Ings hails Southampton character in Wolves drawby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton star Danny Ings was pleased with the character his side showed against Wolves on Saturday.The Saints managed a 1-1 draw in the Premier League at Molineux.The draw leaves Southampton in 17th place, just above the drop zone on goal difference. But Ings took positives from the game.”For any player it’s important to have a positive mentality around the group, whether you’re starting or not starting,” he told the club’s official website after the game.”I really feel that’s important for a dressing room and I feel we have a great dressing room. We have players who are hungry and want to learn and it’s great to be a part of.”I feel it was a great point for us with the circumstances of the game, and now we have a great week coming where we can train, put our work in and hopefully put on another performance.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny: Dybala made difference for Lokomotiv Moscow winby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was always confident of victory over Lokomotiv Moscow.The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but Dybala scored twice in two minutes late in the second-half to win this Champions League clash 2-1.“It was a struggle to get the result, but we controlled the game for 90 minutes and needed a lot of patience to break them down, as they were very organised and put a solid wall back there,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.“A great left-foot shot from Dybala made the difference. Lokomotiv were clammed up in defence and we had to move the ball from left to right and back again to open up some spaces.“We must continue being protagonists in Serie A too and that means getting three points against Lecce this weekend.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mijatovic can see Mourinho returning to Real Madridby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid sports chief Predrag Mijatovic can see Jose Mourinho returning to the club.Mourinho is being linked with Zinedine Zidane’s job at Real.And Mijatovic admits he can see it happening: “If Zidane came back and I never thought it would happen, why can’t Mourinho return to Real Madrid? “All the coaches who go through Madrid want to come back because they want to fix things they did during their time at the club.”But Madrid has a coach, his name is Zidane and you have to respect that.”
The 2015 Big Ten football champion won’t be decided until this December, but it’s already time to start thinking about which programs have put themselves in the best positions to take the crown. 5Dimes has released its Big Ten Champion moneyline odds, and as you’d imagine, the Ohio State Buckeyes, with three potential Heisman Trophy candidates at quarterback, are the favorite to repeat as champions. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska are the next-best bets.Purdue has the worst odds, as you’d imagine. If you put down $100 on the Boilermakers, you’d make $8,000 if they won the B1G title.Michigan, in its first season under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, has the sixth-best odds at +1300. You can check out odds for all of the conferences, as well as the national title, here.
The media knows Alabama head coach Nick Saban for his long rants during media conferences and for winning four out of the last seven national championships.He has a playful side too, though.In an interview with ESPN reporter Marty Smith and college football analyst Tim Tebow, Nick Saban opened up his home on Georgia’s Lake Burton and revealed that playful side.Don’t believe it? Watch him jump into the lake with his two visitors, fully clothed:[email protected] & @MartySmithESPN invited themselves to Nick Saban’s house. See the full interview at 9:30am ET on ESPN.https://t.co/sYa0CWA2N1— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 28, 2016The SportsCenter preseason interview with the acclaimed coach set a goal of humanizing the legend. ESPN promoted the visit as “Nick Saban like you’ve never seen him before.” From previews, it definitely lives up to that expectation.The interview took at the end of July, shortly before Alabama opened fall camp. The intimate group made points to discuss non-football topics, including life and family.In addition to jumping into a lake with Saban, the two ESPN representatives grilled the coach on his keys to success while he casually drove his boat.“I don’t think about what was accomplished in the past. I really spend all my time thinking about the next challenge,” Saban told the two reporters.The Tim Tebow, Nick Saban and Marty Smith interview aired this morning at 9:30 E.T. on SportsCenter. It will continue to air throughout the day.Alabama opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against USC.
The Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour will return in March with a rematch of the 1962 World Cup final as Brazil meet Czech Republic in Prague.Brazil will meet their hosts at Eden Park Stadium on March 26 in one of their first two matches of the year.The other fixture during the March 2019 FIFA International period will be announced in due course. 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? Prague, #Brasil are coming! Czech Republic vs BrazilMarch 26, 2019Eden Arena pic.twitter.com/JGySQ7iIkk— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) January 18, 2019The Selecao first met the former Czechoslovakia at World Cup 1938, when they played out a 1-1 draw in Bordeaux, France, before Brazil ran out 2-1 winners in the replay.Their last meeting came at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup as goals from Romario and Ronaldo secured a 2-0 semi-final victory as Brazil went on to lift the title.Following March’s action, the Brasil Global Tour will resume in June as Tite and his squad play their final friendlies before embarking on their Copa America campaign.Czech Republic vs BrazilTuesday 26 March 2019Eden Park Stadium, PragueKick off 20:45 Local Time (CET) TBCKick off 19:45 UK Time (GMT) TBCKick off 16:45 Rio Time (BRT) TBCFollow Brazil’s run to Copa America 2019 by joining us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Forward Sandro Wagner has left Bayern Munich to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda, the Bundesliga club have announced.The 31-year-old joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in a €13m (£11m/$15m) move in December 2017 and scored eight goals as they won the Bundesliga title last season.The Bavarians are fighting for the title once again this season, embroiled in a tight tussle at the top of the table with arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund. 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? However, Wagner, firmly second choice behind Robert Lewandowski, started just one league game this term and failed to find the net in the competition.The veteran striker was contracted to remain at the Allianz Arena until 2020, but he requested for his contract to be terminated after growing frustrated with his role on the sidelines.Wagner will now link up with Tianjin, where he has reportedly been offered a lucrative two-year deal following a €5m (£4m/$6m) transfer.He is set to join compatriot and former Hertha Berlin team-mate Felix Bastians, while German coach Uli Stielike is currently in managerial charge at the Chinese club.Sandro #Wagner verlässt den #FCBayern und wechselt mit sofortiger Wirkung zu Tianjin Teda in die chinesische Super League.Danke für alles und viel Erfolg in China, Sandro!Zur Presseerklärung ➡ https://t.co/sR6uZeZofB pic.twitter.com/1HnPexeLXu— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) January 30, 2019Speaking after the transfer was confirmed on Wednesday, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic stated: “Sandro Wagner came up to us and asked for a release from his contract. He has a very attractive offer from China and we have met his request. “We expressly thank Sandro for spending time with FC Bayern and wish him all the best and much success for his future in China.”Wagner has spent his entire career as a footballer in Germany, rising through the ranks at youth level with Bayern Munich before graduating to the senior squad in 2006.Since then he has also taken in spells at Duisburg, Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern, Darmstadt and Hoffenheim, amassing a total of 50 career goals across all competitions.
Every world-class player has their breakout season. Nikita Parris’ was 2018-19.Scorer of 19 goals in 19 FA Women’s Super League games, and three in four FA Women’s Cup outings, the forward was handsomely rewarded for her efforts with winners’ medals in both competitions, while also being named the FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year.Her six goals in qualifying also helped seal England’s place at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, all resulting in a transfer to the biggest club in the game, Olympique Lyonnais. 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? It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for the 25-year-old, who has worked her way to the very top from the days of relegation with Everton, and she captured the emotion embedded in that journey with a passionate celebration after netting on her World Cup debut against Scotland.But despite how hard Parris has worked to get to where she is now, there is no forgetting her roots and those who have helped her achieve this incredible rise.Explaining why she held up four fingers in celebrating her strike in England’s tournament opener, she said, “It was for me, Mary Earps, Toni [Duggan] and Abbie [McManus]. We’re the four musketeers”We’re constantly together and they’ve helped me throughout my journey with England and Manchester City and I appreciate them so much.“Moving forward I’m going to need them more than ever.”Parris and Duggan’s friendship goes all the way back to her Everton days, where the two Scousers were stand-out players in a struggling team.The latter left Merseyside in 2014 after netting 17 goals in 40 games, and she would be reunited with her former team-mate just a year later, as Parris joined Man City on loan following an impressive return of six goals from 13 WSL games for a relegated side.She impressed, scoring eight times in 18 appearances and, after signing permanently, has never looked back.“Nikita can be as good as she wants to be; that’s the truth,” said Lucy Bronze, Parris’ former City and future Lyon team-mate, who has formed a deadly partnership with her down the right flank.“She has all the attributes she needs to be one of the best strikers in the world; she has been showing that all season at City.