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Bernadeschi & Higuain fire Juve past Fiorentina

first_imgFiorentina 0 Juventus 2: Bernardeschi haunts Viola as Juve go top Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:47 2/10/18 bernardeschi-cropped Getty Images Juventus return to Serie A’s summit after beating Fiorentina 2-0, with former Viola star Federico Bernardeschi scoring on his return. Federico Bernardeschi had the last laugh as he returned to his former club Fiorentina with their historic rivals Juventus and scored in a 2-0 victory which puts the reigning champions top of Serie A.The 23-year-old angered Fiorentina fans in pre-season when he crossed the rivalry that was intensified by Robert Baggio’s switch to Juve in 1990 and he silenced the jeers with a second-half free-kick, before Gonzalo Higuain wrapped things up late on in Massimiliano Allegri’s 200th game in charge.For the most part, the first half was a cagey affair, with a controversial VAR decision which ultimately denied Fiorentina an early penalty chief among the few highlights. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The best opportunity in a first period otherwise devoid of them fell to the hosts just before the break and Juve could count themselves lucky to escape, as the lively Gil Dias fired against the right-hand post of Gianluigi Buffon, who was making his 500th league appearance for the Turin giants.Initially, proceedings were not hugely improved upon the restart, but Bernardeschi – who has been hit-and-miss since costing Juve €40million – managed to heat things up, netting 10 minutes into the second half.Juve were forced to withstand plenty of pressure towards the end, though their ever-dependable backline held firm and they hit Fiorentina on the break, as Higuain rounded things off four minutes from the end to move them two points ahead of Napoli at the top of the table, with Maurizio Sarri’s men facing Lazio on Saturday.@fbernardeschi opens the scoring in Florence #FiorentinaJuve pic.twitter.com/FKP1zYlOng— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 9, 2018Although Juve dictated possession during the early exchanges, Fiorentina did an excellent job of restricting their flow of chances, with a Claudio Marchisio effort from 30 yards – which was easily saved by Marco Sportiello – all they could muster.Fiorentina then seemed to be presented with the perfect chance to take the lead 18th minutes in, as Giorgio Chiellini was penalised for appearing to handle Marco Benassi’s cross inside his own area.But, after much deliberation, Jordan Veretout was denied the opportunity to take the kick, as VAR identified Benassi in an offside when he received the ball even though it appeared to be played to him by Alex Sandro.Despite that disappointment, Fiorentina seemed to improve thereafter and went agonisingly close to the opener six minutes before the break – Dias breezing past Stephan Lichtsteiner and shooting right-footed on to the left-hand post.Juve were no better as an attacking entity at the start of the second half, with the pattern of the game initially unchanged.4 – Federico Bernardeschi has scored four goals in his six Serie A games started with Juventus. Ex. #FiorentinaJuve— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) February 9, 2018But Bernardeschi’s quick feet on the edge of the box in the 56th minute secured Juve a free-kick and the Italy international picked out the bottom-left corner, exploiting Sportiello’s poor positioning.That forced Fiorentina to become more forward-thinking, though that almost resulted in Juve catching them on the break 11 minutes later – Mario Mandzukic shooting just wide after Douglas Costa’s cut-back.Buffon had to be alert soon after, rushing out to block Cyril Thereau’s close-range effort following a driving run courtesy of Giovanni Simeone.And Juve capitalised on Fiorentina’s desperation for an equaliser, hitting them on the break towards the end as Higuian coolly swept past Sportiello for his sixth goal in four games across all competitions. Key Opta Facts:- Juventus have conceded only one goal in their last 16 games (all competitions), a club record.- Juventus have won 10 and drawn one of their last 11 Serie A games (one goal conceded in this period).- Gianluigi Buffon has played his 500th league game with Juventus (Serie A + Serie B).- Federico Bernardeschi has scored four goals in his six Serie A games started with Juventus.- Juventus have scored four goals from direct free kick, more than any other team in the Serie A 2017/18.- Gonzalo Higuain has scored five goals in his last three league games, after a drought of six Serie A games in a row.- Fiorentina have hit the woodwork in all their last three Serie A games.  read morelast_img read more

