Barcelona to make Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willianby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are ready to make a Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willian.The midfielder’s contract is due to expire in 2020.Mundo Deportivo says the Spanish giants had previously attempted to sign the 31-year-old from Chelsea, but saw bids of £40million and £60m rejected, however he is free to negotiate pre-contract deal with foreign clubs from January 1 2020.It is unclear whether Chelsea will attempt to retain Willian, with Frank Lampard focused on bringing through a young crop of players including Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.Willian has made six appearances for the new manager so far this season and seems to be a key part of the side again. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the groundby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is staying grounded over growing transfer interest.Switzerland international Zakaria has the likes of Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all keen.And Gladbach have intimated a willingness to sell for €50m.But the youngster says: “I’m happy with Borussia and I want to play a big season with Gladbach if possible. “The important thing is that I keep my feet on the ground and do not worry about the other things.”
If you aren’t a big fan of either Stephen A. Smith or Skip Bayless, you may want to skip this one. Friday, the two gave their takes on the Braxton-Miller-is-switching-positions news, and, as you might guess, it’s being met with a great deal of criticism.While Smith’s initial rant mostly goes in circles (per usual), he does mention that it initially gave him “cause for pause” when he heard that Miller, a black quarterback, was being encouraged to play another position. Considering the team’s other two options – J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones – are also black, he claims that this scenario is a bit different. Bayless, meanwhile, thinks that Barrett might win the position. According to Smith, there’s no chance of that happening.Enjoy, we think.
shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateClemson and Florida State are set to tangle this Saturday, and more than likely, the contest will decide which team wins the Atlantic division in the ACC. Despite losing the last three matchups to the Seminoles, at least one Tigers player is confident about how his team will perform. Junior defensive end Shaq Lawson talked a bit of trash Monday, telling reporters that he believes that the Tigers will “show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson” by the time the game is over. Cook, at one point, was committed to play for the Tigers before flipping and attending FSU instead.@Shaq_Lawson90 “We’re going to show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson by the end of the night.” pic.twitter.com/X0tZSNpkXP— CUTigers.com (@CUTigers_com) November 2, 2015#Clemson DE Shaq Lawson talks trash: “We’re going to show Dalvin Cook why he should have come to Clemson by the end of the night.” #FSU— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) November 2, 2015Tigernet.com has video of the press conference, if you’re interested.Cook has become a star this year, rushing for over 1,000 yards in just seven games. If Clemson is actually able to shut him down (provided he plays), it’ll have a much easier time leaving Memorial Stadium victorious.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is in Columbus for tomorrow’s big showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State, which means that former Michigan star Desmond Howard, who is an analyst for the show, is in enemy territory. One Buckeyes supporter appears to have gone overboard in making sure Howard doesn’t feel at home.Friday morning, Howard, on SportsCenter, told Cari Champion that he’d been flipped off and screamed at by an Ohio State supporter on his walk to the set. Hours later, a fan claimed responsibility on Twitter and called out Howard in the process. We’ve gone ahead and transcribed what Howard told viewers. We imagine that the fan is going to eventually delete all of his tweets, including the video – it isn’t a good look at all.“On my way to the set, I came across a young man, a student here, who showed me that he thought I was No. 1 with one of his fingers and then he – he went on to say that, using this foul language, that he wanted to have some sort of weird sexual relations with Michigan. So I told him, hey buddy, I don’t blame you, I blame your parents and the way you were raised, have a good day young man.” Told Desmond Howard right to his face, “fuck Michigan” he wasn’t happy pic.twitter.com/7FVSVhcGE0— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015ok chill Desmond you didn’t say anything to me pic.twitter.com/tt5laMhEJy— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015.@DesmondHoward say it to my face next time and not on sports center. You don’t want these hands chump— Matt Schroth (@Schroth21) November 20, 2015Rivalries are great, but this kind of stuff isn’t cool at all. Maybe a simple “Go Bucks!” would have sufficed instead.
