Barcelona captain Messi: Lyon not the strongest nameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Leo Messi says they cannot underestimate Olympique Lyon.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”Lyon was not the strongest name [in the hat], but it will be complicated,” said Messi.”They were equal when they played [Manchester] City; they will be difficult to advance against.”It’s a long way away, a lot of things can happen between now and February.”We don’t know how they’re going to be, how we’re going to be, but we know it’s going to be a complicated game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
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Man Utd legend Neville: Board must find transfer specialistby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club will take time to build a world-class transfer department for next season.Jose Mourinho was replaced last week by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has become caretaker manager until the end of the season. But Neville thinks the club’s recruitment, led by chief executive Ed Woodward, needs to be fixed.”Ole’s job in the next six months is to be head coach, head scout, head of recruitment and making sure he feeds back really good information into the recruitment department of what the club needs,” he told Sky Sports’ Gary Neville Podcast.”My concern over the last three to four years is who has been signing the players.”That needs cleaning up and I am certain the club in the next six months will appoint the right people who are best in class to run that side of things.”Manchester United have to start getting it right otherwise they will struggle, but it was a good start yesterday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
If you’re a five-star college football recruit, make sure you always hang onto your phone. Otherwise, your friends may feel the need to have a little bit of fun at your expense. Five-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who is considering a number of schools for 2016, tweeted out that he’s “100%” committed to LSU Wednesday afternoon. Minutes later, he revealed that it was actually one of his colleagues who’d tweeted it as a joke.Tigers fans, temporarily, were through the roof with excitement.Nate tweeted on my account sorry everyone— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) March 4, 2015Haskins tells me someone tweeted that he had committed to #LSU from his phone. Haskins has NOT committed— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) March 4, 2015Haskins is considering the Tigers, as well as Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others. We’ll let you know when he actually decides to commit.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)It’s been a solid November for Oklahoma, which, after a Big 12 title, now finds itself very likely to be part of this year’s College Football Playoff. Monday, it got even better.Bennett Powers, a JUCO offensive lineman who plays for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, has committed to play for the Sooners. According to 247Sports, Powers is 6-foot-5, 315 pounds and had other offers from Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas State.I am honored to announce that I have committed to the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Soooner! #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/NC6SEdo1fh— Bennett Powers (@BenThrDunThat) November 30, 2015You can see Powers’ mid-season highlight reel over at Hudl.Oklahoma currently has the 39th-best class for 2016, according to 247Sports. We imagine that with the team’s success this year, that’ll rise in the coming months.
Instagram/kingmali23The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday night, and 16 players will be in the green room for the event, waiting for their names to be called. The Vertical’s Jonathan Givony reported the full list, which features 15 players who starred in college basketball last season.Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt Dragan Bender, Maccabi Tel Aviv Jaylen Brown, Cal Marquese Chriss, Washington Deyonta Davis, Michigan State Kris Dunn, Providence Henry Ellenson, Marquette Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Brandon Ingram, Duke Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Dejounte Murray, Washington Jamal Murray, Kentucky Jakob Poeltl, Utah Malachi Richardson, Syracuse Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga Ben Simmons, LSUThe list features many of the players expected to be taken at the top of the Draft, including Simmons and Ingram, the two forwards almost universally considered to be the top two players in the draft.Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson, a late addition to Givony’s list, shared the invite he received on Instagram. The Draft is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. on June 23, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.[The Vertical]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Paul Pogba must learn to deal with being blamed for Manchester United’s shortcomings but can emerge from a tough start to his second spell at Old Trafford, according to Park Ji-Sung.The World Cup winner returned to the club for £89 million ($113m) in the summer of 2016 from Juventus, but has yet to begin to repay that fee.Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has been the central narrative of his second coming prior to the Portuguese coach’s sacking earlier this month. 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? On-the-field, Pogba’s form has wavered significantly and Park – a winner of 13 major honours during his spell at United – says he must deal with his displays being heavily scrutinised.”It’s inevitable, he is a star player in the team who gets enormous interest from people,” he told Goal.”It’s obvious that the blame will be on him if the team is not doing well.”But on the other hand, he will be the one praised when the team is doing well.”He has to overcome the situation. He’s a positive player, so I think he wouldn’t really mind. I’m sure he can get over it.”The final three years of Park’s time at United overlapped with the end of Pogba’s first spell at the club, which ended when he moved to Juve in 2012.And the ex-South Korea international admits that even at a tender age and while learning his trade in the academy, his talent was known to even the senior members of the club.Park added: “He wasn’t a first-team player. He was an academy player sometimes called up in training and matches.”He was physically and technically excellent, and a lot of people talked about him. He was famous even when he was an academy player.”There was no doubt he would become a first-team player one day. It was just a matter of how big a player he would become.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
