About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fulham defender Chambers: We’re improving under Ranieriby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham defender Calum Chambers is adamant the club are improving despite Saturday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The Cottagers are still bottom of the Premier League, having conceded 42 goals in 17 games.But Chambers, currently on loan from Arsenal, says the club are making strides under new boss Claudio Ranieri.”We’ve improved a lot of things over the last few weeks,” Chambers told Standard Sport. “Things are changing, things are looking positive. “We feel we played alright against West Ham, we created chances but we just didn’t put them in the back of the net. We’ve got to stay together, be positive. “We’ve got an important week coming up next week and we have to be ready for that.”We knew how important a game this was for us. We created a lot of chances and didn’t finish them, you can get punished in this league for that.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool top of table for Christmas after victory at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are four points clear at the top of the table after their 2-0 win at Wolves.Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a victory at Wolves that took them four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.The Reds went ahead when Fabinho played a one-two with Sadio Mane and crossed for Salah, who flicked the ball into the net with the outside of his foot.The Egyptian set up Liverpool’s second with a wonderful lofted pass over the home defence, allowing Virgil van Dijk to side-foot a six-yard volley past Rui Patricio.City, the defending champions, play their game in hand on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace, but this victory ensures for Jurgen Klopp’s side will be top on Christmas Day.
Burnley boss Dyche: Luck was with usby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley earned victory over Fulham thanks to two own goals.Andre Schurrle’s wonderful early strike was cancelled out in the 20th minute when Jeff Hendrick’s effort went in off Joe Bryan.And three minutes later it was Denis Odoi who inadvertently beating Sergio Rico, heading in after Hendrick crossed.Burnley boss Sean Dyche said afterwards: “They were very tough conditions for both teams and it was a very tough win, for many reasons.“I didn’t think we played as well today as we did in the previous two wins, but the mentality to come back from a goal down for the second game in a row was terrific and I thought we grew into the game and ended up being the more progressive side.“We got a scratch of luck, but I’m not going to cry that one in because I don’t think we’ve had our share this season.“And towards the end James (Tarkowski) does what we maybe weren’t doing enough of at the start of the season, by making an absolutely fantastic block to make sure we go and win the game.“That’s as good a goal for me!”Dyche added: “They threw caution to the wind in the second half and why wouldn’t you?“They haven’t won away all season and they are trying to get a foothold in an important game, so they went very expansive, but I don’t remember them opening us up too many times.“The resilience, character and energy is back in the side and we are doing all the details better.“Earlier in the season we were conceding a lot of soft goals. We have to continue, of course, but what it does is provide a mental shift.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery welcomes back defensive trio: Great momentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted to see their medical room clearing.For their Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, Emery welcomed Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding back into first-team – while Kieran Tierney made his debut.All three made a big impression as we beat Nottingham Forest – and Unai Emery praised the trio and believes they will make a big impact.”It’s amazing news,” the head coach said. “It was amazing to see the people’s reaction to Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, who played his first 15 minutes [at the end]. “It was a great moment. We can be a better competitive team with them. For us having every player available is the perfect moment. “Now we have two injuries with Lacazette and Smith Rowe, and hopefully in a few weeks he can be training with the possibility to play. Really we are really happy with Hector, Rob and Kieran.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Toulouse defender Diakite happy for Todibo at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveToulouse defender Bafode Diakite insists he’s happy for Jean-Clair Todibo.Todibo left Toulouse in January for Barcelona and is now set for a first team run due to their injury crisis.Diakite said, “Of course I am happy by what he does, he was trained in Téfécé, like me. “If he chose to join Barca, it’s not for nothing. He has an idea on his mind, we do not take such a big decision without thinking. I hope that he will make a place in their starting XI, he will be beneficial for the French squad and Toulouse.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea won’t consider offers for N’Golo Kanteby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea won’t consider the sale of N’Golo Kante.The midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Juventus, but reports claim the star is not up for sale.Juve coach Maurizio Sarri is said to be keen on reuniting with Kante in Turin.He is said to have told the club’s vice-chairman Pavel Nedved that Kante should be high on the club’s list of targets.But now according to Sky Italia’s Fabrizio Romano, there is no truth in the rumours.Romano told Calciomercato that there is no negotiations to bring Kante to the Serie A giants despite sporting director Fabio Paratici being a big admirer of the 28-year-old.
There will be quite a football posse traveling through Texas and the Midwest this weekend. According to Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram, former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson will be taking the “California 11,” a group of 11 California-based high school football recruits, on a recruiting trip this weekend. The group, which includes Johnson’s son, Keyshawn Jr., a four-star WR, will be visiting Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Nebraska, before traveling back to the West Coast. I can confirm that Keyshawn Johnson is headed to Austin to barnstorm the state with 11 recruits from Cali, including his highly touted son— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Keyshawn Johnson @Thromedamnball and the California 11 will hit Texas A&M Fri practice, visit Texas Sat, OU Jr day Sun and Nebraska Mon— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball are flying into Austin and driving to College Station for the Texas A&M Friday Night practice— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will drive back to Austin and spend Saturday visiting with @TexasFB and coach @Strong_TexasFB— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will then make the 6-7 hour drive from Austin to Norman for the Oklahoma Junior Day on Sun— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will leave OU and head to Nebraska to visit the Cornhuskers, then fly back to Cali from Lincoln— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Among 2016 recruits in the Cali 11 are Michael Pittman, Marquel Dismuke, Isaiah Hayes and Khalil Tate— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Among the 2017 recruits in the Cali 11 are WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr., WR Terrell Bynum, CB Darnay Holmes, CB Jermani Brown, QB Tristan Gebbia— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015That sounds like one heck of a trip. Be on the lookout for some top football prospects, Longhorns, Aggies, Sooners and Huskers.
