About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident getting the players to play for him.Solskjaer says he’s done it all as a player and manager.He told MUTV: “I’ve had 300-400 games as a first-team manager. I’m confident. I’ve won the league, I’ve won cups, I’ve been relegated.”It’s about man management. It’s about managing players, staff and it’s about getting the best out of everyone.”The boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] will always be the best at that. I get my managerial style from him. He’s been the biggest influence but then again we’re different. I’m a different personality.”I like to speak to people, I like to engange with people, I want to see people express themselves. That makes me happy.”On assistant manager Mike Phelan, he added: “That (appointing him) was the first thing I thought about. I’m young, Kieran and Michael are young.”I rang him and he was at a coaching course in Burnley when I rang him. He’s an incredible calming influence. His football knowledge is really really good.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham lose Hugo Lloris before Leicester kickoffby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham lost Hugo Lloris before kickoff against Leicester City.He was forced to rush back to London to attend the birth of his child.Lloris was due to start but left the team hotel on Saturday morning to be by his wife’s side in hospital, meaning Spurs have had to make a late selection change.Back-up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has replaced Lloris between the posts, as the 27-year-old makes just his 13th appearance since joining the club in August 2017.
Crystal Palace plan new January move for Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are planning a new move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi in January.Palace, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, plan to bolster their attack when the transfer window reopens and have made Chelsea striker Batshuayi a leading target, says the Daily Mail.The 26 year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and was a popular figure, scoring six times in 11 starts and 13 appearances in total.Palace hope Chelsea could be persuaded to part with Batshuayi due to Tammy Abraham’s emergence, along with the presence of Olivier Giroud in Frank Lampard’s squad, and also the Belgian’s contract situation.Batshuayi signed a five-year deal when he joined Chelsea, who beat Palace to his signature, from Marseille in 2016 for £33m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Kuyt: Klopp’s squad better than 2008/09by Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dirk Kuyt says the current team is better than the 2008-09 squad.Managed by Rafa Benitez, the Reds finished second behind Manchester United that year with a squad featuring Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.And Kuyt thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side will go one better this season.”We were very close to success,” Kuyt told Liverpool’s official website of the 2008-09 squad, “we just missed a small detail to go one step further.”With the likes of Stevie [Gerrard] and Jamie Carragher, Mascherano, Torres and other very good players, we just missed a little something.”If you see the build-up of the team of Klopp, you see it progressing every time and it looks like it’s now coming to success also in the Premier League. We were a particular team like that, only we couldn’t go one step further at that time.”Hopefully this team will do it because, in my opinion, this team now on the pitch is even better than ours.”
When you’re undefeated and dominating the competition like No. 1 Kentucky is, you’re bound to inspire passionate fans to drum up unique ways to express their love and appreciation. What better way for two fans to show their devotion to UK basketball than with a little Bluegrass tribute?That’s what the Jenkins twins decided to do. They recorded a musical ode to their beloved Wildcats, complete with shout outs of every key player, and jokes about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino and Bill Self drinking vodka. The chorus of the song features the line “We’re going to ‘Nap town on this Big Blue Train.” It’s a reference to Indianapolis, or ‘Nap Town, where the 2015 Final Four will be held.All in all, it’s entertaining in a quirky and hilarious way. [H/T : @KySportsRadio ]
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal between the Florida State Seminoles and the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman has done the Seminoles proud, rushing for 811 yards through 11 games for the Atlanta Falcons. But Freeman will likely find himself as a fan favorite in Tallahassee for another reason this week.In the team’s locker room this past Friday, Freeman called out a cameraman who was wearing Florida Gators gear. Freeman found a roll of black tape and covered up the logo. Check it out:So this happened today @devontafreeman @AHittel pic.twitter.com/jeXktGa4N8— Ashley Rose (@AshleyTVRose) December 4, 2015Well-played, for sure. We imagine the cameraman won’t be making the same mistake next time around.
Jim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh and his staff are down in Atlanta for today’s satellite camp with Georgia at Cedar Grove High School, but beforehand, he took the chance to meet a local legend. Harbaugh sat down with Atlanta Braves great Hank Aaron, while wearing his jersey.Jim Harbaugh’s local attire for today’s Atlanta camp: Braves’ jersey of Hank Aaron. While sitting next to Hank Aaron pic.twitter.com/IeRfdesrLl— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016The best part? He’s wearing the jersey while conducting the actual camp.Hank Aaron, former mayor/civil rights leader Andrew Young and Jim Harbaugh talking to campers pic.twitter.com/F5Q6U6YLCG— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016Never change, Harbaugh.
