Cardiff attacker Aron Gunnarsson: We’re in good positionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City attacker Aron Gunnarsson insists they can recover from their home thrashing by Manchester United.It promises to be a difficult season for Cardiff as they fight relegation but Gunnarsson says they must take the positives and the biggest one of that they are not in the drop zone for Christmas despite the United defeat.Gunnarsson said: “Especially away from home, we need to start picking up points away from home. We’ve obviously been good here at home apart from today.“We need to keep going but looking at the table, at Christmas time, we’d have taken the position at the moment but we need to build on that and stick together even though this loss was tough to take.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Coady furious after Wolves loss: We must be better!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveConor Coady says Wolves must improve to get out of their current form slump.The Premier League club lost to Braga in the first Europa League clash of the campaign on Thursday, making it zero wins from their last three matches.Speaking after the game, Coady said: “It’s disappointing the run we’re on. We need to get out of it as quick as possible. It doesn’t matter what competition we play in we need to get out of it.”It’s everyone playing on the pitch. We all need to rectify it. We all need to come together. We should have scored to be honest.”We should have kept the clean sheet. We need to be better.”
Man Utd watching Napoli star Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been watching Napoli star Fabian RuizThe Spanish international, 23, has risen to stardom since joining Napoli from Real Betis for £26million in 2018.And his exploits have attracted the attention of Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are in the market for a new control midfielder.Goal claim the Spanish heavyweights will battle it out for Ruiz next summer, but Napoli plan to tie him to a new contract with an £87million release clause.And the Manchester Evening News says United were also monitoring Ruiz over the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ESPN PlayoffIf you’re constantly tuned in to ESPN during pigskin season, you’ll likely see the network’s college football promo commercials dozens, if not hundreds of times. The Worldwide Leader, much to the dismay of many, uses the same song for every bit. By the end of the year, you’ll know every word.So which song will you know every word to this year? According to Chris Fowler, who used to host College GameDay before giving up the job to Rece Davis last year, this year’s song will be “Collider” by the X Ambassadors and Tom Morello. The X Ambassadors are an alternative rock band from Ithaca, New York. Morello, of course, was the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine.Here’s the video for the song, if you’re so inclined. It was released on August 1st.As a huge Tom Morello/Rage Against the Machine fan, this makes me happy: new ESPN CFB anthem w/X Ambassadors https://t.co/0ipVtmRM4y— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 3, 2016Last year, the tune was “History” by Lauren Alaina. In 2014, it was “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy.The X Ambassadors were formed in 2009 and released their first full-length album in 2015. The band is comprised of four members – Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin.ESPN will kick off its college football coverage in 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Hawaii and California are set to meet at ANZ Stadium on Friday, August 26. The Rainbow Warriors and Golden Bears will meet a week before all other teams.College football’s opening weekend will feature a number of important games, so expect to see a number of promos. In the first few days of the season, we’ll get to see Kansas State vs. Stanford, Oklahoma vs. Houston, UCLA vs. Texas A&M, LSU vs. Wisconsin, Alabama vs. USC, Florida State vs. Ole Miss, Texas vs. Notre Dame and Auburn vs. Clemson.
