TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan vice-president Zanetti explains hiring Conteby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has explained hiring coach Antonio Conte.The Nerazzurri face their city rivals Milan in the Derby della Madonnina this evening.Zanetti said: “This is an ambitious project, so we brought in a Coach with a lot of experience and a culture of hard work.”“The derby is always a special game. “The team is in good shape, but we know that all derbies are particularly difficult and important.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd U23s thrashed by Aston Villa to end streakby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U23s were thrashed 4-1 by Aston Villa in the Premier League 2 clash at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Monday night.The Red Devils were down 4-0 at the break having been reduced to ten-men after Di’Shon Bernard’s red-card.Aliou Traore scored a fantastic consolation goal in the second-half.The loss ended United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Tierney had sleepless nights over Celtic decisionby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal left-back Kieran Tierney admits that it was a tough decision to leave Celtic this summer.The defender had long been linked to a move away, especially to a Premier League club.But it took winning three successive league titles and getting a mega offer from Arsenal to finally tempt Tierney to leave a club he loves.Tierney told the Daily Record: “It has been hard, people probably think ‘he just moved for this reason or that reason’ but they don’t realise it was a big thing for me.”I don’t have to explain my love for Celtic, everyone knows it’s my club and the club I’ve supported all my life. But this was a chance to move to a massive club in England.”Everyone told me it was a great move, it’s a chance to come here and play against some of the best players in the world.”And every day I am training with some of the best players in the world too. It was an opportunity to better myself.”Sometimes you have to look at your career as well as what your heart is telling you to do and it was the toughest decision of my life.”It kept me up at nights thinking about it. People who are around me know how hard it was.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Merson says Ozil should be playing againby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Mesut Ozil should be playing again.Ozil has been linked with a loan move in January, with Arsenal reportedly prepared to pay some of the 30-year-old’s mammoth £350-a-week wages in order to offload him.”He’s a luxury player, and the manager has obviously decided he can’t carry a player like that in a team that’s already one of the worst around without the ball,” former midfielder Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star.”With these games coming up, Arsenal are going to have 70% of the possession. He thrives in those situations.”Unai Emery should bring him in from the cold. But he won’t.”If he plays Ozil and they win, he has to keep playing him, and the manager doesn’t want that. The manager wants him out.”And if that’s the plan then they are going to have to swallow a pill and get rid of him in January come what may.”
Liverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg leaves door open for Lonergan stayby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has lifted the lid on signing Andy Lonergan.A goalkeeping shortage ahead of a tour of the United States brought Lonergan, a long-serving goalkeeper of the second tier, on board, literally, with the Premier League title hopefuls as they jetted across the Atlantic.Lonergan’s professionalism was understood to have impressed Reds officials, who handed him a short-term contract to keep him on.”Lonergan has come in to do this job because of the injury [to Alisson],” Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo. “He has done a good job and he works really hard every day. That is a good step for us this year. We will have to look at the end of the season to decide what we will do.”But just how has a soon-to-be 36-year-old journeyman of the lower leagues ended up signing for a team who collected 97 Premier League points the season previous?Achterberg adds: “We had, at that time, agents dropping names and then actually someone came to Michael Edwards (sporting director) with his name.”We were not thinking about signing another goalkeeper but we were short because Kamil Grabara went to Huddersfield and then I think Ali was on holiday and Caoimhin Kelleher broke his wrist, so we were really short.”Then, Andy had said to the club he would come in on non-contract terms and train to stay fit and that was a winning situation for us and him. Then he worked hard, got fit and he was waiting for something to happen somewhere, he had a few shouts to move and that didn’t come off so he stayed training with us.”Then Ali got injured and Simon Mignolet was leaving quickly, it was all done in a week so we were really short. Then we were looking at what was available as the [transfer] deadline had gone and Andy had done really well.”He played some games and had done well. If we were bringing in someone who hadn’t trained with us, then they would have to get up to speed really well. Andy had been training with us and was up to speed. So it made sense to keep him on and he has helped us. He is a good guy and he has fitted in well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper David De Gea won’t make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea’s groin injury suffered with Spain is understood not to be serious.But it is still likely to keep him out of the clash with Liverpool this weekend, says the Mirror.De Gea suffered the injury in the second-half of Spain’s 1-1 draw with Sweden in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday night, forcing him out of the game.The United goalkeeper will undergo a scan and full assessment in Manchester on Wednesday, but the early indication from those close to the 29-year-old is that it is not a serious issue.However, a groin strain, rather than a full muscle tear, could see De Gea sidelined for several weeks, ruling him out of Sunday’s visit of league leaders Liverpool, as well as next week’s Europa League tie away to Partizan Belgrade, the Premier League trio to Norwich and United’s EFL Cup tie away to Chelsea.
