About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddisonby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City winger Matt Piper says manager Brendan Rodgers isn’t making the most of James Maddison.Piper, who turned out 16 times for boyhood club Leicester between 2000 and 2002, has been disappointed not to see England boss Gareth Southgate give Maddison a regular role in the Three Lions midfield, but has criticised Rodgers’ decision to force the ex-Norwich man out wide.”Maddison has been Leicester’s main man this season,” he told Love Sport Radio.”He’s got a big future ahead of him, Maddison. He can become a top, top player.”He’s at his best as a number ten. He’s been played out on the left this season, but that isn’t how to use him.”He’s two footed, he’s incredibly creative, and he’s super talented. People ask whether he’s arrogant, but I think it’s just ultimate confidence in his ability, and he makes things happen.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contractby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is hopeful of settling his contract situation.The experienced utility man, 33, revealed he is in talks with the Reds over an extension of his current contract.But he is yet to put pen to paper to renew his deal which expires in the summer, meaning he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January.Asked about his future, Milner said: “Who knows, you know?“There have been talks so hopefully it gets resolved sooner rather than later.“But at this moment I will just keep playing football as well as I can.”
Kansas’ Perry Ellis Pool DunkIf there’s one thing better than college basketball, it’s pool basketball. Perry Ellis is very, very good at pool basketball. Kansas’ star forward collaborated with a couple of friends to throw down an awesome pool dunk. Check it out: That’s a very solid 9/10 on the pool-dunk scale.
Juan Cuadrado is likely to avoid the need for surgery on a knee injury, Juventus have confirmed.The Colombia international was sent to Germany for assessment on the problem last week and missed the 1-0 Serie A victory over Roma last Saturday.The 30-year-old has returned to Turin and will continue conservative treatment in a bid to restore him to full fitness. 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? “Juan Cuadrado is continuing conservative therapy with some improvement,” a Juve statement said.”At the moment, there are not enough indications to proceed surgically.”Cuadrado has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Massimiliano Allegri’s side this season.Despite his injury struggles, he remains fully committed to the Juve cause and has sought to play down any suggestion that he may consider leaving the club.He told Marca in November: “I think only of Juventus and to reach the goals we have set ourselves, to arrive in March and to be in a race on all fronts.“Then there will be the Copa America, it will be a great opportunity to win something with Colombia.”Juve are set to face Atalanta on December 26 before hosting Sampdoria three days later in their final match before the mid-season break.Cuadrado will play no part in those fixtures, but will be hoping to come back into contention at some point in early 2019.
Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez will help to solve Arsenal’s shortage of wingers, according to head coach Unai Emery, who said he also hopes to have Ainsley Maitland-Niles fit for his side’s clash with Manchester City.Suarez is set to join Arsenal on loan until the end of the season after falling out of favour under Ernesto Valverde at Barca but he did not manage to complete his move in time to feature in the Gunners’ 2-1 Premier League win over Cardiff City on Tuesday.Also missing for Arsenal was Maitland-Niles, who picked up a knee injury and joined team-mates Hector Bellerin, Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny in the treatment room. 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? After seeing goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette help Arsenal to victory over the Bluebirds, Emery told reporters: “We need wingers.These guys… #ARSCAR pic.twitter.com/sTc4TTuf7O — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 29, 2019 “Suarez, who I know, has this quality.”Asked whether the 25-year-old Spaniard would handle the physicality of the Premier League, Emery replied: “I don’t know now.”It’s a challenge for him, and also [it is a challenge for him] to help us.”With just two days remaining before the close of the transfer window, Emery was coy on potential arrivals despite Arsenal being linked with Inter’s Ivan Perisic.He said: “If a player can come here to help us, he will come. The last news, I don’t know. My focus is on the match. Maybe tonight or tomorrow [Wednesday] I will speak.”Looking ahead to Sunday’s trip to face Premier League champions City at the Etihad Stadium, and whether or not any of his injured players would be likely to return, Emery said: “I don’t know now. We need to know tomorrow in training.”I hope some players can be with us. Ainsley [Maitland-Niles], I hope.”Meanwhile, Emery’s opposite number Neil Warnock expressed his disappointment with the display of Cardiff centre-back Bruno Ecuele Manga, who, after being fortunate not to concede a penalty in the first half, failed to learn his lesson and tripped Sead Kolasinac in the box.Aubameyang opened the scoring from the resulting spot-kick and Arsenal rarely looked like dropping points from there.”They should’ve had a penalty in the first half and I spoke to Bruno [at half-time], so for him to dive in like that again, I’m just really disappointed,” said Warnock.”The players have to think about their responsibility, it was just amateur.”
Marouane Fellaini was “effective” for Manchester United, says Leon Osman, but the Red Devils are sanctioning a switch to China as they require players who are more “technically gifted”.The transfer window in the Chinese Super League remains open, so a deal for the Belgium international remains in the pipeline.It is expected that the 31-year-old will link up with Shandong Luneng, with Goal revealing that talks have been opened. 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? Fellaini appeared to be on his way to Asia to finalise a move on Thursday, with pictures posted on social media of him at Brussels airport.A three-year deal is understood to await him at his next destination, with a man who was a firm favourite of Jose Mourinho being allowed to leave in a £10 million ($13m) switch after finding game time hard to come by under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Osman is not surprised to see an exit from Old Trafford being made, with Fellaini’s former Everton team-mate telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “I would say he was more accustomed to a Jose Mourinho style of football [than Solskjaer’s].“He’s physical, strong, effective at both ends, whereas Manchester United require a much more technically gifted player than, unfortunately, Fellaini’s capable of.“Effective, that’s the word, for his time at Manchester United, but you can understand why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels him surplus to requirements and I think for all parties it would be best if he found himself elsewhere.“He’s a nice feller. He took a while to learn the language but a really nice feller, desperate to get involved in the dressing room.“He really did bring an awful lot to the dressing room as well.“He’s one of those payers you thought you could rely on and you could turn to him in a desperate situation.“I feel now, even at United, he won’t be one of those players that will ruffle the dressing room and upset the way things are going.“I think he will get on with his job as a professional but he will want to play football before his career ends.”Fellaini is preparing to leave United five-and-a-half years after arriving in a £27.5m ($36m) move from Everton.He has taken in 177 appearances and scored 22 goals.A new contract was signed at Old Trafford last summer, with a two-year extension agreed.He has, however, slipped down the pecking order in the wake of Mourinho’s departure and is now ready to start a new chapter in his career.
