Burton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion are into the Carabao Cup semifinals after their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.On-loan Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh drilled low beyond Darren Randolph from the edge of the area at the start of the second half to ensure Burton’s memorable run in the competition continues, with the Brewers now having overcome higher-ranked opposition in four of their five EFL Cup ties this season.Burton are also the first team from the third tier to reach the semi-finals of the competition since Sheffield United, then managed by current Brewers boss Nigel Clough, in 2014-15.Middlesbrough, who were bidding to reach the last four for the first time since they won the trophy in 2004, had a great chance to equalise late on but Aden Flint headed Marcus Tavernier’s cross wide from two yards. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Herrera: De Gea was killing me over clean sheets!by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnder Herrera says David De Gea was “killing his mind” over Manchester United’s lack of clean sheets.The Red Devils grabbed only their sixth clean sheet across all competitions in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.And Herrera is thankful that United’s defence is beginning to improve under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”It’s very important, also because they have a fantastic striker (in) Salomon Rondon,” Herrera told reporters post-match.”He was scoring a lot of goals and our two centre-backs were really, really good. Even in the first-half, they had a small confusion and Jona made a fantastic tackle into the box.”I think all of us are in good form, clean sheet as well.”Very important for David as well. We wanted to make David happy because he was a little bit disappointed the last games.”I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I’m happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet.”
Texas Staffer Takes Shot At A&M, BaylorAs strange as it sounds, Baylor has been the dominant college football program in Texas over the last few seasons, and Texas A&M is still basking in the glow of its move to the SEC and the exciting Johnny Manziel era in College Station. Texas, meanwhile, is in the middle of a full rebuild under Charlie Strong, who enters his second season in Austin. That isn’t preventing Texas director of player personnel Mike Giglio from taking shots at Baylor and A&M. During today’s final day of the NFL Draft, Giglio used an ESPN clip to promote Strong-product Teddy Bridgewater over an unnamed Manziel, and took a shot at Baylor’s quarterback development after the Jets took Bryce Petty in the fourth round.Sounds like that’s what helped @teddyb_h2o become NFL Rookie of the Year instead of that spread QB taken before him pic.twitter.com/n1UGmGFlRb— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015Not much teaching going on up there huh? @McShay13 said he identified fronts in HS! Come to ATX & learn to be a pro! pic.twitter.com/w7cIuiz2Dw— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015The NFL Draft is a tremendous opportunity for top programs to promote themselves to fans and recruits. For the most part, they don’t do it by putting down rival teams, but Giglio doesn’t seem to have any issue with taking some shots today. [247Sports]
Twitter/@RPreslanWe’re just five days away from Selection Sunday, and college basketball fans – especially those in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Storrs and Cincinnati – are starting to freak out. Which teams are locks? Which teams are on the bubble? Which teams need to win their conference tournaments to get in? ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the answers.Wednesday morning, Lunardi dropped his latest version of bracketology, which makes a few things clear. Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament is likely a play-in game. UConn vs. Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament like is too.Lunardi currently has Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth and Saint Mary’s as the last four teams in. He has UConn, Oregon State, Tulsa and Valparaiso as the first four out. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Just Posted: The newest Bracketology, via @ESPNLunardi, heading into today’s action https://t.co/H59p1D2lP9 pic.twitter.com/mKsa6aAbZd— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 9, 2016 College basketball fans – does Lunardi have it right? Will you be watching all of the action today?More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
Expectations are rising at Florida.In 2015, Florida went 10-4 on the season, ultimately getting slaughtered in the Citrus Bowl 41-7 by Michigan. This year, however, the team has higher hopes for production. Mark Kierce created an epic hype video to prepare Gators fans for what he suggests could be one of Florida’s strongest seasons. “The optimism in the air is awesome. The excitement in the air is awesome. The gays are ready to get after it,” the video shows head coach Jim McElwain saying of his team to the media. “They’ve put in a ton of work for 15 opportunities.”The Gators are looking to play 15 games this season – that means a chance at a national championship.Check it out:What are your expectations for Florida in 2016?The Gators open their season Sept. 3 against UMass.
