TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini: No-one doubts Hudson-Odoi commitmentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini says management was pleased with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s performance for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Maurizio Sarri played the teen despite the transfer pressure of Bayern Munich.Cudicini said, “He did very well, it was a very good performance, as we say in Monaco a 360 performance. “Two assists and he worked very hard defensively. Even when we had a few problems in midfield with Ampadu, he was running for two. “His commitment was great and you want him to have performances like that so he can put some doubts in Maurizio’s mind and be in contention for a place.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ref chiefs tell Chelsea: Kane penalty was legitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRef chiefs insist Harry Kane’s penalty was legit for Tottenham’s Carabao Cup semifinal victory over Chelsea.Directors from PGMOL – Professional Game Match Officials Limited – have fully backed referee Michael Oliver and VAR official Graham Kavanagh over the Harry Kane penalty decision in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley.The Mirror reports they insist the picture Chelsea offered post-match as proof the Tottenham striker was offside in the lead-up to the penalty incident that produced the only goal of the night was misleading as the ball is blurred in it, and therefore had already been played.PGMOL uses VAR officials at the Premier League’s in-house broadcasting facility at Stockley Park alongside Hawkeye technology which also showed Kane was onside.Prem bosses could use the Hawkeye pictures in stadiums next season to avoid another Kane confusion episode.
Emile Heskey: Eck blocked Leicester returnby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey has revealed he was blocked from joining Leicester City a second time.Heskey has revealed that Alex McLeish denied him the chance to leave Aston Villa for Leicester City.He told LeicesterLive: “McLeish said I couldn’t go. “He said I couldn’t leave, that they needed me, and then barely played me again.“I wanted to know where I stood and if I wasn’t in anyone’s plans, I would have been going home to Leicester. But to tell me they needed me but then not to play me again, more or less, I didn’t see the logic behind it.“It would have been good to come back, it would have been nice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McAllister backs Klopp over Gerrard Liverpool planby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has backed Jurgen Klopp’s call for Steven Gerrard to replace the German one day.Klopp was asked recently who he thought should replace him if he ever left Liverpool – and his response was Gerrard.McAllister, who played alongside Gerrard at Liverpool, has backed Klopp’s advice for the Reds boardroom.”That’s surprising in some ways. But then in other ways, when you look at it, it probably makes a wee bit of sense,” he said.”But when that’s going to happen [I don’t know]. Jurgen looks as if he’s going to be there quite a while.“But I can assure you that Steven is absolutely fully focused here and trying to win something here.”
WATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goalby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Collado is pushing for a fresh first team chance at Barcelona.The 20 year-old winger is starring for Barca B and scored a wonder goal on the weekend against Atlético Levante.Collado made his senior debut last season against Celta Vigo and is rated highly by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.In July of last year he signed a contract until 2021 with a buyout clause of €50m while he is a B player – which will rise to €100m when he is promoted to the first team. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.
Barcelona have been backed in their rumoured pursuit of Neymar and Antoine Griezmann by former boss Pep Guardiola.Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been tipped to return to Camp Nou ahead of next season, just two years after departing in a world-record deal.Griezmann revealed last month he is keen on a move away from Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, with Barcelona previously close to signing him. 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? And Guardiola, who spent four years as Barcelona head coach before joining Bayern Munich and then his current side Manchester City, thinks both players would suit the La Liga champions.”It all depends on the idea you have in mind with the sporting director and the coach,” Guardiola told reporters at a presentation in Barcelona.”The good [players] are always welcome in any team. Those two are very good.”Guardiola coached Neymar during his time at Barcelona, but he refused to get too caught up in the speculation.”I’m not going to say anything, it does not belong to me,” he said. “This belongs to Barcelona. I’ve lived in this club for a long time and I do not want any opinion to be misinterpreted.”Guardiola won the Champions League twice and La Liga three times during his time in charge of the Catalan giants, but the 48-year-old has no intention of returning in a boardroom position.”I will return to Barcelona sooner or later. But as president, forget about it,” he said. “To be president, you have to know [what you’re doing] and be prepared; to have knowledge that I don’t have.”I’m trying to be a good coach; that hasn’t gone too badly in this decade. I will return to Barcelona to live, sooner or later.”While rivals Real Madrid have set about dramatically restructuring their team, Barcelona’s transfer window has been a little more frustrating so far.It had seemed inevitable that Griezmann would me backing the move to Camp Nou, but his transfer appears to have stalled in recent weeks with other clubs linked with the as yet stranded wantaway Atletico man.But, with his transfer release clause dropping on July 1 – from €200 million (£179m/$227m) to €120 million (£107m/$136m) – the move could accelerate at the turn of the month.