YouTube/WatchNDBrian Kelly blamed Saturday’s loss to Duke directly on his players.Brian Kelly, Notre Dame’s 54-year-old coach paid more than $1 million/year, did not hold back in his post-game press conference following the Fighting Irish’s embarrassing 38-35 loss to Duke on Saturday.“Coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today,” Kelly said.Considering the coaches paid ridiculously-high salaries are the ones responsible for the players, that’s a strange statement to make publicly.That’s not all he said, though.Kelly also said DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame’s starting quarterback, played “below standard” and was “not acceptable.” Kizer threw for 381 yards and rushed for 60, but turned the ball over twice. Kelly added that Notre Dame’s backup, Brandon Wimbush, might play this season after expecting to redshirt. “That’s a possibility. That’s a definite possibility,” Kelly said.Every starting position is now up for grabs, according to Kelly.“Every position, all 22 of them, will be evaluated,” Kelly said. “Each and every position. There is no position that is untouchable on this football team. And that’s the quarterback, all the way down to — maybe the long snapper’s OK. We’re not going to touch him. But everybody else is vulnerable.”You can watch Kelly’s full post-game press conference below.Notre Dame (1-3) is set to host Syracuse next Saturday.
Simone Inzaghi has signed a contract extension with Lazio that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021, putting an end to speculation linking him with a move to Juventus.The Italian tactician has spent the entirety of his coaching career at the Roman club, taking over initially as caretaker in 2016 before being given the job permanently. Lazio finished eighth in Serie A last season, seven points off arch-rivals Roma, who ended the campaign in sixth, occupying the final Europa League qualification spot. 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? And the club announced the deal on their official website, stating: “Lazio announces that it has renewed and extended the work contract of Mr. Simone Inzaghi until 06/30/2021.”The choice to continue this journey together, the result of shared planning, strengthens the bond between the parties and certifies the unity of intent necessary to achieve the set sporting goals.”There had been speculation that he was in the running for the vacant posts at one of Juventus or AC Milan, following the departures of Massimiliano Allegri and Gennaro Gattuso, respectively.The new deal appears to put those rumours to bed, however, with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri seemingly clear to take over at Juve.The Blues manager remains the favourite to replace Allegri in Turin, and Goal understands that Juve are both keen to appoint him and willing to pay his £5 million exit clause.Sarri has been an unpopular figure at Stamford Bridge despite finishing third in the Premier League and reaching two cup finals – losing the Carabao Cup on penalties to all-conquering Manchester City and winning the Europa League against London rivals Arsenal.City boss Pep Guardiola was also strongly linked with a move to the Italian giants but he has frequently insisted that he remains committed to the Premier League club and is not looking to leave.However, that hasn’t stopped retiring Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli stating his belief that a move for the Spaniard is still possible.At San Siro, meanwhile, Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo appears set to land the Milan job after impressing in his current post, while Goal understands Roma, who are also looking for a new manager, are in advanced talks with Paulo Fonseca.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After Alabama’s domination of LSU on Saturday night, there are few who don’t believe that the Crimson Tide are the best team in the country. It seems like the oddsmakers – before and after that game – agree.During College GameDay on Saturday morning, ESPN ran a graphic – with lines from USA Today’s Danny Sheridan. Basically, Alabama would be favored over every team in the country – by a lot.The only team that would be within a touchdown of the Crimson Tide, predictably, is Clemson.After that, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State are all around two-touchdown underdogs. Notre Dame and UCF would have even wider spreads.Alabama Spread on a Neutral Field:Clemson +7Michigan +13Oklahoma +13Georgia +14Ohio St +14LSU +17Notre Dame +17.5UCF +22— CFB Home (@CFBHome) November 3, 2018Keep in mind that these spreads were as-of Saturday. If anything, they might get wider.Alabama, after the win over LSU, looks nearly unbeatable – but it’s college football, so you never know.Alabama has Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn and now Georgia in the SEC title game left on its schedule.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)One of the top recruits in the country will be in Columbus for the major Ohio State-Michigan game next weekend.Mekhail Sherman, the No. 13 overall recruit in the 2020 class, announced on Twitter this afternoon that he’ll be visiting the Buckeyes for the contest against the Wolverines.“I’ll Definitely Be Up @ The Horseshoe For The TUN Game! Show Me Love !” he tweeted.I’ll Definitely Be Up @ The Horseshoe For The TUN Game! Show Me Love ! #GoBucks— Mekhail Sherman? (@JuicedUpK9) November 14, 2018Sherman, a five-star linebacker, is ranked the No. 2 OLB in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Penn State are all involved in his recruitment.The Buckeyes are listed as the favorite to land him at this point.