About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ace Pogba breaks silence on Mourinho axe: I know you want answers…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba spoke of Jose Mourinho’s dismissal after being named man-of-the-match for victory at Cardiff City.Pogba spoke for the first time following the departure of Mourinho with the pair not enjoying a good relationship.He said: “I know you’re waiting for something about Jose, or about the result today.“Obviously, we’re really happy about the result. We played well. The performance of the team was great. And I know what you want to ask…“With Jose, we won trophies. We worked. I want to thank him for that.”Pogba, who claimed two assists in the rout, continued: “Not everything went well but things went well. We won trophies. He made me improve. As a person as well.“That’s it. That’s the past. I want to thank him for that. I’m sure all the players do.“Now we’re looking at the next game, for the points we need. We want to go back to the top of the league.“The performance was great. We are happy as well for the first game with the new manager to start like this. And the most important thing is to carry on like that.“We cannot play like this with five goals and in the next game lose. That’s it.”
Liverpool boss Klopp: We’re now at same level as Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes they’re now at the same level as Manchester City.Despite defeat at City last week, Klopp was delighted with what he saw.”From my point of view we were never on a level with City since I came in,” said the German.”We won games against them, especially since Pep, but in these games City were better.”We only scored more goals, but the possession was at least 60:40 for them in all the games but we won them. Now it was 50:50.”We had our moments (on Thursday) and caused them completely different problems to the games before.”Last year the Champions League (quarter-final) game at home when we won 3-0 it was a brilliant game but we were under pressure in a lot of moments.”I don’t know if we had more than four shots on target but we were quite clinical that day.”That’s how you have to play against City, in the moment when you get the ball you have to make the best of it.”This game was different and that is an important step for us. It is very important we see it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Munir agent hits out at Barcelona over broken promisesby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Munir El Haddadi says Barcelona have failed to keep promises.The striker’s deal expires in June.”Before the game against Celta Vigo, Munir got a surprise from his coach,” Valdivieso told beIN Sports.”Having told the board that he might not renew, the coach then explained to him that he has to accommodate other players, even some from the academy, in the rotation.”That week he also told him that he will not be included in a squad list until he decides to renew.”Munir sees that so many promises on the part of the sporting department, and even from the coach, have not materialised on the pitch.”He sees that he is a player they don’t take into account.”He is committed and knows that he has a contract with the club until June, one that he has to respect.”There is no agreement [with any team], but there are many teams interested in him.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: No disaster if I don’t win Champions League hereby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists it’ll be no “disaster” if he fails to bring the Champions League trophy to the club.Guardiola has so far failed to deliver the trophy at City, despite winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup. Asked if European success was the next step for City, having dominated English football for the past two seasons, Guardiola said: “Yeah, definitely, but sometimes it cannot be possible.”Sometimes you take a few years and sometimes you take one year. Barcelona is my club in my heart and 1992 was the first one [European Cup] and Barcelona was born a long time ago.”The important games, the decisions, many games, the influence. But I’m sorry, I’m not going to live the next 10 months thinking if I don’t win the Champions League it would be a disaster, because my life is quite good.”
LEXINGTON, KY – MARCH 07: Ashley Judd watches the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 67-50 to finish the regular 31-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Tonight, the undefeated top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats take on fifth-seeded West Virginia in the Sweet 16. The winner advances to the Midwest Regional final to play either Notre Dame or Wichita State. Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd is as excited for this game as you would expect she’d be. So excited that she recorded a video dedicated to her favorite team as soon as she woke up. Needless to say, she’s supremely confident in UK’s ability to move to 37-0 tonight. According to Judd’s scouting report, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein will be too much for the Mountaineers, and WVU’s pressure defense will be neutralized by the play of ‘Cats point guard Aaron Harrison. //I woke up with this on my mind: Sweet 16! Here are my eyes just opened I am supposed to be trading spiritual texts and…Posted by Ashley Judd on Thursday, March 26, 2015Her acting career has been her calling card but Judd might have a future as a basketball analyst.
Twitter/LindseyFour-star wide receiver recruit Tyjon Lindsey, one of the top prizes for the 2017 class, announced Monday afternoon on Twitter that he’s narrowed his decision down to 10 schools. He’s also informed fans of when he’ll be making his final decision.Lindsey, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound player from Corona, California, says he’ll make his decision on August 22nd. His final 10 schools, in no order, are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee and USC. His list varies slightly from the one he dropped back in late March – Georgia is in, Texas A&M is out.T H E D A Y . ® Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, & USC. pic.twitter.com/eDzViedLdQ— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) August 1, 2016Lindsey is thought to be an Ohio State lean, given his flirtation with the program on social media the past few months.Lindsey is ranked as the seventh-best player in California, per 247 Sports. He currently has 24 offers outstanding.
