Napoli Ancelotti a ‘real coup’ for Napoli as Insigne thanks Sarri Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 10:44 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal Napoli Carlo Ancelotti Serie A The Italian forward lauded the capture of his countryman as the club look to take the next step and claim their first Scudetto since 1990 Shocked by Napoli’s ability to lure Carlo Ancelotti to the Serie A club , star forward Lorenzo Insigne welcomed the Italian great’s arrival, while he thanked former boss Maurizio Sarri.Former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid coach Ancelotti was appointed on a three-year contract on Wednesday, replacing fan favourite Sarri.Sarri – who guided Napoli to their second runners-up finish in three seasons this term – has been linked with Premier League giants Chelsea and Russian side Zenit . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Italy international Insigne lauded the capture of former AC Milan boss Ancelotti – a Serie A and Champions League winner during his tenure at San Siro – as Napoli look to take the next step in 2018-19 and claim their first Scudetto since 1990.”I wish Carlo Ancelotti all the best and hopefully he can help us,” Insigne told Sky Sport Italia .”He’s a great coach. I didn’t expect this, but we know our president [Aurelio De Laurentiis] has these cards up his sleeve. The arrival of Ancelotti is a real coup, he’s a great tactician.”As for Sarri, we can only thank him. He gave us so much and taught something to all of us. We’ve all improved under his tenure and that is thanks to him.”Insigne flourished under Sarri’s leadership, scoring eight Serie A goals and tallying 11 assists in 2017-18.#WelcomeCarlo @MrAncelotti pic.twitter.com/cu6uTjaJvg — Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 The 26-year-old finished with 14 goals across all competitions.
Transfers How do Liverpool move on from failed Fekir move? Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Olympique Lyonnais Premier League Ligue 1 Jürgen Klopp The Lyon captain’s move to Anfield has fallen through – but Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards have already discussed their next move From done and dusted to dead in the water – what a difference 48 hours can make.On Thursday night, Liverpool had their man. Nabil Fekir was to become a Red, £53 million of class and creativity added to Jurgen Klopp’s already-impressive squad.Intense, at-times difficult negotiations had born fruit, Liverpool agreeing a deal with Lyon and finalising personal terms with the France international. Fekir, it is understood, had chosen his shirt number and recorded his introductory interview with the Reds’ TV channel. An announcement was expected within 24 hours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Then came the medical.Within hours, the scene had shifted. While supporters eagerly awaited confirmation of the transfer, behind the scenes there were issues. By Saturday evening, Lyon had issued a statement confirming that negotiations had been scrapped and that Fekir would be staying .Reports are conflicting. Suggestions that Fekir failed the medical were dismissed by Noel Le Graet, the president of the French Football Federation, on Saturday while Liverpool sources firmly deny suggestions from France that the deal collapsed because of the Reds’ desire to re-structure it in light of their doctor’s findings. They have, unsurprisingly, refused to issue any kind of public statement.Whatever the truth – and we can expect more suggestions and counter-suggestions in the coming days, for sure – the bottom line is that Fekir looks unlikely to be moving to Merseyside any time soon. Indeed, it is hard to see how this deal can be resurrected at all, even if stranger things have happened.The 24-year-old refused to speak to the media after playing 21 minutes as a substitute in France’s 1-1 draw with the USA on Saturday evening, and has now flown to Russia with Didier Deschamps’ squad ahead of the World Cup. Penny for his thoughts at this moment. He was, it is understood, hugely enthusiastic about the idea of a move to Anfield, and eager to start work under Klopp.As for Liverpool, the question is where do they go now? Fekir had been identified as a key signing as Klopp looked to add depth and quality to his ranks this summer. He had been tracked extensively, with sporting director Michael Edwards and his recruitment staff, led by chief scout Barry Hunter, convinced he was the man to fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona. They saw his goals, his set-piece delivery, the positions he took up in attacking areas. His left-foot would have brought balance and variety.But no signing is risk-free. Fekir ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in September 2015, needed further surgery to clear the joint the following August and suffered another issue in February of this year. Liverpool, clearly, didn’t like what the medical examination told them.Now, then, is time for Plan B. Klopp and Edwards share a close relationship, and discussions have already taken place as to where Liverpool go from here. Their strategy, as ever, will be driven by what Klopp wants, and the type of player he feels will instantly improve his options. He has, on numerous occasions, told journalists that it is not easy to find upgrades for his team. Clerarly though, a dynamic, goalscoring