About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Martinez: Chelsea star Hazard most decisive player behind Messi & Ronaldoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Eden Hazard is the most decisive footballer in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.Hazard’s international boss believes the 27-year-old is experiencing the best season of his career this year.He told The Times: “At international level, I have only seen a player playing at the very top consistently. “If you take Ronaldo and Messi away, I don’t think you can find another player as decisive. “Eden has won the league at Lille, a team that didn’t have the right to win it.”And he has won the league at Chelsea in two different projects. “He’s been the leader of a nation at a World Cup who got the bronze medal. “The consistency is there, and he is at the best moment of his career right now.”
Barnes claims Liverpool now favourites over Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Barnes believes the club are now favourites to win the league.With Manchester City losing three out of their past four league games, they are seven points behind the Reds. Tottenham are six behind in second place.Many fans believe that if the Reds can come through the next few games with their league in tact, it is theirs to lose. And Barnes agrees they are now favourites.”I had Man City as favourites until the last two games, but I’d make Liverpool favourites now,” he said to BonusCodeBets.co.uk. “It’s not necessarily ‘theirs to lose’, I just think the Premier League is so difficult now.”Once upon a time, the top five teams weren’t necessarily going to drop points, but these days you can see with Crystal Palace and Leicester beating City, that can actually happen. “So it’s much more difficult now to win the Premier League from a winning position.”Numerically, it’s theirs to lose in terms of numbers they have on the board, but in terms of the difficulty of the competition, it’s definitely not finished. “If they were six points ahead coming into April, then obviously it would be, so for now I make them favourites, but it’s not a foregone conclusion.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wolves eyeing Stoke defender Moritz Bauerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno wants to sign out of favour Stoke City defender Moritz Bauer.The 26-year-old Austrian international cost the Potters £5.5m a year ago.However, the fullback hasn’t played a game since September, according to the Express & Star.Matt Doherty is Wolves’ only senior right wing-back, so cover is a key target for the 11th placed side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Notre Dame unveiled its “Shamrock Series” uniforms today, much to the delight of the Fighting Irish players. But that wasn’t all head coach Brian Kelly wanted to reveal.Kelly brought walk-on running back Josh Anderson, who was modeling the uniform, out in front of his teammates, but not just so they could get a better glimpse of the jerseys. Kelly wanted to praise Anderson’s dedication to the program, and inform the 5-foot-9, 205-pound senior he was being rewarded with a scholarship. It was all captured on this video, which Notre Dame released minutes ago. Very cool moment. Congrats Josh.
can turf fields cause cancerA new ESPN E:60 report by former women’s soccer star Julie Foudy examines the possible connection between field turf and cancer. In the below segment, Foudy, with the help of a number of former soccer players, looks into whether the “crumb rubber” pellets, which could expose athletes to carcinogens, are causing medical issues for young athletes.Here’s more, via AOL.com:In a preview segment released, ESPN speaks to University of Washington soccer coach Amy Griffin, who compiled a list of almost 200 athletes with cancer, who have played on artificial turf that contains tiny black rubber pellets called “crumb rubber.”Here’s the entire segment. It’s eye-opening.It’s important to note that there is not yet any long-term medical research that suggests a link. But it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Twitter/@MDFlash_7New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman wasted no time in making a huge splash. One of his first moves on the job was to fire head football coach Bill Cubit, who took over for Tim Beckman last August. While the sense of urgency is somewhat understandable, given Illinois’ recent troubles, multiple Illini players and signees took to Twitter shortly after the news came out. Apparently that is where many of them learned about the coaching change.Love finding out about this through Twitter. https://t.co/vl1TD6qVVq— Mikey Dudek (@MDFlash_7) March 5, 2016Are you kidding me…— Eli Peters (@the_eli_peters) March 5, 2016… https://t.co/aD2dIQMeHC— James McCourt (@McCourtJ_38) March 5, 2016Wtf….— James McCourt (@McCourtJ_38) March 5, 2016Thank You to @CoachCubit A Great Man and Coach. Forever Thankful for the Opportunities He Gave to Me #Illini— Joseph Spencer (@IlliniJoe71) March 5, 2016WHAT IS GOING ON— Caleb Reams (@SirClutch97) March 5, 2016Backs against the wall, we just gotta fight … Pt.2— Caleb Reams (@SirClutch97) March 5, 2016Learned all this through Twitter, still in shock— Caleb Reams (@SirClutch97) March 5, 2016I’m refreshing my Twitter feed for updates on my own football team for crucial information this is crazy— Chayce Crouch (@teccrouch7) March 5, 2016Haven’t Even Been On Campus A Full Year & Have Had 2 Head Coaches. Now Going On Number 3.— KE’SHAWN VAUGHN (@SpeedKe5) March 5, 2016#IlliniNation Just Stick By Us. We Still Gone Fight.— KE’SHAWN VAUGHN (@SpeedKe5) March 5, 2016It seems that Illinois could have handled this decision better. Hopefully the school does the right thing, and doesn’t stop players and signees from leaving the program now that the program’s second head coach in seven months is gone.
