More Man City defensive woes as Stones out injuredby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City and England defender John Stones will be out for between four and five weeks after suffering a muscle injury in training.The 25 year old suffered the injury on Tuesday as City prepared for Wednesday’s Champions League group game with Shakhtar Donetsk.”He (Stones) is out four, five or six weeks. He was injured in training this morning. It is a muscular problem,” boss Pep Guardiola said.”For me as a manager it is an incredible challenge. But I believe in something people don’t know about – spirit and commitment. We will make steps forward to solve this problem,” Guardiola added. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd hero Patrice Evra: Forget syle – just winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Patrice Evra says they need to forget about style and just win.Evra is convinced that things will change in this respect, particularly when United’s injured players are available again for action.“We need to win, no matter,” he declared. “Actually, I want to win games until everyone is ready as we’ve got a lot of injuries but we need to win games, no matter what. I know some people complained we didn’t play great against Leicester but we got the three points last weekend.”It’s what we have to do. Going on that pitch, we have to get three points. Trust me, when the full squad is back, we’re going to have some better days for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford boss Sanchez Flores eyeing Ecuador star Jose Cifuentesby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is eyeing Ecuador’s rising star Jose Cifuentes.The midfield sensation made his first full start for the national side against Argentina last Sunday and impressed despite a 6-1 beating.The Sun says Cifuentes, 20, still plays in Ecuador for Universidad Catolica where he is already attracting interest from a host of other clubs.Premier League champions Manchester City have already made contact to sound out whether a deal is possible while Celtic are another club keen.The youngster starred in the World U20 Championships in the summer leading to City trying to strike an agreement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
O-H-I-O TempleIt seems that Ohio State fans, wherever they are in the world, always try to find ways to take photos of themselves spelling out O-H-I-O in creative ways. A group of Buckeyes supporters who are traveling in Greece made great use of one of the country’s most historic landmarks Wednesday. An OSU fan named Robert Patton posted a photo of he and his friends using a column from the Temple of Olympian Zeus, located in Athens near the Parthenon, as the “I” in their gesture. Check it out:O-H-I-O #GoBucks #Greece #Athens pic.twitter.com/WBTWVT3Vbi— pattonroberta (@pattonroberta) June 10, 2015Do you think that this now means the country of Greece doesn’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan?
Real Madrid could cut the gap to top of the table Barcelona with a victory against Real Sociedad this weekend.The side from the Spanish capital trail the leaders by seven points but, should they overcome the Whites and Blues, Real could reduce the deficit to just four.As for the visitors, they are enduring something of a disappointing season and look likely to be involved in a relegation battle. 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? Sociedad have picked up just 19 points from their 17 matches and are three points ahead of the drop zone. Game Real Madrid v Real Sociedad Date Sunday, January 6 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the l ive sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Casilla, Courtois, Navas Defenders Ramos, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Reguilon, Odriozola Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Casemiro, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Jr. Gareth Bale was a huge doubt for this one, in the week where he was criticised by former forward Predrag Mijatovic , and he does indeed miss out.The Welshman was replaced at half-time by Isco in the last outing, but instead it is teenager Vinicius Jr. who has been handed his first La Liga start in place of the former Tottenham man.Real are still without Marcos Llorente, Mariano Diaz and Marco Asensio, who are all are missing through injury.Confirmed Real Madrid staring XI : Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius Jr. Position Real Sociedad squad Goalkeepers Moya, Zubiaurre, Rulli Defenders Zaldua, Llorente, Moreno, Elustondo, Gorosabel Midfielders Illarramendi, Zubeldia, Merino, Oyarzabal, Janujaz, Pardo, Zurutuza Forwards Juanmi, Jose, Bautista, Ramirez Sociedad have a problem at left-back where on-loan Theo Hernandez is ineligible to play against his parent club, and back-up Kevin Rodrigues is injured. First-choice goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya also looks