attacking midfield player would be welcomed with open arms. Liverpool did well to handle Coutinho’s mid-season departure, but sourcing a replacement for the Brazilian, one capable of playing in a midfield three or, if needed, as part of the forward line, was a priority for this window.Fekir would have ticked all the boxes, so it will be interesting to see who the club’s backup options are now. They will have them, as Edwards and co rarely work on an ‘all or nothing’ basis.Still, obvious candidates are in short supply. Thomas Lemar, for example, was wanted last summer but word from Anfield since is that their interest has faded. The Monaco man’s form, in any case, has been patchy.Klopp is a huge admirer of Christian Pulisic, but the Borussia Dortmund is more of a wide player than anything else. Getting him out of the Bundesliga club would be both difficult and expensive, too.Two German internationals, Julian Brandt and Julian Draxler, have been admired by the Reds in the past, as has Mario Gotze, though again the 26-year-old has in recent years shown little to suggest he could be a game-changer for Klopp as he once was.Interest in Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Moses Simon of Gent is genuine, but those would be ancillary signings designed to flesh out the squad. Neither would be walking into Liverpool’s first XI, that’s for sure.The World Cup, as ever, complicates matters further. Liverpool were keen to wrap up Fekir’s signing prior to the tournament, wary of letting the situation drag and fearful of the way prices can balloon on the back of a good summer. Negotiations with players and clubs will be that much trickier now.Still, there is the best part of two months until the window closes, and Liverpool have already made two significant signings in Fabinho and Naby Keita, both of whom will join officially on July 1 and enjoy a full pre-season with Klopp and his squad. More arrivals are to be expected.The breakdown of the Fekir deal, then, represents a blow, but the club must move on quickly. The hard work starts now. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Touch Football Australia presents the second edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with the latest rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Two for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Darwin Touch Competition serves up exciting clashesThe second week of the new Darwin Touch competition will be punctuated by several exciting match-ups.Men’s Open Premiers Crocs will face off against Palmerston Bulls in what should be a highly competitive clash with both sides having started the season off with losses and looking to claim their first victory of the New Year.Dream Team will confront the unknown quantities of the competition, Honkers. Honkers forfeited their first game due to a lack of numbers, but have since recruited well and should surprise a few teams once they get into the swing of things.Bundy Bears started the season off with a bang when they defeated Palmerston Bulls in the first round and will be keen to continue on their winning way when they come up against T.C.U Incredibles.The Women’s competition has started off well, with new team Legless Emu’s coming up against All About Us in what shapes as an even money bet for the punters.The game of the round sees Palmerston Bulls take on Premiers Scorpions.Both teams started the season off with wins, so this game should be a very fast paced, high scoring game.Crocs play Divas in the last scheduled game of the round, and the Young Divas side will be looking to keep their good form going, but should be tested by the experienced Crocs outfit.Other Events: The Darwin Junior Mixed Competition will commence on the 20th February 2008. Northern Territory Touch is calling for Team nominations in Under 13 and Under 16 divisions. Nominations close 15th February 2008. Please contact NT Touch for more information 08-89368132 or on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Northern Territory website: www.nttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2 Be Active 2008 State ChampionshipsAffiliates are getting excited about the 2008 Be Active State Championships that are scheduled to be played in just under three weeks time. 38 teams have entered in 7 divisions with a massive 85 referee nominations from 11 different affiliates.The event will be taking place at Rosalie in the heart of Subiaco on the WA March long weekend. The weekend is not just about playing Touch Football, with a Volunteer Breakfast being organized to recognise some of WA’s worthy volunteers on the Saturday morning. A Dash for Cash Saturday lunchtime, and a Sunday night after-party at nightclub, the Sapphire Bar is also on the agenda for WA’s showcase event of the year.On the Touch side of things, Perth Brothers will be going for their fourth straight Men’s Open title. Standing in their way will be the Southern Stars who recently prevented Brothers fourth straight Super League title in January.In the Women’s division, Perth Brothers will be hoping to add the State Championships trophy to their Super League crown. They will face stern opposition from defending champions Northern Spirit, as well as Southern Stars, Fremantle, and Tompkins Park who are all capable of winning on their day in what should prove to be a very close division.You can keep track of all the action by visiting the State Championships website – www.statechamps.com.au Other Events: WA players as always will be looking forward to the National Touch League in March. Normally they jump straight on a plane for Coffs Harbour after an exhaustive State Championships, but this year an extra weeks’ recovery will hopefully assist the preparation of the Men’s and Women’s Open. The Men’s Open was Plate winners last year, whilst the Women’s Open will be looking to improve on an impressive semi-final finish in 2007.