NC State scored a huge come-from-behind victory Thursday night, as sophomore forward Beejay Anya hit a game-winning jump hook with no time remaining on the clock against LSU to move his team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. As you’d imagine, the fans back in Raleigh were just a bit excited. The below video, which shows a few hundred students celebrating on campus, has gone viral.Here’s Anya’s shot, for those who missed it. The party is on in Raleigh. The Wolfpack will get No. 1 Villanova on Saturday, and if they win that one, look out.
Romelu Lukaku made a swift impact from the bench for a second consecutive match as Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0 at St James’ Park.The Belgium international was on the pitch for two minutes before rounding out Sunday’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth and had only been on for 38 seconds when Martin Dubravka spilled Marcus Rashford’s free-kick in his direction.Rashford continued a purple patch in front of goal 10 minutes from time, meaning a fourth win in as many outings at the start of his reign for caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – a feat only previously achieved by club great Matt Busby. 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Phil Jones, into the Manchester United defence for the suspended Eric Bailly, made a last-ditch tackle on Salomon Rondon to atone for his own absent-minded play in the 15th minute.Newcastle winger Christian Atsu spurned a trio of half chances – something that seemed dangerously wasteful when Dubravka had to be quickly off his line to thwart Rashford and Juan Mata.In between those openings for his team-mates, Anthony Martial sliced onto the roof of the net, which is where Rondon’s 34th-minute header also ended up.Newcastle substitute Jonjo Shelvey struck a wonderful pass to unlock Manchester United with the outside of his right foot in the 60th minute, with Luke Shaw scampering back to deny Ayoze Perez.But one of the hosts’ most valuable performers then let them down and Lukaku was on hand to pounce on Dubravka’s error.Shelvey showcased the ugly side of his game by raking his studs down Paul Pogba’s leg – inexplicably escaping any punishment beyond a foul.0:38 – Romelu Lukaku’s goal for Manchester United came just 38 seconds after coming on as a substitute against Newcastle. Impact. #NEWMAN pic.twitter.com/HvAaWW3byC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019Newcastle left themselves exposed for Lukaku and fellow substitute Alexis Sanchez to give Rashford a simple finish and, in stoppage time, Pogba rounded Dubravka on another counter-attack but fired into the side netting.What does it mean? United close in on top four as Newcastle worries mountThe free-scoring enjoyment of Solskjaer’s initial games could not be replicated against a disciplined Newcastle backline but United showed pleasing patience and ruthlessness after half-time. They are three points behind Arsenal in fifth and now just six shy of Chelsea in the final Champions League spot. Maurizio Sarri’s side drew 0-0 with third-bottom Southampton, who are within two points of Newcastle in 15th. Crystal Palace and Burnley – either side of Rafael Benitez’s team in the standings – were both victorious on Wednesday.Confidence coursing through RashfordPogba was named Manchester United player of the month earlier on Wednesday and the France star’s performances have certainly hogged headlines in the wake of his uneasy alliance with Jose Mourinho being put out of its misery. Rashford is perhaps entitled to feel hard done by, having consistently impressed under Solskjaer after being one of the few who did not appear to down tools during Mourinho’s final weeks in charge. The free-kick Dubravka decisively spilled was not the first he struck with aplomb and his late goal means the 20-year-old now has five goals in his past seven appearances.Atsu lacks convictionAtsu displayed excellent movement and a sure touch as he made hay down the Manchester United right during the opening stages. However, teams such as Benitez’s meagrely resourced assortment have to thrive on half chances against high-class opponents. The Ghana international’s finishing was not up to the mark.Key Opta facts:4 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only the second manager in Manchester United history to win his first four league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby in 1946. Revival. #NEWMUN pic.twitter.com/Dt9XpCfGms— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019- Newcastle have lost eight of their 11 home Premier League games this season (W2 D1) – only in 2012-13 (9) have they lost more at St James’ Park in a single campaign in the competition.- Manchester United have won four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2018 (a run of 5).- Manchester United have won 68 of their 100 Premier League games in January – more than any other team has won in the month.- Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine matches in all competitions (5 goals, 5 assists).- Man Utd’s Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in 11 goals in 12 Premier League appearances versus Newcastle (7 goals, 4 assists).What’s next?Manchester United have the familiar FA Cup assignment at home to Reading on Saturday, while Newcastle host Blackburn Rovers in round three. read more
Twitter/PlayoffUnless Washington goes undefeated, the Pac-12 will be left out of the CFB Playoff.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said this week that he believes the Pac-12 will be an odd-man out come College Football Playoff time, unless No. 5 Washington (5-0) wins the remainder of its games and finishes undefeated.The College Football Playoff picture at this point looks like this:SEC champion (Alabama, probably)Big Ten champion (Ohio State or Michigan, probably)ACC champion (Clemson, probably)One of: Washington, Houston, Louisville, loser of Ohio State-Michigan, SEC runner-up.Here’s Washington’s remaining schedule:Sat, Oct 8@ Oregon7:30 PMSat, Oct 22vs Oregon StateTBDSat, Oct 29@ UtahTBDSat, Nov 5@ CaliforniaTBDSat, Nov 12vs USCTBDSat, Nov 19vs Arizona StateTBDFri, Nov 25@ Washington State3:30 PMThe Huskies will also have a Pac-12 Championship Game, which right now would be against Colorado.What’s your prediction for this year’s College Football Playoff?