marcus murphy commitment to msuFour-star running back Marcus Murphy, a 2018 prospect from West Point, Mississippi, announced Tuesday that he’ll be staying in-state to play his college football. Murphy, who has offers from Alabama and Ole Miss, has announced that he’ll be playing at Mississippi State. Murphy did say, however, that he’d still like other teams to recruit him and show interest. So while he’s committing to Mississippi State, it doesn’t appear that he’s willing to shut off communication with other programs. He’s a 2018 recruit, so it’s fair.#DawgEmTwitterpic.twitter.com/pOGrJQIlP5— Marcus Murphy (@_2ERA_) May 24, 2016Murphy, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound player, is Mississippi State’s third commit for the 2018 class, according to 247 Sports.
Manchester City face Burton Albion in what could be considered the most redundant second leg in League Cup history.Carabao Cup holders City won the first leg 9-0 at the Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago and Burton will be hoping to avoid a second mauling at home on Wednesday.The Brewers need to score double figures if they are to overturn their first-leg defeat, so it is probably safe to say that Pep Guardiola’s side have already booked their place in the final as they remain in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple. 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? Game Burton vs Man City Date Wednesday, January 23 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football and streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Burton Albion players Goalkeepers Bywater, Evtimov, Campbell, Collins, Hawkins Defenders Buxton, McFadzean, Turner, McCrory, Wallace, Hutchinson, Brayford Midfielders Quinn, Allen, Sbarra, Fox, Hodge, Fraser, Miller Forwards Akins, Templeton, Harness, Boyce, Cole, Beardsley Burton come into this game with a clean bill of health and a full squad to choose from.Confirmed Burton starting XI: Collins; McFadzean, Turner, Akins, Templeton, McCrory, Miller, Harness, Walice, Quinn, Boyce. Position Man City players Goalkeepers Ederson, Muric Defenders Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Kompany, Sandler, Walker, Danilo Midfielders Fernandinho, Gundogan, Delph, Zinchenko, Foden, D. Silva, B. Silva, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Nmecha, Richards, Pozo Forwards Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane, Poveda Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Benjamin Mendy will be in the squad, whereas Vincent Kompany and Claudio Bravo both miss out through injury.Ian Carlo Poveda, Felix Nmecha, Taylor Richards and Iker Pozo are set to be included in the City squad for the game.Confirmed Man City starting XI: Muric; Danilo, Sandler, Garcia, Zinchenko; Foden, Delph, De Bruyne, Poveda, Aguero, Mahrez.Betting & Match Odds Man City are incredibly short favourites at a price of 1/7 with bet365 . A draw can be backed at 9/1 while the price on Burton winning is 18/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Burton Albion’s dream of a cup final was well and truly crushed in the first leg as they suffered their biggest defeat since being promoted into the Football League.City didn’t take their foot off the gas throughout the entire 90 minutes in the previous fixture and Guardiola is still insistent that he wants to see improvement from his team once again.”We start the game with 9-0, so that’s an unusual situation, but the approach is to improve every single game,” the City boss said.”The last game (was) not perfect in understanding the way to attack. It was difficult for many reasons. It depends on the way we defend, how we attack more fluently. That’s what I want to see tomorrow.”The current holders stand on the edge of history with another win here as it would represent the first time they have reached back-to-back League Cup finals.If City can win by three goals or more they will break the record for the biggest aggregate win in the competition’s history which currently stands at 11 goals.The second leg is unlikely to affect who progresses in the competition but Burton will hope to give a good account of themselves in front of their own fans to end a cup run which has exceeded all expectations.