad Goalkeepers Guzan, Moore, Kann Defenders Escobar, Parkhurst, Pogba, Pirez, Robinson, Shea, Bello, Ambrose Midfielders Adams, Barco, Carleton, Goslin, Gressel, Hyndman, Kratz, Larentowicz, Martinez, Meram, Nagbe, Pereira, Remedi Forwards Gallagher, Kunga, Martinez, Vazquez, Villalba Atlanta will be without the suspended Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez while Mikey Ambrose is expected to miss out through injury. Tito Villalba, Kevin Kratz and George Bello are back in training but this game may have come too soon. Ezequiel Barco is available after featuring for MLS All-Stars against Atletico Madrid in midweek.Predicted Atlanta Utd starting XI: Guzan, Escobar, Pogba, Robinson, Nagbe, Martinez, Remedi, Hyndman, Gressel, Adams, Martinez. Position LA Galaxy squad Goalkeepers Bingham, Lampson, Vom Steeg Defenders Gonzalez, Steres, Romney, Hilliard-Arce, Arellano, Skjelvik, Traore, Feltscher, Araujo Midfielders Kitchen, Dos Santos, Corona, Lletget, Joao Pedro, Carrasco, Juninho, Boateng, F. Alvarez, E. Alvarez, Cuello Forwards Pontius, Antuna, Ibrahimovic, Zubak LA Galaxy will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic through suspension after he collected his sixth yellow card of the season against Portland last weekend. Diego Polenta and Efrain Alvarez are also banned after they were sent off against the Timbers.Predicted LA Galaxy starting XI: Bingham, Skjelvik, Gonzalez, Steres, Feltscher, Dos Santos, Corona, Boateng, Alvarez, Lletget, Antuna.Betting & Match Odds Atlanta United are heavy 3/10 favourites to win this match with bet365. LA Galaxy are priced at 8/1, while the draw is 4/1.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview LA Galaxy will have to find someone to shoulder the goalscoring burden as they take on Atlanta without captain and top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The Swede has scored 16 goals in 18 matches this season, more than half of the Galaxy’s total of 30. Second on their goalscoring charts is defender Daniel Steres with just three.Ethan Zubak is the only out-and-out striker available but he has only played 40 minutes across three MLS matches this year. Wingers Chris Pontius and Uriel Antuna are the other options, with the latter impressive in Ibrahimovic’s absence against Minnesota United in March.Whoever comes in for Ibrahimovic, Galaxy boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto says his side cannot afford to lose as they look to recover their form following a run of four defeats in seven matches.“Our challenge will be with other names on the roster to get something in Atlanta. We need the points,” he said.“Win or at least to tie – we need to learn that when you can’t win, you have to tie. It’s not win or lose. You can’t win, you have to tie, no loss.”Atlanta boss Frank de Boer again had to deal with one of his players publicly criticising his methods this week with Leandro Gonzalez Pirez saying he didn’t like the team’s defensive tactics, though he later clarified his comments to mean the tactics deployed earlier in the season while insisting he was happy since they switched to a 3-5-2 formation.De Boer has refused to confirm whether Pirez will face disciplinary action, but did concede that his comments stemmed from a shared frustration at the team’s recent inconsistency, with five wins and six defeats from their last 12 matches.“Everybody knows those comments stay inside,” De Boer told the Atlanta Journal. “If there are doubts or arguments, we talk about it like adults here.“We know how it works in football. We had three players in MLS team of the week. I was coach of the week. This is how it sometimes goes. We have to learn from that.“We want to improve and want to be on top of every game and at the end also on top of the league, especially in our conference at the end of the season.“It’s our goal. It’s looking right. We are a team, and we want to be a top team. That means we want to play our best every week. That’s how top teams work.”
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has had a slew of transfers this season. That’s not surprising, considering the Huskers have a new coaching staff led by Scott Frost. What is uncommon is that most of these transfers have ended up at the same school.Tristan Gebbia, Tyjon Lindsey and Avery Roberts are all transferring to Oregon State, which boasts some coaches from the Huskers’ old staff.The Huskers have a new transfer in running back Greg Bell.Frost explained today why he’s blocking Bell from transferring to Oregon State.From ESPN.com:Scott Frost’s comments today about Oregon State, regarding the Greg Bell transfer, are interesting — in light of the fact that as of next Monday, Nebraska can’t block anyone (including Bell) from transferring to any school. And Bell is likely not going to consider OSU anyway. Nevertheless, Frost doubled down today on the permission-to-contact restriction, saying “there’s no doubt in my mind” that Tristan Gebbia, Tyjon Lindsey and Avery Roberts were contacted by former Nebraska staffers now at Oregon State. If any contact occurred before the players received scholarship releases, that’s tampering, of course, and against the rules.You can watch Frost’s comments on the matter below:Frost: “It doesn’t create something that competitively fair and balanced.” Interesting response today from the #Huskers coach on why they blocked Greg Bell from going to Oregon State. pic.twitter.com/8AqTKZey6p— Andrew Ward (@AndrewWardKLKN) October 11, 2018Nebraska, yet to win a game this season, is playing Northwestern on Saturday.