TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina swoop for Sevilla attacker Luis Murielby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have signed Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel, but he has personally chosen to join the Viola.He joins Fiorentina on-loan to the end of the season. There is an option to make the deal permanent for €13m.Fiorentina will be Muriel’s fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward declares commitment to ‘Ole’ and long-term planby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says they’re focused on building for the long-term.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted everyone understands the plan.He said, “We and our global fanbase demand success and winning trophies – that target and standard has never changed. The progress on the business side underpins the football operation.”Much progress has been made on the academy, recruitment department and the training ground, and behind the scenes, so this isn’t always apparent.”These investments we have made and our commitment to Ole in March provide the building blocks for success.”We are wholly confident this approach will deliver, but it is important to be patient as we build for the future.Woodward even credited his staff for not getting distracted by the transfer rumours circulated around Old Trafford.The 47-year-old noted: “We won’t be influenced by short terms distractions.”The club was linked with hundreds of players, but despite this our recruitment department was able to approach the window in focused and disciplined way.”Danny James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire joined a strong squad and we also renewed contracts for players like Marcus Rashford and David De Gea. We are optimistic for the future.”The sale and loaning of players allowed the manager to involve more young players, providing a firm foundation and culture ready for building next trophy winning squad.”Much speculation is focused on recruitment and it is area we’ve evolved. The players signed demonstrate this approach is right.”The root of the club is youth-led attacking football, and it is the right way forward. Everyone from the manager, players and board remains resolute in the desire to get Manchester United to the top of English football.”We will continue to make the necessary investment to make this happen.”
Chelsea manager Lampard announces Jorginho as vice-captainby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has announced Jorginho is the club’s vice-captain.Last season Gary Cahill was selected as club captain whenever he was on the pitch by Maurizio Sarri, with Cesar Azpilicueta named as vice-captain – but the Spaniard has now become the club captain.Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton on Sunday, Lampard said: “Yes, Jorginho is vice-captain as it stands. [Azpilicueta] is the captain and that was clear at the start of the season and I think his professionalism and career here speaks for itself. “Jorginho, I keep talking about him, is a character and a driver. It is very evident to see on the pitch. That’s the situation as it stands.” While the 27-year-old is not fluent in English, he has been boosting his language skills in a bid to improve his standing as a leader. Lampard says he believes Jorginho is “a character and a driver” on and off the pitch.”It is obviously important, we always try here to push that along as soon as players come in because communication is key on and off the pitch,” Lampard said. “He crosses the borders as it is easy when you come in sometimes to stay within groups of nationalities. Jorginho doesn’t. He is a driver on and off the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Vlatko Andonovski poised to become new coach of US women’s teamby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVlatko Andonovski is set to become the new head coach of the United States women’s football team.The 43-year-old is currently in charge of National Women’s Soccer League side Reign FC in Seattle.Previous head coach Jill Ellis took charge of her final game on 6 October, having won two World Cups with the US. TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the action on the floor against the Monmouth Hawks at Purcel Pavilion on November 12, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Monmouth 84-57. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Notre Dame closed out the regular season with an 89-75 win over NC State at home. After the game, head coach Mike Brey was in a celebratory mood. Brey asked the team’s two seniors, Austin Burgett and Zach Auguste, to give him a flying hip bump in the locker room. Brey didn’t get much hang time, but Auguste still almost knocked him over. INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOMTHE JUMP – SENIOR STYLESorry, Matt Gregory, but our Z.A. & Burg had to get a chance. pic.twitter.com/dvZgBeD4Oj— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 5, 2016Always good to see a coach having fun with his players. If UNC beats Duke later on today, the Fighting Irish will clinch the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament and an automatic double-bye into the quarterfinals.
Kylian Mbappe is a “priority” for Paris Saint-Germain according to sporting director Leonardo, though the Brazilian does not believe he is in any position to promise club supporters that their young star will be staying put. Mbappe’s future with the club has been the subject of much debate over the course of the summer. The 20-year-old threw fuel on the fire early in summer with a claim that he could be looking for a “new project” , and links to Real Madrid have been persistent ever since. 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 The Spanish giants have been in rebuilding mode all summer, having already the landed the likes of Eden Hazard, but the club cooled their interest in Neymar with an eye towards landing Mbappe in the future . PSG tried to ward off interest by claiming that Mbappe would “200 per cent” still be part of the club next season, and the forward hinted at a stay as the club revealed their kits for the upcoming campaign . Leonardo has claimed the youngster is “very important” while saying that Mbappe has returned to training in good spirits. “There’s no doubt he’s a priority for us or not. Mbappe is here and he is very important to the club, there’s no question about it,” he told Le Parisien . “When training resumed on Monday, he arrived with a great attitude – a big smile on his face.”As always. He’s very charismatic, the fans love him. It’s important to have a player like him in the team – one who’s young and always happy and smiling.”But when questioned on keeping their young star, the Brazilian was unwilling to offer up any promises. “I never make promises for two reasons,” he said. “Firstly because I am not the person who is responsible for everything that happens at this club and secondly, I don’t want to throw promises up into the air without being sure that they can be kept.”I’m only interested in reality, and what we know for sure today.”Mbappe scored 33 times in Ligue 1 last season and finished as the division’s top scorer, 11 goals clear of Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, and has proven to be one of the top attacking threats in the world over the course of the last year having also helped France to victory at the World Cup in Russia.
