9 months agoYaya tells critics of Man Utd ace Pogba: There’s only one Kante

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Yaya tells critics of Man Utd ace Pogba: There’s only one Kanteby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City icon Yaya Toure is happy to see Paul Pogba back to his best at Manchester United.Pogba was often criticised for the defensive side of his game under Jose Mourinho but Toure believes he needs to focus on what he’s good at – very much like how the Ivorian himself did at Manchester City.”A player like myself, I just wanted to give more, I just wanted to produce more and I like the challenge,” Toure told Sky Sports. “Sometimes it’s been very difficult to deliver in your best position and know what your best qualities are. Because to be like N’Golo Kante is impossible, it’s impossible. “But he can deliver like he has done in the past at Juventus. He can shoot from far, he can pass – it’s what the fans want and its what the club has paid for this kind of player. “What he has to do now is to continue to believe in himself. He’s going to continue working hard and keep doing what he’s doing.”When asked whether Pogba’s confidence has risen because of the new regime, Toure said: “I think now Paul has more belief in his manager. And his manager has more belief in him to deliver and push his team-mates further. “He has the quality to do that because when you see the World Cup in Russia, we saw a clip of him talking in the dressing room giving a speech to his team-mates – it was amazing.”He’s the type of player that needs a connection with his manager. Just being trusted and being told to push… feeling the love, if we can say that.”That’s good for United and that’s good for the fans because this type of player needs to shine and show their quality. “And at this moment, he’s responded very well.” last_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth manager Howe happy with Danjuma recovery

first_imgBournemouth manager Howe happy with Danjuma recoveryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe says Arnaut Danjuma is recovering well from injury.The promising winger, signed from Club Brugge in the summer, has been out injured since early August.The coach told the Daily Echo: “Arnaut is in and around the training group. He trained for the first time with us this week, but he’s not training regularly.”It will be one session and then a gap and then he’ll train again. We’re building up that load with him.”But he’s looked very good in the one training session he had.”I was really impressed with him so he’s probably the closest (to returning).”With his injury it’s about just not pushing too much in one or two days. We’ve just got to build his load and then he’ll be fine.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 days agoMan City make offer for Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey

first_imgMan City make offer for Hearts fullback Aaron Hickeyby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have offered to loan Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey back to the Jambos during talks for the teen.The Daily Mail says City are bidding to seal a £1.5million transfer in January. The English champions are keen to see off competition for the 17-year-old left-back from English Premier League rivals.Two-footed Hickey impressed with his display in the Scottish Cup Final defeat to Celtic at the age of 16, just weeks after making his debut, and has since emerged as a key first team player. A willingness to allow Hickey to return to Tynecastle until the summer is appealing to manager Craig Levein. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Video: Brian Kelly Calls Out Other Power Programs For Scheduling FCS Opponents

first_imgBrian Kelly calls out the haters on tv.Brian Kelly Calls Out HatersThis past offseason, at least two coaches at major college football programs – Missouri’s Gary Pinkel and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney – suggested that because Notre Dame isn’t part of a conference (and therefore doesn’t have the opportunity to play a 13th game), the Fighting Irish shouldn’t be eligible for the College Football Playoff.Well, it took a few months, but someone has finally asked Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly his opinion on the matter. NFL Network’s Rich Eisen posed the question Wednesday during his show.As you’d guess, Kelly doesn’t agree. He thinks that until other power programs stop scheduling FCS opponents, there won’t be a level playing field anyway. In short, he defended his team’s usually-difficult schedule.Strength of schedule has become a hot topic this season, and we’re only one week in. Don’t expect that to change.last_img read more

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Martino fumes over VAR absence from Gold Cup

first_imgGerardo Martino criticised the absence of VAR from the Gold Cup after a “bad” refereeing performance almost cost Mexico in their nervy quarter-final win over Costa Rica.El Tri squeezed into the final four thanks in large part to goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who made a brilliant save deep into extra time and crucially denied Keysher Fuller in the subsequent penalty shoot-out.The favourites might have avoided the fright had Panamanian match official John Pitti not awarded Costa Rica a second-half spot-kick for a seemingly fair Luis Rodriguez challenge on Joel Campbell that appeared to occur outside the box. 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 Bryan Ruiz converted to cancel out Raul Jimenez’s opener and the additional 30 minutes proved costly for Mexico as head coach Martino was shown a yellow card for remonstrating with the fourth official, his second of the tournament prompting a touchline ban for the semi-final date with unheralded Haiti.”The refereeing was bad,” Martino said.”It’s impossible, with the technology that exists today and with VAR in Mexico and with VAR in the United States, that this tournament be played without VAR.”I’m out of the next game and this referee could officiate the final of the tournament.”I don’t think it’s fair that a referee from Panama, who [are still in the tournament], leads this game.”Mexico are now two wins away from reclaiming the Gold Cup crown they conceded to the United States four years ago and Martino is confident his squad will be fresh enough for the clash with Haiti, who came from two goals down to knock out Canada.”I’m very happy with what we have done,” the Argentine said.”The medical team told me there are issues with cramps due to the 120 minutes the players had to run.”We have three days until the semi-final with a trip in between, but I think it will be possible to play on Wednesday without problem.”The remaining quarter-final ties take place on Sunday as Jamaica meet Panama before the USMNT tackle the tournament’s surprise packages Curacao, with the winners of those two ties then meeting in the semi-finals.last_img read more

