Lovren reveals secret to Liverpool title challengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDejan Lovren has spoken about the keys to Liverpool showing such great form in this campaign.The Reds did reach the Champions League final last season, but they were well adrift in the league.They have put that right and are currently top of the table, six points ahead of Spurs and seven ahead of champions Manchester City.”We play every game like a final,” Lovren told Liverpool’s official website when asked about what has changed from last season.”It’s what we learned in previous seasons: it doesn’t mean anything if you win and then the next game you don’t do well.”So, we’ll forget this game and next concentrate on Arsenal. That’s what keeps us going.”We have big character in the squad. If you want to be at the top, you need to have the winning mentality and the calmness.”There are two tough games now: Arsenal and Man City. We need to keep this momentum.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
AC Milan name price for Newcastle target Laxaltby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United can have Diego Laxalt – provided they can fork over £10.7 million.Calciomercato believes that Milan are happy to sell the player, even though he only signed from Genoa six months ago.The 25-year-old left back has played just four games in Serie A from the start, coming off the bench nine times.Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is desperate to add an experienced defender, but even ten million seems like a sum that is out of their reach.The club is known for its limited transfer kitty, with owner Mike Ashley unable or unwilling to provide the manager with more financial backing. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
West Ham wing-back Michail Antonio: I’ve always been doubtedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham wing-back Michail Antonio says his career has been a constant battle.Antonio admits he’s always having to prove doubters wrong.”My best advice is to keep going, keep pushing until you reach your goal,” the 29-year-old told Sky Sports. “Even if you feel like you’ve reached your peak, you can always be better.”Once I’ve achieved something, I will always push myself to achieve something else. When I got into the reserves, I said I need to get into the first team. When I got into the first team, I wanted to get into the Championship and then I wanted to get into the Premier League.”It’s a constant battle, you’ve got to prove yourself to new players, new managers and the fans. I scored nine goals and had 11 assists in the Championship and was doing better than certain players in my position, but when I spoke to Premier League managers, they told me I was not consistent enough.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Last night on Garbage Time, Katie Nolan perfectly explained the gendered culture of sports: “There are sports fans, and then there are women.”For Nolan, and perhaps all female fans, the Texas A&M Chalk Talk scandal is the last straw in tolerance of sexism in sports fandom..@katienolan addresses the Texas A&M Chalk Talk scandal.https://t.co/QUPiOvoyty— Garbage Time (@GarbageTime) August 4, 2016Like any other of her segments, Nolan introduced and initially analyzed her subject with humor. The now infamously sexual and presentation slides are “Offensive, yes, but also…doesn’t make any sense.”Nolan isn’t one to let guilty parties off easily. Calling the now suspended offensive line coach Jim Turner and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks “Dumb” and “Dumber,” she laughed at them for attempting to turn the Aggie War Hymn into a more ‘relatable’ “Aggie War Her.”But even typically playful Nolan knew when to get serious. Her humor turned into a serious rant on sexism.Nolan expressed her – and women’s – frustration with the sports industry’s continual patronizing and sexualizing of women:I thought we were done with this tone-deaf trend of teams’ ‘events’ for women and making them a huge pandering mess. I thought we were done in 2013 when the Astros hosted a Ladies’ Night, when women could learn about baseball and enjoy complimentary beauty treatments. I thought we were done in 2015 when Ladies’ Night in Nationals’ Park featured a dance contest and [a “There’s no crying in baseball, but there’s plenty of wine”] promotional poster. And I thought for sure we were done this time last year when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers launched [the RED Women’s Movement].After all, what if the sports industry treated men like they do women?Her point, while painfully obviously to women, was delivered as such:“Here’s the thing…and I know it sounds crazy…Women can enjoy sports for the same reasons as men.”Her soapbox segment closed where it began. Indirectly referring to Texas A&M, Nolan said, “A smart team or university would make their fans both male and female.”Maybe Katie Nolan’s right. Men won’t really get the problem here because sports have always been the man’s domain.But taking extreme, deliberate efforts to include women in ways that are pointedly antiquated and based upon sexualized stereotypes? That’s something men created, too.How do you stop demeaning women in sports? You stop acting like fandom is categorized by gender.