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 3Touch Football South Australia Affiliate Finals Action heating upAll South Australian Affiliates competitions are starting to heat up with a few top of the table clashes in a race for the finals in the Adelaide University Touch Club being highlighted this week.Little Mermaids (1st) vs. Reschke Bulls (2nd)Botanics TA – Fossils (3rd) v Sharks (1st)Mt Gambier TA– Tiki Roos (1st) v AKA (2nd)Other Events: South Australia’s NTL Crusaders representative players have organized a Games Night Fundraiser for Saturday 16 February 2008. A $10 entry fee includes a Barbeque and games all night. The Barbeque commences at 6:30 pm, with games kicking off at 7:30pm.For tickets please contact Sean Owens on email@example.comThe Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD) Play # 4SQBD and Brisbane City Planning Days Queensland Touch regions Brisbane City (BC) and South Queensland and Border Districts (SQBD) conducted their respective Planning days for the year ahead on the weekend of 2-3 February 2008. The Planning days for the two heavyweights located in the South East Queensland corner was an opportunity for all affiliates to prioritize and plot events and service objectives and outcomes for the upcoming twelve months.Brisbane City Administrator Gary Madders, QTA Branch Manager John Pratt, and Queensland Touch Game Development Officer (GDO) Glenn Hayes attended the Brisbane City meeting with affiliates Redcliffe and Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association.In Sharkie territory, SQBD General Manager Garry Shephard, GDO’s Mark Jansen, and Bernie Hutton, and SQBD Board member Daryl Madge were on hand to guide SQBD’s affiliates through strategic and operational planning aspects for both the immediate and long term future of the region.Other Events: Queensland’s intrepid GDO Glenn Hayes is on a week long development mission in Cairns, whilst fellow GDO Amber Gilchrist will attend the Sunshine Coast Open and 15 Years School trials in Noosa, and the North Burnett School trials in Gayndah this week.The Queensland Touch Association website: www.qldtouch.com.auVICTORIA (VIC) Play # 5Albert Park Summer Season Grand Finals round upAfter 14 weeks of intense competition in one of Victoria’s driest summer on record, eighteen Summer season championship teams were crowned after four nights of excellent Touch action. The most pleasing aspect of the finals was the fact that 6 of the 18 championship winning outfits contained a majority of first season players who thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into the game of Touch Football. Experienced observers and referees commented on the excellent athleticism and skill displayed by these new players as well as improvement across the board from all participants. The grand final results and in depth match reports can be found at www.albertparktouch.com.auOther Events: Royal Park Affiliate wrapped up their season with a finals afternoon last Wednesday that saw six Premiership deciders on the menu. State Council Chairman Steve Cullen and State Manager David Brady was present to witness a great evening of Touch Football played at the Northern side of the City of Melbourne. For the grand final scores, go to http://www.royalparktouch.com/category/results The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6ACT Winter Competition Nominations Now OpenThe ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or firstname.lastname@example.orgOther Events: Semi Finals for the ACTTA Summer 07/08 Competition are in full swing! In further news, a drought reprieve has been received with Level 4 Water Restrictions delayed even further to September 2008 for the ACT. That’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Shaqiri surprised by Arsenal scorelineby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri admits the 5-1 hammering of Arsenal surprised him.The victory lifted Liverpool nine points clear at the top of the Premier League as Jürgen Klopp’s side increased their unbeaten start to 20 matches.Next up is a massive meeting with Manchester City on Thursday night – and Shaqiri insisted the Reds have to block out any external noise to retain their momentum.“Expectations are always high,” said the Switzerland international.“But we want to stay focused, we have to stay focused and work hard every day. There’s a long way to go. At the moment we’re really happy and I hope we can keep going like this.“We are very happy to win this game. That high a result I didn’t expect – it was important to win. Obviously we had a really good game and we are very happy at the moment.”On his own form, Shaqiri added: “You can see on the pitch I have a lot of confidence at the moment.“I wanted to play from the beginning so I was very happy to play and have an impact on the game, helping my teammates to win the game. I’m very happy at the moment.”