To understand just how dramatic a change in fortunes Chris Richards experienced in the early stages of his budding soccer career, you need only consider two flights he took that came just two years apart. The first flight was from Dallas to his home in Alabama. He spent most of it trying to sleep and not to cry after a failed trial with the FC Dallas academy that left him wondering whether he would ever make it. AdChoices广告The second flight was a charter from Munich to the United States, one he shared with the kind of soccer stars he could have only dreamed of playing with back when he was fighting back the tears on that rough trip home two years earlier. 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? Now, just six months after that charter flight, and less than a year after signing his first professional contract, Richards has been transferred to German powerhouse Bayern Munich after impressing during a six-month loan stint with Bayern’s U-19 team. Sources have confirmed to Goal that Bayern will pay $1.5 million for the starlet along with agreeing to a 40 percent sell-on clause . The 19-year-old is the latest in the growing wave of young American players honing their game in Germany, a trend that has made it almost normal for top American teenagers to make the jump to Europe in their quests to follow the trail blazed by the likes of Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie. Few would have pegged Richards to be on this path back when he was playing in Alabama as a talented but undersized central defender. He took a trip to Texas hoping to secure a place with the FC Dallas academy, one of the best academies in American soccer, but FC Dallas’ coaches saw a player they didn’t think was ready to handle the speed of play at the highest level of the Development Academy, American soccer’s elite youth league. “It was tough hearing. I thought my world was going to end,” Richards said. “That was my first time not making a team. “I was devastated. I was crying. I wasn’t good at rejection.” After a tear-filled phone call to tell his mother he didn’t make the team, Richards boarded a flight back to Alabama. He did his best to keep his composure, but admitted he broke down as soon as he sat in his mother’s car. A week after that painful trip, Richards received a call from Houston Texans, another top academy team in Texas. “Once Houston gave me the call and told me they’d be playing FC Dallas I thought this was easy, I have to go to Houston.” Richards didn’t fly to Houston, he drove, knowing full well that another failed trial would mean a brutal ride home. That, along with the motivation to prove FC Dallas wrong, lit a fire in him that helped the youngster impress Texans coach and former MLS player Eric Quill. “Right off the bat I could tell this kid’s got something really, really good,” Quill told Goal . “But he hadn’t grown into his body much. He was sort of gangly. The body type that I could see some people not thinking he could play.” At the same time saw a potential star in the making in Richards. “His ability to see the field and break lines with his passing – he’s a high-level passer from the back – and he’s just an athletic freak,” Quill said. “He can jump through the roof. He’s just a kid you could see a real high ceiling with.” Richards lived up to Quill’s lofty assessment, developing into a standout defender and helping lead the Texans to an improbable national championship run. Along the way the Texans defeated the same FC Dallas team that passed on him as a player, providing sweet revenge for the young defender. “Every team when they play Dallas in the [Development Academy] it’s like the World Cup for them,” Richards said. “I had extra motivation because of what happened in the summer. As soon as I got the schedule I circled FC Dallas.” Richards and the Texans defeated FC Dallas in league play, marking the first time the Texans had ever beaten Dallas in the older age groups. They went on to win the national championship, the first for the club, but before that victory, Quill had already begun to think about what would truly be best for Richards. He believed his star defender would be better served by making a move to FC Dallas the next season. That led Quill to approach FC Dallas academy director Luchi Gonzalez with the selfless offer of sending Richards and midfielder Christian Cappis to FC Dallas. “Them coming back to [the Texans] would have been fine, but if they were going to really go somewhere in the game then time was of the essence and I wanted them to move on,” Quill said. “I told FC Dallas, ‘I’ve got these two players who are going to be pros at the highest level. I think you guys should take a look at them.’” When Quill first told Richards what he was planning to do the youngster thought he was joking, but once he realized his coach was serious, the teenager was faced with a tough decision. Would he leave the club that believed in him to join a bigger club that had rejected him just a year earlier? Richards eventually decided to follow Quill’s advice, and FC Dallas was on board, having just watched him lead the Texans to a national title. It didn’t take long for FC Dallas to realize that not only was Richards good enough for its academy, he was good enough for a first-team contract. The MLS outfit signed him to a homegrown player deal in April. At that point the only issue was finding him playing time. Due to his limited time with the academy, MLS rules left Richards facing a year-long wait before he would be eligible to play with the first team. Luckily for Richards, FC Dallas had recently entered a player development partnership with Bayern Munich, and a deal was reached to have the center back play with German club’s Under-19 team on loan. The deal also included an option for the German giant to buy Richards. Having a chance to play with Bayern’s youth team would have been enough, but Richards quickly found himself in the improbable position of being called on to join the senior side for the summer’s International Champions Cup tournament due to the club being short of available defenders. “I walk into the locker room and the first player I see is Arjen Robben and I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way this is real. I was playing FIFA with him a few days ago. This doesn’t happen every day,'” Richards said. “We were jogging around and I’m like, ‘These are the guys you see on TV at the highest level.’ But once we started playing I felt more comfortable and got over the nerves.” Richards wound up playing against some high-profile opponents in the ICC tournament, including a starting role against Juventus in Philadelphia. Those matches, coupled with the chance to play and train alongside stars like Robben and David Alaba, provided the kind of education and confidence boost that helped Richards hit the ground running when he joined Bayern’s U-19s“You can learn a lot from just watching how they play and how they act on the field,” Richards said. “Whether it’s the speed of play, or how fast they do things. Their vision, they’re seeing things two and three steps beyond what a regular player sees.” Riding the confidence from the summer, Richards eventually joined Bayern’s U-19 team and he stepped right into a starting role, impressing through the fall season. And when he returned to the States and flashed his improving form while with the U.S. Under-20 national team during its run to the Concacaf Championship in November. “Out of all the center backs I’ve coached I think he’s the one with the most potential,” U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos told Goal . “He has unlimited potential. All the other guys you could tell they’re good. They’re solid. I look at [Matt] Miazga, [Cameron] Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown. I just think Richards has a really high ceiling. He also has great charisma, which other guys follow, and he makes a team better because of it.” Bayern saw those same qualities in Richards, leading the German club to buy him, and now Richards will have his chance to continue developing and to live up to the lofty expectations he holds in the eyes of those who have seen him up close. “This kid’s going to be the starting center back for the national team in the next World Cup. I completely believe that,” Quill told Goal . “He’s got more. He’s getting better and better and better. His ceiling is so high. He’s different than anything we’ve ever had as a center back because I think his range of passing is better than any center back we’ve ever seen in the United States.”