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‘It’s no secret I want to leave’ – Shaqiri eyes PL move

first_imgTransfers ‘It’s no secret I want to leave’ – Shaqiri wants Premier League move Joe Wright 21:46 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) xherdan shaqiri - cropped Getty Images Transfers Brazil Switzerland Brazil v Switzerland Stoke City World Cup Premier League Championship The Switzerland international star has no intention of playing in the Championship next term and is instead seeking a switch back to the top flight Xherdan Shaqiri is set on leaving Stoke City in the transfer window and would like to join a Premier League club.The Switzerland international scored eight goals in the top flight in 2017-18 but was unable to save his side from relegation to the Championship.Shaqiri, who reportedly has a release clause of £13.5 million that has become active following Stoke’s drop to the second tier, is said to have attracted the interest of Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Although he does not want to discount a move elsewhere in Europe, the forward admits he would love to stay in England.”It is no secret that I will leave the club,” he told Aargauer Zeitung.”I think the [English] league is perfect for me. I would love to stay in England but I don’t want to rule anything out. It’s the best league with the best players.”Shaqiri’s immediate focus is on Switzerland’s World Cup preparations, with friendlies against Spain and Japan to come before they begin their campaign in Russia against Brazil on June 17.The former Bayern Munich man is a fan of the Selecao, dating back to the 1998 finalists, and believes Tite’s team must be considered among the favourites to triumph this year.”Maybe they’ve lost some of their value in recent years because of a lack of success,” he said. “But, for me, they’ll always be one of the most exciting teams and one of the big favourites for the trophy.”I cried when Brazil lost the final to France and Ronaldo was injured. I wanted a Ronaldo shirt for my birthday – he was always one of my favourite players. Luckily, 2002 [when they won the tournament] was better.”I’m still a big fan of Brazil, but I won’t cry if they lose to Switzerland!”last_img read more

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Wright & Collymore in furious Twitter race feud

first_imgEngland Wright & Collymore in furious Twitter feud in UK TV race debate Ronan Murphy 23:49 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Stan Collymore 06092017 Getty England World Cup The former England internationals became engaged in a war-of-words on social media after Collymore referenced Wright in an interview on race Stan Collymore has accused former Arsenal striker Ian Wright of being an ‘uncle Tom’ in a foul-mouthed Twitter outburst.The ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa attacker initially singled out Wright in a Guardian interview about the relationship between football and race. Collymore highlighted the small number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in football management in the UK, with just five managers from a BAME background in the top four divisions of English football.He also discussed the impact race has in broadcasting, using Wright as one of his examples of a rare black personality who has made a successful career: “To be a black pundit you either need to be a comedian like Chris Kamara or Ian Wright – guys who have big pearly-white smiles and everyone loves laughing at – or Jermaine Jenas and Alex Scott, who are completely inoffensive.” Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Wright took offence to these comments, and accused Collymore of blaming others for his own failings, posting a Twitter note stating: “Representation matters. Opportunities matter. I feel sorry for you but you have to let the chip on your shoulder go and take some responsibility for why broadcasters and brands won’t be associated with you. Everyone should have the opportunity to fight for their case but the fact that you have to do it at the expense of others speaks more about you than all of us.”.@StanCollymoreCc: @jjenas8 @AlexScott @chris_kammy pic.twitter.com/b7Z9ISHub2— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) June 10, 2018Collymore replied to Wright’s defence, accusing him of being an ‘uncle Tom’ character, while also referring to the former Premier League winner as a ‘c*nt’ in a strongly-worded retortBlack man who works for The overtly racist S** and uses “chip on your shoulder” without any irony.You know what you are Ian, and always have been, which is why only you are employed by every British broadcaster.The epitome of a Tom.Cunt. https://t.co/caYAcLr7n3— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) June 10, 2018″You know what you are Ian, and always have been, which is why only you are employed by every British broadcaster. The epitome of a Tom. C*nt,” Collymore wrote.last_img read more

