About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes they face an in-form Real Madrid today.In typical Cholo fashion, the Argentine shunned questions about either off-field or non-footballing matters.”I think that Real Madrid have very good players and when they take advantage of the spaces they are tough to defend against,” he responded, despite the question being on what he thought of Barcelona’s 300-euro fine for approaching Antoine Griezmann before his transfer to the club.”Bale is growing, Benzema is in fine form and Hazard has great qualities,” he added, independently of the initial question.Asked who were favourites, Simeone felt that there was very little in it, though he did note Madrid’s recent improvement.”These types of matches are tight and are defined by details which sway the game to one side or another.”Real Madrid improved a lot in Seville, and continued in that way against Osasuna even when they made changes. I imagine they will continue on that path,” he stated.
Wales coach Ryan Giggs: Man Utd must keep buyingby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWales coach Ryan Giggs says Manchester United need FIVE new players to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s under-fire side have won just five of their last 22 matches, and are winless in ten away games, ahead of today’s crunch Prem clash at Newcastle.Giggs told The Sun: “I see what Ole is doing and I support that. He’s brought in three players but he probably needs seven or eight.”So he needs another four or five. But you can’t do that over one transfer window, so you have to be patient because it will be slow.“What he is trying to do was much needed. He needs time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ferguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’by Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Arsene Wenger “an absolute legend” as the former Arsenal boss enjoyed a special night in his honour.On Monday night, Wenger was named a ‘Legend of Football’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Addressing his old adversary via video, Ferguson said: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”Ferguson himself has been a past recipient of the ‘Legends of Football’ award, which has been handed out since 1996.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThiago Motta has confirmed he’s taking charge of Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team.TMW caught up with Motta as he arrived in the Ligurian capital and told its correspondent he was “ready to get going”.
IG/espnmicheleEven with the Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, and plenty of early season baseball action, the marquee sporting event of the weekend is the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which will take place tonight around 11:30 p.m. One of college football’s recent superstars, Florida great Tim Tebow, is in Las Vegas for the bout, and spent time at Pacquiao camp during training this week.Pacquiao and Tebow first met in March, and BehindTheGloves.com caught up with the two stars, who have a lot in common, including their strong faith, and connections to the Phillipines. Pacquiao is a national hero in his home country, and Tebow was born in the city of Makati and spent five years living in the country.Much of the sports world appears to be split over tonight’s fight, but it seems like Tebow is all in on Pacquiao.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Big 12 was the only major conference without a playoff participant last year, but in 2015, it certainly looks like history will not repeat itself. The league currently has three undefeated teams – Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State – and a fourth, Oklahoma, with just one loss. Furthermore, as you’ll see below, the conference now has the three top spots in ESPN’s FPI. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3. Ohio State is the highest-ranked non-Big 12 school, at No. 4. Oklahoma State is No. 14.Here’s a reminder of what the FPI measures.The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.Alabama is currently the top-ranked SEC squad. USC, at 5-3, is the highest Pac-12 team, at No. 5. Clemson, the ACC’s top dog, is No. 7.What do you think, college football fans? How accurate is this tool?
Up to this point, conference realignment has largely been about the expansion of the leagues’ footprints and adding games available to sell to broadcast partners. Even with possible movement in the Big 12, most believe that there will be around 64-68 schools divided up between four or five power conferences at the end of the day, with the rest of the FBS on the outside looking in.FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel thinks things will take an even more drastic change, with the sport’s upper crust eventually setting itself apart in an even more meaningful way. This morning, he published a post, framing what he believes the college football world will look like in 10 years. Rather than the four or five power conferences that we are now accustomed to, Mandel sees the top 24 schools in the sport joining together to create their own four-division “conference” that will eventually decide the four teams that make up the College Football Playoff. Rather than further expansion, he expects a “consolidation of power” in the sport.What will college football realignment look like in 10 years? Think consolidation, not expansion. Story: https://t.co/ErD34sFUVD— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 16, 2016 Here is how Mandel lays things out: His explanation: with the ongoing shift in how people consume television and live events, maximizing the number of big-name matchups to draw the biggest audiences every week will be the new goal of the sport.Whereas the last round of realignment was driven by inventory — bundle together as many schools from as many markets as possible to command the highest possible subscriber fees — the next round will be more about content. Put on the biggest possible games to garner the largest possible audience because the viewers themselves will become the buyers rather than Comcast or Time Warner.This is certainly different than what we usually see in college football realignment projection columns, and there is plenty of logic behind a lot of this. Whether these schools would actually ditch the majority of their leagues to make this happen is a huge question, but it is definitely not outside the realm of possibility.[FOX Sports]
Napoli have shown support for Kalidou Koulibaly by wearing masks during Saturday’s clash with Bologna after he was subjected to discriminatory abuse.The 27-year-old, born in France to Senegalese parents, was allegedly subjected to monkey chants throughout his side’s 1-0 loss to Inter in midweek.Koulibaly was sent off in the game, as he was first booked for a foul and then given a second yellow card for sarcastically applauding the referee. 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? His manager, Carlo Ancelotti, defended his centre-back afterwards, however, insisting that the club asked for the game to be suspended three times due to the abuse aimed at Koulibaly, leading to announcements over the PA system.Inter will now play two home league games behind closed doors as punishment , though they have yet to decide whether to launch an appeal.The Italian also made it clear that he would have no hesitation in telling his team to abandon a match if it were to happen again. Non importa il colore della pelle.Non importa la religione.Non importa per quale squadra fai il tifo. Il calcio, come tutti gli sport, é un gioco. E tutti i giochi sono passione, divertimento, libertà: e nella libertà siamo tutti uguali!Domani saremo tutti Koulibaly! pic.twitter.com/qrZrNZ9Ypn — ghoulam faouzi (@GhoulamFaouzi) December 28, 2018 “Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us lose the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it,” he said.And fans have now shown their solidarity with Koulibaly, with a supporters group handing out masks with Koulibaly’s face on, as well as t-shirts bearing his name.Posters with the message’ siamo tutti Koulibaly’ – which tranlates to ‘we are all Koulibaly’ – were also visible at the Stadio San Paolo.Koulibaly’s team-mate Faouzi Ghoulam showed his support through Twitter prior to the game, posting a picture of himself wearing the mask, along with the message: “It does not matter the colour of skin. It does not matter religion. It does not matter which team you cheer for.”Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion. Fun, freedom and in freedom we are all the same. Tomorrow we will all be Koulibaly!”Supporters previously donned Koulibaly masks in 2016 after Lazio fans subjected the defender to racial abuse. The chants led to the game being stopped for three minutes in the second half.
