Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock delighted with FA Cup braceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Joe Willock was delighted with his brace in their FA Cup win at Blackpool.Willock was full of pride at the final whistle.He said, “We showed that we could deal with every aspect they brought to us. Our quality came through in the end.”It’s unbelievable and a dream come true. I always watched this cup as a young kid and to score in it today and help us go to the next round, it’s unbelievable.”I’m just working hard in training, listening to the boss, every day he’s giving me advice. I’m trying to make a big impact whenever I play – that’s my main objective.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: We face West Ham in best formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe is excited to be facing West Ham in the form they’re in.Howe believes Bournemouth go into the West Ham game in confident form, despite the Hammers’ positive start to the campaign.He said, “It’s important we don’t forget the positivity of the early season form, the result games Everton, the result against Southampton.”So from my perspective it’s in the lead up to West Ham and I’m looking for the players to put on a really good show for the fans.”It’ll be a really good game, two teams that will want to play their football and obviously we want to come out on top.”From our perspective we are looking to find a bit of consistency that eluded us at times last season – everyone is fighting for that but we would love to win three in a row and it would be the first time we’ve been about to do that for a while so it will be a huge incentive.”
England coach Southgate understands Bulgarian angerby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Southgate says England must fix their own racism problems before others, with the Three Lions boss empathising with Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov.Mihaylov was left annoyed after comments from the England camp stating they would walk off if they were subjected to racial abuse when the two countries face in Sofia on Monday.But Southgate insists his team will abide by UEFA’s three-step protocol, which allows the referee stop the match, then take players off the pitch, and if the problem persists an abandonment can be announced.”I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does, because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys,” Southgate told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.”That will then be relayed, however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.”If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does.”We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.”I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sunday night, the United States women’s gymnastics team, which took home the team gold in this year’s 2016 Rio Olympic games, made an appearance at the MTV VMAs to hand out an award to Beyonce for Best Female Video. But one key member of the squad was missing.This year’s ‘Final Five’ included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas. But when the team took the stage Sunday night, Douglas was not with the group.Why? According to Raisman, Douglas was in the hospital suffering from an allergic reaction. Her publicist Lesley Burbridge later added that it’s a mouth infection from a previous injury.Raisman and her teammates have been on quite a whirlwind victory tour since returning from Rio. Meeting Beyonce is likely one of the highlights.
Twitter/@BeanieWells26Ohio State players are judged by what they do against Michigan in The Game. Buckeye great Beanie Wells had huge performances against the Wolverines, and imparts his wisdom about the rivalry on the current Ohio State stars.In a post on The Players’ Tribune, Wells, who starred at Ohio State from 2006-08, explaining the sheer scope of the rivalry. He looked back on a night at the hotel, ahead of the 2006 game, an epic showdown between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 2 Wolverines. He explains the leadership shown by quarterback and eventual Heisman winner Troy Smith.He went around the room, making eye contact with every guy in there as he talked about the Michigan rivalry and what it means. You could hear the emotion in his voice. By the time he looked in my direction, tears had welled up in his eyes.“Beanie,” he said. “If you make a play in this game, and we win, you’ll cement yourself in Ohio State history forever. You’ll be a legend. That’s the magnitude of Ohio State vs. Michigan.”I was just an 18-year-old freshman, so I was already nervous about the game. I had also been struggling with fumbling issues all season, so I wasn’t even sure if I would get a chance to play. And the last thing I wanted was to find myself in a position to make a game-changing play, only to fumble it away, possibly giving the game away and ending up on the wrong side of one of those legendary plays.But Troy’s words really resonated with me. Throughout that night and into game day, I kept telling myself that if I got into the game, I would find a way to make a play.And legend Wells became. He scored a massive touchdown on his first snap, exploding for a 52 yard run. Wells wound up with 56 yards on five carries and the score, helping Ohio State to a 42-39 win. The following year, he rushed for 222 yards and two scores against the Wolverines.Beanie Wells’ full letter is a cool look inside this epic rivalry, and worth the read.[The Players’ Tribune]
ESPN.Jim Harbaugh has been punished.The Big Ten issued punishment for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan today, regarding the head coach’s post-game criticism of the officiating in the Wolverines’ loss at Ohio State.Michigan has been fined $10K and Harbaugh has been publicly reprimanded for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy, per the Big Ten.Harbaugh said he was “bitterly disappointed” with the officiating in Michigan’s 30-27 double-overtime loss to the Buckeyes.Harbaugh “bitterly disappointed with the officiating ” pic.twitter.com/dAfSeulW6A— angelique (@chengelis) November 26, 2016The Big Ten released the following statement about the punishment.Just in: #B1G reprimands Jim Harbaugh for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy, fines school $10,000. pic.twitter.com/F8UlnbyJNb— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 28, 2016Michigan, at 10-2, now awaits its College Football Playoff/bowl game status.