Ruben Neves’ superb strike gave Wolves a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup third round – making it back-to-back defeats for the Premier League leaders.Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the XI that lost by the same scoreline to title rivals Manchester City last Thursday and they turned in a lethargic first-half display, trailing at the break to Raul Jimenez’s opener.Divock Origi found a fine equaliser but Portugal midfielder Neves raised the decibel levels significantly at Molineux with a decisive 55th-minute long ranger. 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? One of the players Klopp retained from the City defeat, Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren, pulled up and had to be replaced in the sixth minute, meaning 16-year-old Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever became Liverpool’s youngest player in FA Cup historyIt was a couple of senior men who let their manager down in the 38th minute when Diogo Jota stole possession from James Milner and burst past Fabinho.Jota played in Jimenez, who still had plenty to do but bore down on goal and steered an unerring finish beyond Simon Mignolet.Liverpool pulled level six minutes into the second half when the hitherto anonymous Origi engineered a fraction of space on the edge of the box to smash home left footed.Parity did not last long as Neves found an even better finish by launching a typically dipping and swerving effort from 30 yards.| @rubendsneves_ pic.twitter.com/zecOXYTczM— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 7, 2019Jimenez had the chance to move Wolves closer to round four when he picked Hoever’s pocket but could not adjust his feet after going around Mignolet.The run of spectacular second-half strikes continued as a sumptuous free-kick from Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri hit the inside of the right post and somehow bounced to safety.Klopp then called for the big guns, sending on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but Wolves held on.What does it mean? Klopp turns attention back towards biggest challengeManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he was not in a position to choose between competitions and named a strong side to demolish Rotherham United 7-0 on Sunday. Klopp, whose squad depth is improved but does not quite match that enjoyed by Guardiola, evidently does not feel the same way and such a result always felt likely after the team-sheets were handed in.Neves adds another stunner to his collectionFormer Porto captain Neves won rave reviews early in the season but has only started one of Wolves’ past three Premier League matches. The 21-year-old was back to his sublime best here, controlling midfield with his exhaustive range of passing before producing another goal to linger in the memory.Listless Sturridge fails to make his caseLiverpool’s front two were notable for operating in not-so-splendid isolation before half-time but Origi at least got himself on the scoresheet in style after the break. Daniel Sturridge, who was England’s first-choice striker at the start of Gareth Southgate’s reign, appears to have accepted his lot as back-up following a string of injuries and the fabulous form of Jurgen Klopp’s forwards. However, he only has six months remaining on his Anfield contract and this was a sorry pitch for an extension.Key Opta Facts:- Wolves earned their first home win against Liverpool in seven attempts (D3 L3), since a 1-0 win in August 1981.- Liverpool have been eliminated from six of their last eight FA Cup ties against fellow Premier League opponents.- Wolves have eliminated Liverpool from the FA Cup five times – Stoke City are the only side they have knocked out of the competition more (6).- Raul Jimenez’s goal was Wolves’ first at home against Liverpool in 398 minutes, since Kenny Miller scored a 90th-minute goal against them in January 2004.- Eight of Ruben Neves’ nine goals for Wolves in all competitions have been from outside the box, with his other strike coming from the penalty spot.- Liverpool’s Divock Origi scored his second goal in the FA Cup, with the other also coming against Wolves back in January 2017.- Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has ended on the losing side in all four of his appearances in the FA Cup (three times with Stoke).What’s next?Liverpool will hope for more of the same from Wolves when they travel to Manchester City in seven days’ time, by which point an away victory at Brighton and Hove Albion could again put the Reds seven points clear of the reigning champions. read more
Wayne Rooney has urged Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho to snub overtures from Manchester United and continue to build his career in Germany.Sancho enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2018-19, contributing 13 goals and 19 assists in all competitions for the Bundesliga runners-up.Such form saw the former Manchester City teenager earn a first England call-up and interest from Old Trafford began to grow in the prodigious talent. 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 Reports suggest United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League saw them end their pursuit of Sancho this summer, though interest remains in the 19-year-old.But former Red Devils captain Rooney, who remains the club’s all-time record goalscorer, has warned Sancho of the dangers of returning to the Premier League, instead believing his development will be aided by remaining on the continent.”Dortmund is a great club with great fans, they trust their young players and you can see that in Sancho and the progress he has made in the last 12 months,” he told Bild.”Now Jadon has to ask himself whether he would get the playing time he gets in Dortmund when he moves to England, or would he just sit on the bench?”Playing time is so important for a young player like Jadon, so if he gets the most playing time in Dortmund, he should stay there.”With a move for Sancho off the table, United instead moved for Swansea City winger Daniel James to bolster their attacking ranks as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversees his first summer transfer market as manager of the 20-time English champions.Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has followed James through the entrance doors at Old Trafford with reports suggesting Harry Maguire could follow if the club meet Leicester City’s asking price, though this figure seems to be rising every week.Sancho, meanwhile, will be hopeful of combining with Dortmund new boys Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt next season following their arrivals from Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.Lucien Favre has also added Germany international defenders Nico Schulz and Mats Hummels to his squad as he looks to again challenge Bayern Munch for supremacy in Germany.