A bombshell report from former ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy suggests Urban Meyer knew about the the 2015 domestic violence allegations against former wide receiver coach Zach Smith.Meyer’s comments from early last week during Big Ten media days have been called into question following McMurphy’s report. According to the report posted on his Facebook page, McMurphy alleged Meyer knew about the alleged assault of Smith, and made a distinct effort to ignore it.McMurphy then pointed to a set of core values attached to the Ohio State football program. “…Emblazoned on the wall, are Meyer’s five core values. Among the five – in ALL CAPS – is “TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT,” McMurphy wrote.A photo of the banner has gone viral.Core values must mean something totally different in Ohio (and Florida). Wow! OSU head coach failed to live up to “honesty” while dealing with an assistant coach who didn’t “treat women with respect.” But ESPN will probably spend another day talking about Harbaugh/chicken. pic.twitter.com/DIrWK8mCDk— The Michigan Insider (@michiganinsider) August 1, 2018The hypocritical nature of the banner and Urban Meyer’s comments from last week are not lost on Michigan fans. Nor will they be lost on those calling for Urban Meyer’s job in the wake of McMurphy’s report.You can read McMurphy’s full report here.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches a replay on the scoreboard during a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)Wednesday morning, former ESPN writer Brett McMurphy released a long, detailed report that suggests that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer lied when he said he was not aware of 2015 domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.McMurphy included photos of text messages between Smith’s ex-wife Courtney and Shelley Meyer – Urban’s wife. In response, many are debating whether Meyer will survive the scandal.Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes doesn’t think Meyer should coach another game at Ohio State. Hayes says that the school should fire Meyer “immediately” to get out ahead of the aftermath.Here’s what Hayes had to say:If the school fires Meyer now, maybe it can mitigate the damage by arguing it fired him as soon as it found out. If not, the fallout will only increase in the court of public opinion—for a university already embroiled in a lawsuit from former wrestlers who allege sexual misconduct from a now deceased doctor employed by the university in the 1970s.That case has reached all the way to Washington, D.C., where Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan—a former Ohio State assistant wrestling coach—has been accused by the former wrestlers of knowing about the misconduct and ignoring it.Neither the Meyer family nor the school has yet to release a statement on the matter. There are reports, however, that Meyer is meeting with school AD Gene Smith on Wednesday afternoon.It’s hard to know what the school will actually do. Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history and he has the Buckeyes playing near the top of the sport. But if he really did keep Smith employed with knowledge of alleged domestic violence, none of that will matter.We’ll keep you updated on the situation.
Penn StateFootball trail blazer Wally Triplett passed away this morning at the age of 92. Triplett broke down barriers at both Penn State, where he became the school’s first African-American starter and letterwinner, and in the NFL.In 1949, after a storied Nittany Lion career, Triplett was taken in the 19th round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.During his second year in the league, he set an NFL record for kick return yardage in a game, with 294 during a game against the Los Angeles Rams.This afternoon, after news came out of Wally Triplett’s passing, Penn State posted an awesome tribute to the legendary player.Back in 2015, Triplett visited with Penn State football, during James Franklin’s second year on campus.Triplett is credited with a moment that helped lead to what became the famous “We Are…Penn State” chant. From a Centre Daily Times article on that 2015 visit:“Legend has it that Triplett, alongside teammate Dennie Hoggard, was one of the reasons the “We Are” chant became a part of Penn State’s culture (local lore aside, extensive research by Penn State historian Lou Prato found that Penn State cheerleaders helped develop the phrase in the late 1970s). As one of the few African Americans playing college football at the time, the Nittany Lions voted in 1946 to cancel a regular-season game at the University of Miami when told they could not bring their African American players.It’s said (and confirmed in 2012 by Triplett himself) that then-captain Steve Suhey responded to Southern Methodist University’s similar request by saying, “We are Penn State. There will be no meetings.”During the practice, he led the Nittany Lions in that same chant.The Penn State Football family is extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Nittany Lion great & trailblazer, Wally Triplett. Wally will forever be admired for the history he made at Penn State & beyond.Forevermore, We Are…?: https://t.co/mu6PXkpbeS pic.twitter.com/jKS5c6rJVV— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 8, 2018PSU cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, a Nittany Lion alumnus, called Triplett’s visit “the greatest day in my PSU life.”Our thoughts go out to the Triplett family, and everyone else affected by the loss today.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama and Auburn are now two quarters into their rivalry game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.So far, it’s been a surprising contest.It’s Alabama 17, Auburn 14 as we head into halftime. The Tigers have benefited from some really good special teams play and the defense has held the Crimson Tide’s standout offense in check.Does Auburn have a real chance of pulling out a win in the second half?ESPN has made its prediction.ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving No. 1 Alabama an 85.8 percent chance of winning this game, giving Auburn just a 14.2 percent chance of pulling off the upset.Alabama and Auburn are set to begin the second half shortly.The game is on CBS.