For many, conceding nine goals in a game would be an experience to forget, but for Burton Albion goalkeeper Bradley Collins, the 9-0 mauling by Manchester City was an evening to remember.Collins, who is on loan at Burton from Chelsea, was given a devastating insight into what is required to reach the top level as City ran riot in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago.Pep Guardiola showed respect to League One side Burton by fielding a team containing Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane as he secured his joint-biggest win as a manager. 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Having knocked out Premier League outfit Burnley, as well as Championship clubs Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, on their way to meeting City in the last four, Burton were given no chance to cause another upset.Collins, who is one of 40 Chelsea players out on loan, had only extended his deal at Burton seven days before the City game after establishing himself successfully as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper.The 21-year-old was seen talking to former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola after the match and insists that, despite the scoreline, it was a day to remember.”He said; ‘tough night?’ I simply said ‘yes’. Then he proceeded to say what an incredible achievement it was for us to get to the semi-final,” Collins told Goal, as he revealed Guardiola’s kind words upon a heavy defeat. “He said that we were a credit to ourselves and he said the same to the staff.”It was nice to have that from him. He could have just enjoyed the goals for himself but no, he had time for us, which was brilliant, when a manager of that stature has respect for us.”I was thinking ‘wow’ on the final whistle. That’s the first time in a game situation that I have played against a team who are that good. It just shows the level from here to there. It is incredible, it is really frightening. I really enjoyed it but I was drained at the same time.”We deserved to be where we were and beat some top teams along the way to the semis, so I think it has been a great run. For me, personally, I wanted them to show us respect and pick their best players. No disrespect to any of their other players, but that’s what they did.”The front three [Sane, Jesus and Mahrez] and midfield three [De Bruyne, Silva and Gundogan] they put out were all amazing players and that’s what we wanted to test ourselves.“We are just afraid on the night that we didn’t get anywhere near them. I think if you look at the results this season, the amount of times they have scored five or more goals at home is ridiculous. I know we could maybe have kept the number of goals down on a different night.”At the end of the day, you have just got to give them credit. They are an impressive team. It was a tough night but one I still enjoyed. I am proud of the boys for getting there.”I think the second leg is all about pride. Having that bit between your teeth, have pride for yourselves, family, the club and our fans. Who knows when Burton will next be in the semi-final of such a competition? No one knows, we just have to do the club proud.”Burton manager Nigel Clough came out after the game absolving his 21-year-old goalkeeper of any blame, as his side became just the latest in a long line of teams to suffer a heavy defeat to the Premier League champions.”Compared to last season, when I was in League Two, there’s a lot more quality,” he added. “I feel like last year, at Forest Green, prepared me for this year. It was a major, major learning curve last season. Forest Green came up from the National League to League Two. It was my first loan as a youngster.”For me, it was very tough. I feel like a made a lot of mistakes last year but I feel like I have learned from it and taken it into this year. Now, I feel more comfortable. I feel like I know what I am doing a bit more around men’s players, coaches and the fans.”You don’t get any of that in academy football. It is tough when you get fans shouting at you. It shouldn’t matter but it does. People working in football lose out on money, mortgages, it is nothing to mess around with. You notice that as soon as you go out on loan.”When I first went into Forest Green, the keeper who was already there at the time was a fan favourite. I came in there and straight away it was backs against the wall. I didn’t start the season well. Ever since then, there was a certain few people who were on my back and it was my first loan.”Then, after Christmas, I feel like I just changed it around. I went for it and it seemed to all come together and we survived relegation. The fans got behind me and it was great in the end. I came out of academy football playing 20 games, then I went into men’s football and played 47 games.”It is a big year for Collins, whose deal at Burton expires at the same time as his current Chelsea contract. Like many from the world-class academy at Cobham Training Centre in Surrey, Collins has won a host of trophies.Two UEFA Youth Leagues, an FA Youth Cup and an Under 21s Premier League champion’s medal. He has since racked up more than 1,500 minutes in goal this season, conceding on average just a goal in every game, as he aims to carve his own path.Collins wasn’t discouraged after being discarded by Portsmouth’s youth team as a youngster and not being signed when he trained with Southampton, as he looked to play in goal mainly for fun.It is an attitude that he carries with him today, but he is thankful that he got to watch Petr Cech closer than anyone behind closed doors, with the former Chelsea goalkeeper set to retire from football at the end of the season.”I think at that age, everyone just wants to play football,” said Collins. “I don’t think you think too much into it. I didn’t think about becoming a footballer or like I want to play football in this academy or that academy. I just played football because I enjoyed it.