Watford boss Gracia: Big Ben key to Bournemouth pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia praised goalkeeper Ben Foster after their 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.Gracia believes his side should have won the game at the Vitality Stadium, but that ultimately their defending of set pieces cost them dearly.He said: “After scoring two goals I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do.“In that moment we conceded two goals from 2 free kicks and it was difficult to accept.“In the second half we tried to have more control, but first of all we have to defend the free kicks better because we conceded two goals from it.“We had the chance to kill the game with more control. We didn’t do it.”Watford came under heavy pressure in the second half and were saved a number of times by Foster, who received great praise from his head coach.Gracia said: “I think Ben Foster was very important in the second half for us.“I call him Big Ben. When I arrived in England, I thought it was in London but now I know it’s in Watford. He’s playing very well and is very important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say RFEF president Rubiales delighted over Enrique impact with Spainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRFEF president Luis Rubiales is delighted with the early impact of Luis Enrique.The former Barcelona coach has quickly turned Spain’s fortunes around as national team coach.It was Rubiales who sacked Julian Lopetegui as Spain coach ahead of the World Cup after the trainer agreed to be Real Madrid’s next manager.He said that “we have a new coach who we believe in a lot, Luis Enrique”. Lucho is “in a phase of reconstruction in which I believe he will put a country like Spain where they belong.”
Agent of departing Arsenal midfielder Ramsey set for mega windfallby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a mega windfall from his move to Juventus.The Sun says Ramsey’s agent is set to pocket a massive £7million from the Arsenal star’s move to Juventus in the summer.The Welshman, 28, will rake in a reported £8m signing-on fee while taking home a further £145,000-a-week at the Serie A giants.Ramsey will be out of contract at Arsenal this summer and is said to have signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Old Lady.The Gunners withdrew their offer for a contract extension last summer, with Unai Emery seeing him as surplus to requirements.But despite his impending move, Emery has claimed he will continue to play the Wales international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Southampton manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawalby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admits that he is not sure why Cedric Soares pulled out of their game against Tottenham at the last minute.The right back is a key member of the Saints lineup.Jannik Vestergaard came into the team near kick off, with Cedric reportedly suffering an injury.However, Hasenhuttl has called into question that version of events with his post-match comments.He said to reporters: “It wasn’t the perfect start to the game. “You prepare for the game and then half an hour before he says he can’t train. “I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t the best preparation for the game. I haven’t spoken to him now but I will.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery reveals crunch Pepe, Ceballos talksby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is urging Nicolas Pepe to embrace the pressure of being their record signing.Pepe, 24, has struggled to live up to his £72million price tag since his deadline day move from Lille.But Emery is certain that, just like former Gunners idols Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, Pepe will be a sensation when he eventually comes to terms with the physical demands of the Premier League.He claimed: “Pepe is an amazing player and I am sure that he is going to have a big career here, but he needs time.“For a lot of great Arsenal players, the first month here was not easy, even the first year.“Every player needs time to adapt when they arrive in England but the process with Pepe is going in the direction we expected.“He still needs to get his confidence and to understand better with the other players. But his performances are getting better step by step.“The players are also human beings and they are all working under pressure because we are at a big club with very demanding objectives.“To be selected for Arsenal is a privilege and the pressure that brings is a positive.“I don’t think about how much the club has paid for a player or how much is his salary. For me, the money is not relevant and it is not important.“I was speaking with Pepe and with Dani Ceballos and they say that the intensity of the Premier League has been the biggest change for them.“The Premier League is the strongest competition in the world. Every match has quality players and physical players.“So I am going to work with Pepe and with Ceballos to help them with that adaptation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Barinov wants Liverpool moveby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Barinov admits he’d jump at the chance of moving to Liverpool.Barinov says he dreams of continuing his career in England.”If God grants it. Of course, I would like to,” he said on Russia 24 when asked about moving to England and Anfield. “Moreover, (Jurgen) Klopp is one of my favorite coaches. To play in England is a dream. I like the style of the teams playing. Powerful football.Is it Liverpool, or maybe, for example, Manchester City?”Well, City is more about tiki-taka, and Liverpool is a fighting team with pressure.