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Napoli sign €25m Verdi from Bologna

first_imgTransfers Napoli confirm €25m signing of Verdi from Bologna Rob Lancaster 06:03 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Verdi_cropped Marco Luzzani/Getty Images Transfers Napoli Bologna Serie A New manager Carlo Ancelotti has added to his squad by signing the 25-year-old on a five-year deal Napoli have confirmed the signing of Italy international Simone Verdi from Bologna.The deal for the versatile attacker is worth a reported €25 million (£22m/$29m).The 25-year-old has agreed terms on a five-year deal to join up with new coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was appointed in place of Maurizio Sarri last month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Verdi came through Milan’s youth system but made just two appearances for the club before moving on to Torino.Having also played for Carpi and Empoli, as well as a brief stint in La Liga with Eibar, the forward has spent the past two seasons with Bologna, scoring 10 goals in 34 Serie A appearances in 2017-18.Verdi has won four caps for his country, the last of them coming in the friendly draw with Netherlands on June 6.last_img read more

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Neymar fell down a lot – Lichtsteiner

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Neymar fell down a lot’ – Lichtsteiner pleased with containing job on Brazil superstar Chris Burton 20:49 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Switzerland World Cup 2018 Buda Mendes World Cup Neymar Brazil v Switzerland Brazil Switzerland Switzerland were able to prevent the Paris Saint-Germain forward from making much of an impact in their World Cup opener, but deny rough treatment Neymar has been accused of going to ground a lot during Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland at World Cup 2018, with Stephan Lichtsteiner suggesting that “every time he fell down it was a whistle”.The Paris Saint-Germain forward was felled 10 times during Sunday’s Group E clash at the Rostov Arena, with the Swiss defence well aware of the threat he posed.It was suggested that the Samba star had been singled out for rough treatment on his first competitive start since suffering a broken metatarsal with his club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Those in the Switzerland camp have denied that was the case, with Arsenal new boy Lichtsteiner claiming that Neymar was theatrical, not targeted.He told reporters in the wake of a hard-fought point: “It’s very difficult playing him. He’s fast, he’s technical, you need to keep up with him all the time because he’s dangerous. It’s a big challenge.“And I was a little bit worried about the referee. Every time he fell down it was a whistle, a foul so that was a bit of a challenge.“You think to yourself ‘don’t be too aggressive’ because every time he goes down it’s a foul. So, because of that, I had to be a bit careful.”Lichtsteiner added: “We are a mix I think. We are physical and we defend well – but we also attack. We showed that.“We knew Neymar was a danger so it was very good teamwork on the right side with Valon Behrami, Fabian Schaer and me closing him down.“It was almost a perfect game. It’s important to have this teamwork in the next game because we’ll have new situations.“Maybe it’s an advantage to play a big team like Brazil first in the group. Maybe they don’t know us that well, they don’t have the feeling for the tournament.“The first game is never easy for a big team in the first game. But Switzerland have a good team – and we got a good point.”Philippe Coutinho fired Brazil in front in spectacular fashion on Sunday, but Steven Zuber levelled for the Swiss after the match officials decided against using VAR for an apparent shove on Miranda.last_img read more

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Redlands Going Strong

first_imgAssociations are rapidly expanding in South Queensland, and Redlands is no exception.The Redlands Touch Association has recently expanded to have 150 senior teams and 100 junior teams.“We have around 3000 members,” says the Associations Manager Paul Garrett. This growth has come about without the need for advertising. “This is growth from world-of –mouth,” says Paul “We have a strong competition, and the reputation from that is enough,”This growth is expanding into other areas, too. All but two fields at Redlands have underground irrigation, and the fields are floodlight to Australian standards. Redlands also plan to stay at the grounds long-term. They are happy with the growth, but there are some problems.“We have the councils support,” Paul said “But we are trying to keep up infrastructure-wise,”The problem Redlands is facing, along with many other associations, is the shortage of referees. “It is a problem we are facing,” said Paul.He does have some solutions. Teams that provide referees to the competition receive discounts on their fees. This is prompting some teams to find referees and is a start, but there is still a long way to go.Redlands also recently held the Primary All-Schools tournament, which was a success. The competition has always been held at Redlands, and in more positive news for the association, the tournament will be held there again next year.In the space of eight years, Redlands has gone from struggling to have teams, and advertising for players, to not even needing to advertise and having around 3000 members.last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd midfielder Pereira quickly responds to Chelsea Cup draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Pereira quickly responds to Chelsea Cup drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira admits their Carabao Cup draw with Chelsea is a “tough” one.United booked their place in the draw after squeezing past League One side Rochdale on Wednesday night.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat Dale on penalties thanks to a decisive shoot-out save from Sergio Romero following a gruelling 1-1 draw in normal time.United won away at Chelsea in the FA Cup last season and Andreas Pereira believes a repeat result is possible when they make the trip next month.”It is a good game, a tough game but we will try for it and try to win the game,” Pereira told MUTV after the draw had been made.It can be done, we will prepare for the game but for now we need to focus on the Arsenal game.”Pereira added: “I think we have to aim all the way, we have to take every game step by step but we are in it to win it.” last_img read more