Liverpool striker Salah named Caf African Football Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named Caf African Football Player of the Year for the second time in a row.Salah saw off competition from Reds teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scoop the award yet again.Salah enjoyed a stellar 2018 as he led the goalscoring charts at home and in Europe.He netted 44 times in all competitions last season.And Salah’s fine form saw Liverpool end up in the Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid.Salah also represented Egypt at their first-ever World Cup in Russia. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Real Madrid fancy De Bruyne as Hazard alternativeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are planning a move for Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, has revealed Real have De Bruyne under consideration as an alternative to Chelsea ace Eden Hazard.And adding to the story, Inda says Real intend to use Isco as a makeweight in negotiations.He said, “Madrid are going to try to put Isco in the operation for Hazard or in a possible operation with De Bruyne. “In the Bernabéu they say that he is not to be sold. “(But) the hard core of the locker room is not with Isco because they consider that he is loose and out of shape. In addition, they have seen the rudeness to the coach, although they liked it when he asked for forgiveness. “Real Madrid now wants to keep things in house because it knows that he is an asset of the club and his price can drop if it affects public opinion.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say PSG star Kylian Mbappe taking Spanish lessonsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe appears to be preparing for a move to Spain, it has been revealed.Mbappe is expected to attract a record bid from Real Madrid next summer amid claims in Spain of personal terms having already been struck.And L’Equipe says Mbappe is already preparing for the move by taking Spanish language lessons.Indeed, Mbappe often converses with Neymar in Spanish inside the locker room. Neymar is fluent thanks to his time with Barcelona.Interestingly, it’s also been revealed today that Neymar has never bothered to learn French during his two years in Paris.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hodgson warns Crystal Palace fans of daunting fixture runby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson says Crystal Palace must stay realistic ahead of a daunting fixture run.The Eagles are sixth on the Premier League table heading into the international thanks to Saturday’s win over West Ham United.They will face Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea in their next four games.”Things will change,” Hodgson said. “I still fully believe in a championship being a marathon race. It’s nice to start reasonably well and be up with the front runners, but you know you’ve got to keep up that pace and one of the things we don’t have is a big squad.”But if we can keep our heads above water and get to January I hope we can do something about that.”