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates on the field with quarterback Kenny Guiton #13 and quarterback Cardale Jones #12 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 42-41 in a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Update: Big Ten Network released video of Miller’s brief speech. As he takes the microphone, Ohio State fans loudly chanted “one more year.” Clearly, they want all three quarterbacks back for next season.Earlier: By now, everyone knows about the remarkable dilemma that Ohio State faces at the quarterback position entering 2015. While rumors have been swirling about possible transfer destinations for senior Braxton Miller for months now, he has said that he plans to return to Columbus. That doesn’t seem all that likely considering he would have to beat out J.T. Barrett and now Cardale Jones for the starting job, but during today’s national championship celebration at Ohio Stadium, he definitely made it seem like he’s all-in on OSU.Braxton Miller: “Privilege and honor to be part of this team. Guess what, we’ve got another year to do it. So go Bucks.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015The other two quarterbacks spoke up about the magical 2014 season as well.RT WEWS “RT KosichJohn: The 3 Ohio State QBs Braxton,Cardale & JT pic.twitter.com/3oqHBIf7SJ” #CLE— bobarcher (@bobarcher1) January 24, 2015J.T. Barrett: “This is what we talked about doing. Glad ya’ll were part of it.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015Meyer refers to Cardale Jones as “the final part of the magnificent three.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015Cardale Jones: “I dedicated this season and the last couple of games to these 2 guys on my left and my right.” Miller and Barrett.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015We still can’t imagine that all three quarterbacks stick around, but it will be very hard to make the decision to leave Ohio State, especially after the celebrations on campus that they’re all experiencing.
michigan 80 yard puntMichigan’s offense didn’t have much success against Michigan State on its first drive, but the Wolverines were still able to pin the Spartans deep in their own territory after the possession. Why? Punter Blake O’Neill somehow booted an 80-yard punt to flip the field. Check this out:What does an 80-yard punt look like? @umichfootball punter Blake O’Neill show you! Brought to you by @GrubHub. http://t.co/5AJvoTqXKp— Michigan on BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 17, 2015Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless near the end of the first quarter.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)A new report from author Jeff Snook, who’s written multiple books on Ohio State’s football program, alleges that members of Zach and Courtney Smith’s family believed the ex-wife had been planning to take down her ex-husband and head coach Urban Meyer.The report, published on Facebook, quotes multiple members of Zach and Courtney Smith’s family.Courtney, according to the report, allegedly told Zach that she was going to take down him and Meyer.From his report:Lynn Bruce, mother of fired Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith and daughter of the late Earle Bruce, told me last night that her ex-daughter-in-law Courtney Carano Smith vowed as far back as 2013 that she would “take Zach down and take Urban Meyer down with him.” “She told me that not one time, but in fact she said it several times over the years,” Bruce said. She was driven by revenge when she found out her husband had cheated on her, Bruce said. “When she found out five years ago that Zach had cheated on her, she was so angry that she vowed to me she would get back at him someday. And she said she would take Urban down, too,” she said. “And this is exactly what she did. She wanted to do as much damage as possible. “She has been planning this for some time.”The story has reportedly been corroborated by Courtney Smith’s mother.Reached this afternoon, Tina Carano would only communicate via text messages and backed Lynn Bruce’s version. When asked if she believed her daughter’s claims of physical abuse, she replied, “I believe that Zach was removing himself from an argument and I do not believe he intentionally abused her. I do not believe he actually intentionally swung or punched her … no.” As far as ever hearing her daughter say she would “take Zach down,” she replied, “Yes.”Snook’s entire report can be seen here.Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave last Wednesday night. The investigation into how these allegations were handled is expected to take two weeks.Stay tuned.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of fans cheering during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A top SEC program will be without one of its best players after suffering a season-ending injury during Week 2. Texas A&M linebacker Anthony Hines suffered a lower leg injury and will miss the rest of the season as a result.According to Dallas News, Hines re-injured a lower leg in the team’s game against Clemson on Saturday.The sophomore linebacker re-aggravated the injury on a non-contact play during the loss to the Tigers. It’s an unfortunate injury for a promising linebacker that leaves the Aggies thin at the linebacker position.The team already lost fellow sophomore Ikenna Okeke for the season during August camp.Jimbo Fisher said during the SEC teleconference that A&M LB Anthony Hines re-injured a “lower body extremity” and will miss the rest of the season.— TexAgs (@TexAgs) September 12, 2018Hines is a returning starter from 2017 and is one of the team’s best defenders. Coming out of high school, Hines was the No. 2 inside linebacker recruit in the country.Hines was named to the Freshman All-SEC Team after racing up 33 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble in 13 games.