first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Villarreal near move for Leicester midfielder Iborraby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVillarreal are closing in on the signature of Leicester City midfielder Vicente Iborra.Leicester boss Claude Puel is happy to let the 30-year-old leave.He has only started three Premier League games this campaign.Iborra joined from Sevilla in the summer of 2017 for £10.5 million. And the club would like to get most of that money back from Villarreal.A deal should be done in the coming weeks, per Marca. last_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard: I know Giroud’s frustratedby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard understands Olivier Giroud’s frustrations at Chelsea, but wants the World Cup winner will stay at the club.The amazing play of Tammy Abraham this season has forced Giroud into a bit-part role for the Blues.The Frenchman has said he could look to leave in January, which wouldn’t please Lampard.”No, [we want him to stay] because at the minute, he is a big part of the squad. As I say, Tammy has been producing but I would sit down with him (Giroud) because I respect him. But no, I want him here,” Lampard told reporters at Stamford Bridge.”I have had a good chat with Oli before he went away. I always respect all the players, particularly of his age. I was in that sort of low-30s age. I love his professionalism. He was bang on when he spoke to me. He was bang on with his quotes when he was away with France.”He shouldn’t be happy and accept not playing. That’s what good players do. As I said to Oli, he will get his games and be a big influence for us. At the moment, because of how Tammy is playing at the moment, there haven’t been as many minutes.”So, that will be something I will sit down happily with Oli in January but January is quite a long way away.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is desperate for the Premier League to fix the “massive mistake” of the early end to the summer transfer window as he battles to keep his Tottenham squad together.While Pochettino has been satisfied with his own transfer business, bringing in the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, several of his players are targets for clubs abroad, where the transfer window is still open until as late as September 2.Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have all been linked with moves away with their contracts expiring at the end of this season. If they were to leave, Pochettino wouldn’t be able to replace them until the January window, leaving his squad vulnerable and unbalanced. 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? Premier League chairmen including Spurs’ Daniel Levy voted this year to keep the early deadline for a second season, but Pochettino is hoping they have seen the error of their ways.“I wasn’t in agreement [with the early close of the Premier League transfer window] but at that moment they believed that was best for the clubs,” Pochettino said.“But I think he [Levy] and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake. I hope that we fix the problem for the next season. I think we need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League.“It’s so clear that I cannot be happy as a coach that in the last three or four weeks that certain clubs from Europe can unsettle your team.“For me it’s not common sense and we need to go back quick, hope they have a good conversation at the Premier League and go back quickly [to how it was].”Pochettino was also keen to underline the difficulty of his job in improving his squad without the financial firepower to always keep hold of his star players.Kyle Walker Christian Eriksen Manchester City TottenhamAgainst Manchester City on Saturday, Spurs came up against former right-back Kyle Walker – now replaced in their starting eleven by youngster Kyle Walker-Peters.“I don’t like to complain but when Kyle Walker was at Tottenham and we sold him to City for £55 million two years ago, Kyle Walker-Peters was a kid,” Pochettino said. “Now we’ve sold Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters is playing.“Maybe he was the fourth, fifth option when Kyle Walker was here so I think it’s important people realise we’re building players and that they’re still young.“So it’s a process that is completely different when you compare it to Manchester City, to Manchester United or Arsenal, Chelsea, teams like this. They are preparing themselves to win.“We are playing to try to win but we have different resources to fight in the same race with teams that operate in a completely different way.“We’re in a process where every season is: rebuild the team. I am so happy because that makes us stronger and be creative. But of course it’s tough.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The mother of a former Ohio State football star took to Twitter over the weekend to criticize Urban Meyer for his comments on the investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.Annie Apple, the mother of former first-round pick Eli Apple, unloaded on Meyer on Twitter.“12 hours, Urban had to come with compassion for a woman who was terrorized, abused. 9 yrs since he knew of her abuser’s first arrest of domestic violence, did nothing & continued to enable him. Two days, it took him to come up with this self-serving “apology” after public outcry,” she wrote.“That’s other heartbreaking part. Urban & Shelly sat by for weeks while these vile fans ripped Courtney. Shelly text Urban about Zach “rage issues” but did nothing to defend Courtney to the public. Urban didn’t listen to his heart or his head. Urban was looking out for his wallet.”12 hours, Urban had to come with compassion for a woman who was terrorized, abused. 9 yrs since he knew of her abuser’s first arrest of domestic violence, did nothing & continued to enable him. Two days, it took him to come up with this self-serving “apology” after public outcry— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) August 25, 2018That’s other heartbreaking part. Urban & Shelly sat by for weeks while these vile fans ripped Courtney. Shelly text Urban about Zach “rage issues” but did nothing to defend Courtney to the public. Urban didn’t listen to his heart or his head. Urban was looking out for his wallet— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) August 25, 2018Apple, unsurprisingly, has gotten a decent amount of flak from Ohio State fans.She issued a response:My only response to trolls… ??‍♀️— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) August 27, 2018OK then.last_img read more

