About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Christensen hopes Mount injury not seriousby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Andreas Christensen hopes Mason Mount’s injury isn’t serious.Mount was forced off early in their Champions League defeat to Valencia.Christensen said, “Mason has been very important for us, he is great for us in our build-up and he is dangerous in front of goal so obviously he was a big loss, but then we have great players to come on so it should not hurt us too much. Hopefully he is not too bad as he is an important player.”On Ross Barkley’s late spotkick miss, the Dane added: “We know Ross, he is going to take the next one as well, he always feels confident with penalties, he is one of the best ones which is why he was on the penalty today.”
Italy coach Mancini delighted to have booked place at Euro 2020by Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini is delighted to have booked their place at Euro 2020.Mancini praised Italy for showing “patience” to beat Greece 2-0.The Azzurri have won all seven games in Group J and qualified for Euro 2020 with three matches to spare, something the Nazionale have never previously achieved.Jorginho converted a penalty and Federico Bernardeschi’s shot was deflected to secure the victory.Mancini said, “The lads did really well. First of all, I want to thank the fans at the Olimpico for coming out and supporting us, even if the first half when we were a bit tense, perhaps nervous at being back in Rome.“We wanted to dedicate the win to the kids at the children’s hospital,” the Coach told Rai Sport, referring to this week’s team visit.Greece put up a brick wall for an hour, but were eventually broken down by a penalty.“We’ll meet teams who sit back and defend. We were too frenetic in the first half, but should’ve patiently moved the ball around to open up spaces. Instead, we started long balls and that’s no good.“It was a much more relaxed second half, we kept focused and achieved our objective.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Pulisic: I know scoring touch will come backby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic isn’t worried about his lack of goals for Chelsea.The American played an integral role in Chelsea’s winner against a stubborn Newcastle outfit on Saturday.He is yet to score for the Blues, but that didn’t ruin his positivity after the 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.”It was a really good game, happy for the team, had a strong performance, they defended really well, and I was happy to make an impact,” Pulisic told ESPN after the match. “I was going to shoot last-second, but I saw Tammy wide open and then DeAndre [Yedlin, Pulisic’s US team-mate] made an unbelievable block, so maybe I should have shot it. “I just don’t have that scoring touch but I know it will come back.”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It turns out it isn’t just SEC football fans who are willing to go above and beyond to display their fanhood on a daily basis. Sunday night, a Kentucky hoops supporter named Gina Estep tweeted a photo of her friend, who is pregnant, showing just how much she’s into Wildcats basketball. The UK supporter has painted her stomach into a basketball and added two Kentucky logos. It’s amazing.@UKCoachCalipari Thought you would enjoy this soon to be UK fan:) pic.twitter.com/DtOlhdpSal— Gina Estep (@Ginadawn1) February 16, 2015Score another win for Kentucky – the Wildcats are certainly going to add one more hardcore fan very soon. Props.
The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.
Liverpool will be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for the start of the Premier League season, claims Lauren, with Africa Cup of Nations duty set to delay their return to domestic duty.Two men who earned a share of the Golden Boot in 2018-19 are readying themselves for international action this summer.Salah is eyeing continental glory with Egypt on home soil, while Sane will be leading the charge for Senegal. 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? Both nations are expected to go deep into the competition and a final in Cairo is not due to be held until July 19.With that in mind, two key figures in Jurgen Klopp’s plans may be forced to sit out the early stages of the 2019-20 campaign back at Anfield.Former Cameroon international Lauren, who took in spells with Arsenal and Portsmouth during his career, told bwin of the problems facing Liverpool: “Whatever happens, Liverpool will need to start the season without Salah and Mane as they will need a good couple of weeks to rest and recuperate, otherwise their level will drop during the season.“Players will be mentally and physically exhausted and will need a few weeks to recuperate before heading into the new Premier League season.“If they don’t get the rest, there will be a chance that their Premier League campaign will be impacted by a slow start as the players are just too tired to play – this could be trouble for Liverpool as both Salah and Mane will likely be involved in the latter stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.”While warning of potential fatigue at club level, Lauren is not expecting two Champions League winners to be short of sharpness with their respective countries.He added: “The likes of Salah and Mane have played an unbelievable amount of football over the past two seasons, but tiredness will not be a major factor for Salah and Mane in the Africa Cup of Nations. What they lack in physical ability, they will make up for in their mentality going into the competition.“Coming off the back of a Champions League win will compensate for any tiredness and both players will attack this new challenge with a winning mentality which will be interesting to see if Senegal and Egypt play each other. Both players will be confident that they are physically fit and able to win the tournament for their countries.”Landing Cup of Nations glory would help to further enhance the respective reputations of Salah and Mane, with Lauren conceding that they are already among the finest African talents to have graced the Premier League.“It’s impossible to pick the best ever African player to grace the Premier League – you cannot choose just one player when Africa has given the Premier League so much talent,” added the ex-Gunners defender.“You look at players like Kolo Toure, Didier Drogba and countless others and it is impossible to choose between them. You also have to look at people like Salah and Mane and see that they are amazing footballers but there have been so many before them.