Timothy Weah says “age is just a number”, with the United States international proving that he is capable of making an impact at 18 during a productive loan spell at Celtic from Paris Saint-Germain.The highly-rated forward completed a switch to Scotland during the January transfer window.He was allowed to head out of Ligue 1 champions PSG as they are eager to get regular game time into a player who faces fierce competition for places as part of a star-studded squad at Parc des Princes. 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? Weah has made an impressive start to life at Parkhead, with Brendan Rodgers using him as an impact substitute and being rewarded with three goals and assist – including one of each in a 2-0 victory over St Johnstone on Sunday.“Age is just a number and I’m really happy to be able to come in and influence the game,” Weah said in the Daily Record after his latest eye-catching showing.“But overall it was a team effort and it’s good to get that experience because going into other games you know what you have to do, it’s a learning experience.“I feel ready to come in from the start but I’m happy with whatever the coach decides and I’ll try to make use of my time whether it’s 10 or 15 minutes off the bench or a whole game. It doesn’t really matter to me – I just want to help the team.“It’s all about experience and coming into a late game where the game is tight and the other team is playing really well, you know the coach is expecting something from you.“At such a young age, it was great to have a game like that for my confidence. All credit to the team. We played 100 per cent for the whole game.“I am proud of the guys and I thank the coaching staff for having the confidence in me to put me on. I didn’t even realise that Odsonne [Edouard] had got injured.“But the manager called my name and Kolo [Toure] spoke to me before I went on. He said, ‘This is your opportunity, you are a young kid but go and make a difference’.“The gaffer then told me the same thing and that’s what I tried to do. It worked out that way and God helped me get the win. It was amazing.“I will play wherever the coach wants me to. If he wants me to play defensive mid or centre-back, I would do it. I am just here to provide for the team.“I have settled in really well because of the team-mates I have around me. There are no egos. I have gelled with the guys and the fans, and everyone has accepted me. The coaching staff tell me things I need to develop but it’s amazing to have this kind of support. I don’t know much about Celtic but I am getting there.“It’s just a great feeling to be accepted in this way by everyone. I have embraced the club, the atmosphere and I have a lot of love for the guys.“They are my brothers now and I am so happy to get the experience with such an amazing club. To be out there in every game with this group of players…I couldn’t ask for any more.”Weah is set to see out the 2018-19 campaign with Celtic and will be hoping to get his hands on major silverware in the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup before heading back to France.
Twitter/@OU_StoopsOklahoma is the latest college football team to take part in the mannequin challenge.The mannequin challenge is the new viral craze and Oklahoma football wanted to join in on the fun after its 45-24 win over Baylor on Saturday.Head coach Bob Stoops shared the video:Celebrating a Big W! #MannequinChallenge pic.twitter.com/nZqIlwyMAE— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) November 12, 2016It’s a very well done mannequin challenge. In tight quarters, the Sooners put together a nice set of poses.It’s really interesting to see at the very start of the video the wives, girlfriends and family members watching on from the doorway into the locker room. Oh, and let’s not forget the kids in the video as well.Oklahoma went with actually singing the chorus of ‘Black Beatles’, the song played in the background, which is a bit against the norm among other teams.It’s not Michigan’s, but it’s a solid entry to the world of the mannequin challenge, Sooners.
Jesus Gallardo is loving life with the Mexico national team. The Monterrey man was converted from winger to left back by Juan Carlos Osorio two years ago at the Gold Cup. At the same tournament two years later, the 24-year-old has World Cup experience as a left back under his belt, can comfortably play as a winger and as the left back and is putting up such good performances that a link in the Spanish press to Atletico Madrid didn’t seem at all absurd.He can thank Osorio for putting him in a position to add that versatility to his game. He can thank current Mexico manager Tata Martino for letting him show it off. 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? In Martino’s 4-3-3, the fullbacks often can be seen pushed level with the interior midfielders even as the central defenders are only starting to build the play. From there, they generally run up the line to allow the wingers to come inside and potentially create one-on-one situations against defenders or bring the fullbacks into the play. For that to happen, it’s critical for either the play to move quickly from defense to attack or for Mexico’s defensive midfielder to drop in and play the ball with the center backs to allow the fullbacks time to move up the field.With Gallardo on one side and Tigres right back Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez on the other, Martino has found a pair of defenders – both converted wingers – who are ideal for the system he wants his team to play.”Honestly, it’s really good. I think we have to get into the attack a lot, which is good for me,” Gallardo said. “I like to play as a winger and as a fullback and arrive from the back by surprise. We do the movements needed for the fullbacks to be free and be able to attack more easily.”Few opponents will be surprised to see Gallardo popping up in the attack at this point. In three of Martino’s matches coached so far a fullback has scored a goal, with Gallardo also setting up an assist for Rodolfo Pizarro in the friendly against Venezuela.For a spot so critical to Martino’s plans, there isn’t much depth at the position. While Fernando Navarro came into the lineup to replace Rodriguez and scored in Mexico’s 3-2 win over Martinique, Gallardo had to press on as the one player on the Gold Cup roster without any sort of obvious replacement.Still, each player seems to be thriving on the chances they’re getting and the opportunities not only to play for Martino but to do so in a scheme in which they’re so vital.”I feel really comfortable. I think all of us who are playing are enjoying it right now,” Rodriguez said. “Tata is a smart manager who knows how to get the potential out of every player and you’re seeing that on the field.”In Saturday’s quarterfinal a Costa Rica team that wants to attack at nearly every opportunity, the fullbacks could have a long day ahead of them. Even if Costa Rica’s wide attackers are able to hold back Gallardo and Rodriguez at times, the Liga MX rivals will need to work to get up the field and into the attack too.Their fitness may be tested, with transitions key. Both Canada and Martinique have looked to punish Mexico’s fullbacks for leaving space behind when they’re pushed up the field and El Tri lose possession.It’s a match that will push Gallardo and Rodriguez physically, but don’t expect either to complain afterward. If Mexico gets the win, they’ll move on to the semifinals and they’ll be ready for another match in which they get to come forward as often as they like and put their attacking instincts from previous lives to use. Life is good.