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5 days agoArsenal whizkid Saka: I’m ready to challenge Lacazette

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal whizkid Saka: I’m ready to challenge Lacazetteby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal whizkid Bukayo Saka has vowed to fight for minutes following Alexandre Lacazette’s return from injury.18-year-old Saka has started the Gunners’ last three games in Lacazette’s absence. The Frenchman returns for Monday’s clash with Sheffield United, but Saka is determined to retain his place in Unai Emery’s side.Saka said: “Do I feel ready to challenge him? Yeah!”It’s always good to have all our best players available, all of us competing makes us push to play better and better. If one player is injured then others get an opportunity but I want everyone to come back and do the best for Arsenal.”The boss knows what I can do, what the other players can do. Different games require different players but I feel like I’ve shown the boss he can trust me. Whatever game he puts me I’ll always give it my all.”It has always been a dream for me. I’ve been working for this moment as a kid, in the academy. Now I’ve got to the first team I just want to give it my best to repay the faith the boss has given me.” last_img read more

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Video: Dick Vitale Danced With A Louisville Cheerleader Before Today’s UL-UNC Game

first_imgDick Vitale dances with Louisville cheerleader.His exuberant style endears himself to some and annoys others, but ESPN’s legendary commentator Dick Vitale’s passion and enthusiasm for college basketball is unquestioned. Vitale isn’t afraid to interact with fans, or cheerleaders, as he did today before he broadcast the Louisville-North Carolina game. Dickie V picked a pretty good partner and his moves aren’t half bad for a 75-year old man either.  Wonder if “Disco Dick” will make a return appearance in the final two months of the season.last_img read more

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Fans Start Petition To Kick Baylor Out Of The Big 12

first_imgWhile many fans of Big 12 teams believe the conference should be looking to add teams to its roster, there is one group that thinks the league should instead go in the other direction. A college football fan who goes by AJ Hooper has started a petition on change.org to kick Baylor out of the Big 12 after the football program’s ugly sexual assault scandal. The petition calls Baylor a “disgrace.” It currently has 153 of the 200 signatures required to send it the league’s way.Baylor University should be kicked out of the Big 12 conference. – Sign the Petition https://t.co/XB8zzfhQrl via @Change— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) June 12, 2016No, this won’t actually lead to anything – these kinds of petitions rarely do. But if Art Briles is only suspended instead of fired, expect a lot of people to criticize the school – again.last_img read more

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Solskjaer: Rashford must have watched Ronaldo

first_imgMarcus Rashford must have watched Cristiano Ronaldo practice free-kicks at Manchester United, according to caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Rashford sealed Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday, having also helped Romelu Lukaku open the scoring. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was unable to deal with Rashford’s free-kick for the opener, spilling it for Lukaku to tap in.  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? Solskjaer believes Rashford may have learnt a bit from former United star Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford in 2009. “I can talk about loads of individuals but when you’re a striker like he is, scores such a great goal like today, calm, composed, just passes it past the goalkeeper,” he told a news conference. “But then his free-kicks, that was, of course, the start against Cardiff and then he does it again, he’s got a great hit. “He must have been watching Cristiano when he was practising.” Rashford has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine games in all competitions for United, scoring five times and providing five assists. As for Solskjaer, Wednesday’s win helped him join Matt Busby as the only Manchester United managers to have won their first four league matches in charge of the club.  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19Next up for United is a FA Cup third round tie against Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday, as they bid to go one better than reaching the final last year.A week later Solskjaer’s men are back in Premier League action against Tottenham at Wembley, in what could be the interim manager’s biggest test in the hot seat so far.last_img read more