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Cause Of Death Revealed For Former All-American Tight End

first_imgGeneral view of action as wide receiver Jaron Brown #13 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a pass during the second half of the NFL game against the New York Giants.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 24: General view of action as wide receiver Jaron Brown #13 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a pass during the second half of the NFL game against the New York Giants at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals won 23-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Chris Gedney, a former All-American tight end at Syracuse and six-year NFL player, died suddenly back in March. The school and the Gedney family declined to release too much information on the tragic loss at the time. However, we now know Chris Gedney’s cause of death.Gedney was discussed in a recent episode of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. During the show, HBO’s Jon Frankel, a fellow Syracuse alumnus and friend of Gedney, revealed that he committed suicide. Some speculated as much online after the news initially broke, but was never made official.It should be noted that Frankel received permission from the Gedney family to share that news with HBO. More from Syracuse.com:Frankel said he and Gedney would grab a bite to eat a few times a year in New York. It was at these dinners, Frankel said, Gedney discussed his concerns about his future.“He wouldn’t say, ‘I have CTE,’ ” Frankel said, “but he was definitely scared of what might happen.”[…]“He wasn’t pleased with the way his mind was reacting to things, emotionally,” Frankel said. “That was of grave concern to him.”Here is a clip of tonight’s episode of Real Sports, during which Chris Gedney’s cause of death is discussed:Gedney was a stand-out for a strong Syracuse program from 1988-1992. As a senior, he was a consensus All-American, and went on to be a third round pick by the Chicago Bears.He played three seasons in Chicago, and three with the Arizona Cardinals. Gedney caught 83 passes in 73 career NFL games for 914 yards and eight touchdowns. He was a finalist for the NFL Man of the Year Award in 2000.After his career, he became a broadcaster, calling Cardinals games, before returning to Syracuse University. He called Orange football games on the radio, while working for the university in other roles. In 2011, he was promoted to the position of assistant athletics director for major gifts.Gedney was just 47 years old when he died in March. Our thoughts continue to go out to his family and friends, and those affected by his passing.[Syracuse.com]last_img read more

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Washington Will Be Without A Preseason All-American vs. Auburn

first_imgA Washington cheerleader holding a Huskies megaphone.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 29: A Washington Huskies cheerleader cheers at the Utah Utes, Washington Huskies NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)The biggest game of college football’s Week 1 slate is probably taking place in Atlanta, Ga.Two College Football Playoff contenders, Auburn and Washington, are set to meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The Huskies, ranked No. 6 in the preseason top 25, will be missing a very key player against the No. 9-ranked Tigers.Washington All-American left tackle Trey Adams will reportedly not be playing today.Sources: @UW_Football LT Trey Adams (back) is out vs. Auburn today. https://t.co/7AdPA6eQBg— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) September 1, 2018From the Seattle Times:Washington senior left tackle Trey Adams, a preseason All-American, will not play in the No. 6 Huskies’ season opener against No. 9 Auburn because of a back injury, multiple sources told The Seattle Times.Adams did not make the trip to Atlanta with the rest of the team.The Huskies this week listed junior Jared Hilbers as Adams’ backup at left tackle.Washington and Auburn are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

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CFB Expert Releases Score Predictions For Week 4’s Biggest Games

first_imgA closeup of a Nike Vapor Elite football sitting on a football field.(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Week 4 of the college football season is on tap for this weekend. Conference play is starting to heat up, and there are a number of intriguing matchups.Alabama welcomes Texas A&M to Tuscaloosa, while Stanford travels to Oregon for a Pac-12 clash. Georgia-Missouri, Wisconsin-Iowa and Michigan State-Indiana all have the potential to be interesting as well.As he does each week, Ralph Russo of the Associated Press released his score picks for Week 4. He picked more than 20 contestsHere are Russo’s predictions for the big games:Penn State 35, Illinois 14Alabama 48, Texas A&M 17Georgia 48, Missouri 28Clemson 35, Georgia Tech 16Ohio State 56, Tulane 10Florida 24, Tennessee 16Oregon 31, Stanford 28Wake Forest 28, Notre Dame 24Mississippi State 31, Kentucky 20TCU 31, Texas 28Wisconsin 23, Iowa 18Michigan 28, Nebraska 17Michigan State 27, Indiana 20Russo’s “Upset Special” pick is Wake Forest over No. 8 Notre Dame. He is 2-1 picking upsets so far this week.You can see Russo’s full breakdown of his picks here.last_img read more

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Petition Started For Ridiculous Change To College Football Mascot

first_imgMiami players run onto the field before a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)One college football fanbase is calling for a ridiculous change to be made to its mascot. Students at the University of Miami started a petition to change the smoking device of the school’s mascot from a pipe to a Juul.The Juul is an electronic vaping device popular among college-aged adults. Now some are hoping it becomes the preferred method of smoking by a school’s mascot.Miami student Alec Castillo started the petition on Change.org that already has over 240 signatures with a goal of 500. Castillo revealed the purpose of the change.The University of Miami is a progressive institution that should reflect the changing cultural landscape that we live in today. We, the undersigned students of the University of Miami advocate the Board of Directors to let our school mascot, Sebastian the Ibis, hit the JUUL.Although likely started as a joke, the petition has already grown legs. Here’s a look at what the mascot would look like after the change.As a student of @univmiami I want a mascot that represents the diverse and ever-changing student body. Please sign the petition for your voice to be heard and to make a change. #LetHimJUUL https://t.co/mqqD8K6FYQ— Alec castillo (@alecccastle) September 11, 2018Good luck with that.last_img read more

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