Chelsea duo Kovacic, Ampadu substituted in Croatia-Wales stalemateby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu were both substituted in Wales and Croatia’s 1-1 stalemate on Sunday.Tottenham’s Ben Davies went through the back of Kovacic right on the stroke of half-time, with the midfielder not returning after the break.Three minutes into the second half Bruno Petkovic clattered into Ampadu from behind, with Ampadu quickly being replaced by Joe Merrell.Gareth Bale’s goal cancelled out Nikola Vlasic’s ninth minute opener, keeping Wales’ hopes of qualification for Euro2020 alive. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Jardim delighted with form of Leicester striker Slimaniby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim admits he’s delighted with the form of Islam Slimani.The striker is on-loan at ASM from Leicester City this season.And Jardim is excited by his new-look partnership of Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder – both of whom struck in the 3-2 defeat of Rennes.”Ben Yedder-Slimani? It’s a beautiful wedding. One is strength, power and depth. “The other is the technical finesse coupled with a great sense of purpose,” enthused Jardim.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Kell Walker #5 of the Army Golden Knights is tackled by Damon Arnette #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Sam Hubbard #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard, who redshirted this past year despite receiving great praise from head coach Urban Meyer, finds himself in an interesting situation Wednesday night. Hubbard has agreed to take a high school girl named Sariah Yackee to prom if – and only if – she can amass 15,000 retweets on the below tweet. It seems that Hubbard’s teammate, Stephen Collier, was integral in facilitating the scenario. As-of 9:30 PM EST, the tweet, just a few hours old, has around 1,500 retweets.Alright so here’s the deal I need 15k to take this ohio state hunk @Sam_Hubbard_ to prom so retweet this pic.twitter.com/Arsm3ZBLaX— sariah yackee (@sariahyackee) February 5, 2015For those who aren’t well-versed with Twitter, 15,000 is a very high number of retweets for someone who doesn’t have a massive following. If she pulls this off, he better pay up.
Twitter/@EvanWebeck Those who stayed up until almost 3:00 a.m. on the East Coast were rewarded by some crazy Pac-12 football. Oregon and Arizona State went to three overtimes, and were just a few yards away from making it four, when Oregon’s Arrion Springs picked off Mike Bercovici in the end zone to capture a 61-55 road win.Berco picked in the end zone. Oregon wins 61-55. pic.twitter.com/jmQFNWHqFj— Fabian Ardaya (@fardaya15) October 30, 2015INTERCEPTION. OREGON WINS! pic.twitter.com/FgmwwkgU0w— Evan Webeck (@EvanWebeck) October 30, 2015The two teams combined for 116 points, 1,242 yards, and dozens of huge plays. While the two defenses were largely absent on Thursday night into Friday morning, it was the cornerback Springs who wound up with the game’s biggest play.
Leeds United have completed the signing of Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid, with the goalkeeper penning a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Whites.Goal revealed on Tuesday that the 32-year-old was poised to make a move to Elland Road.An agreement has now been reached and the experienced custodian has joined the ranks of the Championship promotion hopefuls. 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 statement released by Leeds on their official website read: “Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.“The experienced 32-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2023.“Casilla becomes Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing of the January transfer window and has been handed the number 33 shirt.“The addition will add competition amongst the goalkeeping ranks and he will now fight with Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Huffer for a starting berth at Elland Road.”Casilla arrives at Leeds with the club chasing down a place in the Premier League.Bielsa’s side currently top the second tier, with the enigmatic Argentine coach proving to be a shrewd addition – despite questioning of his methods during the ‘spygate’ scandal.A proven keeper should help to aid the Whites in their quest to return to the big time.Casilla has over 300 senior appearances to his name, including one cap for Spain.He earned international recognition during a productive four-year stint at Espanyol between 2011 and 2015.Having been a regular in Catalunya, Real Madrid returned him to his roots in a €6 million transfer.A product of the Blancos’ academy system, Casilla found himself behind Keylor Navas in the pecking order, but has taken in 43 outings across the last three seasons.He figured in each of Madrid’s successful Champions League campaigns from 2016 to 2018 and also tasted La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup triumphs during his time in the Spanish capital.
YouTubeGet excited for the Wolverines’ match-up against Indiana today with a fan-made video honoring Michigan’s seniors.No. 4 Michigan takes on Indiana today for their Senior Day, and in anticipation of the match-up, one fan took the liberty of making a hype video featuring the Michigan seniors. It’s pretty cool!Check it out:That’s good stuff.The Wolverines will definitely be looking for some redemption after being upset by Iowa last week, and they’ll have a great opportunity to pile it on against Indiana with a raucous home crowd cheering them on.The Wolverines have won the last 20 (!) match-ups between the two teams, with the streak going back all the way to 1988, and they lead the series with 55 wins to Indiana’s nine.You can catch the match-up at 3:30 p.m. E.T. and the game is being broadcast on ESPN. The Wolverines are 24.5-point favorites.
