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
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
WASHINGTON – The fresh round of U.S.-Canada negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement generated hopeful signals from both camps Wednesday that a deal could be struck by the end of the week.A day after the two neighbours restarted intensive, face-to-face negotiations on NAFTA, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism a new continental accord could be reached by Friday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, emerging Wednesday evening from her second meeting of the day with her U.S. counterpart, said officials would be working late into the night — and possibly all night — on potential “landing zones” where both parties can agree. She and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and their teams will meet again Thursday to review the progress made.“This is a very intense moment in the negotiations and we’re trying to get a lot of things done very quickly,” she said.“I feel that both parties are coming to this stage of the negotiation with a lot of goodwill … There is a good atmosphere, we’re working productively.”The 24-year-old NAFTA, which also includes Mexico and is integral to the continent’s economy, has been under renegotiation for more than 12 months.Canadian officials say an agreement announced earlier in the week between the U.S. and Mexico, which includes common ground on the difficult issue of labour within the auto sector, has broken a logjam in the talks.Trump added a layer of urgency to the negotiations Monday after announcing his deal with Mexico — with an ultimatum that Canada would have to join their pact by Friday or suffer the consequences of punishing tariffs on its auto sector. He also warned that the U.S. and Mexico would move forward bilaterally without Canada.By Wednesday, after round-the-clock talks among officials from all three countries, a cautious Trudeau said it was possible for a new three-country treaty to come together by week’s end — but he added Canada refused to be rushed into a poor deal just to meet Trump’s deadline.To get to a deal, Canada is under pressure from the U.S. to compromise on key issues — from opening access to its protected dairy sector, to getting rid of NAFTA’s dispute settlement system, to introducing a clause that would call for the deal to be renegotiated again every 16 years.“We recognize there is a possibility of getting there by Friday, but it is only a possibility because it will hinge on whether or not there is ultimately a good deal for Canada, a good deal for Canadians,” Trudeau said at an event in northern Ontario.“I’ve said from the beginning no NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal. And we are going to remain firm on that principle because Canadians expect us to stand up for them.”Trudeau’s office sent out a signal later Wednesday that NAFTA 2.0 talks were progressing.His office said the prime minister will hold a call Thursday afternoon with premiers to discuss the NAFTA negotiations. Freeland will be on the call, as will Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, and Dominic LeBlanc, the federal minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs.Trump, too, was confident Wednesday that a deal could be on the way.“They want to be a part of the deal and we gave until Friday and I think we’re probably on track,” Trump told reporters of Canada’s negotiating team.“We’ll see what happens. But in any event, things are working out very well.”The U.S. president also noted it would be a bad idea for Canada to let this opportunity to join the U.S.-Mexican trade agreement slip away.“I think it’s going to be obviously very good for Canada if they do (join) and I think it’s probably not going to be good at all if they don’t,” Trump said.Freeland, who has been leading Ottawa’s negotiating team this week in Washington, said she’s optimistic about the “intense” talks now under way in the accelerated search compromise on NAFTA.But she also cautioned that more tough talks lie ahead.“When it comes to specific issues, we have a huge amount of work to do this week at the ministerial level and also officials are really grinding through extremely intensively,” the minister said as she emerged from her first meeting of the day with Lighthizer.When pressed by reporters, Freeland would not provide details of what Canada might be putting on the table, saying she and Lighthizer have agreed not to negotiate in public. Trudeau similarly refused to get into details.However, Freeland did suggest Canada has not budged on its insistence that a new NAFTA must include an independent dispute settlement mechanism. Canada’s view on that subject is “well known,” she said, when asked if she’s prepared to drop that demand.She credited the Mexicans for their difficult decision to compromise on labour and wages as part of its auto rules-of-origin talks with the U.S., saying it has cleared the way for more substantive talks between Washington and Ottawa.“This is a really important step for us and it has set the stage for very intensive conversations and negotiations that we’re going to have this week,” Freeland said.For now, Canadian negotiators are primarily focused on bilateral talks with the Americans.Freeland cancelled her trip to Europe this week to return to the NAFTA bargaining table after the U.S. and Mexico agreed on numerous trade issues throughout their bilateral, summertime talks.Asked to comment Wednesday about how he’s feeling about his trading partners, Trump said: “I love Canada. You know what? I love Mexico too.” Asked which one he likes better, he said, “I like ’em both the same.”
