Man Utd boss Solskjaer: What I can teach Rashfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no doubts about the potential of Marcus Rashford.Solskjaer wants to teach the England striker how to become a fox in the box after he struggled for goals under predecessor Jose Mourinho. He said: “I think Marcus has got his own motivation to become the best player he can be.“He has got far more than I did in terms of his physical attributes, his pace, his strength and striking the ball from outside the box. But maybe I can give him a little bit of the nous I had inside the box. I'm talking about the little moves you make to get free, that little bit of calmness in front of goal."Marcus is only 21. He's still learning. The most important thing I can see is to just settle him down in front of goal.“I've seen him rush a few finishes. He thinks 'I've got to get a shot off early' when sometimes you just need to pass it past the keeper. I always say that the goal never moves. So I am really looking forward to working with him." About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say MLS looking at sponsorship for VARby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMajor League Soccer (MLS) is 'actively selling' sponsorship inventory for the match breaks created by video assistant referee (VAR) technology, according to league executive Carter Ladd, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The North American soccer league's senior vice president of business development, confirmed to the Sports Business Journal (SBJ) that MLS is engaged in a "couple of ongoing conversations" with companies interested in sponsoring VAR, which was introduced to the league in 2017.The SBJ's report added that one in three MLS matches this season have involved a VAR review, which is intended to correct clear and obvious errors made by the on-field officials relating to major moments such as goals, penalties and red cards.MLS also told the SBJ that a potential VAR sponsorship could see a brand be on screen for the entire length of a review, while the company could also get mentioned by broadcasters."There's very, very few opportunities where a brand can become part of the fabric of the sport in a meaningful way," said Ladd of a potential VAR sponsorship, speaking to the SBJ. He added: "If there's going to be some sort of product integration [with VAR], it's got to be authentic. It's got to be endemic."
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Positives in Man City defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva felt they weren't strong enough in attack for defeat to Manchester City.Silva's team suffered a third consecutive Premier League defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday evening after goals from Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling overcome Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first-half opener. "We didn't get the most important thing in football, as you know, which is the result, but we got some positives for sure from the game," the manager explained afterwards."Analysing the game, we didn't start like we wanted to. They started the game strong, faster with the ball than us, more aggressive than us."Until the goal they scored, the first, they were clearly better than us. After that we showed that reaction and desire to challenge them and try and get a different result."The reaction was really good and after that the game was more balanced with the possession and the quality they have to break that immediate pressure in some moments."
Chelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattarenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are tracking PSV Eindhoven prospect Mohamed Ihattaren.The 17 year-old has been a revelation for PSV Eindhoven this season, scoring one goal and producing three assists in seven appearances in the Eredivisie.Calciomercato.com says the teen is attracting interest from Chelsea.Ihattaren is tied to PSV until 2022.Chelsea, dependent on appeal, cannot buy new players until next summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wilfried Zaha rethinks quitting Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWilfried Zaha has gone cold on quitting Crystal Palace.Zaha admits his “head was all over the place" after proposed summer moves to Arsenal and Everton collapsed over his club's £80m asking price.He said: “I'm seeing how it goes. I'm a Crystal Palace player and I'm just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club.“I'm not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes. The season's gone well so far. We've got a lot more in us.“I'm happy with the squad and everyone's happy with where we are right now. All I can do is perform on the pitch. I'm trying to be a consistent performer on the pitch week in, week out."
Diego Simeone has insisted that signing and developing young players is a key part of Atletico Madrid’s philosophy as they reportedly close in on the signing of Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix.The 19-year-old forward has impressed in his native Portugal, scoring 15 goals and registering nine assists in just 26 league appearances last season.He is reported to have a €120 million (£107m/$134m) release clause and had previously been strongly linked with Juventus, among other interested clubs, but Atletico appear to have won the race for the youngster’s signature, something Simeone believes is an integral part of how the club is run. 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? “Historically, Atletico buy young players to develop them here. Like what happened with [Jan] Oblak, [Jose] Gimenez, Lucas Hernandez when they came through from youth teams – or Griezmann,” Simeone told Fox Sports Argentina.“We want a talented guy who can absorb our ideas. Our technical staff is already working on some situations to help to develop players.”Simeone is dealing with a changing of the guard at Atletico, with a generation of veterans, including Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran at the end of their contracts, but he trusts that the younger players at the club will step up to fill the void.“It's a difficult transition we're going through, but we face it with hope. It is a challenge and today we have to face it because we are losing senior guys who have given a lot to the club.“We are looking for Atletico to compete again as they have done so far. For seven and a half years, we were second, third, first, second. It's not easy.“Our renovation began last year with Fernando Torres, Gabi, now Juanfran, all references, my men, those who gave me everything and who did it wonderfully well.“At this time we were preparing Oblak, Saul, Gimenez to make them the leaders of the new squad. They are not the same as they once were – you have to try to empower them and convince them.“If Joao Felix and others come with different characteristics than we had before, then we will have to play differently.“In training we will see where we are going ... It is clear that this year's challenge is one of the most complex since I arrived at the club.”
