Tottenham manager Pochettino: We’re not among Champions League favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t regard themselves among the Champions League favourites this season.Pochettino guided Spurs on a memorable run to the final of last season’s competition, where they fell just short against Liverpool.”No one today will give us a chance to be one of the contenders to be in the final in Istanbul but that is normal,” he said. “That makes it very exciting.”We know to repeat the same campaign we need to play in our best. It is so early to talk about the final but most important is to show our quality, our squad quality and do our best.”I don’t care if people think if we are contenders or not because we went to the final and have a possibility to fight for this title.”I don’t care. I am focused on starting this Champions League in a good way.”Spurs are preparing to begin this season’s campaign, with a Group B opener at Olympiacos tonight. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Mason Greenwood new record holderby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Mason Greenwood is a new record holder.Greenwood is now a United record-holder. In scoring against Astana, the attacker became United’s youngster-ever goalscorer in Europe. Marcus Rashford had previously set the record – when also playing in the Europa League, in 2016 – but it’s an accolade that now belongs to Greenwood, aged 17 years, 11 months and 353 days.As well as netting his first goal for the Reds, Greenwood was also selected as the Man of the Match.
Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay: West Ham defeat sickeningby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay says Sunday’s loss to West Ham United was sickening.The Hammers easily dispatched United 2-0 at London Stadium.”It’s sickening when you come in and that’s the result,” he told MUTV. “It’s so tough to take and it’s difficult for all our fans as well who were unbelievable all game. Unfortunately we didn’t send them back with three points.”McTominay added that injuries to a number of players, including Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, was not an excuse for the loss.”It’s no excuse,” he said. “We have quality all over the squad and obviously some of the main players who play every week are injured, but so be it.”It’s a chance for young players to come in and make their mark and in the future we have to look to them and hopefully they can get some more game time because we need them. It’s not a time to drop your head.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsEnglish ChampionshipFootball League OneAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Football League clubs reject “compassionate re-entry” of Buryby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveA proposal for Bury to be readmitted to League Two next season was rejected by the English Football League’s 71 member clubs at a meeting on Thursday, reports BBC Sport.Bury, who were in League One, were expelled from the EFL in August after a last-ditch takeover bid collapsed.Earlier this week, a group trying to rescue Bury submitted a plan for “compassionate re-entry” to League Two.However, an EFL statement said “it became clear that the proposal did not have the necessary support”.It added that EFL clubs’ “preferred direction of travel” was “extending the existing principle of a reduction in relegation across all divisions as a means of returning to 72 clubs now and for the future”.It means only one team will go down from League Two this campaign, rather than two, while three clubs will go down from League One.Bury will now have to apply to the Football Association for a place in non-league football.
Heskey: Aubameyang can fire Arsenal into top fourby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool striker Emile Heskey believes Arsenal can finish in the top four.The north London side finished in the top four in 20 straight seasons under Arsene Wenger but have completed the campaign in fifth, sixth and fifth in the last three years.”Arsenal have quietly gone about their business this season and should definitely be confident of a top four finish,” Heskey told bwin.”They’re picking up results and have some excellent young players coming through the ranks.”Heskey has pointed to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as one of the main reasons behind his confidence in Arsenal this year.”Aubameyang’s really sunk his feet in to the league and looks like he could score every game,” Heskey said.”He’s a defender’s nightmare, because he only needs one chance. It plays on a defender’s mind a lot more when you know that one slip and the guy you’re marking is going to punish you.”He’s hungry for goals and can make something out of nothing, he was an outstanding buy from the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leicester boss Rodgers hits back at Maddison critics: Pure lies!by Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has defended James Maddison for playing poker after leaving the England camp with illness.Maddison was spotted on Friday evening in a casino during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in the Czech Republic on Friday after illness ruled him out of the match.But Rodgers says Maddison has been portrayed in an