Kepa insists Chelsea have everything to play forby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists they have everything to play for going into the second-half of the season.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.On catching Liverpool and Manchester City, Kepa told chelseafc.com: “It’s true that they’re great teams and they’re in a great position in the table. Chelsea, we’re a bit off the pace, it’s a big advantage for them to have over us, but we’re going to try and get as many points to bridge the gap and who knows what will happen.”We’ve got the whole of the second half of the season, lots of points are available to be picked up and we’ll see how it goes. I’m happy with how things have been going at Chelsea, in results and my personal performances, but we need to improve so we can climb the table. I’ve got a lot of belief.”Obviously right now we’re in the middle of the season and our objective in the Premier League is that we want to finish as high as possible in the table. We want to be playing in the Champions League next season.”We’re still in the Carabao Cup, we’re in the semi-finals so obviously we want to try and win it, and with the Europa League we got through the group stage and the potential of winning it really excites us.”Going forward, we want to keep improving, keep getting to know our game, how we play, and the future looks bright for us in that respect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Coleman says Sheffield Utd win can restore Everton confidenceby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSeamus Coleman believes that Sheffield United is the best chance for Everton to get their season back on track.The Blues face off against the newly promoted side off the back of a disappointing loss to Bournemouth.The consistency necessary to grab a top four or top six finish is still eluding Everton.But Coleman thinks they can start with a win against Sheffield and go from there.”We have to make sure we retain our confidence from our home form and try to make amends [following Bournemouth] against Sheffield United and go on from there,” Coleman told evertontv.”When you put on the Everton shirt – whether you are old or young – you have to take responsibility, to be brave and look for the ball at all times and help your teammates.”Not many of us could hold our heads high coming off the pitch [on Sunday] and that’s the truth.”Our home form is good but away from home at the minute it is disappointing and something we need to put right very fast if we want to be better this season.”We have to go into the Sheffield United game… and hopefully get three points and move forward and try to put it right.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd Treble winner Beckham moving into agents worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner David Beckham appears to be moving into the football agent world.His company Footwork Management Limited have Beckham, his close pal Dave Gardner and ex-PR chief Nicola Howson listed as directors.Beckham, who retired from playing in 2013, is not a licensed intermediary but Gardner is on the Football Association’s list and the ex-England captain was credited with being involved in Leroy Sane’s potential move to Bayern Munich last summer, says the Mirror.Beckham’s involvement is becoming widely known in the agent world and having one of the biggest names in English football will be a huge draw as Footwork Management look to sign players.
Manchester City’s class of 2019 present Burton Albion with a tougher test than a Manchester United side which included Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo did, says Nigel Clough.Back in 2006, the Brewers were handed a dream FA Cup third round meeting with the Red Devils.A non-league side at the time, Clough’s troops held Sir Alex Ferguson’s star-studded team to a 0-0 draw on home soil – setting up a lucrative replay at Old Trafford. 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? Burton are now preparing to face the other heavyweights from Manchester in a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final.They may be a League One outfit, having only slipped out of the Championship last season, but Clough is aware that the reigning Premier League champions will be his biggest challenge yet.A man who tasted League Cup glory in his playing days with Nottingham Forest told reporters when asked which is harder, facing United or City: “I think this one over two legs.“I think the pitch is going to be a bit better this time around, if anybody remembers the pitch against Manchester United!“But we’re facing similar sorts of tasks.“When Rooney and Ronaldo came on after 59 minutes here for Manchester United, it’s a similar sort of prospect with the likes of the quality that Manchester City have.“But away from home, it’s a different thing. When they are on their own patch, as you saw against Liverpool, they’re as good and as confident as anything.“That’s when they’ve come off a relatively poor period for them, they’ve lost a couple of matches recently and then they can still play like they did against Liverpool and keep the title race open.“That says an awful lot about them.”Whatever happens at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, and in a return date at the Pirelli Stadium on January 22, Clough is already rightly proud of what his third tier underdogs have achieved.The ex-England international added: “Honestly, we are just looking forward to enjoying the experience.“Nobody gives us much of a chance and rightly so but it’s just about the players, everybody, talking about supporters, who have been following the club for 50-60 years never dreamt of us being in a League Cup semi-final.“Let’s all everybody as one go and enjoy it.“Every game you have got a chance. It’s just what degree that chance is and ours is extremely thin but there is always a chance in football.”