“That was important, to keep the enjoyment there. I trained with Southampton for three or four weeks. I was just training and happy. I didn’t think about anything else. When Chelsea came in, it was a case of I have to take the opportunity. It was almost like a gut feeling.”I am not one of those people who was desperately trying to get into an academy, I got the offer and it is a club of huge stature so why would you turn that down? It worked out alright!”Being at Chelsea, my role model was always Petr Cech. You go to a Chelsea game when I joined and you watched Petr Cech. I didn’t look at him as a keeper and try to copy him. I had Petr Cech around and I wanted to learn from him and I am lucky that he is a really nice guy as well.”From Jamal Blackman, to Nathan Baxter, to Matej Delac; Collins’ words are echoed by every goalkeeper to come through Chelsea’s academy who appreciated the time Cech spent talking them through their game and that respect for the Czech isn’t forgotten.Meanwhile, where next for Collins in his career as a Chelsea loanee? He is thinking only of a push to get Burton into the play-offs and hopefully back into the Championship.”Burton went down from the Championship last season, so we have a very, very good squad here. We haven’t quite found the missing piece of the jigsaw, but we are struggling to see out our games. I feel like now we are starting to find it and I hope to find it soon.”The league is still the most important and always is. It is nice to be in the semi-final and get there but we want to push for the play-offs in the league.”Perhaps ignoring the pressure and looking to enjoy every minute is what will keep Collins robust enough for a long career in professional football.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks out of the tunnel with his players during warm ups prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)In the last few years, Georgia has emerged as an SEC powerhouse, and looks to rival Alabama in the coming years. And much like the Crimson Tide, we can expect to see plenty of Bulldogs making their way to the NFL next year.One player specifically, Georgia CB Deandre Baker, could be poised to fill some very big shoes.According to NFL analyst Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report, Baker would be an ideal fit with the Seattle Seahawks.Injuries and free agency have devastated the Legion of Boom secondary in Seattle. Specifically, CB Richard Sherman, one of the best CBs in the NFL, signed with the San Francisco 49ers, leaving Seattle rather thin at the CB position.? Giants: Oregon QB Justin Herbert ? Raiders: Ohio State DE Nick BosaOne NFL draft prospect who should be on each team’s mind https://t.co/aGxJa6pKzq pic.twitter.com/9nhuyAgt0z— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) November 2, 2018Moton explained that Baker, though not the consensus best CB in the draft, has the ideal traits to replace Sherman due to his ball-hawking skills.Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker may enter the 2019 draft as the second-best option behind Greedy Williams. He had at least two interceptions and five pass breakups in each of the last three seasons.At 5’11” and 185 pounds, Baker doesn’t have Sherman’s length, but opposing quarterbacks will think twice about throwing in his direction because of his ball-tracking skills. The senior cornerback is also a reliable tackler, which is important in limiting yards after the catch.He’s going to become a building block in the secondary for whichever team drafts him in April.Baker, a senior, has seven interceptions, a fumble recovery, and over 100 tackles in his college football career.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators took the field this afternoon in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta. It’s a rematch of the 2017 season-opener in which the Wolverines won 33-17.Michigan opened the game with what looked to be a long touchdown run, but that call was overturned and the Wolverines failed to gain a first down. Since then, it’s been a defensive battle for two of the best defensive units in the nation.During the game, a familiar face popped up on the Michigan sideline.Former Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego was spotted on the Wolverines sideline. He’s working with Jim Harbaugh’s staff today.John Bonamego is on Michigan’s sideline, working with Jim Harbaugh’s staff today. pic.twitter.com/c3EaGP366B— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) December 29, 2018Bonamego was a longtime NFL special teams coordinator before landing the head coaching job at Central Michigan. He was fired by the Chippewas after leading the team to its worst season in program history – a 1-11 campaign.Now he’s hoping to help out the Wolverines head into 2019 with a win.
CORAL GABLES, FL – DECEMBER 04: New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the ‘U’ sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)The college football coaching carousel got a little crazier on Sunday when Miami head coach Mark Richt announced he would be stepping down.Though as surprised as many fans were, it would appear that Miami athletic director Blake James was equally shocked.According to Yahoo! Sports writer Pete Thamel, James said he is “in shock” by Richt’s decision to leave the school.Richt’s Hurricanes went 7-5 in the regular season before getting blown out by Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. Miami lost the game 35-3, one of their worst bowl defeats ever.Just spoke to Miami AD Blake James. He said he’s “in shock” over Mark Richt’s decision to step down at Miami.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 30, 2018In three years at Miami, Richt went 26-13, making three bowl games and winning the ACC Coastal division title in 2017. The Hurricanes ultimately lost the ACC Championship game to Clemson that year.The 2018 season proved to be a trying year for Miami, and their seven wins were the second-fewest of Richt’s head coaching career.Prior to his three-year stint with Miami, Richt served 15 seasons as head coach of Georgia, winning two SEC titles during his time there.Miami will be holding a press conference this afternoon to address the news.