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David Luiz poised to pen new Chelsea deal

first_imgDavid Luiz is close to agreeing a one-year contract extension at Chelsea, Goal understands.The Brazilian defender will see his current deal at Stamford Bridge expire at the end of the season.He has been edging towards the free agent pool with no renewal in place. 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? Speculation has linked him with moves elsewhere as his contract runs down, with Napoli and Monaco among those to have been credited with holding an interest.Luiz is, however, ready to bring any uncertainty over his future to a close.A 12-month agreement is on the table and the 31-year-old is ready to put pen to paper.It is understood that his representatives have been in London for meetings with Chelsea.With positive talks held, all parties are now prepared to prolong their association.David Luiz Chelsea 2018Goal revealed back in November that Luiz was prioritising at extended stay with the Blues.He endured a tough time towards the end of Antonio Conte’s spell at the helm, with it looking like he would move on at one stage.Maurizio Sarri has welcomed him back into the fold, though, and handed him regular game time this term.As he remains an important part of the club’s plans, Luiz is willing to commit his immediate future to Chelsea.He has taken in 28 outings for the Blues this season across all competitions.The most recent of those came in the second leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham, in which he converted one of the penalties in a shootout success for Sarri’s side.He will be hoping to down Manchester City in the final of that tournament, as he is yet to taste a League Cup triumph.Luiz does have a Premier League title, two FA Cup wins, a Europa League success and a Champions League crown to his name.Those honours have been collected during two spells with Chelsea.The first ended in 2014 when he moved to Paris Saint-Germain, but he was brought back to west London in the summer of 2016 as part of a £34 million ($45m) deal.last_img read more

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Jourdan Lewis Gets Lit Up By PSU Kicker, Blames Jabrill Peppers For Missing Block

first_imgJourdan LewisTwitter/@BleacherReportJourdan Lewis gets lit up by Penn State’s kicker and blames his own teammate for missing the block.In case you didn’t know, Penn State’s kicker Joey Julius is 5-foot-10, weighs 258 pounds and can lay the wood. Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis learned that the hard way this afternoon after returning a kick.Penn State’s kicker can bring the NOISE! ?https://t.co/ATn12SElm1— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 25, 2016Getting laid out by the kicker wasn’t Lewis’ fault though. No, according to him it was his teammate Jabrill Peppers’ getting out of the way of the bulldozing kicker and not landing a block. Lewis is obviously joking, but it’s pretty funny. Peppers responded, too.Jabrill making business decisions, without considering involving parties. https://t.co/TiHOfYV0eu— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) September 25, 2016Stop it lmaooooo you know I woulda took that L for you bro ?? https://t.co/vFft2UE4fI— JP5 (@JabrillPeppers) September 25, 2016Peppers certainly could have stepped in and attempted to block the kicker, but that’s easier said than done. Peppers weighs only 205 pounds, according to Michigan’s website. He’s giving up 50+ pounds to a player running full speed directly at him; it’s easy to have second guesses on whether or not to step in and make that block.He chose not to.Michigan knocked off Penn State by the count of 49-10.last_img read more

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ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’ Goes Jim Harbaugh On Halloween

first_imgMichelle Beadle dressed as Him Harbaugh on SportsNation.Michelle Beadle/Twitter.The World Wide Leader’s 4 p.m. show went all-in on Jim Harbaugh themes today.ESPN’s SportsNation had a Jim Harbaugh-themed Halloween episode today, with host Michelle Beadle dressing up as the Wolverines’ coach, LZ Granderson dressing up as a glass of milk and Marcellus Wiley dressing up as steak.I’m a man who knows what I like. And I like milk with my steak. Happy Halloween, nerds. pic.twitter.com/gbk7YZygsz— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) October 31, 2016The steak and milk costumes, of course, are in reference to this:Ruth’s Chris & Buzz Goebel!Sarah, me & Ann Arbor thank U for being such good sports! Plus the Steaks are A++, Mercy! pic.twitter.com/7CiB8ZMuXy— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) October 12, 2016Granderson and Wiley could also combine for a pretty nice Always Sunny In Philadelphia milk-steak costume.Milk. Steak.last_img read more

