first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard: Arrogant to claim I’ll succeed Klopp at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard has dismissed claims he is guaranteed to succeed Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager.The former Reds captain has been able to revive Rangers in his first season in charge.And he says: “It’s not because you’ve been a brilliant player that you have a divine right to become the next coach. It is not because you are popular with fans that you are the right man to replace Klopp, if and when he leaves. “It’s really presumptuous. I cannot wait to succeed with the Rangers. I understood the importance of the club and the expectations of its supporters, who want success. I committed myself to it. “I give everything and focus on my work, which focuses all my attention.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG to discuss Everton asking price for Idrissa Gueyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are ready to discuss the asking price of Everton for Idrissa Gueye.Everton had believed they’d successfully fought off the attentions of PSG last week for the midfielder.However, Telefoot says PSG chief Antero Henrique is now prepared to get closer to Everton’s €45m valuation.Henrique is confident he will strike personal terms with Gueye as early as today.And it’s suggested PSG will then move to thrash out a fee with Everton for the player’s transfer. last_img read more

first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)It is a Saturday morning, and while many of us our enjoying the kickoff of the Premiere League, we’re even more pumped that in a few weeks we’ll be watching the end of College GameDay and getting ready to watch football from noon until we can’t keep out eyes open. Clemson is amped up for the start of the season, and dropped a very cool Instagram hype video to celebrate. It’s title? “Soon.” That’s a sentiment we can all get behind. The Tigers open their season with a 12:30 matchup against Wofford on September 5. We’re so close to football season, everyone. Hang in there.last_img read more

first_imgTom Arnold claps for Iowa football.Twitter/@frzachk After a number of middling years recently, Hawkeyes fandom is paying off for the thousands of diehards that pack Kinnick Stadium every week. Iowa is 10-0, and just wins over sub-.500 Purdue and Nebraska teams away from heading into the post-season with an unblemished record. Iowa fans have plenty to be proud of, and one of the most notable—actor Tom Arnold—hopped on with ESPN‘s Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell to discuss how he became an Iowa fan, and his thoughts on the season. VIDEO: @TomArnold talks about his love for @TheIowaHawkeyes— Russillo and Kanell (@RussilloKanell) November 20, 2015Most Iowa fans can probably relate to how he’s feeling right now.[ESPN, Saturday Tradition]last_img read more