Not even Johan Cruyff or Pep Guardiola could turn things around with the current Argentina team, according to the Argentine Football Association’s (AFA) director of national teams Cesar Luis Menotti.Argentina have been in turmoil over the past 12 months, starting with the thoroughly underwhelming World Cup showing last year when they were eliminated in the last 16.That cost Jorge Sampaoli his job and his assistant Lionel Scaloni stepped into the role on an interim basis, before being appointed permanently. 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? Two games into the 2019 Copa America, Argentina have just one point after a defeat to Colombia was followed by a draw with Paraguay, leaving them in danger of early elimination.Menotti, who was coach when Argentina won their first World Cup in 1978, believes even the best coaches would not be able to fix things.”Neither Cruyff nor Guardiola today could turn the history of the Argentine national team,” he told Diario Popular.”It reflects the present great complexity that Argentina is living through. Scaloni, of course, has to be evaluated, because we are all evaluated every day.@CopaAmerica @Argentina 1 (Lionel Messi) – #Paraguay 1 (Richard Sánchez)Final del partido en Belo Horizonte. pic.twitter.com/1suTxQhLjM— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 20, 2019″It is essential to see the complete development, the complete overview. If we do not do so and we only partially look at it, then we are wrong.”This selection had almost no rehearsal, it goes out and plays, and of course it is exposed, without a broad plan of work and without a schedule that all the areas of football respect, especially the [club] leaders. The selection will not recover.”Menotti elaborated on his criticism of clubs, claiming the AFA hoped to implement plans that would have seen the best domestic Argentina players spend more time away from their teams, boosting familiarity and cohesion in the national side.However, Menotti says the “leaders” of Superliga Argentina clubs refused to buy into the AFA’s plans, and he pointed the finger at them.”There was an intention to organise the selection, to train, to get together, to have a group of players training in Argentina,” he said.”But the leaders did not allow it because of different interests, and that greatly weakens any player and any coach.”Argentina has to improvise and there is a political use of criticism, criticising a selection project that will start now, because when I arrived [at the AFA] there was only the president of the AFA, that’s why I am surprised by the opportunist leaders who criticise when the national team loses and they’re never worried.”There are leaders who expect Argentina to be eliminated. It is obvious that it’s wrong for the us to rely on them when they did nothing to defend the national team.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed Laurent Koscielny “should be ashamed” after his move to Bordeaux was announced with the Frenchman throwing off a Gunners shirt.The club’s former captain sealed a return to Ligue 1 on Tuesday, having refused to travel on the Premier League club’s pre-season tour.The nature of the transfer had already upset many Arsenal fans before a social media video prompted further outrage on the day of his switch. 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? A clip, shared by Bordeaux, showed Koscielny taking off his Arsenal shirt to reveal his new club’s top underneath.Wright was among those unimpressed, posting on Twitter : “This hurts. The level of disrespect. You should be ashamed for the way you’ve left the club after nine years!”Got what you wanted and still trying to have a dig. Hope it’s worth it in the long run.”Nouveau joueur, nouveau maillot, retrouvez-le dès maintenant ici ➡ https://t.co/6Jb2BRKbIo pic.twitter.com/eCfsGaSUYS — FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 6, 2019 Meanwhile, Koscielny sought to explain his exit to Arsenal fans on his Instagram page.”As you know, I engaged with Bordeaux,” he wrote. “After nine years spent at Arsenal, I took the decision to leave.”I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which I learned, evolved, grew up. This experience made me the player I am today.”My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my team-mates, my coach, and it has been a well-thought decision.”I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in in my life as a man and a family man.”However, I hope you understand, and in any case, I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal. I am aware of everything that the club and you supporters have brought to me.”But it is time for me to go home, so today my will is to join Bordeaux. This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination.”Arsenal are looking to sign a new centre-back in the final two days of the transfer window, with Goal revealing that RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is one of those under consideration.
