TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fonte asks Arsenal target Pepe: Will you get a game at Man City?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille defender Jose Fonte has urged teammate Nicolas Pepe to think carefully about his next move.Pepe is being linked with Arsenal and Barcelona ahead of the January market.But former Southampton captain Fonte says, “If you go to Manchester City and it does not work, you come out of the team. “And that’s not a problem for (Pep) Guardiola who has another player with the same talent, and he will continue to win. “So if you want to be in City, Barcelona or another big team, you have to work hard.”
Slip Cup New Idea Beer PongLet’s face it – beer pong, for as fantastic a tailgating game as it is, is also a bit unhygienic. Players throw ping-pong balls onto the ground, clean them off with dirty water, and then drink the beer they’ve come in contact with. After you’ve played a while, you get used to it. But apparently, you no longer have to. Five friends from Connecticut have invented the “Slip Cup”, which sits on top of each cup, blocking the balls from hitting the beer. They also don’t interfere with gameplay at all – they’re basically smaller versions of the normal cups you already use. It’s a genius idea. KickstarterThe Slip Cup is trying to raise $70,000 on Kickstarter to get the product into major retailers. So far, they’ve racked up just over $13,000.Here’s the video from the Kickstarter page. Needless to say, this is a game-changer both for tailgating and house parties. Would you buy one?[Patch]
LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 24: A general view during the game between the Rider Broncs and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Get ready college basketball fans. It is March, which means Madness is right around the corner. Before it’s time to fill out our NCAA Tournament brackets, however, we have the conference tournaments, which can be amazing events in their own right.The Big 12 has been arguably the best and most competitive league in college basketball this year, and the conference tournament kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m., with the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds playing on ESPNU. Seeding for the tournament isn’t set yet, but we have an idea of how things will shake out when the Big 12 standings are set on Saturday.With Monday night’s domination of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas has clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks face the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game, currently slated to be Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State.There is a large gap between the top seven teams in the conference, and the bottom three. Texas Tech, currently No. 7, is 8-8 in the league, four games ahead of Kansas State. Oklahoma State and TCU each have 14 conference losses.The tournament will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.Wednesday’s first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU. On Thursday, the first two games will be on ESPNU, and the second two will be on ESPN2. Friday’s games are on ESPN2, and Saturday’s championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 p.m.Here is the bracket, which includes the tournament schedule, via the Big 12’s official website. The Big 12 standings won’t be finalized until after Kansas plays Iowa State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.More Big 12 Tournament notes:Iowa State won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, defeating Kansas 70-66 in the final. The Cyclones also won the 2014 tournament, topping the Baylor Bears in the final.Kansas, winner of 12 straight Big 12 conference regular season titles, last won the tournament in 2013, blowing out Kansas State 70-54.Big 12 Tournament tickets are available at StubHub.Kansas will enter the tournament as a favorite, but Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and West Virginia have all been very strong this year, and will vie for the Big 12 championship. We can’t wait for things to kick off from Kansas City.Information on the ACC Tournament is available here, and learn about the Big Ten Tournament here.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Tonight, Coach Jim Harbaugh swapped his Michigan swag for Cubs attire.The crosstown rivalry game between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox tonight was kicked off by none other than Harbaugh himself.Harbaugh is no stranger to throwing off the mound, as he threw out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game last year. Tonight, decked out in a Cubs jersey, he lifted his hat to the cheering crowd in thanks before taking his arms above his head in preparation for his throw.You can see Harbaugh’s powerful throw to the Cubs’ Matt Szczur here:Jim Harbaugh throws the first pitch and #CrosstownCSN Game 3 is underway! pic.twitter.com/kNwVIdDt9d— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNChicago) July 27, 2016While it was way too high to be a strike, the coach’s pitch was still an impressive attempt!
Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham fans to keep dreaming of Premier League glory but insists he will keep his own feet on the ground.Spurs followed up a 6-2 win at Everton with a 5-0 demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday, lifting them above Manchester City into second place in the table.Pochettino’s side remain six points adrift of leaders Liverpool but their recent hot streak has propelled them back into the title race. 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? “Our fans are allowed to dream all they want,” the Spurs boss said. “Here inside [the club] it’s different, of course.”Football is about dreaming and believing but also respecting the competition and the opponent.”Liverpool and Manchester City have the culture and the history because in recent years they have won a lot.”We are there because we deserve to be but there is still a long way to go and we need to go step by step, always believing that we can do better, improve.”Dreaming is important but at the same time to manage in the right direction.”On the Bournemouth victory, which saw Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all get on the scoresheet, Pochettino added: “I think it’s so important to keep the momentum.”I’m very pleased because we had one day less to prepare for the game – Bournemouth played one day before us [at the weekend].”I think to arrive and show that energy and that level is a fantastic thing for us and we need to be sure to be ready for next Saturday here again [against Wolves].”Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, bemoaned his side’s shortcomings at both ends of the pitch.”It was a tough one. One of those days every shot they had went in, every shot we had didn’t,” he told BBC Sport.”You have to admire the qualities they have. But it is disappointing we created so many opportunities ourselves, if we had got one back it might be different, but a disappointing day.”We conceded some bad goals today, hugely frustrating on the back of a clean sheet, we wanted to build momentum.”It is a tough Christmas period, we go to Manchester United [on Sunday] and try and put it right.”Howe added that a first-half injury to captain Simon Francis “doesn’t look good” but did not elaborate on the exact nature of the problem. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku believes Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to win their upcoming Champions League second round tie.United welcome the Ligue 1 leaders to Old Trafford for the first leg of the last 16 clash on February 12. The Premier League side are in good form again after recovering from a difficult start to the season, winning nine of their 10 matches in all competitions since caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped in to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho in December. 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 United boss was in the stands to see PSG lose in the league for the first time this season against Lyon on Sunday, and centre-back Thiago Silva said he expects the Norwegian to have come away from the game with a boost in confidence.But Lukaku believes it is PSG who will be in better spirits heading into the encounter and would not be surprised if they went far into the competition.”For me, they are the favourites, but we will come well prepared and we will see what will happen on the field,” he told Canal+.”We know we will play against a team that is, for me, one of the favourites in this tournament.”You just have to see their squad, there are players with great talent and a good coach, good fans and leaders who have a great plan for their club. It will be a difficult match.”United’s resurgence under Solskjaer has brought them back into contention for a top four finish in the Premier League, as they moved into fifth in the table with Sunday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City to leave them two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Lukaku has noticed a big change in spirits in the dressing room, saying star players like himself, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are happy again.”Since the departure of Mourinho, it’s different, it’s much more positive,” he said. “Already in the game people smile a lot more, right now everything is going very well, and we must continue like that. We are benefitting. “[Pogba] is happy. In training, he is told all the time: ‘Paul, we see you happy!’ And after he laughs. So now, everything is going very well, everyone is playing at their level.”Paul, Marcus, myself, Anthony, everyone, the competitive spirit is coming out in every player and it’s already starting in training when we play small matches, six against six, eight against eight, it shows that the players want to prove themselves in front of the coach, because they want to seize their opportunity.”When we play a game, we know that each player can play. But the most important thing is the team.”Before their meeting with Thomas Tuchel’s side, the Red Devils travel to Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday as they aim to continue their fine recent run.
After Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio was hit low and suffered a knee injury, head coach Jim McElwain went crazy on the North Texas bench.Florida sophomore signal-caller Luke Del Rio and the Gators currently hold a 25-0 lead over North Texas, but there is now reason to worry for UF fans. Del Rio, the team’s starting quarterback, took a hit to his left knee after a North Texas defender lost his balance lunging at him. Here’s video:Florida QB Luke Del Rio takes bad hit to lower leg. Had to leave the game https://t.co/3zXx50hQLb— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 18, 2016Florida head coach Jim McElwain was not pleased with the situation, and reportedly teed off on both the referees and the North Texas bench.McElwain (and some players) at midfield screaming after Del Rio’s hit. #Gators https://t.co/LcEPrn5WyE— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) September 18, 2016Jim McElwain is NOT HAPPY. HE flipped out and screamed at the North Texas sidelin. Del Rio is being taken to the locker room— Jacquie Franciulli (@JacquieFran_) September 18, 2016#Gators QB Luke Del Rio walking off the field….. but @CoachMcElwain spent time during the TV timeout yelling at the UNT bench— **620 WDAE** (@620wdae) September 18, 2016Replay shows Del Rio taking a shot to his left knee. Meanwhile, Jim McElwain goes nuts on the officials. So much for a boring game.— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) September 18, 2016Del Rio has been taken to the locker room to be evaluated. Let’s hope he’s alright – we’ll keep you updated.
YouTubeFOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd thinks the only team that can match up with Alabama likely won’t be part of the College Football Playoff.Colin Cowherd has a lot of hot takes, and Friday, he dropped another. Cowherd, who earlier in the week said that Clemson is a “fraud”, told his listeners the team he believes is the only one capable of matching up with defending national champion Alabama. It isn’t Ohio State.Cowherd believes that Michigan, citing size and experience, is the team that matches up with Alabama best. He doesn’t appear to be high on the odds of Ohio State, Washington or Clemson beating the Crimson Tide.Michigan is the only team that matches up with Alabama pic.twitter.com/zRRkAdFGRo— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 2, 2016We may never know if Cowherd is right, considering the fact that Michigan is currently on the outside looking in regarding the College Football Playoff rankings. At the moment, it would take real mayhem for the Wolverines to land in the field.
“Donny nog een jaar” went the chant to the tune of the KC & the Sunshine Band hit Baby Give It Up, and it spread rapidly and repeatedly around the Johan Cruijff Arena on Saturday.Ajax’s dominant display in the 5-0 trouncing of Emmen suggested they can survive in the Eredivisie without Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, but their fans made clear there is one star they are not ready to let go.Seconds after Donny van de Beek put the Dutch champions into the lead, the crowd hijacked the 1980s disco classic to beg the 22-year-old to reject an offer from Real Madrid and stay in Amsterdam for another year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The approach from the Spanish giants was common knowledge, but the supporters had reason to be optimistic.The Dutch press claim Van de Beek is hesitant due to uncertainty about the role he would have at the Santiago Bernabeu, while the latest reports in Spain say Madrid want to wait until next year to sign him.Even Van de Beek is unsure if Tuesday’s Champions League qualifying game against PAOK will be his last in an Ajax jersey: “I really can’t tell you,” he said on Saturday. “I want clarity as well.”Madrid have embarked on a rebuilding project that has cost them over €300 million in this transfer window. Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo have all been bought to aid their recovery from a dismal 2018-19 season.The new signings add the firepower, speed, flair and defensive options they were missing when they plummeted to a third-place finish in La Liga – 19 points behind champions Barcelona, with their lowest goal tally for 19 years and worst defensive record for a decade.There is, however, one area they haven’t addressed: the midfield.Madrid identified Paul Pogba as the top target for the position in their bid to complete their spending spree, but Manchester United’s inability – or refusal – to sign a replacement before the window ended in England last Thursday suggests their pursuit has hit a dead end.In comparison to World Cup winner Pogba, Van de Beek may be a surprise alternative for Zinedine Zidane’s side but the Netherlands international has shown that he may be an adequate and much cheaper solution.Stuck with the ageing Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro as their midfield trio, Madrid need an injection of youth, pace and especially goals from the centre of the pitch. Last season, Modric and Casemiro struck only four times in all competitions, and Toni Kroos five. Van de Beek scored 17 goals, four of them in the Champions League.Ajax are four games into the new campaign and Van de Beek already has two goals and three assists to add to the impressive record he has maintained over the last four years.Since his senior debut in 2015, Van de Beek has progressed steadily into a dangerous attacking midfielder capable of upsetting the strongest defences.Alongside Bayern Munich, Juventus and Tottenham, Madrid witnessed the threat Van de Beek poses first-hand as his goals and assists against them played a pivotal part in Ajax’s surprise journey to the Champions League semi-finals last season.Always on the move and available for a pass, Van de Beek puts his good technique and simple but effective passing to good use for a side that is always looking for holes in the opponents’ defence with quick and imaginative combinations.Keeping his eye on the situation around him, Van de Beek easily identifies big spaces and can drift into them so easily it is as if acres open in front of him. Whether he needs to go wide, drop deep to support the striker or advance to fill in for the No.9, he is always looking to help his side into dangerous positions. He is a direct threat and always seems to pop up at the right place to find the net or set up a team-mate.After waving goodbye to new Barcelona hero De Jong and Genoa’s Lasse Schone, the Nijkerkerveen native is the last piece of the midfield that helped fire them to the domestic double and Champions League final four.Erik ten Hag’s team are still in good shape despite the loss of three key players, but Van de Beek’s departure may be one too many if they want to replicate last season’s achievements.”We all hope that Donny stays for another year,” Ten Hag told reporters. “With his dynamism, vision and strength in front of goal, he has a crucial role in midfield. Donny has played in the spotlight of the biggest clubs in Europe.”He may not be as high-profile or glamorous as Pogba or other summer target Neymar, but it is no surprise Madrid are chasing a player who does such a good job tying the midfield and attack together.Van de Beek would offer Zidane’s side a dimension they clearly lacked last season. He would help create intricate moves to set up chances for the likes of Hazard, Jovic and Karim Benzema, just like he did for Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.Pogba and Neymar may be the signings Madrid really want this summer, but as they look to address the glaring issues that caused such a disastrous 2018-19 season, Van de Beek could be the signing they really need.