“She’s been prolific, she’s got an eye for goal, she’s tenacious and she has the speed and energy. We’ve got a really good partnership; we enjoy playing together.”The pair terrorised Scotland’s left-hand side on Sunday, giving Nicola Docherty a torrid time, particularly Parris, whose skilful turn and nutmeg on the full-back went viral.The second half was less flair and more grit as Scotland came back into the game, but it served as perfect preparation for the winger as England prepare to take on an Argentina side who have made no secret of their plan to implement a defensive game plan this summer.“[After half time] Jennifer Beattie went deeper and the full-back got tighter, they tried to limit my running, but ultimately, I just had to try and pop in the space and that came in between the lines,” Parris explained.“As they work you out, you’ve got to try something different and that’s going to happen throughout the World Cup.”That creativity is exactly what England will need on Friday evening. Japan have some of the most technically brilliant and intelligent players at this tournament, but even they couldn’t break down Argentina, playing out a goalless draw on Thursday afternoon.But that won’t faze the Lionesses’ star player as she rides this wave of confidence and self-belief.“I thrive off challenge,” she said. “There’s so much more to come from me. I’d probably give myself a six and a half or a seven [out of 10 against Scotland].”Her manager, Phil Neville, agrees.“We challenged players 16 months ago with their own individual development plan and being the best player in the world in their position,” he said.“And in Nikita, we’ve seen a player develop from being a really, really good WSL player, to now signing for the best team in the world in Lyon, scoring goals in the WSL, making an impact on the big games on the big occasions, and she’s someone who’s still got another five to 10 per cent in her.“The ability to score, the ability to create, the ability to play left, right and through the middle, and I think [against Scotland] you’ve seen a little snippet of what a special player we’ve got.“She’s world class, that’s a given now.”But the comments that defined Parris came in her excitement about this England team.“Did you see that out there?” she bragged after the Scotland game – but she wasn’t talking about her goal, or that nutmeg.She was talking about the team spirit.“I’m excited what the World Cup will bring but I don’t think my individual performance will dictate whether we do well or we don’t do well in this tournament.“It’s about the team and ultimately I will fight for each and every one of my team-mates.”That mindset is shared throughout this tight-knit group, but it’s the flair Parris provides on top of that which makes her so special and, with that likely to be on display again against Argentina, it’s no wonder the best club in the world have snapped her up.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU has now lost two quarterbacks in the last two days. Justin McMillan is the latest to announce he is transferring.McMillan joins Lowell Narcisse, who confirmed last night he is leaving. Yesterday, it was reported that both players were taking time to “evaluate their futures.”McMillan revealed his decision on Twitter this morning.“Today I gratefully and gracefully say thank you and farewell to my LSU family,” McMillan said. “I am grateful for the opportunity I was given for my life’s journey to attend LSU and be a part of a football legacy.”✊??? pic.twitter.com/UuI1joJuIQ— JUSTIN MCMILLAN (@HONEYSLOTH_13) August 15, 2018McMillan was a three-star recruit out of Cedar Hill (Tex.) in the class of 2015. He was the No. 35 dual-threat QB in the country coming out high school, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.McMillan completed his lone attempt as an LSU quarterback for a 19-yard gain in 2016. He also finishes his career in Baton Rouge with two carries for two yards in limited action.With Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow now in the fold, along with four-star sophomore Myles Brennan, playing time just wasn’t going to be there for McMillan or Narcisse.Burrow is expected to win the starting job, and he has two years of eligibility remaining.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns walks into the stadium prior to the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Malik Hornsby, a four-star recruit and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country, has been connected to Texas A&M for a few months now. The Texas Longhorns are still very involved though.247Sports ranks Hornsby as the No. 89 player in the class of 2020. He is a native of Missouri City, which is in the Houston area, and rated No. 14 in the Lone Star State.Nine of the 10 recruiting analysts that have submitted votes to 247’s crystal ball believe he will be an Aggie. He says that he has made no such decision.Tom Herman’s Texas football staff is still in constant contact with Malik Hornsby as well, specifically offensive coordinator Tim Beck.SB Nation Texas site Burnt Orange Nation spoke to Hornsby about his recruitment. He said that he and Beck are “building a relationship.”When asked what stands out to you about the Texas program, Hornsby had this to say, “They play as a family. It’s Burnt Orange, you know. I used to watch Vince Young back in the day.”Coach Beck has made an assertive effort to maintain a relationship with Hornsby.“I talk to Tim Beck all of the time,” Hornsby said. “He actually texted me before the game and told me good luck. We’re building a relationship.”Texas fans have to like that Vince Young tidbit as well. Young is a Houston native, and was obviously a great dual-threat signal caller for the ‘Horns.It might be an uphill battle, but Texas does already have a 2020 quarterback in the fold already as well. Four-star Hudson Card of Austin powerhouse Lake Travis High School has already pledged in that class.[Burnt Orange Nation]