TUCSON, AZ – AUGUST 30: The Arizona Wildcats marching band perform before the college football game against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Arizona Stadium on August 30, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Lumberjacks 35-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A major college football program is hiring a former star NFL running back as an assistant coach.The Arizona Wildcats are hiring former Dallas Cowboys’ standout tailback DeMarco Murray, who retired from the NFL before the 2018 season.Murray will serve as the running backs coach.BREAKING: Former NFL and Oklahoma star DeMarco Murray is set to become the new RB coach at Arizona, the Star has learned. Story:https://t.co/6VYJ3VGuDB— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) January 3, 2019247Sports had more details on the hire:Murray will be announced as the replacement for Clarence McKinney, who accepted the head coaching job at Texas Southern. In addition, Murray will be Kevin Sumlin’s first running backs coach that isn’t McKinney.***In terms of recruiting, one of the first places Arizona fans will look towards is Las Vegas, where Murray was one of the best prep running backs in the country.Murray attended Bishop Gorman High School where he played football, basketball, and ran track. He was an All-conference pick three consecutive years and during his time at Gorman, his team was three-time Conference Champions.Murray, 30, played in the NFL from 2011-17. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro in 2014.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The NFL Draft kicks off tonight! That means the last mock drafts are starting to come in, just hours ahead of the first round.Once again, it seems very unlikely that Texas has a player go on the first day. The last Longhorn that earned that honor was Malcolm Brown, who was the final pick of the first round by the New England Patriots in 2015.Expect more on the horizon with Tom Herman’s continually improving recruiting efforts. Still, in the 2019 NFL Draft we should see a few Horns selected throughout.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller published a new full seven-round mock NFL Draft today, with four Texas players being drafted.Per Miller’s predictions, the Longhorns will have to wait until late Friday for a pick though.Here are where he has the four Texas players being selected:Round 3, Pick 98 – EDGE Charles Omenihu – Jacksonville Jaguars The countdown is on. The 2019 NFL Draft is almost here. On the clock in Music City. #NFLDraft #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/liRTTpynOK— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 24, 2019Round 4, Pick 110- CB Kris Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals It’s almost the #Endgame #HookEm🤘 | #NFLDraft2019 pic.twitter.com/bLUUqSIov1— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) April 25, 2019Round 6, Pick 190- WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey – Minnesota Vikings#WallpaperWednesday NFL Draft edition. @LJ_Humphrey23 #NFLDraft #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/DYLJvuLg19— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 24, 2019Round 6, Pick 214 – LB Gary Johnson – Kansas City ChiefsGary Johnson is an absolute beast. Texas Pro Day. @_GaryJohnson #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/kNgFPh01UE— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) March 28, 2019Four selections would match last season’s NFL Draft for the Longhorns. Offensive tackle Connor Williams led the way in 2018, going in the second round to the nearby Dallas Cowboys. The team also produced a rookie Pro Bowler, in punter Michael Dickson, who shined for the Seattle Seahawks after being a fifth round selection.[Bleacher Report]
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Kelly Bryant surprised many when the former Clemson quarterback decided to transfer to Missouri, choosing the Tigers over a handful of other notable programs.There’s optimism surrounding Missouri heading into the 2019 season, though, and the Tigers are set to open the season on Aug. 31 against Wyoming.Unfortunately, Bryant appears to be dealing with an injury.Missouri head coach Barry Odom announced this afternoon that Bryant left today’s practice with a hamstring injury. The injury is not believed to be serious, though anything hamstring related can be a cause for concern, especially with the season only a couple of weeks away.Both Kelly Bryant and Albert Okwuegbunam left #Mizzou practice today. Head coach Barry Odom said Bryant has a hamstring strain and Okwuegbunam has a knee strain. Doesn’t yet have an idea of the recovery time for either.— Mitchell Forde (@Mitchell4D) August 5, 2019Bryant decided to transfer out of Clemson when Dabo Swinney named then-freshman Trevor Lawrence the team’s starter at quarterback.The former Clemson starter threw for 2,802 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2017. He added 665 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.Missouri is set to open its season on Aug. 31 against Wyoming at 7:30 p.m. E.T.