Lucas Hernandez said he is feeling “100 per cent” after making his long-awaited debut in Bayern Munich’s 23-0 win over local side FC Rottach-Egern.Bayern prised World Cup-winning France international Hernandez from Atletico Madrid in an €80million deal that was announced in March.Hernandez missed pre-season fixtures against Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Fenerbahce, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund after his 2018-19 campaign was cut short due to knee surgery. 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? But fans got their first glimpse of Hernandez in action as Bayern crushed Rottach-Egern at their training camp in Tegernsee on Thursday.Schlusspfiff am Tegernsee. #FCRFCB pic.twitter.com/esKdhvKTI5 — FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 8, 2019 After coming off the bench for the second half, Hernandez said: “I feel very well, I’m at 100 per cent. I have no discomfort, I feel physically very well and I’m ready to compete 100 per cent.”Hernandez could make his official debut on Monday when defending champions Bayern travel to Energie Cottbus in the DFB-Pokal first round.”I work, as I said before, to be able to play my first official match with Bayern and hopefully I can arrive in time for Monday,” he said.Bayern, who lost to rivals Borussia Dortmund in last week’s DFL-Supercup, are eyeing their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title this season.The German giants, meanwhile, have not won the Champions League since 2012-13 following their last-16 exit last term.Reaktionen: Salihamidzic und Hernández nach dem Testspielsieg gegen den FC Rottach-Egern. @brazzo @LucasHernandez #FCBayern pic.twitter.com/mLhVTyrQ9E — FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 8, 2019 “My personal goal is to win it all,” the 23-year-old added. “Everything we play, I want to win. I come here to win titles and I hope that this year we can win as much as possible.”
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)It wouldn’t be the college football offseason without players getting in trouble. Rutgers is the latest program to see some of its players run afoul of the law.According to a new report from NJ.com’s Keith Sargeant, multiple Rutgers players are being investigated for fraudulent use of credit card. The probe, which is being conducted by the Rutgers police department, could involve as many as eight players, Sargeant writes.No names have been mentioned as charges have not been filed.Breaking: Several Rutgers football players under investigation for fraudulent use of credit cards https://t.co/sz4foO2u4N #rutgers— Keith Sargeant (@KSargeantNJ) July 12, 2018Yesterday, Rutgers dismissed junior safety K.J. Gray and sophomore linebacker Brendan DeVera for an unspecified violation of team rules. Both players were expected to play key roles on the defense this season.It has not been confirmed by Rutgers that either player was involved in the ongoing investigation.Both players released statements following their dismissals.pic.twitter.com/SzMCWpL0p9— demon (@CampaignKJG_5) July 11, 2018pic.twitter.com/bVPUTG4rep— Brendan Devera® (@BrendanDevera) July 11, 2018Rutgers had several players involved in criminal activity during the final years of Kyle Flood’s tenure as head coach. Since taking over for Flood, Chris Ash has made it a point to try and clean up the culture in Piscataway.It remains to be seen where this investigation will go. Stay tuned.
14 Nov 1998: An overall view from inside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Volunteers defeated the Razorbacks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /AllsportIs Tennessee in trouble? That’s the question floating around after an absolute drubbing at the hands of West Virginia last weekend.The lead-up to the 2018 college football season didn’t exactly provide a platform for success for the Volunteers. A tumultuous coaching search led to the hiring of former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.Pruitt’s first game of the season as the head coach of the Vols came against Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier and it didn’t work out too well for the Volunteers – WVU won 40-14.The Vols have a friendly matchup against a lower-tier opponent. And yet, a Vegas computer is picking against Tennessee.OddsShark likes East Tennessee State to take down the Volunteers at Neyland Stadium.Is this a glitch in the computer, or is Tennessee really on upset alert against an FCS opponent in their home stadium?We’ll have to wait and see. Tennessee and East Tennessee State kick off on this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.