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 11: The Kentucky Wildcats line up against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson committed to Kentucky football back in September. Obviously, this season’s results have probably helped solidify his choice.Kentucky is 9-3 on the year, finishing second in the SEC East behind only Georgia. The Wildcats got their first win over Florida in decades as well.Interestingly, just 62-percent of the 247Sports crystal ball voters believe he will wind up signing with Mark Stoops’ club, with Wisconsin and Purdue eating into those numbers.The other 38-percent can probably go ahead and switch their predictions now.Isaiah Gibson’s new wildcat tattoo should make his Kentucky football commit about as solid as it gets.He tweeted out the new ink on Wednesday.Some New Ink ??? pic.twitter.com/6YLKqZgIL5— Isaiah Gibson (@IsaiahGibson75) December 5, 2018Gibson also says he is planning to head to Orlando for Kentucky’s Citrus Bowl match-up against Penn State.Kentucky finished the regular season ranked No. 14 in the final Top 25 put out by the College Football Playoff selection committee. Penn State is No. 12, so this should be a pretty intriguing match-up at Camping World Stadium.Gibson, an Ohio native, is the No. 598 player in the country per 247Sports‘ composite rankings. He’s the No. 40 defensive tackle and No. 23 player from Ohio in the 2019 class.
TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)College football’s 2019 recruiting cycle is officially wrapping up today with the second of two National Signing Days taking place.The day isn’t over yet, of course, but a winner has already been declared.Shockingly, it’s Alabama.247Sports has named the Crimson Tide the winner of this year’s recruiting cycle and it’s not particularly close.“Still a few precincts left to report, but we’re calling the race for Alabama. After a year away from the top spot, the Crimson Tide put together one of the best recruiting classes in history,” 247Sports announced.Still a few precincts left to report, but we’re calling the race for Alabama.After a year away from the top spot, the Crimson Tide put together one of the best recruiting classes in history. https://t.co/KgT0WXmsSB— 247Sports (@247Sports) February 6, 2019Alabama’s 2019 class is one of its best under head coach Nick Saban and that’s a pretty scary thought for the rest of the college football world, considering how great the program’s recruiting has been under his leadership.From 247Sports:Alabama is simply chasing history at this point. With more of the day left to unfold, Alabama has an opportunity to piece together one of the highest ranked classes of all time. When the dust settles on Wednesday, Alabama is likely to be sitting in the top five of all time and as of this publication, Saban could still finish with his highest ranked class ever, topping the Tua Tagovailoa-led 2017 class. This class already features the highest average ranking per commitment of any class in Nick Saban’s tenure.You can view Alabama’s full class here.
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)It’s no secret that college football head coaches are constantly in competition with each other on the recruiting front. Friday night, via the 2,000 texts/emails that Ohio State released relating to the Zach Smith allegations, we got a look at how Ohio State operated under Urban Meyer.Meyer, in one text, noted that Alabama and other programs had been trying to hire away a number of his assistants – including Ryan Day, Alex Grinch, Greg Schiano and Zach Smith. In another text, he appears to suggest that Ohio State should “leak” that the Crimson Tide were trying to poach his coaches.Meyer, in the text, appears to imply that it would help Ohio State’s recruiting if recruits knew that Alabama was trying to his away his coaches.This is likely par for the course in college football recruiting. But it’s still fascinating to actually read. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p On January 19, 2018, Urban appears to suggest they could leak that Alabama was interested in recruiting away Ohio State coaches (this has yet to be verified to have happened) #OhioState #Alabama #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/xwhAVXAIoS— Scott Levy (@ScottLevy88) August 2, 2019The irony here, of course, is that Nick Saban’s staff has been gutted the past few years because of how successful he’s been.Meyer, as we all know, was suspended three games for how he handled the allegations against Smith. He eventually resigned after the 2018 season.Smith, meanwhile, was fired before the 2018 season.
Since Texas won’t have Johnson against Oklahoma State, it puts more pressure on Jake Smith and Devin Duvernay to make plays in the passing game.Without Johnson on the field last Saturday, the Longhorns still managed to score 48 points.BREAKING:Collin Johnson is OUT (hamstring) for today’s Oklahoma State Texas game, Tom Herman tells Alex Loeb.— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) September 21, 2019Texas has struggled against Oklahoma State in recent years. The news of Johnson missing the game certainly won’t make the fans in Austin feel very comfortable about their chances tonight.Nonetheless, the Longhorns enter this matchup as the odds-on favorites to win this game.Kickoff for the Texas-Oklahoma State game is at 7:30 p.m. ET from Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium. DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: Collin Johnson #9 of the Texas Longhorns pulls in a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first half of the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)When the Texas Longhorns battle the Oklahoma State Cowboys tonight, the Big 12 powerhouse will have to compete without its best wide receiver. Collin Johnson is going to be inactive due to an injury.Texas has such a great offensive scheme that it should continue having success even without Johnson on the field. Tom Herman and Sam Ehlinger present one of the toughest coach-quarterback combinations to defeat.In two games this season, the senior wideout has seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown.Herman told the media that Johnson is out for the Longhorns’ Big 12 opener is because he’s nursing a hamstring injury.