Sadio Mane admits there is plenty of confidence within Liverpool’s title-chasing squad, but “not too much” as they are aware there is still a long way to go.The Reds have positioned themselves at the top of the Premier League table through 23 fixtures.A four-point advantage is held at the summit, with defending champions Manchester City presenting their closest challenge. 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? Jurgen Klopp’s side have been out in front for some time now, with just one defeat suffered so far, and belief is building when it comes to ending a 29-year wait for domestic supremacy.Mane has full faith in Liverpool’s ability to get over the line but is eager to avoid generating any added pressure, telling the club’s official website: “We have experience now.“Of course we are confident if we’re winning – but not too much, we know what can happen. We are still professional footballers and we’re still going to try to take it game by game.“The season is long and we have many games. Making pressure for ourselves doesn’t help. Why not just try to win games until the end of the season?”Liverpool’s cause is set to be aided this weekend as they take in a welcome break.While a number of their Premier League rivals are in FA Cup action, the Reds will be downing tools after falling at the third round hurdle against Wolves.Klopp has already talked up the benefits of easing the workload on his players, and Mane believes a period of rest will help a squad which has been carrying a number of walking wounded over recent weeks.The Senegal international forward added: “It’s good for us to have a few days off and get a few injured players back, because now there’s quite a lot.“We still have a strong team. [And] the other players are going to give their best for the team.”Liverpool will be back in action on Wednesday when they welcome Leicester City to Anfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Bournemouth are about to embark on their fifth Premier League campaign and their fixtures for the 2019-20 season have been confirmed.The Cherries’ season will start with a home game against promoted side Sheffield United on Saturday, August 10 and is followed up with a trip to another side coming up from the Championship in Aston Villa.Champions Manchester City will then visit the south coast before the Cherries round off the opening month of the season with a game away to Leicester City.The first derby of the season against Southampton is at St Mary’s on September 21, while their first meeting with another team on the south coast – Brighton – is their final game of 2019. 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 Cherries will quickly tackle Brighton again before January is over, with 2020 having started with a date at West Ham on New Year’s Day.Eddie Howe’s men will host the return derby with Southampton in their final home match of the season on May 9 and the season concludes the following weekend on May 17 with an away fixture at Everton.Bournemouth’s full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Bournemouth Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 10/08/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Sheffield United 17/08/2019 15:00 Aston Villa v Bournemouth 24/08/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Manchester City 31/08/2019 15:00 Leicester City v Burnemouth 14/09/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Everton 21/09/2019 15:00 Southampton v Bournemouth 28/09/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v West Ham United 05/10/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Bournemouth 19/10/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Norwich City 26/10/2019 15:00 Watford v Bournemouth 02/11/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Manchester United 09/11/2019 15:00 Newcastle United v Bournemouth 23/11/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Wolverhampton 30/11/2019 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth 04/12/2019 20:00 Crystal Palace v Bournemouth 07/12/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Liverpool 14/12/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Bournemouth 21/12/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Burnley 26/12/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Arsenal 28/12/2019 15:00 Brighton v Bournemouth 01/01/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Bournemouth 11/01/2020 15:00 Bournemouth v Watford 18/01/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Bournemouth 21/01/2020 19:45 Bournemouth v Brighton 01/02/2020 15:00 Bournemouth v Aston Villa 08/02/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v Bournemouth 22/02/2020 15:00 Burnley v Bournemouth 29/02/2020 15:00 Bournemouth v Chelsea 07/03/2020 15:00 Liverpool v Bournemouth 14/03/2020 15:00 Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 21/03/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Bournemouth 04/04/2020 15:00 Bournemouth v Newcastle United 11/04/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Bournemouth 18/04/2020 15:00 Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur 25/04/2020 15:00 Bournemouth v Leicester City 02/05/2020 15:00 Manchester City v Bournemouth 09/05/2020 15:00 Bournemouth v Southampton 17/05/2020 15:00 Everton v Bournemouth Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Lionel Messi should not be compared unflatteringly to Diego Maradona because his Argentina team-mates are not up to the job.That is the view of former AC Milan, Real Madrid and England boss Fabio Capello as Messi’s Copa America hopes hang by a threat.Argentina face Paraguay in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday, having suffered a sapping 2-0 defeat to Colombia in their first Group B 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? Barcelona great Messi has never won a major honour with his country – a wait that looks set to continue on current form.This factor sees him stack up unfavourably in the eyes of many fans when compared to Maradona, who majestically inspired La Albiceleste to glory at the 1986 World Cup.”People talk about both, but Maradona’s Argentina were stronger and had more quality than Messi’s,” Capello told Radio Marca.”He’s had good players in front of him, but in midfield and behind he has missed a defence. That’s the important problem.”Messi is extraordinary, he lives thinking about playing and not about business, like for example Neymar does.”Messi’s compatriot and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone agrees his country’s problems lie with the collective.”Messi can find a solution in a game at any time but he needs a team,” Simeone told Fox Sports.”The players who are with Messi have to understand the potential they have, which is huge and it’s in the personality of each player.”[Messi] needs each one of those who make up the team to feel secure and confident when they are around him.”I have no doubt about Messi’s class and stature, and he is going to adapt to any situation because he wants to win.”
COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Florida Gators versus South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina defensive back Tavyn Jackson’s football career appears to be over. The redshirt freshman has been medically disqualified.Jackson announced the news today via statement on his personal Instagram page. He is being kept on scholarship as a medical hardship.According to Jackson, his disqualification is due to possessing the sickle cell trait.To start this off, I’ve been experiencing hard times since I’ve arrived to college but always managed to see through. I appreciate all of the support from my family, friends and teammates. Without you guys especially my teammates I wouldn’t have gotten this far. The decision was made based on my future and what will come. I have been medically disqualified to play football again due to my sickle cell but USC is still honoring my scholarship and I’ll finish school with a degree. I thank everyone and keep me in your prayers. Spurs Up. – T. JackHere is the statement posted from Tavyn Jackson’s Instagram account: #Gamecocks pic.twitter.com/nFWlsDhaJc— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 19, 2018Jackson was a three-star prospect out of Tallahassee (Fla.) James Rickards High School in the class of 2017. Injuries forced him to redshirt last season.After moving from safety to cornerback this spring, Jackson was once again pushing for playing time for the Gamecocks. However, now his career his over.While this is terribly disappointing news for Jackson, his health is most important. Additionally, he’ll be kept on scholarship.Best wishes to him.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Through six weeks of the college football season, a true upper class has emerged.Obviously, Alabama is the clear cut No. 1 team in the country. Some slight defensive concerns aside, the Crimson Tide have been a dominant force, with Tua Tagovailoa putting together one of the most prolific seasons for a quarterback in recent memories, despite a relatively low snap count.Behind them are 2017 College Football Playoff participants Clemson and Georgia, Big Ten power Ohio State, and an upstart Notre Dame team that looks very dangerous since the move to Ian Book at quarterback.This week, we have some big games on Thursday and Friday, before another nice Saturday slate.Among the most interesting games are ranked battles between No. 2 Georgia and No. 13 LSU in Baton Rouge, No. 7 Washington’s trip to No. 17 Oregon, and No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan.Now, for our picks this week…After Week 6, here are The Spun’s staff pick standings.1.Matt Lombardi205-50T-2.Dan Lyons203-52T-2.Matt Hladik203-524.Chris Rosvoglou201-545.Andrew McCarty200-556.Andrew Holleran197-587.Steve Driscoll191-64Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 7 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouTexas Tech at TCU23 USF at TulsaArizona at UtahMinnesota at 3 Ohio State14 Florida at VanderbiltTennessee at 21 AuburnRutgers at MarylandIowa at IndianaNebraska at NorthwesternOklahoma State at Kansas StateDuke at Georgia TechLouisville at Boston CollegePittsburgh at 5 Notre Dame2 Georgia at 13 LSU7 Washington at 17 OregonMichigan State at 8 Penn StateBaylor at 9 Texas10 UCF at Memphis22 Texas A&M at South CarolinaPurdue at IllinoisMissouri at 1 Alabama6 West Virginia at Iowa State16 Miami at VirginiaVirginia Tech at North CarolinaUCLA at Cal15 Wisconsin at 12 MichiganOle Miss at Arkansas19 Colorado at USCSeason Record205-50197-58203-52203-52191-64200-55201-54
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Two of the previously unbeaten, top 10 teams to lose this past weekend were then-No. 5 LSU and then-No. 7 Oklahoma, who fell to Florida and Texas, respectively.Are the Tigers and the Sooners now out of the College Football Playoff race?Probably – but not entirely.ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight has outlined how LSU and Oklahoma can still make the College Football Playoff.On LSU:If LSU wins out, our model says it would have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff, making it one of only five schools (joining Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson) whose playoff chances are that high if they go the rest of the season without a loss. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done: Even after putting the Gators behind it, LSU still has four more ranked opponents left on its regular-season schedule, plus whomever it might play in the SEC title game (if the Tigers get there). At the same time, just one more loss would basically doom LSU, leaving its playoff probability at the end of the season at just 16 percent even if it finishes 10-2. Practically speaking, Ed Orgeron’s team really does have no choice but to keep winning.On Oklahoma:Even if Oklahoma wins all its remaining games, our model still gives the Sooners only an 85 percent chance of making the playoff. That’s not too terrible, though, given that Kyler Murray and company have a relatively manageable remaining schedule that includes only one ranked opponent. That matchup — a Nov. 23 battle against West Virginia in Morgantown — could swing Oklahoma’s season more than any other game, with our model calling for an average change to the Sooners’ playoff chances of plus or minus 13 percentage points, depending on whether they can beat the Mountaineers. In the universe where OU does win that one, the Sooners make the playoff 29 percent of the time; in the ones where they don’t, that number is 2 percent.ESPN’s current model predicts Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame to make the College Football Playoff.You can view the full projections here.