Twitter/@APGrooverSteve Sarkisian is officially a member of Alabama’s coaching staff, and his work kicks off with today’s game against Western Kentucky.After reports emerged following Alabama’s blowout win over USC last Saturday night, Nick Saban announced that the former Trojans head coach would join the team as an offensive analyst.Coach Sark is in Tuscaloosa today for Alabama’s home game against Western Kentucky. He was spotted in the Crimson Tide coaches booth, wearing a ‘Bama hat.Steve Sarkisian looking good in that Crimson Tide visor #coachingrehab #rtr pic.twitter.com/d37jUdDB0H— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) September 10, 2016The Sarkisian move mirrors the one that Lane Kiffin made when he was fired by USC in the middle of the 2013 season. That December, he joined the Tide in an advisory role ahead of bowl season, and joined the staff officially as offensive coordinator the following season. Now, Sarkisian, a former Pete Carroll assistant and USC head coach like Kiffin, seems to be heading on the same path.The hiring has launched some interesting conspiracy theories. FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt told Colin Cowherd that he thinks Alabama made the move to block Les Miles from replacing Cam Cameron at mid-season with Sarkisian as offensive coordinator.Whether or not that is true, based on the success that Kiffin has had, which has made him a potential head coach candidate once again, teaming with Nick Saban is a wise decision for coaches looking to bounce back.
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 30: An general view during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 44-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Four-star linebacker Ale Kaho was one of the top recruits to sign with Washington in the 2018 cycle. Kaho enrolled at UW in June.Now, he has obtained his release from the program. Washington head coach Chris Petersen confirmed that Kaho has his release this evening.Kaho originally requested to be released last week.He was the No. 7 inside linebacker in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.UW has granted LB Ale Kaho his release from his NLI.— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) August 7, 2018Unfortunately, it seems like Kaho is going through a lot of personal issues at this time. He has reportedly suffered two deaths in his family and his parents are working through a divorce.“He’s going through some issues and he’s trying to work through them,” Washington co-defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said on Friday. “There’s been a little dialogue there. But it is what it is, so we’ve got to let it play out.”Two members of Ale Kaho’s family died suddenly in July.His parents are going through a divorce.”Football is not even our concern right now. … He’s not the same bubbly kid we know,” a family member told @A_Jude: https://t.co/HZAlGE0zFv— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) August 3, 2018This is an absolutely awful situation that Kaho is dealing with. We wish him the best as he looks for the next stop in his football career, but more importantly, we wish him the best off the field where it matters most.
Ahead of Saturday’s rivalry contest between Michigan and Michigan State, Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush was involved in a confrontation with a number of Spartans players. Bush later scuffed his cleats on Michigan State’s midfield logo – setting the tone for the day.On Michigan State’s first offensive play from scrimmage, oddly enough, Bush was injured. He returned to the game quickly, but many found it interesting that the man in the pregame scuffle wound up getting hurt so quickly.Jay Morrison, of The Athletic, posted a regrettable tweet about the situation. He dropped the word “karma” on Twitter, which set people off.Many are calling for him to delete the tweet. So far, he’s left it up.Devin Bush. Karma. Defacing the other team’s logo is never a good idea.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 20, 2018hey man, maybe don’t use a person’s potential injury to make some kind of point.— Mike Taddow (@taddmike) October 20, 2018Michigan and Michigan State are currently in a weather delay caused by lightning. There is no official restart time just yet.Michigan, with just one loss on the season, is looking to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive with a win. Michigan State is looking to knock off its main rival for the 10th time in 13 years.