Monaco fight Chelsea over Fabregas transfer feeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Monaco are fighting over a suitable transfer fee for Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has flown into the principality and agreed personal terms over a two-and-a-half year contract, which included a signing bonus worth in excess of £9m. Fabregas, who waved goodbye to supporters after Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest, could have joined the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season when his Chelsea contract expires.However, Chelsea want to cash in while on the 31-year-old and are holding out for £10m, but Monaco aren’t willing to meet their evaluation. A deal is still expected to be completed before the transfer window shuts at the end of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese sports chief Nereo Bonato has warned AC Milan about losing Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea this month.Bonato told TMW: “It’s been a complicated story from the beginning, I think Higuain was not happy to leave Juventus, but there’s also Milan’s unsatisfactory performance.”And Higuain will surely be tempted by Chelsea, looking for a central striker. “Milan need investment, they must try to enter the Champions League and it will be more difficult without the Argentine.”
Arsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballosby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring forward plans to sign Dani Ceballos.The midfielder is on-loan at Arsenal this season from Real Madrid – without the option to buy.AS says Emery has seen enough and wants to buy Ceballos in January as a priority.The manager sees the Spanish midfielder as the man to replace Mesut Ozil, who he is eager to move on.Arsenal are set to open talks with Real in the coming weeks to discuss a fee for Ceballos. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/MiaKhalifaHere’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Former Oregon player Kyle Long explained why he didn’t have to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL combine over the weekend.2. Porn star Mia Khalifa poked fun at quarterback Jameis Winston for his slow 40-yard dash time.3. Louisville announced senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.4. Penn State’s Football team dropped an incredible dance routine at THON on Saturday.5. Ohio State football players reminded Michigan of the Buckeyes’ domination on the gridiron following its basketball loss.6. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones made it clear over Twitter that he’s not impressed with the Knicks.7. Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford skipped practice and went on a Twitter rant.8. Nebraska students wore protective goggles at its basketball game to mock notorious Iowa eye poker Adam Woodbury.9. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was at the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday.10. Ohio State outside linebacker Jamarco Jones was disgusted with its performance and loss to Michigan.Video of the Day: Miami’s Phillip Dorsett Ran 4.33 40-Yard-Dash At Combine. Tweet of the Day: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Was Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV.Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/lo7oP969qO— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Girlfriend of the Day: Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, who once tweeted at Kate Upton, hasn’t lowered his standards. He’s isn’t dating Charlotte McKinney, but he clearly wishes he was.Check Out Friday’s Cheat Sheet
Kevin De Bruyne admits he has been below his best for Manchester City but believes regular game time will help to rediscover his spark.The Belgium international enjoyed a stunning 2017-18 campaign, in what was a record-breaking season for all concerned at the Etihad Stadium.He delivered eight goals and 16 assists in Premier League competition, having posted six efforts and laid on 18 more in 2016-17. 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 target has been found just once this term, but De Bruyne has been severely hampered by injury.Ligament damage in his right leg kept him out for three months early in 2018-19, while a similar ailment in his left knee sidelined him in November.He has been restricted to just two Premier League starts as a result, and told reporters of his form after the most recent of those against Huddersfield: “I’m getting better.“You need a run of games where you play a lot because I’m not used to playing every three days, but I’m getting there.“I’m happy with the way I’m performing. It’s not the same record as last year, but you can expect that because I’ve been out since the World Cup.“To come back twice is not mentally not that easy, but I’m happy to be back playing football again.”De Bruyne concedes that the only way he is going to make the contribution expected of him is to take in more minutes.With that in mind, he is eager to figure as often as possible over the coming weeks.City’s next outing is set to come against Burton Albion in the second leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final clash that they already lead 9-0 on aggregate.“I want to play every game,” said De Bruyne.“We know with Burton, we should go through, but every game you need to show respect to the other teams. What they did is amazing for them. In the end, it is the manager’s decision who plays on Wednesday.“We want to go as far as possible and until now we have done well, so we will try to keep that going.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jalen Hurts didn’t start for Alabama, but he’s making his presence known against USC Saturday night.Blake Barnett started at quarterback for Alabama on Saturday night, but it’s true freshman Jalen Hurts who led the team to its first score. Hurts, who wasn’t even supposed to be playing per Nick Saban’s statement earlier this week, found ArDarius Stewart for a 39-yard score in the second quarter. Hurts had some serious zip on the ball.This is Jalen Hurts.You have been [email protected] 7-3. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/pCZFhkdsXb— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 4, 2016Saban had mentioned earlier in the week that it would be Barnett and Cooper Bateman who saw action in the contest. So much for that.Alabama now leads 7-3. It’s shaping up to be a great one.