Former Penn State Assistants Tom Bradley, Greg Schiano Were Aware Of Sandusky Abuse, Per Released Deposition
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – NOVEMBER 18: Terrell Golden #4 and Maurice Evans #48 of Penn State celebrate as they enter the field before the game against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium November 18, 2006 in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Various court documents from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal have been released, and they reveal how much Penn State coaches knew about the abused committed by the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator before the story broke in 2011. In a deposition of Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback and coach who witnessed Sandusky assaulting a 10-year old boy in 2002, he revealed that former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was “not shocked” when hearing about what he had seen, because he was aware of previous allegations against Sandusky. Bradley, who is now at UCLA, told McQueary that in the 1990s, Greg Schiano also witnessed Sandusky “doing something to a boy in the shower.”Bradley coached in various roles at Penn State from 1979 to 2011. In 2014, he joined the staff at West Virginia, and is currently the defensive coordinator at UCLA. Schiano served as a graduate assistant and then defensive backs coach at Penn State from 1990 to 1995. He went on to spend 10 years as head coach at Rutgers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently entering his first season as co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State.Earlier today, released testimony from one of Sandusky’s victims revealed that former head coach Joe Paterno was made aware of an allegation of abuse against Sandusky in 1976.[@PancakeCatapult]
Urban Meyer.It’s not something football related.Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated wrote this feature on the state of Urban Meyer’s Ohio State football program, published today.The story talks about Meyer’s mindset heading into the season, why he likes that Michigan and Jim Harbaugh have been all over the news (and his team hasn’t) and more.The thing the 52-year-old three-time national champion is most-excited about, though, is something away from the gridiron. It’s family related.Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, and her husband, Corey (a graduate assistant for Ohio State) announced earlier this summer that they’re expecting their first child in December.From SI.com:The biggest smile on Meyer’s face Monday—even bigger than when he found out Ohio State got commitments from two top receivers for the 2017 class—came when he was asked about becoming a grandfather. His daughter, Nicki, and her husband, Buckeyes staff member Corey Dennis, are expecting their first child in December. “Mama’s feet haven’t touched the ground now,” Meyer said of his wife, Shelley. “She’s out of her mind excited.”By the baby’s birth, it’ll be clear if the hushed optimism around the Buckeyes translates into loud results like in 2014. Imagine the grin on Grandpa Meyer’s face in December if the uneventful off-season translates into a quiet juggernaut on the field. At first glance, the talent is certainly there for that scenario to unfold.Nicki and Corey posted this on Instagram earlier this summer, announcing the news.You can bet on that kid being into football.Ohio State opens its 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
PSV star Hirving Lozano would welcome Mexico team-mate Diego Lainez with open arms if the youngster were to make the move to Europe this January amid ongoing speculation that Ajax are keen to sign the America winger.Lozano rose to prominence at a young age in the Mexican game before making the move to PSV in 2017, where has since developed into a key figure.The 18-year-old Lainez, meanwhile, is regarded as perhaps an even bigger prospect than Lozano was in his younger years and recently capped a fine season with the Liga MX Apertura title. 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? His fine form has earned him the interest of a number of European sides, with Ajax believed to be among his biggest admirers.Reports from both Netherlands and Mexico have suggested the Eredivisie giants are willing to pay up to €12 million (£10.5m/$13.5m) for the winger and even though Lozano has not seen his compatriot play too often, he would be happy to see him make the move to Europe. “Honestly, I’ve seen him a little. I haven’t seen him play that much,” Lozano told Goal.”For me, he’s a good player. He’s young, but he has a lot of qualities.”I don’t know if he’s ready or not. I don’t know what he’s like as a person. I don’t know him well.”But, hopefully he can arrive here soon.”Lainez would not be the first Mexican to join Lozano in Netherlands if the move were to materialise, with Erick Gutierrez joining his friend in Eindhoven earlier this season.Gutierrez has yet to become as important to the team as Lozano, but the attacker has little doubt his compatriot will soon make more of an impact.”With the transfer of Erick, I played a small role in it because they asked me about him, I was paying attention to whether they signed him or not, so the only thing I could do is to convince them a bit more to sign him and tell him good things about being here,” the 23-year-old added.”I think that’s why he came here.”I think he’s had some minutes, but little by little he’ll have more. He’s going to show more of the skill he has, so I’m convinced that he can play as a starter and hopefully the manager decides. He’s the one that decides, so he’s the one in charge.”
Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo was signed exactly for the kind of match-winning impact he made for Juventus against AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana.In a contest that lacked fast tempo for large parts, Ronaldo headed home the decisive goal in the 61st minute to seal a 1-0 triumph in Jeddah.Franck Kessie was later sent off for Milan, as Ronaldo was able to celebrate a first trophy since joining from Real Madrid in a €112 million deal from Real Madrid. 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? Juve boss Allegri hailed Ronaldo’s impact and performance of the team on the whole, even though he felt his side could have been a bit more clinical.”We signed Cristiano Ronaldo because he is decisive and scores big goals,” he told Rai Sport.”He scored a great goal and moved very well, but the whole team put in a good performance.”There were a few too many counter-attacks – we should’ve had more moves like the [Paulo] Dybala disallowed goal. “Instead, we kept trying to move it around too quickly and allowed Milan some counters, forcing us to sprint back.”Douglas Costa left the pitch in a gingerly fashion late in the game, but Allegri moved to allay any injury fears.”It was just cramp, he played a good game,” Allegri added. “These players know what it means to sacrifice.”I admire above all the spirit and professionalism of this team, as those who came off the bench even if only for a few minutes had the right attitude and determination to make a difference.”That’s what we need going forward this season.”