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‘Arsenal need to bring in De Rossi’

first_imgArsenal have been told they “need to bring in Daniele De Rossi from Roma”, with Ian Wright of the opinion that a World Cup-winning midfielder could be a shrewd addition.A 35-year-old performer who has graced the very top of the game has just become available as a free agent.De Rossi is severing ties with Serie A side Roma after 18 years. 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? He has reached the end of his contract in the Italian capital and will not be offered fresh terms.There had been a desire on his part to retire as a one-club man, but that is no longer possible.De Rossi is not planning to hang up his boots and has seen moves to MLS and China mooted.Wright, though, believes that an iconic figure of the modern era could be a useful asset on a short-term deal at Emirates Stadium.The former Gunners striker said on Twitter: “Arsenal need to bring in De Rossi from Roma.“We’ll get 15 games out of him, it won’t cost hardly any money, and the experience he could pass on to the likes of Willock and the other youngsters could be invaluable and money well spent.”Arsenal need to bring in De Rossi from Roma ! We’ll get 15 games out of him, it won’t cost hardly any money, and the experience he could pass on to the likes of Willock and the other youngsters could be invaluable and money well spent. 🤔— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) June 3, 2019Joe Willock is considered to be a hot prospect in north London.He is just 19 years of age and a product of Arsenal’s famed academy system.A senior breakthrough has been made, with 17 appearances taken in across the last two seasons.The most recent of those came in the Europa League final, when he was introduced in place of Mesut Ozil.More outings are expected, with Unai Emery prepared to put his faith in youth.Willock has plenty of potential still to be unlocked and having experienced heads alongside him will help to take his game to the next level.De Rossi would fit the mould, but it remains to be seen whether Arsenal are willing to explore a possible deal and where the Roma legend sees his career heading at an important crossroads.last_img read more

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Wilder pens new three-year deal with Sheffield United

first_imgSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has signed a new three-year deal ahead of his side’s Premier League return.The Blades have earned two promotions in three seasons since Wilder took charge in May 2016.After guiding Sheffield United out of League One with 100 points in his first campaign at Bramall Lane, the 51-year-old ended the Yorkshire club’s 12-year exile from the top flight by finishing second to Norwich City in the Championship last season.  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 Wilder was handed both LMA Manager of the Year and Championship Manager of the Year awards for his achievements with the club last season, leading them on a surprise charge back to the Premier League.”Chris signing a new contract underpins everything we are attempting to do at Bramall Lane,” chief executive officer Stephen Bettis told the Blades’ official website. “He’s been the catalyst for our success over the past few years, he is a driven individual and his focus since promotion was secured has been preparing the club for the Premier League.”Next season will be the first time Sheffield United have been in the top-flight since the 2006/07 season, when they were managed by Neil Warnock.Wilder and his staff will be hoping for a better ending to the upcoming season however, as the Blades were relegated after finishing 18th – level on points with 17th-placed Wigan Athletic but with a lower goal difference by one.It will be the first time that Wilder has coached in the top-flight, having previously managed Alfreton Town, Halifax Town, Oxford United and Northampton Town before taking the reins at his boyhood club.The 51-year-old is in the process of strengthening his squad ahead of their Premier League opener against Bournemouth on August 10.Luke Freeman has arrived from QPR in a club-record deal and experienced defender Phil Jagielka is back at the club following his release by Everton.Jagielka came through the youth ranks at Bramall Lane and was vice captain in their most recent Premier League season.The centre-back made 287 senior appearances across seven seasons with the first-team, and played all 38 games during the 2006/07 season in the top-flight. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Tate Martell Decision Could Be Good News For Texas’ Bru McCoy