first_imgOhio State football players carrying Big Ten signs.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after their 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Big Ten football schedules will start to look a bit different, starting with the 2022 season.According to multiple reports, the conference is rotating the annual divisional crossover games that each team will have from 2022-2027.The last change came for the 2016-2021 seasons. Those were designed to make for competitive series.The new match-ups were drawn randomly, according to The Athletic.The 2022-2025 schedules, with dates, are available over at the Big Ten. The conference released that document today.Here is what the current and updated Big Ten crossover match-ups will look like. Program:2016-21 Opponent:2022-27 OpponentIllinoisRutgersPenn StateIndianaPurduePurdueIowaPenn StateRutgersMarylandMinnesotaNorthwesternMichiganWisconsinNebraskaMichigan StateNorthwesternMinnesotaMinnesotaMarylandMichigan StateNebraskaOhio StateMichiganNorthwesternMichigan StateMarylandOhio StateNebraskaWisconsinPenn StateIowaIllinoisPurdueIndianaIndianaRutgersIllinoisIowaWisconsinMichiganOhio StateMore on the even longer-term view on scheduling for the Big Ten, form The Athletic:League officials have arranged future rotations over a 36-year time frame so every team in each division plays each other 16 times, except for Indiana and Purdue, which meet 36 times. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers will face each cross-divisional opponent 12 times over 36 years.The nine-game conference schedule has potentially hurt the Big Ten a bit when it comes to the College Football Playoff. Last season, the league was left out along with the Pac-12, while the SEC landed two programs.The SEC, along with the ACC, still plays an eight game conference schedule, with one permanent and one rotating divisional crossover opponent.The Big Ten does have the advantage of a more cohesive league schedule, where teams play everyone from the other division relatively often. In the ACC and SEC, we’ll only get a Florida State-Virginia Tech game, like the one that will open the season next Monday, every six years, and those teams will only play in each stadium every 12 years.As of now, there is definitely no perfect solution when it comes to figuring out a conference slate within the 12 game schedule that exists in college football.last_img read more

first_imgurban meyer on the sideline of the maryland gameCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)The officiating in the first half of the Ohio State-Michigan game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio was questionable, at best.There were several controversial calls, including a big missed one at the end of the first half.Michigan had 13 players on the field prior to an Ohio State play late in the second quarter, but the officials missed it before a timeout was called.Check it out:See below for 13 defenders on the field. Offensive timeout after. Once again officiating has never been worse something needs to change.— Tanner Schultheis (@USAFBOps) November 24, 2018Ohio State ended up having to settle for a field goal on that drive.The Buckeyes go into halftime leading the Wolverines, 24-19.The second half of Ohio State-Michigan will begin shortly. The game is on FOX.last_img read more

first_imgThe Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 16: The Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)In two full seasons under head coach Major Applewhite, the Houston Cougars have struggled to find a similar level of success they had under Tom Herman. Houston’s embarrassing 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl now appears to have called Applewhite’s future into question.In a statement to Houston Chronicle writer Joseph Duarte, Houston president Renu Khator said that the team will “review and evaluate” Applewhite in days ahead.Houston finished the 2018 season with an 8-5 record.Last year the team finished with a 7-5 record following a loss in the Hawaii Bowl.University of Houston president Renu Khator to the Houston Chronicle on the state of the football program under coach Major Applewhite: “We have had a tough season, for sure, with a lot of injuries. We understand. We will review and evaluate.”— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) December 23, 2018Applewhite took over as head coach following Tom Herman’s departure at the end of the 2016 season. His first game at the helm was a 34-10 loss to San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl.In 2018, Houston started the season 7-1 and seemed poised for a spot in the AAC Championship Game. But the team lost three of their last four regular season games.The Cougars have gone 15-11 under Applewhite, with the three bowl game losses.last_img read more

first_imgA man holding a UCF flag in the air.ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the AAC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)A major college athletics program might be out $1 million thanks to the Alliance of American Football league’s decision to suspend all operations.UCF reportedly had a seven-figure agreement with the AAF to host the home games for the Orlando Apollos at Spectrum Stadium.WFTV9 in Orlando is now reporting that the AAF never paid the lease for the stadium agreement.The hits just keep on coming…. UCF loses more than $1 million in stadium agreement with Apollos, #AAF— Christopher Heath (@CHeathWFTV) April 4, 2019From the report:Sources around the league said the AAF never paid UCF for the lease it signed to play at the stadium — leaving the university with a hit of over $1 million. It is believed the UCF Athletics Association never sent an invoice to the team.Channel 9 requested a copy of the agreement between UCF and the league, but were told it was exempt from public record because the athletics association is a support organization of the university.Channel 9 also asked the the university if third party vendors were paid by the league, but they refused answer.The Apollos, coached by Steve Spurrier, were the best team in the AAF for the first two months of the league.Spurrier said he was extremely disappointed with the league’s decision to fold.“All the players, coaches, we’re disappointed,” Spurrier said. “We really were led to believe that the Alliance was well funded.”UCF probably isn’t too happy with the decision, either.last_img read more