likely to miss the match through injury, meaning Geronimo Rulli should start between the sticks.Joseba Zaldua and Andoni Gorosabel missed La Real’s last game before the Christmas break, but could return for the trip to the Bernabeu.Long-term absentees Martin Merquelanz and Raul Navas remain unavailable, while midfielder Luca Sangalli continues to recover from a mild stroke he suffered in October .Confirmed Real Sociedad starting XI: Rulli; Elustondo, Llorente, Moreno, Munoz; Illarramendi, Zurutuza, Merino; Janujaz, Oyarzabal, JoseBetting & Match Odds The hosts are big favourites for this one and can be backed at 1/3 with bet365 . The bookmakers will offer 13/2 on an unlikely Sociedad win, while a draw is 5/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview This is Madrid’s second game back following the Spanish winter break, while this is the visitor’s first match since a 1-0 defeat to Alaves on December 21.Since then Los Blancos have won the Club World Cup, beating Al Ain in the final 4-1 , and have also returned to La Liga action.Solari’s men conceded a late equaliser against Villarreal on Thursday , however the result means Real are now unbeaten in their last four league matches.Since being appointed as manager in November, Solari has seen his side slowly rise up the table, but his ultimate aim is to catch leaders Barcelona at the league’s summit.“The objective is to continue climbing positions, the beginning has not been easy and we have gone from ninth to fourth,” he said.”The competition is open and we have to continue to cut [Barcelona’s advantage] and go to each battle to win it. We had a good first half in Villarreal but it cost us the points for not scoring our chances.”After this fixture, Madrid are involved in a two-legged Copa del Rey tie against Leganes, which are separated only by Los Blancos’ La Liga game against Real Betis next week.Real also face Ajax in the Champions League last 16 next month and Solari wants his side to be able to compete on three fronts in the latter stages of the season.“We face three competitions and we’ll try to put in all the energy levels,” he said. “The rivals change and their characteristics, the players are not machines. Nobody has had less vacation time than us, the players put all their effort in.”When Sociedad last travelled to the Bernabeu the hosts ran out as comfortable 5-2 winners thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick and strikes from Toni Kroos and Dani Carvajal.Imanol Alguacil’s men will be hoping for better this time around, although they may be concerned at just how close the gap has got between themselves and the bottom three.A run of four straight defeats before Christmas saw Alguacil replace former coach Asier Garitano at the Basque club.
Jadon Sancho grabbed a goal and an assist to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup, ending Die Roten’s recent dominance of the German season’s curtain-raiser.Lucien Favre’s men looked the brighter and more imaginative of the two sides for much of the contest and their display – led by the excellent Sancho and Paco Alcacer – suggests the Bundesliga is set for another tight tussle at the top of the table.Although Bayern survived Dortmund’s lightning start, Alcacer finally opened the scoring in the 48th minute. 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? Niko Kovac’s side piled forward in search of an equaliser and Sancho – who set up the first goal after a solo run – finished things off on the break, preventing Bayern from winning the title for a fourth year in succession.81. Min: Weils so schön war… pic.twitter.com/Tsi7Gdj733— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 3, 2019Dortmund showed no sign any of pre-season rustiness and almost produced a devastating start, as Raphael Guerreiro’s cutback found Marco Reus and he forced a vital save from Manuel Neuer inside the first minute.Bayern’s goalkeeper was nearly the villain soon after, wildly rushing 40 yards out of his goal – but, luckily for him, Alcacer’s effort trickled just wide of the empty net.Kovac’s men finally clicked into gear in the 24th minute and Kingsley Coman drew a reflex save from Marwin Hitz.Dortmund resumed control after the break and deservedly took the lead – Thiago Alcantara gifting possession to Sancho, who dazzled the Bayern defence and teed up Alcacer on the edge of the box for a sweeping finish into the bottom-right corner.An equaliser almost arrived 10 minutes later, but Hitz palmed away Coman’s header and Omer Toprak desperately cleared just in time before Robert Lewandowski could pounce.Dortmund took advantage with 21 minutes to go, as Guerreiro released Sancho behind the flagging David Alaba and he coolly slotted through Neuer’s legs. What does it mean? Dortmund make a statementWhile you can rarely garner a huge amount from these traditional openers, this was certainly no casual kickabout. Bayern cannot be accused of not taking things seriously