first_imgTate Martell runs for Ohio State vs. Rutgers.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NCAA’s recent decision to allow Tate Martell to play immediately for Miami after transferring from Ohio State is poised to have a huge impact across college football. The Texas Longhorns in particular must be thrilled by the decision based on how it affects one of their top new players.According to Horns247, the decision to let Martell play bodes very well for five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy. The former USC commit transferred to Texas in the Winter and needs to get his own waiver to play for the Longhorns in 2019.The Martell decision was announced earlier this week, one month after the NCAA granted immediate eligibility to Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. By virtue of the two decisions, Texas reportedly has all of the incentive in the world to get the waiver with the belief that McCoy will be cleared to play.From 247:A source close to McCoy’s situation at Texas told Horns247.com on Tuesday UT officials wanted to wait and see how the NCAA ruled on the waivers of Martell and Fields in case there were any details or deficiencies in those waivers that Texas compliance officials needed to consider before filing McCoy’s eligibility waiver. The decision to wait on the Fields and Martell rulings wasn’t so much about any similarities in the circumstances surrounding their transfers as much as it was about any tendencies in the way the NCAA was ruling on those cases.The NCAA doesn’t exactly come out and explain itself in these matters.But it’s safe to say Texas officials see Martell and Fields being granted immediate eligibility as a good sign for McCoy, a 2019 five-star recruit who initially enrolled early at USC before deciding to pack up days later and enroll early at Texas.McCoy transferred from USC to Texas after Kliff Kingsbury, the coach who had encouraged him to join the Trojans, left in early-January to accept the head coaching job for the Arizona Cardinals.The addition of McCoy combined with fellow five-star athlete Jordan Whittington put the Longhorns over the top to claim the third-best 2019 recruiting class in the country per 247Sports.Last year the Longhorns went 9-3 in the regular season, securing a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game in the process.Despite losing to Oklahoma in the title game, Texas upset heavily-favored Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to claim their first New Year’s Six bowl victory since 2008.[Horns247]last_img read more

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Notre Dame WR Javon McKinley Reaches Pretrial Diversion Agreement After Allegedly Assaulting Police

first_imgNotre Dame Fighting Irish stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 16: A general view is seen as the Michigan Wolverines run an offensive play against the defense of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish September 16, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)In February, Notre Dame wide receiver Javon McKinley was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement and battery. He got what may be very good news on his legal troubles, though.McKinley has reportedly entered a pretrial diversion agreement. If he fulfills it, the misdemeanor charges will be dropped in a year.McKinley is alleged to have hit two officers. He was under the influence of alcohol, and is a minor, at 20 years old.He has apologized to all those involved, a key piece of his eligibility for the favorable agreement.Per ABC 57 in South Bend, Javon McKinley has four major terms to meet in order to fulfill his obligation.From the report:In order for the three misdemeanors to be dismissed on April 14, 2020, McKinley must complete all the terms of the agreement including:Paying court costs and the pretrial diversion user feesNot committing any criminal offenses during the term of the agreementCompleting a substance abuse/alcohol evaluation and completing recommended treatment, as required in the substance abuse evaluationPerforming 40 hours of Community Service at a local non-profit agencyIf he fails to meet the terms of the agreement, he can be prosecuted on two counts of battery resulting in bodily injury and one count of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.McKinley has been suspended by the program, as the legal situation plays out. The former four-star player played sparingly in 2016 and 2018 without recording stats, and was out in 2017 due to injury.[ABC 57]last_img read more

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Nick Bosa Reportedly Injured At 49ers Practice

first_img On Tuesday, the star pass rusher reportedly suffered a hamstring injury. According to Matt Barrows, who covers the team for the Athletic, Bosa suffered the injury on a pass rush.Nick Bosa was clutching his right hamstring following a pass rush drill. He appears to be done for the rest of practice. We’ll have updates on who practiced, who didn’t later this afternoon. #49ers— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) May 21, 2019Injuries have plagued the Bosa brothers over the years, slowing their dominance over the sport.Luckily for the 49ers, the injury doesn’t appear to be serious. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media after practice that Bosa suffered a pulled hamstring.The former Buckeyes star saw his final collegiate season come to an end after suffering a core muscle injury.Stay tuned for further updates on Nick Bosa’s injury. nick bosa celebrates with the football in a game at ohio stateCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The San Francisco 49ers were left with an easy decision in the NFL draft after the Arizona Cardinals made Kyler Murray the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa was considered arguably the best prospect in the draft and San Francisco wasted no time in making him the No. 2 overall pick.Despite suffering a season-ending injury in his final season with the Buckeyes, Bosa became the highest-drafted Bosa, besting his brother Joey who was the No. 3 overall pick in 2016.The younger Bosa brother made his debut with the 49ers at rookie minicamp earlier this month.last_img read more

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