Lyon will look to reopen contract negotiations with Nabil Fekir if he fails to find a new home, according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas.France international Fekir remains in limbo after entering the final year of his deal with the Ligue 1 club.Liverpool appear to have cooled their interest after going close to completing a transfer 12 months ago, while links to Arsenal have come to nothing due to their inability to move Mesut Ozil on. 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 La Liga outfit Real Betis are now rumoured to be considering the 25-year-old as a possible replacement for Giovani Lo Celso, who is reportedly closing on a move to Tottenham.Aulas has previously declared his willingness to cash in but hopes club captain Fekir is left without a suitable destination.”Nabil has entered the final year of his contract so there may be a temptation for [interested] clubs to let the situation drag on,” Aulas told RMC Sport.”We’re strong enough economically to wait.”It would be very good news if he doesn’t find a club of a suitable size, since we would then enter negotiations [about a new contract].” Fekir won the World Cup with France last year and has scored 36 Ligue 1 goals across the past three seasons.Aulas promised not to put up any roadblocks if a bid reflecting his value is received.”With Nabil and the players who preceded him, I have always respected their deepest wish,” Aulas said.”He says that he wants to leave but maybe he will stay, and at that point we will try to agree an extension.”Sometimes unfair things happen in football and sometimes the conditions for a transfer are not met.”Nabil deserves a club to match his level and if he does not find it we will be very happy to try to extend his contract].”Lyon finished third in Ligue 1 last season, 19 points behind champions Paris Saint-Germain
Eddie Nketiah has not closed the door on a loan move away from Arsenal despite Unai Emery trying to slam it shut.The Gunners boss has expressed a desire to keep a highly-rated forward on his books for the 2019-20 campaign.Nketiah has been catching the eye for Arsenal in pre-season, netting three goals across two games in the International Champions Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? An Emirates Stadium academy graduate has suggested that he could be a useful support option to Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Spells elsewhere have, however, been mooted in the recent past, with there need to get regular minutes into an exciting prospect, and nothing is being ruled out with the window still open.Nketiah has said in The Mirror: “There was talk of [going out on loan] and it was close to happening in January but the club decided that I should stay and I tried to finish the season as strongly as possible.“We’ll see what happens in the future but I’m just enjoying the tour and in the future decisions will be made.“All I can do is do what I’m doing at the moment, work hard in training, work hard on the pitch, and scoring at the moment. I need to keep pushing, keep working and as for the season I want to be playing regularly.“After the pre-season tour, it’s something that I’ll look at with my family and speak to the manager and see what’s best for me.“I feel like I have a great relationship with the fans. It’s nice that they notice that and sing my name. That’s a dream come true. Even out here the fans are screaming my name.“They travel all around the world to see us play and support us. I always try to give them something back and I’m so grateful that they have taken to me like that as one of the boys from the academy and I hope it can continue.”Arsenal boss Emery had previously said when quizzed on his plans for Nketiah’s immediate future: “Last year in small moments when we could give him chances to be on the pitch he did very well. His progress can confirm, we want progress with every player.“He has a very good attitude and they need experience, minutes and confidence. The young energy is very important. “Nketiah was playing very well. Last year, in December we were thinking of loaning or not loaning the player to Germany and we decided he should stay with us to train and progress with us. “We started this preseason with the same idea as we finished last year. He’ll stay with us and my idea is that if you progress like we are seeing from you, you can have a chance with us.”Nketiah has taken in 19 competitive appearances for Arsenal to date, recording three goals.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN has released its final college football top 25 poll of the 2018 season.The season came to an end on Monday night, with No. 2 Clemson’s blowout of No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff national title game.It was an insane performance by the Tigers, who are rightfully finishing the year at the top of ESPN’s rankings.Here’s ESPN’s full top 25:ClemsonAlabamaOhio StateOklahomaNotre DameFloridaLSUTexasGeorgiaKentuckyUCFWashington StateTexas A&MWashingtonFresno StateSyracuseMichiganArmyAuburnPenn StateNorthwesternBoise StateCincinnatiOregonIowaWho’s ready for the 2019 season?We certainly are.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Tyler Lancaster #1, Justin Jackson #21, head coach Pat Fitzgerald, Clayton Thorson #18 and Godwin Igwebuike #16 of the Northwestern Wildcats lock arms before taking the field for a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)No. 8 Wisconsin throttled Michigan last week in a blowout win. There’s no question it was one of the more impressive victories of the season. But as typically happens in college football after a statement win, the Badgers are struggling a week later.Wisconsin is holding a slim, 7-3 lead at the half over Northwestern. In a game with two teams which field a similar style, it’s mostly even through two quarters.Defense is ballin’ out. #B1GCats x #GoCats pic.twitter.com/q0vpzbosnc— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) September 28, 2019The game wasn’t expected to be close. The Wildcats came into this contest with a 1-2 record with losses to Stanford and Michigan State. Neither defeat was all that competitive. But each game is a new season for teams across the country. Northwestern is trying to flip the switch and come away with a big win over Wisconsin.The Badgers started the game with an impressive touchdown drive. On fourth-and two, star RB Jonathan Taylor took the ball 13 yards for a touchdown — like last week, another fast start for Wisconsin.But that was all the Badgers could muster up on offense in the first half. Northwestern put together a 10 play, 83 yard drive later in the first period to tack on a field goal.Can the Wildcats pull of an unexpected upset? Or will Wisconsin get things figured out in the second half?Stay tuned for further updates about the game.