Twitter/@11WJoe Mixon exploded for a huge touchdown, but the Oklahoma player drops ball before scoring on a 97-yard kickoff return. The refs missed what should have been a touchback.Just moments after Ohio State scored on a 68-yard pick-six by Jerome Baker, running back Joe Mixon broke the ensuing kickoff for a 97-yard return touchdown. There aren’t many players that can leave an entire Buckeye roster in the dust. Mixon is one of them.#Sooners with a quick response on the kickoff! @Joe_MainMixon 97 yard return. 14-7 #Buckeyes #OUvsOSU @RedditCFB pic.twitter.com/sPSpnxXfrx— Tyler Birschbach (@tylerbirsch) September 18, 2016A closer look, however, reveals that Mixon actually dropped the football before crossing the goal line.Unbelievable missed call here, Joe Mixon dropped the ball before he got into the end zone https://t.co/GPvJ1vUCON— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 18, 2016Yeah, maybe that wasn’t a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/DcY85eAlo1— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 18, 2016As we’ve seen multiple times already this season, most notably Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud last week, that should be a touchback. Of course, the refs didn’t catch it, and the huge touchdown stands. This is a huge response to Baker’s pick-six, which set off a litany of “basic defense” taunts in the direction back-up Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall. The freshman said that the Buckeyes’ unit was “basic,” and that Mayfield would “light them up” in the game.So far, J.T. Barrett has had the better of Mayfield. The Sooners signal caller is 4-of-10 for 56 yards and the pick, while Barrett is 3-of-6 for 16 yards and a nice fade throw to Noah Brown for a score. He also has 34 yards on the ground.Oklahoma is in the game, but is very lucky to be, because Mixon’s touchdown could have easily been overturned. College football players. Please. Stop dropping the ball before the goal line. There is literally no excuse for this.
Steph Houghton missed a controversial late penalty as holders the United States beat England 2-1 to reach a third successive Women’s World Cup final, despite missing inspirational co-captain Megan Rapinoe.The Lionesses had the opportunity to at least force extra-time with an 84th-minute spot-kick, but Houghton’s poor effort was saved and Millie Bright saw red late on as USA held on to ensure their title defence goes to the final stage.Rapinoe’s absence, said to be due to a hamstring issue, provided a pre-match shock, but Christen Press made a swift impact as her replacement when heading in the opener, before Ellen White’s equaliser was cancelled out by Morgan nodding in just past the half-hour mark on her birthday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare England produced a good response in the second half and White had a second goal ruled out for straying marginally offside, before Alyssa Naeher easily saved Houghton’s penalty and a frustrated Bright earned a second booking, providing a disappointing end for Phil Neville’s side.4 – England have taken more penalties (4) and missed more penalties (3) than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Pressure. #FIFAWWC #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/QJEVqXXxvW — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 2, 2019 A breathless start resulted in USA opening the scoring early, with Press meeting Kelley O’Hara’s deep cross with a fine header into the top-left corner.But England – who had looked overwhelmed – levelled nine minutes later, White expertly guiding Beth Mead’s left-wing cross into the top-right corner with a first-time effort.Morgan ensured USA went into the break ahead, however, racing on to Lindsey Horan’s lofted pass and glancing a header beyond Carly Telford, before appearing to mock England in her celebration, as she pretended to sip from a cup of tea.The Lionesses improved after the break and thought they had the equaliser 23 minutes from time as White converted after Jill Scott’s gorgeous flicked pass, but a VAR review deemed the striker to have been just offside.Another VAR referral nine minutes from time gave England a penalty after Becky Sauerbrunn was deemed to have fouled White with the goal at her mercy, but Houghton’s feeble effort, taken a full three minutes later, was easily saved.Bright then showed her annoyance with a strong tackle on Morgan that earned her a second yellow card, and USA subsequently finished the job. KEY OPTA FACTS- USA have won their past 11 matches at the Women’s World Cup, the best winning streak in the tournament’s history.- USA are the first side in Women’s World Cup history to reach the final in three successive editions, making their record fifth appearance in total.- England have taken (four) and missed (three) more penalties than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.- White is the first English player in history to score in five consecutive World Cup appearances.- White has scored six goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. No English player has scored more goals than her in a single World Cup tournament (Harry Kane – six in 2018 and Gary Lineker – six in 1986). read more