Barcelona have confirmed record revenues of €990 million during the 2018-19 campaign, though the club’s profits fell from 2018.Ernesto Valverde’s side retained their La Liga title last term, though the season ended in disappointing fashion with a Copa del Rey final loss to Valencia following a disastrous defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.Off the pitch Barca – who last year stated an intention to make €1bn in revenues by 2021 – are in a strong position, having far surpassed last season’s then-record total of €914m. 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? However, operating profit stands at €17m, down from last season’s €32m, while the club’s net profit for 2018-19 was €4.5m, also down from the €13m announced for 2017-18.The club have already made major moves in the transfer market during the close season, with Frenkie de Jong – who was signed in January for an initial €75m – officially joining from Ajax, before Antoine Griezmann moved from Atletico Madrid for €120m.Griezmann’s move has caused controversy, though, with Atleti demanding a further €80m from Barca, while the is deal reportedly under investigation by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.Reports of a sensational move for Neymar continue rumble on, with speculation rife Barca will bid to bring the Brazil star back to Camp Nou two years after he left for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222m deal.But any deal for Neymar could be hampered by PSG’s demands of €222m-plus from Barcelona if they want to sign the Brazil star.Wtih Barca making just a €4.5m profit last season, it is unclear if they will be able to raise the funds needed to land their former player. The Blaugrana are, however, expected to sign Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo before the season begins. Barcelona will continue their pre-season preperations on Saturday when they take on Vissel Kobe, who feature former Barca players David Villa, Sergi Samper and Andres Iniesta. Meanwhile, despite his desire to leave the club, Neymar has been included on PSG’s pre-season tour of China.After the injury problems that kept him out of Brazil’s Copa America win over the summer, it is unclear whether Neymar will feature in the Ligue 1 champions’ upcoming games.
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)College football fans from across the country will flood stadiums and fill couches during the 2018 season, but there will be something missing this year for the Georgia Tech faithful.Longtime Georgia Tech fan Alae Risse Leitch passed away earlier this week at the age of 104, according to the Atlanta Courier-Journal.The Georgia Tech Football Twitter account posted the following message in remembrance of their longtime fan.Check it out.We mourn the passing of Alae Risse Leitch, a great #GaTech fan who cheered on @GeorgiaTechFB since the early 1920s #RIP https://t.co/5EyGM0a4ED— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) May 25, 2018Leitch was perhaps the oldest college football fan in the country, but that didn’t stop her from attending games.She was honored at the Pitt game in 2016.Alae Risse Leitch is celebrating her 104th birthday today. She’s been coming to Georgia Tech football games since 1920. #TogetherWeSwarm pic.twitter.com/jSdvNBPwJQ— Georgia Tech (@GeorgiaTech) September 23, 2017Our thoughts are with the Leitch family and Georgia Tech community.[AJC]
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is sticking to his new opinion on what will happen to Urban Meyer, which is a 180-degree turn from what he originally said would happen to the Ohio State head coach.After Meyer was put on administrative leave, Finebaum came out and said he thought Ohio State would have to get rid of him. Meyer is currently being investigated for his handling of the domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith.However, this week Finebaum has changed his tune. In a radio appearance Monday, Finebaum said he thinks Meyer survives.He echoed that sentiment this morning on the Dan Patrick Show, when Patrick asked if he thought Meyer was in the clear.“I think he’s pretty close,” Finebaum said. “Again, we’re all speculating. I think most of us who have given opinions on this have pretty much hit every corner of the square. It looked like he was gone early. It doesn’t look like he is now. And I say that having watched college football and understanding the cynical nature of it. I’m trying to get a good measure of that fan base, who doesn’t seem to have any desire to get to the truth here or believe the other side.”Finebaum’s shift seems to reflect the adjustment many pundits have made regarding Meyer. The longer this drags out, the better it seems to be for him.Ohio State announced on August 5 that the investigation would be concluded in two weeks. The deadline for that time frame is this coming Sunday.We should know some answers soon.