first_img At his ceremony, he initially put on a Tennessee hat, but quickly threw it across the room, before unveiling a Georgia shirt under his jacket.In the process, he helped Georgia beat out Alabama, the team he had committed to, for the No. 1 class in the country. Alabama hadn’t finished outside of the top spot in 247Sports’ composite team rankings in years.Walker regrets how it went down, though. He didn’t play much in his first year at Georgia, and has made a switch to inside linebacker that has been difficult at times for him. In the process, he says he’s matured, and now regrets how he handled National Signing Day.From The Telegraph:“I hate talking about it, but I know it’ll be brought up for the rest of my life,” he said in his first media availability as a sophomore at Georgia. “Looking back on it, I think it was very immature of me. I was just a kid from a small town who was happy to be where I was.”Quay Walker credits the position change and a freshman season in which he didn’t see much playing time with “humbling” him. Now, his career appears to be on the upswing during his sophomore season, after a nice performance in UGA’s season opening win over Vanderbilt.Head coach Kirby Smart says the “sky’s the limit” for the talented linebacker. While he may have some regrets on how he specifically spurned Tennessee, he’ll be looking to make some big plays against the strugglings Vols when the two sides face off in Knoxville on Oct. 5.[The Telegraph] Kirby Smart reacting to a Georgia game.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second half against the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Back in February 2018, the recruitment of four-star linebacker Quay Walker was a major turning point for a trio of SEC rivals. The decision he made on National Signing Day might’ve been the most surprising one available.Walker entered Signing Day committed to Alabama. Few expected him to wind up putting his commitment to the Crimson Tide in ink.Tennessee had just hired Jeremy Pruitt as head coach. Walker had committed to ‘Bama with Pruitt on staff, and the expectation seemed to be that he would flip to the Vols and sign to play in Knoxville.It wound up being the third team involved that landed him. Walker made his pledge to his home state Georgia Bulldogs, and trolled Tennessee, whose colors adorned his Twitter account for the week leading up, in the process.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli’s special gesture for Pink Test wins Glenn McGrath’s heart4th Test, Day 3, Brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178), Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71), Australia trail India by 386 runs. Glenn McGrath said Virat Kohli’s gesture of wearing pink gloves and having pink handle and sticker on his bat was a special momentadvertisement Ritayan Basu SydneyJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 16:04 IST Virat Kohli presented his pink cap to Glenn McGrath in support of the Pink Test’s cause (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS4th Test Day 3, brief scores: Australia 236/6, trail India (622 for 7 declared) by 386 runs. Marcus Harris (79), Kuldeep Yadav (3 for 71)Virat Kohli had told Glenn McGrath he had something special in mind for the pink TestKohli wore pink gloves along with pink bat grip and stickers when he walked out to bat4th Test, Day 3 Scores(Full scorecard)Brief scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsVirat Kohli was seen sporting pink gloves along with pink bat grip and stickers when he walked out to bat on the first day of the fourth amd last Test in Sydney on Thursday.Kohli won praise on social media for his effort in support of the McGrath Foundation, who raise funds for the McGrath Breast Care Nurses and help increase ‘breast health understanding’.Every year, Australia’s New Year Test is the Pink Test with the third day of the match named Jane McGrath day in honour of Glenn McGrath’s late wife.Virat Kohli @imVkohli showing his passionate support for the McGrath Foundation with his pink bat and glovesWhat. A. Legend!#pinktest #IndianCricketTeam #AUSvsIND #itsyourpinktest Foundation (@McGrathFdn) January 3, 2019The former Australia pacer in an interview to the host broadcasters said how Team India captain Virat Kohli’s action won him over.”One night Virat Kohli came up to me and he said that he had something special for Sydney. I have got my pink ready, it is all pinked up for Sydney,” McGrath said.”And then when he walked out to bat and to see the pink on his glove and his pads and his pink bat with the grip, logo all in pink… It was a very special moment,” McGrath added.advertisementThe Sydney Cricket Ground hosted its first Pink Test back in 2009 when Australia played South Africa. For the last 10 years, Australia have continued the tradition with the ongoing match being the 11th Test.”Well Pink is a colour that I never had around during cricket here when I was younger. But now half my wardrobe is pink. When you see big, strong boys wearing pink… you know it is special,” McGrath said.Before the start of day’s play, the Indian and the Australian cricket team presented McGrath with their pink caps, which will be auctioned off to raise for the cause.It is #PinkDay here at the SCG and #TeamIndia did their bit before the start of play in support of the McGrath Foundation #PinkTest (@BCCI) January 5, 2019Always a special moment as the two teams present @glennmcgrath11 with their pink caps.The caps will be up for auction to support @McGrathFdn at #AUSvIND #PinkTest (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019The Australian team had earlier clicked their team photo in their Baggy Pink’s to preview the Test.Also Read | Still a bit sore, hopefully I can sleep well after this Test match: Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | KL Rahul receives praise from umpire for sportsman spiritAlso Watch | How Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami set up Marnus Labuschagne’s dismissalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Pink TestFollow Glenn McGrathFollow Glenn McGrath foundationFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 4th TestFollow Day 3Follow Jane McGrath daylast_img read more