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in an interview on WBNS 10TV Monday that he had no knowledge of any improprieties that occurred during the tattoo-for-memorabilia scandal that rocked the football team in December 2010. “I’ve always been honest, I’ve always been forthright,” said Smith during the interview. “When I’ve made mistakes, I’ve shared that I made a mistake to my supervisor.” The one-on-one interview was his first since the OSU football team incurred NCAA sanctions after six players were caught selling their memorabilia for tattoos. Many OSU faithful felt that the athletic director knew more than he led on. Some even felt he threw former head coach Jim Tressel “under the bus.” “It’s hard, it’s difficult,” Smith responded, “particularly for my family, for my kids who live around this country and had to listen to different things, had to read certain things.” Smith said he stays true to remaining accountable for his actions and he stays focused on doing the right thing. “I think you get rewarded for accountability, I accept accountability, I think it’s important in life to do that,” he said. “I think you get respected because you man up, so to speak. And I do that constantly.” Smith was also asked how he felt about being booed while introducing Urban Meyer as the new head football coach during halftime of the OSU-Duke basketball game on Nov. 29. “It was painful,” he said, “to be booed by the people that you serve every day.” And what does he have to say to all those “boo-birds” who might doubt his sincerity? “I’d say ‘Call me, let’s chat,’” Smith quipped. “You can share your point of view and I’ll share mine, and we may come in the same spot. And if we don’t, let’s respect one another and move on.”
Fernandinho reckons that Neymar is progressing well with his recovery from injury and has predicted that the superstar will make a “big difference” for Brazil in the World CupThe Paris Saint-Germain forward has been sidelined since February after undergoing foot surgery, but was included in Tite’s final 23-man squad for Brazil this summer.Fernandinho knows exactly what Neymar is going through right now, having sustained a similar injury of his own, and he feels that the 26-year-old has made good progress and is beginning to regain his confidence.“This kind of injury Neymar had is a little bit difficult, I can tell because I had it too,” said Fernandinho, according to Goal.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“It aches now and then…the process is a little bit complex.“But, when you watch the moves he’s making during the trainings, the way he is training, I see him very well and he’s getting his confidence back, that’s so important. He’s so audacious, trying to dribble the defences, he’s not afraid.“That’s the first step for him to be 100 percent confident again. And we want him to be fully fit as soon as possible, till our first match in the World Cup. I have no doubt he’s a player who will make a big difference for our team.”Brazil will face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in this summer’s World Cup.
Unibet, the sponsor of Aston Villa’s kit last season, will continue in their partnership with Villa only that this time their logo will be emblazoned on the training kit.An exact date is yet to be revealed for the launch of the new kit, designed by Villa fan Luke Roper, of Luke 1977, but the club have explained it will be in ‘early July’. New Principal Partner: We’re delighted to welcome back @32Red for the 2018/19 season! #PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/Wst5jQY7IW— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 13, 2018Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.Aston Villa’s chief commercial officer, Luke Organ, according to Birmingham Mail said:“We are thrilled to be partnered with Kindred Group once again this season in a wider and more targeted partnership.“This season we will welcome back 32Red (a subsidiary of Kindred Group), a previous partner of the club, whilst we see a continuation of the great work with Unibet.“Throughout the first year of our relationship, Unibet successfully delivered multiple ‘bettor experiences’ for Aston Villa’s loyal supporters, ensuring at every opportunity they provided a unique and exciting engagement for our fans. The last 12 months has seen a fruitful relationship develop and we very much look forward to building on that for the seasons ahead.”
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus praised the way they overcame a difficult challenge from Everton to emerge as 2-0 victors.It was hardly City’s finest performance of the season at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, but a battling display was enough to secure all three points and top spot in the Premier League.French centre-back Aymeric Laporte put City in front just before half-time by heading in David Silva’s free-kick.After Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling both missed chances to double City’s lead, substitute Jesus scored a header of his own to seal a 2-0 win in stoppage time.Speaking afterwards, Jesus commended the efforts of his teammates.“Everyone won the game, because we knew it was going to be a difficult game,” Jesus told the club website.“We need to work hard and tonight we went onto the pitch to win the game because we want to win the title again”.The Brazil international is more interested in taking things on a game-by-game basis rather than placing too much focus on the Premier League title battle.While Pep Guardiola’s side have reclaimed top spot for the time being, Liverpool can overtake them on Saturday if they manage to get at least a point against Bournemouth at Anfield.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Therefore, Jesus concedes that any slip-ups are a big no if they are to stand any chance of retaining the league crown.“I think we really want to play well every single game and win the games and of course the Premier League because it’s an amazing league,” added Jesus.“We love football, so we go onto the pitch to play well and win the title.”The Citizens will next be in action on Sunday when they host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in another league match with kick-off set for 5:00 PM (CET).A fifth-round FA Cup tie with fourth-tier side Newport County then awaits them next weekend.Great job tonight guys 👏🏽🙌🏽 +3🔥 #comeoncity #alômãe #gratidão #doperi pic.twitter.com/KIfXa8MvBK— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) February 6, 2019