first_imgRoy Williams on his knee during a game.roy williams vertigo attackNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams appears to be okay, but for a moment there, we were all a little worried about the Tar Heels head coach, yet again. Williams, who suffers from vertigo, collapsed on the sideline during a game against Boston College last month. It nearly happened again tonight during the ACC Tournament title game against UVA, but Williams appeared to steady himself by taking a knee. Here’s video:Roy maybe with a vertigo attack but he waved off medical staff per ESPN— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 13, 2016Williams’ Tar Heels are holding onto a slim lead in the game’s final minute. A win would surely lift his spirits.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has played down the burden of the £71 million fee the Blues paid for him to replace Thibaut Courtois.The 24-year-old was one of Maurizio Sarri’s first signings at Stamford Bridge when he arrived from Athletic Bilbao to fill the gap left by the Real Madrid-bound Belgian.Sarri’s side are fourth in the Premier League table with half of this season’s matches played and Kepa has started every game, keeping eight clean sheets. 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? Courtois helped Chelsea to two league titles, an FA Cup and the Carabao Cup during his time in west London, and Sarri himself said Kepa is not yet at the Belgian’s level.But when asked about the task of taking his place, Kepa told Sky Sports: “I wouldn’t call it pressure, I would just say it is how the transfer market goes.”He went and I came in and I’m not one to focus on the comings and goings.”I’m focused on myself and there is a great opportunity for me to come here. I wanted to take advantage of this and enjoy my football and look forward and not back.”I’m happy here both on a personal and a team level and I’m happy here in London. Looking towards the future excites me with the possibilities we have to improve and I’m excited about what the future might bring.”One more step. We’ve reached the semi-finals. Come on @chelseafc  Pauso bat gehiago. Final erdietan gaude.Un paso más. Estamos en semifinales. — kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) December 19, 2018 Kepa’s transfer fee made him the most expensive goalkeeper in world football, surpassing Alisson at Liverpool, and Chelsea’s record signing ahead of Alvaro Morata.”Obviously the price was very high – £71m is a lot of money,” he added.”I’m aware of this but given the transfer market situation and how things are going, it is normal so I don’t need to focus on the value of the transfer.”I do need to focus on playing my football and what’s happening on the pitch rather than off it. I want to be myself and not think about it.”I’m here now playing for Chelsea. I chose to leave my home at Athletic Bilbao and it was an important step in my career.”last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is accustomed to winning trophies, but a Champions League crown is his first with the Reds and he admits he is normally “half-p*ssed” during the celebrations.A long wait for major silverware at Anfield is finally over after seven years.Klopp had led his side to three major finals prior to a meeting with Tottenham in Madrid, only to come unstuck in all of them. 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? He now has tangible success to support the progress he has overseen on Merseyside, with Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi finding the target in a 2-0 win over Spurs.Jubilant scenes from the Reds players and coaching staff greeted the final whistle at Wanda Metropolitano, but there were no alcoholic beverages to be found.Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp told BT Sport when quizzed on the lack of beer in his hand, which is customary in his native Germany: “I don’t know, it’s usually 20 minutes after the game and I’m already half-pissed, I didn’t even get a water.”While having no drink to toast success with, the Liverpool tactician is delighted for everyone connected with the club.He added: “I’m so happy for the boys, the people on the pitch.“I’m so happy for my family, they suffer every year when we go to a final, every game we lose so they deserve it more than anybody.“Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with absolutely no fuel in the tank any more.“Both teams changing offensively and all that stuff, you have a goalkeeper who makes difficult things look easy, very nice, thank you very much.“It’s unbelievable. Maybe the best night of my life.”Liverpool celebrate vs Tottenham, Champions League final 2018-19Klopp’s evening was got off to the best possible start with the award of a penalty inside the opening 30 seconds.Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have handled inside the box, allowing Salah to convert from the spot.Spurs tested the reflexes of Alisson on a few occasions as they sought a route back into the game, but Liverpool were rarely troubled and wrapped up a sixth European Cup success three minutes from time.Klopp added on finally silencing those who have questioned his lack of silverware in English football: “It took a while. We tried a lot of times.“It’s important for our development, our improvement.“We are doing good steps, but people say ‘oh yeah why don’t you win anything?’ But this little mark helps a lot. Now we can carry on working. Our owners never put pressure on us. They’re only supportive.”last_img read more