Eden Hazard has said he loves playing at Anfield as he reflected on the Carabao Cup third round goal he netted for Chelsea against Liverpool in September. The winger scored a mesmeric solo effort in the 85th minute to give the Blues a 2-1 victory after they had overturned a 1-0 Liverpool lead. Hazard has put a total of seven goals past the Reds in his career, four of which have come at Anfield, and also scored three days after the cup encounter when the teams met in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. 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? Speaking to Belgian publication HLN, Hazard said: “I love Anfield. The stadium, the pitch, the atmosphere. I love to play there.”I have already scored several goals at Anfield, always against Simon [Mignolet] – sorry! But this one was worth it. One of my most beautiful goals ever. It had everything. And it was also one against a big club. That gives it extra exposure.”I came on with 20 minutes to play. And I lost the first five balls I touched. I thought: ‘Oh, oops, this is all going wrong’. Until I started running and dribbling. I saw the gap and kicked the ball. Bam! The excitement was huge.”After the match I have watched the goal several times. On repeat. I do that from time to time in the bus. The moments you enjoy.”All my friends sent me messages too. All very praising. ‘Wow’. There was even a video of the goal with the music of Titanic – didn’t you show that to me? Epic.”Hazard has been a vital player for Chelsea this term and is their top scorer with 12 goals, three ahead of Alvaro Morata in second.But there has been consistent speculation linking him with a move away from the Bridge, in particular to Real Madrid, and the Belgian has failed to rule out a move could be on the cards in the summer. He even admitted he dreamed of playing for Los Blancos as a child back in December.There have been suggestions that Real’s hierarchy see Hazard as the replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left to join Juventus last year.
Celtic begin 2019 with a trip to the Excelsior Stadium, where they will meet League One outfit Airdrie in a Scottish Cup fourth-round tie.The Hoops have spent the three-week winter break stewing over their defeat to Rangers before the end of 2018, and have responded decisively in the transfer window with three new additions already.Although the league remains the chief objective for the Parkhead club, defending the Scottish Cup, which they have won in each of the last two years, is also an important goal and they will expect an emphatic start to that quest in North Lanarkshire. 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? Game Celtic v Airdrie Date Saturday, January 19 Time 5:15 pm GMT / 12:15 pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the UK, the game is being shown on Premier Sports 1 and streamed on Premier Player. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Player Squads & Team News Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, De Vries Defenders Izaguirre, Benkovic, J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Ralston, Miller Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Allan, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Mulumbu, Burke, Hayes, Christie Forwards Edouard, Johnston, Weah Tim Weah, Vakoun Bayo and Oliver Burke have all been added to the Celtic squad over the course of January to date, and it seems probable that they will be gently introduced into the action. Bayo has not received international clearance and will not be available.Brendan Rodgers still has a significant list of complaints before the weekend’s match, with Kieran Tierney, Ebou Kouassi and Daniel Arzani out.Tom Rogic is away on international duty and Leigh Griffiths remains on a leave of absence.Nir Bitton is back training, however, Olivier Ntcham is fit and Filip Benkovic has shrugged off a knee problem.The artificial surface may mean that Scott Brown is not used from the start.Possible Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Benkovic, Boyata, Izaguirre; Ntcham, Christie; Forrest, McGregor, Sinclair; Edouard Position Airdrie squad Goalkeepers Hutton, McKenzie Defenders Crighton, Robertson, Page, MacDonald, O’Neil, McIntosh, Edwards Midfielders Campbell, Gallagher, Conroy, Millar, Stewart, Wilkie Forwards Duffy, Carrick, McIntosh, Vitoria Airdrie are unlikely to switch too significantly away from the side that has seen them enjoy a good burst of form in League One, culminating in a 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers last weekend.Wing-back Scott Stewart, whose father Sandy featured for Airdrie in Scottish Cup final defeats to Rangers and Celtic in the 1990s, left that game prematurely and is a doubt, while goalkeeper Scott Gallacher is a long-term absentee and defender Dean Cairns is set to miss out too. Possible Airdrie starting XI: Hutton; O’Neil, Crighton, MacDonald; Stewart, Gallagher, Millar, Campbell, Edwards; McIntosh, WilkieBetting & Match Odds Celtic are red-hot favourites to come out on top at home, with bet365 offering odds of 1/10 on a Bhoys victory. Airdrie are considered a 16/1 bet to win, while a draw is 9/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Celtic finished 2018 on a low note as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rangers at Ibrox, but Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that can act as a spur to bring even more out of his team.Indeed, the board have been pushed into action and three signings have already been made by the Hoops – Tim Weah, Oliver Burke and Vakoun Bayo. Rodgers is pleased with the work that has been done to bolster the attacking line and remains hopeful that more business will be completed imminently.“They’re settling in very well,” he said of the new recruits. “Oliver and Timothy joined us in Dubai and it’s been great for them to be spending time on and off the pitch with the players. That’s proved invaluable for us.“Over the course of the next six months I’m sure we’ll see them improve and develop as players. “It’s great to have them all on board. All three are young talents with very big potential and it’ll be great to nurture that.”Meanwhile, he is not about to take Airdrie lightly.“These types of games can always be difficult but we’ve done our work and analysed Airdrie, so we’ll look forward to the game on Saturday evening and look to get into the next round,” he said.“We’re looking forward to the game. We have a little run of games here at home. In my last two years here, we’ve played really well at home and have some great performances, so we want to start off the defence of the trophy again.”The Diamonds, meanwhile, lie fifth in League One but have seen some improvement in recent weeks under Ian Murray, who has guided them on a four-match undefeated run recently. The challenge that lies ahead, however, is an immense one.