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)Recruiting season is in full swing for college football programs across the country. Every year, interesting tactics are shelled out, from coaches sleeping in the homes of recruits (shoutout to Jim Harbaugh), to Bo Pelini wrestling with a recruit.Well, Michigan is back at it with a new recruiting graphic that is grabbing headlines.Al Washington, the Wolverines linebackers coach, put out the new recruiting graphic showing Don Brown and Greg Mattison in Road Warriors getup as they venture into the state of Ohio to recruit.Check it out.@CoachGMattison & @FBCoachDBrown Are Rolling Into Ohio Like A Legendary Tag Team ??UhhhWhatARushhhh!! Ready To Visit Some Great Schools #GoBlue #Hail ?〽️ S/O @AaronBDesigns ?? pic.twitter.com/nrd6pbjneh— Al Washington (@CoachWash56) May 18, 2018Now, not everyone knows about the lineage of the Road Warriors goes back to a wrestling duo that spanned over 30 years. One of the Road Warriors was the father of star Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis.A few Ohio State fans aren’t happy with Michigan’s use of the spiked shoulder pads, which were a staple of the Road Warriors.The rivalry lives on.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Heading into this weekend’s slate of college football games, the season has remained relatively tame compared to years past. Upsets have occurred, but they’ve been rare and the favorites have prevailed for the most part.Until today. Every year there’s one college football Saturday that changes the landscape of the season.Three top-10 teams have already lost and there were several other upsets as well. Now there’s another top-25 team on the verge of losing.No. 16 Miami entered its game against Virginia tonight with one blemish on its record – a loss to LSU. Now the team is in serious danger of losing to an unranked Cavaliers team.Miami and Virginia Tech are losing in the fourth quarter and if that holds, Pitt will be tied for first in the ACC Coastal.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) October 14, 2018It’s been a weird beginning to the college football season in the ACC and this upset would only add to the madness.Virginia leads 16-6 with just under nine minutes left in the game. Can Virginia hold on or will Mark Richt and company find a way to keep its conference title hopes alive?Stay tuned.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff picture changed dramatically in Week 8. That’s what happens when the No. 2 team in the country gets knocked off.Ohio State got destroyed 49-20 at Purdue on Saturday night. The loss knocked the Buckeyes out of the playoff–for now.Ohio State can still make the field if it wins out and wins the Big Ten title game. However, if the CFP was picked today, they would be left out.ESPN’s panel of experts released its College Football Playoff picks after Week 8. Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg made their selections.Check out the picks below:Right now, the SEC would get two teams in. However, if Alabama beats LSU in two weeks, that would be the Tigers’ second loss, and would knock them out of playoff contention.Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are locks as long as they stay undefeated. The fourth spot is a toss-up, with Ohio State, Michigan, LSU and Georgia all in the mix.The first official playoff rankings will be unveiled on Tuesday, October 30.
For the second year in a row, Ohio State went on the road to a dangerous Big Ten West team at mid-season, and got absolutely throttled. Last year, it was Iowa, and on Saturday, Urban Meyer looked particularly exasperated late in the 49-20 drubbing at Purdue.Meyer spent the first few weeks of the season suspended after the Zach Smith scandal called into question his decision-making surrounding the former wide receivers coach, after allegations that he assaulted his ex-wife.He also has a history of stepping away from big jobs. Meyer left Florida after the 2010 season, citing health issues, and spent a year at ESPN before taking over the Buckeyes.During today’s episode of The Herd on FS1, Colin Cowherd says that “someone he trusts” with connections to Ohio State thinks Urban Meyer may be out after this season.With the trying few months he’s had, and reports of various health concerns, it wouldn’t be the most shocking thing, especially if Ohio State doesn’t rebound to make the College Football Playoff.He’s not the only big-name radio personality saying this, either. Paul Finebaum has been making similar predictions going back to August, and doubled down this morning.“When you think about the potential of that program and of that team and where they are right now, it’s pretty scary. I just don’t think Urban Meyer has the makeup to deal with much more adversity. I know it’s an easy thing to say with what happened at Florida. But it’s a precedent. When things get tough, he runs away and quits.”FootballScoop is also reporting that there is “friction” between Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith, who was also suspended after the Zach Smith scandal, as well as tension within the coaching staff.Cowherd also has a name for who may replace Meyer if he leaves, though this is more of a guess. He thinks Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, former head coach at Toledo and an Ohio native, could get the call.Campbell will be a hot name for any big jobs that open, after a very quick turnaround in Ames. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who coached Ohio State to a 3-0 start with Meyer out, will also probably be a top candidate, in a “Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma”-type consideration.For now, Meyer remains at Ohio State, and despite a bad loss, if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten they are likely to make the College Football Playoff. They get the bye week at a perfect time, and next play at Nebraska on Nov. 3.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 20: women fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish dress in green paint cheer during the game against the University of Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium October 20, 2007 in South Bend, Indiana. USC defeated Notre Dame 38-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Every so often, Notre Dame football breaks out green uniforms for a game. It has been a while, but Notre Dame will be back in their alternate threads this weekend.Notre Dame hosts Florida State on Saturday, which will be the final game of the season at Notre Dame Stadium, and senior night.ND finishes up with Syracuse at Yankee Stadium, and at USC.The Fighting Irish last wore green for the 2015 Shamrock Series game against Boston College at Fenway Park. Before that, Notre Dame hadn’t worn green since 2011, and not since 2007 in South Bend, a 38-0 loss to USC.News came down that Notre Dame would be in green on Thursday. Today, Under Armour unveiled the new green uniforms.They’re quite a bit different than the 2015 Shamrock Series uniforms. Notre Dame was still with adidas back in 2011 when they last wore green as a regular alternate uniform.The new uniform is inspired by the famous 1977 surprise “green jersey game,” in which the team warmed up in blue before coming out in green against USC. From Notre Dame:Playing at home against arch-rival USC, the Notre Dame players performed pre-game warm-ups in their traditional blue jerseys before heading back to the locker room. Surprised and thrilled, the players found a different game jersey hanging in their lockers. To the enthusiastic delight of the Notre Dame fans and players, the Irish stormed from their tunnel wearing green for the first time in 144 games.Now known as the “Trojan Horse” and the “Green Jersey” game, Notre Dame won 49-19 and made USC green with envy by parlaying the 30-point win that day into a national championship about 10 weeks later.From there, green became a pretty standard look for the Fighting Irish under Dan Devine, but has been used sparingly since.It’s Senior Day in South Bend tomorrow, and @NDFootball is going green to celebrate. Inspired by the 1977 ‘Green Jersey Game’, the #FightingIrish will wear this legendary color as they compete towards a berth in the @CFBPlayoff #GoIrishhttps://t.co/jbeK3k9xeQ pic.twitter.com/4DKeVHuRhb— Under Armour News (@UAnews) November 9, 2018Notre Dame is 7-6 in green jerseys since Devine’s tenure, and some of those losses have really hurt the alternate look’s favorability among fans.Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham, and Charle Weis were all under .500 in green.Brian Kelly has had more luck though. Including that 2015 Shamrock Series game, his Notre Dame teams are 4-1 while wearing green, with the sole loss coming to Michigan in 2011. With how Florida State has struggled this season, it shouldn’t be a huge concern.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 01: Former University of Michigan player Desmond Howard watches the action on the field during the game between the University of Alabama and the University of Michigan at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Alabama defeated Michigan 41-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Desmond Howard starred at Michigan in the early 1990s, winning a Heisman Trophy while playing for the Wolverines.Today, he’s taking heat on Twitter for allegedly being too biased towards his alma mater. In the process, he’s drawn the ire of Notre Dame fans.It all stems from Howard saying Michigan should be ranked ahead of the Fighting Irish in the College Football Playoff rankings. Currently, Notre Dame is No. 3 and the Wolverines are No. 4.Notre Dame is undefeated and Michigan has one-loss, which came against the Fighting Irish in Week 1. Still, Howard cited the Maize and Blue’s strength of record as being superior to ND’s.There is a slight problem with that statement though, as evidenced by this graphic.“Michigan should jump Notre Dame based on strength of record”—Desmond HowardTough look with this graphic on the screen. pic.twitter.com/5GbBY652Ji— Chief (@BarstoolChief) November 24, 2018If Notre Dame wins tonight, they’ll be 12-0 and a virtual lock to make the playoff. Michigan has to get past Ohio State and Northwestern next week to finish 12-1.Would the committee vault the Wolverines past ND because they would have the proverbial “13th data point” by virtue of playing in a conference title game? Or would Notre Dame’s head-to-head win supersede all of that.Time will tell.