when you look at their starting XI.However, they were outthought and outmanoeuvred on Saturday, with Dortmund looking in great shape ahead of the new Bundesliga season.Sancho dazzles when it mattersNot even Sancho will claim he was everywhere throughout this match. He picked his moments to make an impact, and he certainly succeeded. His run for Alcacer’s goal was exceptional, while he showed stamina, pace and composure to double the advantage.Thiago well off the paceSpain international Thiago was culpable for Alcacer’s goal, cheaply giving possession away. It was not the first such instance either, as he was also responsible for Dortmund’s opening opportunity.What’s next?Both sides return to DFB-Pokal action in their next outings, with Dortmund travelling to Uerdingen on Friday, before Bayern face Energie Cottbus the following Monday. read more
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)If you think you’re nervous for this afternoon’s Ohio State-Michigan game, just imagine how you’d be feeling if your parent was the Buckeyes’ head coach.Urban Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki Meyer, not only has parent as a coach, but her husband is one, too.Nicki Meyer is married to Corey Dennis, who’s a quality control coach for Ohio State.Check out what she was doing before kickoff today:“Game day jitters have me going through @CoreyDennis_ sock drawer matching black socks. At 5:45am. #SendHelp,” she tweeted.Game day jitters have me going through @CoreyDennis_ sock drawer matching black socks. At 5:45am. #SendHelp— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) November 24, 2018That is pretty awesome. There are a lot of Ohio State fans likely doing the same right now.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be on FOX.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the stadium before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Former Nebraska football defensive back Alfonzo Dennard was arrested in Lincoln early yesterday morning.Dennard, who played for the Huskers from 2008-2011 before a brief NFL career, was taken in after a traffic stop led to an alleged scuffle between he and a police officer.This is Alfonzo Dennard’s second arrest since September.More on his situation, from The Kearny Hub:Alfonzo Dennard, 29, of La Vista, was arrested after a traffic stop near the intersection of 18th and N Streets, said Sgt. Derek Dittman of the Lincoln Police Department. Officers stopped Dennard for having an expired registration and were going to take him into custody for driving with a suspended license.Dittman said a struggle ensued when Dennard refused to put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. An officer received minor injuries, Dittman said.Dennard was booked into the Lancaster County Jail on suspicion of assault on an officer, resisting arrest and failure to comply. In September, Dennard was arrested for failing to appear in Lancaster County Court on three misdemeanor traffic-related charges: no operator’s license, improper registration and no proof of insurance.Dennard was also arrested for assaulting an officer back in 2o12, after his Nebraska career had wrapped up.That arrest hurt the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year’s NFL Draft stock, and he wound up going in the 7th round to the New England Patriots. His rookie year was arguably his most impactful, recording 35 tackles and three interceptions.He played two more seasons for New England, but was waived after the 2014-15 season. He was claimed by the Arizona Cardinals, but never played for the team.[The Kearny Hub]
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts spent the 2018 season as the backup to Tua Tagovailoa despite rumors that he would transfer after four games and take advantage of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule.The move paid off for the Tide, as Tua went down with an ankle injury in the SEC title game, Hurts came in to lead a comeback victory and a playoff berth.However, after the season was over, Hurts announced his plans to transfer from the program for his final year of eligibility. As a graduate transfer, Hurts is immediately eligible to play for the university he transfers to.So, where will he go?Well, according to the oddsmakers at MyBookie, Maryland is the favorite to land Hurts, with Miami coming in as a close second.We have a new leader in our odds to land Jalen Hurts ?Maryland: +200Miami: +300TCU: +500Auburn: +600Houston: +700Full list here:https://t.co/Zs9Whczp0A pic.twitter.com/DQDXQrngLp— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) January 12, 2019Hurts visited Maryland on Friday night and plans to visit the Hurricanes in the coming days. He has connections to both programs – Maryland head coach Mike Locksley was Alabama offensive coordinator in 2018, while Miami’s offensive coordinator Dan Enos was the quarterbacks coach at Alabama last season.Stay tuned for more transfer news.