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Despite having three players suspended before the national championship, the Clemson Tigers took care of business against Alabama.It might not be receiving much attention right now, but those suspensions could present additional issues for Clemson next season.Although Dexter Lawrence is heading to the NFL, both tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will still be on the roster. It turns out that the Tigers have nearly three more weeks to continue the appeal process for their players that tested positive for ostarine.Clemson could potentially lose Galloway and Giella for one year if the program doesn’t win its appeal.Dabo Swinney will have a plethora of talent returning for 2019, but the possibility of losing another tight end would really affect the depth chart.The Tigers are losing Milan Richard and Garrett Williams might pursue a career in the military. The latter of these two tight ends started in 13 of 14 games last season.In the event that Galloway is suspended it would leave Clemson with a major hole on its offense.From The Post and Courier:If Williams leaves and if Galloway’s appeal is denied, that would leave J.C. Chalk, who caught two passes for 21 yards in 15 games, as the only tight end with actual experience at the college level. The Tigers also like early enrollee Jaelyn Lay out of Atlanta, though just a few months ago he was playing high school football.Galloway finished his season with only five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Nonetheless, his physical intangibles and potential bodes well for his future success in the next few years.It’s safe to say the next three weeks will be interesting for Clemson.Stay tuned.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Running back Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)He might not be the next coming of Saquon Barkley, but Miles Sanders is another intriguing tailback out of Penn State. With the NFL Combine taking place this weekend, he’ll try to boost his draft stock.Once Barkley left the Nittany Lions for the NFL, Sanders became the next workhorse in the backfield. His junior season consisted of 1,274 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.Sanders isn’t exactly the best pass-catching running back in this class, but he did showcase his versatility in 2018. Most projections have him listed as one of the best prospects at his position for this draft.While Sanders obviously won’t have any say in which team selects him in April, the Penn State product would have no issue playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his media session at the combine, Sanders expressed his appreciation for his hometown squad.From TribLive:“I would love to play for Mike Tomlin,” Sanders said Thursday at the NFL Combine. “I asked certain people on the Steelers staff how he is. They said he’s a cool dude, laid back. I know a lot of Pitt players who run into him at the facility. I’d be honored to play for the Steelers.”It’s not likely that Pittsburgh uses an early selection on Sanders due to their depth at the position. Although Le’Veon Bell is set to leave in free agency, James Conner and Jaylen Samuels have shown their ability to shine in an extended role.Nonetheless, it must be refreshing for the Steelers to hear top prospects want to join the franchise amidst all the drama taking place.Sanders will be on the field today in Indianapolis to participate in several drills alongside other running back prospects.[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
A good portion of the buzz at the NFL combine has been around D.K. Metcalf and Montez Sweat. But ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay noticed another player who stood out to him in Indianapolis.On a recent edition of SportsCenter, McShay revealed that Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell was among the most-impressive players he saw at the NFL combine. McShay pointed to Campbell’s 4.31 40-time and 40″ vertical leap as traits that he really liked in him as a prospect.Campbell’s 4.31-40 time was tied for the fastest among receivers in the draft. His vertical was the fifth-best, while his 135″ broad jump was third-best.The senior wide receiver out of Ohio State had a career-year in 2018. He posted 90 receptions for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns – all career highs.The most impressive player I saw Saturday (not named Metcalf)? Ohio State’s Parrish Campbell. pic.twitter.com/pfkO54sUqD— Todd McShay (@McShay13) March 3, 2019NFL.com rates Campbell as an “Instant Starter” who draws comparisons to former Vikings Pro Bowl receiver Percy Harvin.But despite his potential, it is increasingly doubtful that any receiver will be taken ahead of Ole Miss superstar D.K. Metcalf.Tankathon’s mock draft currently has Campbell going No. 70 overall in the third round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.But after showing off some of the best speed in the 2019 draft class, Campbell’s stock is certainly on the rise.
Of course, it didn’t take long for some on Twitter to point out the hypocrisy in these statements. Coaches, like Petersen, are free to leave at any time.Also, Petersen has accepted transfer players from other programs on his roster. His projected starting quarterback, Jacob Eason, began his college career at Georgia.It’s amazing how the other side of that coin never gets talked about. When someone transfers, they’re leaving the social life, academic structure and locker room culture they know and starting over. That isn’t easy or something most people would do lightly. https://t.co/9CMgXCGtYw— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 24, 2019A fair follow-up question to Chris Petersen would be whether he thinks Jacob Eason tapped out when things got tough at Georgia. https://t.co/JlrR1DZRJF— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 24, 2019Washington HC Chris Petersen “tapped out” of his job at Boise St to go to WashingtonHypocrisy of college coaches knows no bounds https://t.co/dU0Z0GoFAg— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 24, 2019Chris Petersen, on the other hand, would never leave a program for a situation he thought was better. https://t.co/k03PQj4IIa— Guy Incognito (@StaircaseWhitt) July 24, 2019Petersen’s comments are very different from Jim Harbaugh’s. The Michigan coach recently said he is in favor of a one-time, penalty-free transfer for all student-athletes.Of course, Petersen is technically correct in saying there’s no guarantee a player will find find a better situation elsewhere.But the fact the portal affords them more autonomy to seek out a fresh start is a good thing, even if Petersen disagrees. SEATTLE, WA – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies looks on during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Husky Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)It seems like every big-name coach is being asked about college football transfers this offseason. Washington’s Chris Petersen spoke about the topic at Pac-12 Media Day today.What Petersen said is drawing him some criticism. A self-professed “old school” coach, it turns out Petersen is not a fan of the transfer portal.He told the media today he finds the portal “harmful” because it might influence an athlete to “tap out” of a difficult situation.Washington HC Chris Petersen says he’s old-school, believes the transfer portal is harmful to the athletes because it “allows them to tap out” when they face a hard situation and just go somewhere else they think things will be better, when oftentimes that’s not the case.— DevilsDigest.com (@DevilsDigest) July 24, 2019