Santiago Solari hailed Karim Benzema’s hot streak but hit out at those who have failed to recognise the Real Madrid striker’s contribution to the team.Benzema hit a first-half double as Madrid eased past Girona 3-1 in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday, a 7-3 aggregate win earning a last-four berth.The former France forward has now hit five goals in his last three appearances for Madrid, with an understanding with Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior growing by the game. 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? Benzema has often been a lightning rod for criticism during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his goals have carried the team through a period that has seen Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio sidelined by injury.And Solari indicated he feels Benzema has been unfairly maligned by Madrid supporters when he spoke after his side progressed to the Copa del Rey semi-finals.”I’m sorry for those who have discovered Benzema last week,” he said.”But hey, they still have time to enjoy him, he is in a great moment, it’s true.” @marcosllorente: “I don’t normally score so when I do I have to enjoy them!” #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/WqwQKMEEqf— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019Bale and Asensio both came off the bench but Solari indicated the attacking duo may not go straight into his side when they are fully fit.”The players who come out of injury have to find their rhythm,” he said. “But now we are all recovered and the truth is that I wish there were more changes [substitutions] in football, not just three, because I want to see everyone.”Now we start mixing the competitions, but it’s normal if we want to aspire to everything, which is why it’s important to have all the players.”We are going to give the fight on all fronts and the players know it more than me, because it is the registered trademark of the club.”Real Madrid is always there, it’s always waiting for you, that competitive spirit is carried by this team, it’s a team of warriors and winners, our challenge is to keep doing it.”It’s the Copa del Rey semi-final draw tomorrow at 13:30 CET!Who do YOU want us to face? pic.twitter.com/TyVA5rNrHD— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019Madrid could face holders Barcelona in a Clasico semi-final clash, with Real Betis and Valencia their other potential opponents in the last four.”It’s a hypothesis that will be unveiled tomorrow [when the draw is made],” Solari continued. “It’s normal, when you aspire to win everything you have to prepare to face all the fronts and for that you need all the players to be involved, as they are.”
Fifteen years ago today, Eric Crouch won the Heisman Trophy.Technically, Eric Crouch won the 2001 Heisman Trophy in December of that year, but really, he won it on Oct. 27, 2001, in a game against Oklahoma.Nebraska topped the Sooners, 20-10, in a matchup of two top-three games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.The game – and the Heisman – was won on a 63-yard catch – yes, catch – by Crouch, the Huskers’ star quarterback. The play was “Black 41 Flash Reverse.” Crouch remembered it on Twitter today.Hard to believe it has already been 15 years… Thanks #HuskerNation for making this moment so special! #GBR #Black41FlashReverse pic.twitter.com/hePzCpRThX— Eric Crouch (@croucheric) October 27, 2016Nebraska football really hasn’t been the same since that game. The Huskers went on to make the national championship game that year, but were blown out by Miami. Nebraska has yet to make it back to a BCS/College Football Playoff game.The Huskers are potentially taking some steps back toward eliteness this year. Nebraska is undefeated and ranked No. 7 in the country. A win this weekend could supplant their College Football Playoff contention.Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
Reigning A-League champions Sydney FC have all but locked in a pre-season match against PSG to be played in China on July 30.The French heavyweights were originally scheduled to play Espanyol on July 27 with Europa League qualifiers ultimately seeing the Spanish club have to withdraw.In come the Sky Blues, who will now travel to Suzhou as part of PSG’s Asia Summer Tour. 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? The Paris-based club will also tackle Inter and Stade Rennais during their trip to China.🆕🌏🇨🇳Les joueurs de @TTuchelofficial affronteront le @SydneyFC à la place de l’Espanyol Barcelone lors du #ChinaSummerTour2019🇦🇺 Sydney FC 3⃣0⃣ juillet -📍 Suzhou— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) June 25, 2019Sydney FC’s pre-season plans remain relatively unknown though they will learn their opponent for the FFA Cup round of 32 tonight.Four of those games are set to be played between July 30-31 presenting a potential hurdle to the Sky Blues trip to China which the club are yet to officially confirm. Steve Corica’s side won last season’s A-League grand final on penalties against Perth Glory having finished the regular season in second. The Sky Blues last high-profile friendly came in July 2017 when they hosted Arsenal at ANZ Stadium with the Premier League club claiming a 2-0 win. PSG have made a habit of going to China in pre-season over the past few years and will be bringing their first-team squad with them this year. “All the team are very enthusiastic to come back to China,” Maxwell Scherrer said in a club statement. “This will be the third time for the club, following two successful campaigns in 2014 and 2018.”We are especially delighted to discover two cities where Paris Saint-Germain has never played before and to come back here to Shenzhen, a city and a stadium we know from last year.”It is a very exciting time. Passion for football is more intense than ever in China and we want to continue to build strong ties with the local fans.”