Alabama was already going to be a heavy favorite against LSU next week. Now, it seems the Tigers are going to be without one of their stars for half the contest.LSU junior linebacker Devin White was hit with a targeting penalty in the second half of his team’s game against Mississippi State, meaning he’ll have to sit out the first half of his team’s next game.Unfortunately, it looks like a bad call too. White hits MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald with his arms and shoulder far more than his helmet.Here’s the footage – you can judge for yourself:#LSU LB Devin White will miss the 1st half of the #Alabama game for this targeting penalty: ? pic.twitter.com/TDqZQlmFsU— ESPN NOLA 100.3 FM (@ESPNRadioNOLA) October 21, 2018College football fans aren’t thrilled, to say the least. Most believe it will give Alabama an advantage when the two schools meet.That’s the worst targeting call that I’ve ever seen. Now Devin White has to miss the first half of the Alabama game. https://t.co/tgfKZ2Efsw— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 21, 2018That should not be targeting on Devin White.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 21, 2018LSU, however, is going to emerge with a win on Saturday. The Tigers have given Fitzgerald fits all day – he’s 5-of-18 for 28 yards with three interceptions.
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 8: Ed Oliver #10 of the Houston Cougars warms up before playing against the Arizona Wildcats at TDECU Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)A college football star unloaded on his head coach as the team headed into the locker room at halftime in one of the more bizarre incidents we’ve seen this year.Star defensive lineman Ed Oliver has missed the team’s past few games as he recovers from an injury. During Houston’s game against Tulane on Thursday night, he got into it with head coach Major Applewhite.According to a sideline report from ESPN’s Laura Rutledge, Oliver was wearing an “active players only” jacket on the sideline and was told to take it off.Here’s video of the incident.As the Cougars went into the locker room at halftime, u could see Ed Oliver with some heated words for Major Applewhite. Oliver is not playing, ESPN reporting the confrontation stemmed from him wearing an “active players only” jacket. pic.twitter.com/0Q7JfZVqnu— Adam Wexler (@KPRC2AdamW) November 16, 2018According to the report from Rutledge, Applewhite confirmed the news.Oliver is a consensus top pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Some have wondered if he should just shut it down for the season rather than trying to get healthy for the team’s final games.Houston leads the game 38-9 late in the third quarter.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 17: A football rests on the pylon prior to the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls the at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)After losing Geoff Collins to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Temple Owls have found their next head coach. It appears the program will hire Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.The two sides were gaining momentum toward an actual deal this afternoon.Diaz has spent three seasons at Miami, which leads the nation in pass defense and constantly performs well in the ACC. Now, he’ll have the opportunity to keep Temple trending in the right direction.On Thursday, the Owls will introduce Diaz as their new head coach, per college football insider Brett McMurphy.Miami DC Manny Diaz will be officially introduced as Temple’s coach in a 3 p.m. news conference Thursday— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 13, 2018It’ll be tough for Diaz to instantly replicate the success that Collins had with the program, despite having decades of experience around the country. Temple finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and will face Duke in the Independence Bowl.Even though this will be the first head-coaching job for Diaz, it’s clear that he can generate positive results from almost any defense. Nonetheless, the Owls will need to have patience with the 44-year-old coach.Congratulations to Diaz for earning the opportunity.