Jurgen Klopp opted to take the positives out of Liverpool’s first pre-season match in the United States after the Reds fell to a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Indiana.Youngsters Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for the Reds, but Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Bruun Larsen were all on target for Dortmund as they recorded a win against the club led by their former boss.Internationals such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk were given their first minutes of pre-season in the second half and Klopp believed fresher players were the difference in the heat. 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? “It was tough for both teams with the circumstances – wow, it was warm,” he said.”When we had to come out for 15 minutes with the line-up from the first half and Dortmund changed and brought on fresh legs, that was the decider I would say.”There was a lot of good moments of football and you can see they are a step further in pre-season than we are.” The German added that the playing minutes were structured for good reason, despite the early part of the second half being the decisive period of the game.”It was an important session for us all. 60 minutes for one team was maybe a bit too much, but they had to go through this,” Klopp said.”30 minutes for the other team was exactly right. That’s the situation we face at the moment, that’s early pre-season, we have to do it like this and use it as the main sessions.”How we conceded the goals was due to lack of organisation around the situations. When you change a lot in the team, then it’s quite difficult to have the perfect organisation. This will be better later in pre-season.”I still don’t like what I see in the game very often in pre-season, but I know the reason for it.”Liverpool face Sevilla at Fenway Park in their next pre-season fixture. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)For years, Alabama would not play a true road game out of conference. That is coming to an end. Beginning in 2022, we’re being treated to an Alabama vs. Texas home-and-home.Texas will bring the Crimson Tide to Austin in 2022. That will be the first true road game in non-conference play for the Crimson Tide since 2011. That year, ‘Bama traveled to Penn State.The following year, the Longhorns head to Tuscaloosa. Depending on how Tom Herman has turned around Texas, these two games could be truly massive.From the Longhorns’ release on the Alabama vs. Texas series:Texas (898/2nd NCAA) and Alabama (891/5th NCAA) have combined to play 248 years of football and post 1,789 all-time victories. Having last met in the 2009 National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl, the Longhorns and Crimson Tide have played nine times dating back to 1902 with Texas holding a 7-1-1 series advantage. The traditional college football powers have only met three times on their home fields with the last coming in Austin in 1922. The Longhorns played at Alabama in 1902, and the Crimson Tide traveled to Austin in 1915. The bowl matchups have taken place in the 1947 Sugar Bowl, 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl, 1964 Orange Bowl, 1972 and 1982 Cotton Bowls and most recently the 2010 Rose Bowl.Texas and Ohio State last met in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in 2009. The two schools, with a combined 253 years of college football history, are tied for second on the NCAA all-time victory chart with 898 wins for a combined 1,796. They didn’t meet until 2005, but have met three times over the last 13 years, including a home-and-home series in 2005 and 2006. Texas holds a 2-1 advantage in those matchups.This news has an impact on a few other programs. Texas tossed in an announced home game against UTEP in 2020 to this release.The Longhorns have also canceled a potentially-notable game. UCF was set to come to Austin in 2023, which will no longer happen. There’s no telling what the Knights will be in five years, but obviously the team went undefeated this year.The biggest impact comes on Texas’s upcoming series against Ohio State. The two were set to have a home-and-home in 2022-23, but that has now been moved back to 2025-26 to accommodate Alabama vs. Texas. Texas will host the first game, and head to Columbus for the second.[Texas]