England got complacent in last year’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia, says Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, and were ultimately defeated by players with more big-game experience. The Three Lions are preparing to line up for another last-four clash on Thursday, this time against Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League. Gareth Southgate’s side delivered England’s best showing at a major tournament since 1996 last summer but were ultimately defeated by Croatia, despite taking the lead through a Kieran Trippier free-kick in the fifth minute. 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? A second-half effort from Ivan Perisic took the clash to extra time and Mario Mandzukic made it 2-1 with 11 minutes to play to ensure Croatia took a spot against France in the final. Looking back on the game while filming a YouTube video with former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, Lingard, who played the full semi-final in Russia, said of the moment Trippier put England 1-0 up: “It was mad.”I think we got a bit too ahead of ourselves, thinking we could actually win it.“Then we just got complacent at the end, we should have seen the game out.“That whole tournament was up there, that’ll live in the memory,” he continued.Croatia went on to finish runners-up, losing 4-2 to France in the final, although Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award as the most outstanding player of the tournament. “I think it was the experience, they had Modric and [Ivan] Rakitic and they had been in semi-finals before, they know how to handle situations,” added Lingard.England went on to finish above Croatia in their Nations League group campaign, defeating Zlatko Dalic’s side 2-1 at Wembley in the last fixture to ensure qualification for the finals. Lingard was named in Southgate’s 23-man squad to face Netherlands, but last summer’s semi-final scorer Trippier missed out to right-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker.The Tottenham defender admitted he deserved the snub, though, having been below par for his club last season and struggling with a number of minor injuries.Should England be successful against a talented Dutch side, a final against either Portugal or Switzerland would await.
Moise Kean’s father has said that he stopped his son from joining Manchester United several years ago.The Juventus striker has emerged as one of his country’s top young talents, but he appears on the verge of a move to England. Goal reported earlier this week that the 19-year-old is set to join Everton in a deal worth an initial €32 million (£29m/$35m). 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? But it could have been different for the Italy international, who nearly joined United in his early teens according to his father. “I did stop his transfer at the time, his mother wanted to send him to Manchester [United],” Biorou Jean Kean told Omnisport.”I said no because I wanted him to stay at Juventus and keep learning. He was not mature enough yet. “To send a young boy abroad aged just 14-15 years old didn’t convince me at that time.”Kean is now ready to make that move, having scored six Serie A goals for Juve last season despite making just 13 appearances and five starts. The striker has represented Italy at every youth level, and has now scored two goals in three caps for the senior national team. Kean’s father, who was born in the Ivory Coast, believes his son has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League. “I completely trust my son, he will make a big impact in English football with his new team,” Kean said. “He is someone who brings joy wherever he plays. “I’m sure my son will not look bad in England. He will make our family, Italy and Ivory Coast proud.”Man Utd may have missed out on Kean several years ago, but they do appear close to landing another Juventus striker this summer. United have opened discussions over a move for Paulo Dybala in what could potentially be a swap deal with Juve involving Romelu Lukaku.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 24: The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Iowa 31-6. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith is appearing in court today after a May arrest for criminal trespassing. The school is reportedly aware of the Zach Smith arrest.Smith was taken in by officers back on May 12. The alleged incident occurred in the city of Delaware, Ohio, a bit north of Columbus.Eleven Warriors broke the news about his court appearance this afternoon:Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith is set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon following a May arrest for criminal trespassing, according to a Delaware Municipal Court record.Per case No. 18CRB01399-A, Smith was arrested May 12 by Sgt. Ron Sallows for criminal trespassing and has since pleaded not guilty. His court date is set for Wednesday at 2 p.m.Ohio State did not comment at the time of publication.Further details of the Zach Smith arrest are unknown at this time.Smith is the only assistant coach that remains at Ohio State from Urban Meyer’s first staff. He is the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, who passed away earlier this year.He is known as one of the better recruiters on the staff. Non-Buckeye fans may also recognize the name from his active social media presence.We’ll have more on Smith’s arrest as we learn it.[Eleven Warriors]
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)Jim Harbaugh is kind of a weird guy. You know this already, obviously.So, it shouldn’t be surprising to see that Michigan’s head football coach has a huge whiteboard in his Wolverines’ office, complete with a bunch of odd phrases like:“FAT IS THE ENEMY OF SPEED.”And:“IF YOU ARE BORED YOU ARE BORING.”OK then.Here’s a look at the full board, shared by ESPN’s Marty Smith.Within his office, @CoachJim4UM has a massive whiteboard covered with Harbaughisms. “Fat is the enemy of speed.” ? pic.twitter.com/IIRdBpnypQ— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 20, 2018Smith was in Ann Arbor, Mich. doing a piece on Harbaugh for ESPN’s College GameDay. The piece will air Week 1.Like you’ve never heard him before…Airs @CollegeGameDay, Sept. 1. pic.twitter.com/lot4zFOr8Z— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) August 20, 2018ESPN’s College GameDay is set to air from South Bend, Ind. on Sept. 1 prior to Michigan’s game at Notre Dame.