unfair and false light by the press.”It was a difficult period for him, there is no doubt, because obviously what was portrayed in an article in the press was wasn’t quite how it was, which is not a big surprise,” Rodgers told a news conference.”The kid went away with the international team, he took ill whilst he was away. He wanted to stay, and hopefully be ready for the second game, but the England medical staff – and you can understand it, he’s got flu – they don’t want it to spread his team-mates. They decide that it’s best for him to to to leave the camp.”So he leaves. He gets some tablets with our guys here at the club. He feels better. He watches the game at home on his own on the Friday.”And he then goes out at half-time. Probably he’ll make better decisions in his life, but he went to a casino on his own, to sit and watch the second half by a poker table.”Now the suggestions are he left England purposely and then goes to casino – it’s totally not the case at all”But his eyes have been opened to the wider world now in terms of what he did. He knows in hindsight that he’s made a mistake.”But I want to reiterate, because this is a player I have seen (of) in the last few months various stories around his arrogance, around his mentality. They’re totally false.”I’m not sure where the stories are coming from, but it’s not what this boy’s about. He’s a very talented player, he has a belief in his ability. He is a wonderful personality on the field and he’s actually a really, really good boy off it.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: The type of striker Man Utd will buyby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will seek to buy a mobile striker in January.Neville reckons Solskjaer will target a “striker like Roberto Firmino or Son Heung-min” in the New Year.He told Sky Sports: “I look at Firmino when he first came to England, I look at [Mohamed] Salah when he was first at Chelsea, I look at [Sadio] Mane. Sometimes players have to develop into what they are going to become.”I think United want a striker like Firmino, like Son at Tottenham . I think [Solskjaer] wants that type of player.”I don’t think he wants a typical striker who is basically going to be a Lukaku or a Costa.”I don’t think he’s looking for that type. I think he’s looking for a more mobile type in a front three or a front two.”I think this club has always had strikers who can play in pairs, who contribute off the ball.”I’ll make a point about Ruud van Nistelrooy. We won less championships with him at centre-forward than when we brought Louis Saha in to partner Wayne Rooney.”He was nowhere near as good a finisher as Ruud or as good a striker as Ruud, but the team became better. “And that’s my point, I don’t think Ole wants a striker like that; I think he wants a mobile striker.”
Twitter/AppleApple CEO Tim Cook, a noted sports fan, did his undergrad at Auburn before getting his business degree at Duke six years later. As such, he’s a big supporter of both Tigers football and Blue Devils basketball. Monday, during his company’s unveiling of the brand new Apple Watch, Cook apparently decided to take a little jab at Duke’s biggest competitor. Cook, when showing how an ESPN score would look on the watch, decided to use the result of this past Saturday’s game between the two as the example. When a few Blue Devils fans in the crowd cheered, he mentioned that he, too, supports the team. Enjoy, Dukies:
Mark May ClownFormer Ohio State graduate assistant Anthony Schlegel made headlines last September when he body-slammed an OSU student who had rushed onto the field during the Buckeyes’ game against Cincinnati. The image of Schlegel throwing the student to the turf went viral in no time, and the former Ohio State linebacker decided to incorporate it into his Twitter profile picture. With a humorous edit, of course.Schlegel’s Twitter Avi features former ESPN analyst Mark Mary photoshopped as the streaking student getting taken down. It’s no secret that OSU fans don’t like May, who will not be brought back as part of ESPN’s “College Football Final.”Even though Schlegel, a former OSU linebacker, doesn’t play or coach at his alma mater anymore, his Buckeye spirit obviously remains intact.
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Amari Cooper #89 of the Oakland Raiders makes the 87 yard catch for a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is going to be a force in the NFL, so if you play in a fantasy football keeper league, you might want to consider drafting him early. Case in point? Watch him torch former LSU star Patrick Peterson, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, for a 37-yard gain in the Oakland Raiders’ preseason contest against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night.I’m fairly confident that Amari Cooper is going to quite a good pro. That’s Patrick Peterson he does this to. https://t.co/XsRu4nppSE— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) August 31, 2015.@AmariCooper9 just lined up against one of the best CBs in the NFL. And put him on skates. #ACDC #AZvsOAK http://t.co/vTFJZ049aA— NFL (@NFL) August 31, 2015Cooper put together a ridiculously impressive career at Alabama, and many believe he’ll eventually be one of the best at the pro level. This certainly won’t dispel that.