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has released an official statement in response to Brett McMurphy’s report. Meyer, in short, contends that regarding the 2015 alleged incident involving former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, he followed “proper protocol and procedure.”Wednesday, McMurphy, a former ESPN reporter, issued a report that suggested that Meyer lied when he told reporters at Big Ten Media Days that he had no knowledge of 2015 allegations of domestic violence against Smith.In response, Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave and launched an internal investigation into the matter. Meyer’s job status has been a popular topic in the time since.In the note, Meyer admitted he was not “prepared” for questions about the incident at Big Ten Media Days last week. He also essentially admits that he lied when he told reporters that he did not know of the incident. Here’s the entire statement, transcribed:“Dear Buckeye Nation:My heart is heavy today as I witness the toll that events of the past week have taken on the Buckeye Family and the university community that I love so dearly.When I stand before the 105 young men in our football program and talk about core values and doing the right thing and respecting women, it is not lip-service. I genuinely believe that we have an obligation to help develop the young men in our charge into positive change agents and that responsibility rests with me.Over the past several days, I have been portrayed as being indifferent to domestic violence and as someone who did not take appropriate action when warranted. While over three decades of coaching I have learned to ignore how others define me, I do feel it necessary to share the truth with the Buckeye family.Here is the truth: While at the University of Florida, and now at The Ohio State University, I have always followed proper protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.The power of what I say and how I say it, especially regarding sensitive and serious domestic issues, has never been more evident than now. My words, whether in a reply to a reporter’s question or in addressing a personnel issue, must be clear, compassionate and most of all, completely accurate. Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media Days on July 24th, I failed on many of these fronts. My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.I understand that there are more questions to be answered and I look forward to doing just that with the independent investigators retained by the University and I will cooperate fully with them. At the appropriate time, I will also address the questions and speculation in a public forum. But for now, out of respect for the ongoing inquiry, I will refrain at this time.Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action. As I stated above, I deeply regret if I have failed in my words. As the son of an amazing woman and the husband to another and, as the father of two incredible young women, those who know me best know the admiration and respect I have for all women. Our core values are just that—values that do not ever waver.I ask that you continue to support the incredible coaches and student-athletes in our program, and I look forward to rejoining them soon.Sincerely,Urban Meyer”Here’s the tweet itself:pic.twitter.com/wrlRi9jtZz— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 3, 2018It’s hard to know where this all goes from here. Meyer hints that there’s more to the story – and we’ll likely find out what he’s referencing in the coming days.
Adrian Martinez dazzled for much of his first-career start against Colorado last weekend. Nebraska’s true freshman quarterback threw for nearly 200 yards and rushed for more than 100 yards before getting hurt. The Huskers lost their starting QB late in the fourth quarter of the close loss to the Buffaloes.What is Martinez’ status moving forward? Here is the latest injury update for the Huskers’ quarterback.Martinez is questionable for today. Scott Frost has said all week that they were taking things day by day with the former four-star recruit.The quarterback continues to be evaluated. Frost added this week that a decision on his status for Saturday could be made “two minutes” before kickoff.“Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez ‘2 minutes before kickoff.’ Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be ‘strictly physical,’” Sam McKewon tweeted.Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez “2 minutes before kickoff.” Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be “strictly physical.” #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 13, 2018Martinez is the only scholarship quarterback on the Nebraska roster this season. The Huskers were forced to play a walk-on when he went down against Colorado last weekend.We’re only a couple of hours away from kickoff in Lincoln, Neb. More updates on the status of Martinez will likely be released this morning.QB Adrian Martinez one of the first Huskers in the Unity Walk: pic.twitter.com/iGRJZpTnrl— Dan Corey (@DanCorey1011) September 15, 2018However, as Frost said earlier in the week, it doesn’t look like a final decision on Martinez will be made until right before kickoff. Martinez will likely warm up with the Huskers and see if he can go. There’s no need for Nebraska to make a decision one way or another until then.Stay tuned.