first_imgWhen Nikita Parris stepped up against Scotland to take the penalty that would become England’s first goal of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, there was one woman back at home who knew exactly how she was feeling.Gillian Coultard’s 51st-minute penalty against Canada in Helsingborg, Sweden, on 6th June 1995 was England’s first goal ever in an official FIFA Women’s World Cup. The midfielder followed that up with a late header to secure a 3-2 win and all three points.“People say a player ‘rose like a salmon’, but the size of our kit, it was like a parachute!” she recalls – because in 1995 there was no such thing as a women’s fit kit. Instead, the England squad had shirts intended for men, and for a woman standing at just over five feet in her football boots, they were outrageously oversized. 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? “It was a big occasion for us, playing the first game. I was the first one to score – and to score two, to have that accolade as well in a World Cup, it’s treasured.”Coultard was a senior player during that tournament, at the age of 31, and had previously captained the side in Debbie Bamford’s absence, taking the armband again after her retirement. She was the first woman to reach 100 caps for England, which in those days was some achievement, considering the tiny number of international matches they had, all of which meant time taken off from work, often unpaid.“I was quite fortunate – I did get time off, and with pay,” she says. “But quite a lot of the girls had to take holiday, or they lost pay, or they lost their jobs.“We didn’t really have anything compared to what they’ve got now. We were playing World Cup games every two days. Now they play every four or five days. Everything has totally changed. But you have to have a starting point somewhere, and it’s got better each time.”That first tournament for England also meant a lot of miles clocked up as they made it out of the four-team group and then faced Germany in the first knockout round. The FA arranged the hotels for the squad, and the players were reimbursed for their journeys to and from Heathrow, the start and finish point of their travel.England 1997That is not to say any of it was direct – there were connecting flights, boat journeys, and even an overnight sleeper train before one match. Other squads benefited from more investment and a more established set-up – Coultard recalls that the Germany team went everywhere by plane.It is worth noting that this World Cup was less than 12 months before the FA hosted the 1996 men’s Euros in England, with the country enthralled by the exploits of Terry Venables’ side. Coultard and her team-mates, meanwhile, were knocked out of the tournament by Germany, beaten 3-0 on a Tuesday evening, and headed straight back home to their day jobs. Nonetheless, she thinks fondly of the whole experience.“It’s really funny to see the old photographs flying around,” she says. “You think, ‘Oh my God, where did you get that from?’ It’s a nice memory and one that a lot of us will treasure for a long, long time – we were the first to represent England in a World Cup.”The 55-year-old spent most of her domestic career across four decades with the legendary Doncaster Belles, but she does not talk about it much these days; recently some new colleagues found out about her achievements after she shared some video clips on social media.“I’ve had some right ribbing about that!” she laughs. “They didn’t realise what I’d done. It’s all out in the open now. It’s nice to reminisce, and it’s nice to see how things have progressed.”And even though she is one of the most significant England centurions, she has not yet seen her name displayed on the honour board at St George’s Park in person, though she was very pleased to be listed between Peter Shilton and David Beckham.“Over my career, we played about four or five [international] games a season,” she says. “To achieve that amount of caps over that number of years… You look now at the girls who are playing between ten and fifteen a season. It’s a vast amount [of matches] now, but to be the first one with the hundred is always special.”Nikita Parris England 2019Coultard has of course been watching the current crop of England stars in action in France, and remains cautiously optimistic about their chances this year.“I don’t think we’ve played particularly well,” she muses. “We struggled a bit against Scotland, but in any football match you’re not going to dominate for 90 minutes. I thought we were all right in the last game [against Argentina], I didn’t think we were fantastic, but it’s the points that matter. We’ve now got to go against Japan, the last one, and win the group. Getting out of the group is the first thing you need to do – everything else takes care of itself in the next stage.”And although England were knocked out of the last World Cup by Wednesday’s opponents, Coultard does not think it will be preying on the mind of any Lionesses.“When you get to a World Cup, past games that you’ve played against countries go out of the window, for me,” she says. “It’s just one of those things. They know what they’ve got to do. It’s all to play for.”last_img read more

first_imgBucky the Badger waves the Wisconsin flag with the band.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 19: The Wisconsin Badgers marching band performs before the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)This was supposed to be the year for Wisconsin football. The Big Ten West favorites have knocked on the door of the College Football Playoff before, and they were a trendy pick to crash the party this year.That door may have slammed shut today.BYU, a 23.5-point underdog coming off of a 4-9 year, went into Madison and became the first non-conference opponent to win at Camp Randall since 2003.Rafael Gaglianone had a shot at a game-tying field goal with under a minute left, but missed wide, giving the Cougars the 24-21 win.As expected, Wisconsin football’s College Football Playoff hopes are way down after the loss.ESPN updated its College Football Playoff predictor model after the game.Wisconsin now has the 13th-best odds to make the Playoff, down to just six-percent.ESPN's CFP predictor after Wisconsin's loss.Auburn and Boise State have both lost since the update, so there’s plenty of movement ahead.Meanwhile, at the top of the rankings are many of the teams that we’ve seen in the College Football Playoff throughout the years, including all four of last year’s participants at 50-percent or better to make it.last_img read more

first_imguva qb makes a crazy hurdleThe best play of the day in the college football world today came during Virginia’s 27-3 win over Louisville.The Cavaliers, led by junior quarterback Bryce Perkins, had a lot of success on the ground against the Cardinals today.Perkins, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback, made one play that had everyone drooling.Check this out:?QB HURDLE! ? #SCtop10— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 22, 2018That is not fair, man.Perkins finished 197 passing yards, 78 rushing yards and 3 total touchdowns in the win over Louisville.last_img read more