TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent admits Juventus in contact for Braga whiz Francisco Trincaoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Braga whiz Francisco Trincao has confirmed the interest of Juventus.Juve are tracking the 19 year-old prospect.And Bruno Carvalho told TMW: “Juventus’ interest is well known and have already tried last summer. We like this club and we are happy, it is an important club and it is nice to know that we are appreciated but a decision has not yet been taken. “Also because there are other clubs that have him in the viewfinder, and the Bianconeri are one more.”As an agent of the boy I can say that I am working in his interest, and when the time comes we will look at all the proposals that are on the table and we will evaluate the best for the development of Trincao’s career.”
Chelsea No2 Zola: Right time to rest Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No2 Gianfranco Zola says Eden Hazard is likely to be rested for their FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest.Zola says it is the opportunity to give him a break. “Eden has been fantastic in this period, he has played a lot of games and we are very demanding of him because he is such an influential player,” he said. “So tomorrow I believe he might get a rest but we are in a situation where we don’t have many players, but the idea is to give him some rest.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard tells Hudson-Odoi: Follow this incredible role modelby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi must follow the example set by Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling to reach his potential.Hudson-Odoi made his first start for the Blues since April during Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie with Grimsby after recovering from a serious Achilles injury.”I know Callum’s talent and he’s got huge talent, hence why the club was so keen to get him signed up and we’re all delighted with that,” said Lampard.”But there is a lot of work to do.”Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent whose work ethic added to that talent, and an improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication to a complete player that we are all wowed by.”(That) is exactly the great model for Callum because he has those talents. And I want him to be the best, the absolute best, because he has the potential to do that.”And some of that is some hard truths and I saw some hard truths out of the game the other day in ways that he can improve.”He needs to listen to them, and he will, and then he can be that player for us, which is great news for everybody.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ibrahimovic explains how he became an icon with new statueby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveZlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken about his journey in football that resulted in him becoming one of the great icons of the game.The Swedish star was speaking on the unveiling of a statue in his honour in Malmo.Ibrahimovic has starred for the likes of Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in a glittering career.He has often referred to himself as a lion in the game.He told Expressen: “The statue means a lot.”That’s my legacy. That’s what I’ve been through, what I stand for. It will become a symbol for those who feel just like I did, a symbol that you can succeed no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, even if you feel different or don’t feel welcome.”Not just when it comes to football, it stands for so much more than just football players.”Everyone who feels they need support, needs power, energy: just look at the statue, or come to the statue. It’s proof that you can succeed if you believe in yourself.”I’m no bigger than anyone else, it could be anyone. It’s as simple as that. I’m not chosen or special in any way, I fought and believed in myself.”When I started my career, it wasn’t like I had someone who’d gone before me that I could ask.”I remember asking Henrik Larsson: ‘What should I do? How should I do it? Explain it to me’.”He said very simply: ‘No one has been in your shoes, no one has been in your situation. What should you do? You’ll find that path yourself’.”So I had no one I could lean on, or talk to about this. No one could explain to me how everything worked.”I had to find the balance myself, I had to build self-confidence and find my own way. In all these aspects I chose to be myself.”
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A Florida State Seminoles cheerleader runs with a flag on the field during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)The release of Phil Steele’s annual college football preview magazine has given us another preseason top 25 poll to analyze. Steele, one of the sport’s most-respected analysts who does work for ESPN, released his Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine earlier this week. Here’s his preseason top 25 for the 2016 season: Florida StateAlabamaOklahomaLSUClemsonOhio StateTennesseeWashingtonNotre DameStanfordTCUMichiganMichigan StateIowaUCLABoise StateOle MissBaylorMiamiHoustonLouisvilleNebraskaGeorgiaTexasUSCSteele appears to be higher on Florida State than others, as the Seminoles aren’t No. 1 in any of the other preseason polls. Alabama has the top spot in nearly everyone else’s preseason top 25. That doesn’t mean he isn’t high on the Crimson Tide (or the SEC), though. Steele’s College Football Playoff prediction includes two teams from the SEC West – Alabama and LSU. He has Florida State and Oklahoma joining the two SEC teams in the playoff with FSU topping the Crimson Tide in the national championship game. You can order his full magazine here.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)One college football team will be without its quarterback on Saturday. According to a report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas will be without starting quarterback Ty Storey when the team takes on Tulsa this weekend.It’s a tough blow for the Razorbacks. Storey left Saturday’s contest against Ole Miss after taking a hit to the head that led to the ejection of a Rebels player.Head coach Chad Morris revealed Storey was cleared for practice this week, but didn’t make the requisite strides in his health for this weekend’s game.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette broke the news.NEW: Arkansas QB Ty Storey to miss Saturday’s game vs. Tulsa, source says. Who is likely to play instead » https://t.co/am47i8Zus8 pic.twitter.com/qsLs60arN6— AR Democrat-Gazette (@ArkansasOnline) October 19, 2018Storey leads the team in passing this season with nearly 1,000 yards through the air. He’s also third on the team in rushing.True freshman Connor Noland and redshirt sophomore Cole Kelley are likely to split reps against Tulsa on Saturday. During the week, Noland was seen taking first-team reps during the portion of practice open to the media.Arkansas and Tulsa kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET.
LAWRENCE, KS – OCTOBER 11: Fans hold a University of Kansas school flag during the playing of the nation anthem prior to a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)Les Miles has been the biggest name connected to the Kansas football job, but even if the former LSU national championship-winner doesn’t bite, it sounds like the Jayhawks will have a pretty high level of candidate.Last go-around, Kansas hired David Beaty, who was well thought of as a recruiter, but was a wide receivers coach at Texas A&M.Time will tell who new athletic director Jeff Long can draw to take over one of the most difficult jobs in the Power Five, and all of college football for that matter. However, one early list is pretty impressive. KU Sports‘ Matt Tait laid out four potential candidates for the Kansas football job.The group is entirely comprised of current or former Power Five head coaches.“Ok. So back to the beginning. Let’s assume again that things fall through with Miles — or never were going to happen — and KU elects to hire someone else. While that might be a bit of a doomsday outcome at this point given the excitement, hope and expectations surrounding Miles, do you realize how much better off KU is this time around than in any of its previous searches?[…]I’m not talking about coaches who KU kicked the tires on or guys who considered the opening for 24 hours before saying thanks but no thanks. I’m talking about final stages, serious consideration, could have hired any one of them.Todd Graham, Sonny Dykes, Dave Doeren, Greg Schiano and a few other proven head coaches jump off the page of KU’s list of potential candidates this time around.As with any good coaching search, there are probably a couple of names in the mix that we haven’t heard much about and that should absolutely be the case.”Graham is the former head coach at both Pitt and Arizona State. Dykes is currently at SMU, but previously led Cal. Doeren, the most surprising inclusion, is currently at NC State, where he’s had a good deal of success. Schiano is the former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and current Ohio State defensive coordinator, who was set to take over Tennessee last year before fans railed against the hire.It is anyone’s guess if one of them can turn around KU. However, they’re all among the better names for the job since Mark Mangino was still the Jayhawks head coach… unless you were bullish on Charlie Weis a few years back.[KU Sports]
LUBBOCK, TX – OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Houston will reportedly be looking for a new head coach.The Cougars fired head coach Major Applewhite this morning, according to multiple college football insiders. SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey first reported the news of the firing.West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen – surprisingly – has been mentioned as a serious candidate for the position.He’s not the only big name being mentioned for the job, though.Brett McMurphy is reporting that former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is a candidate for the position. Kingsbury took the USC offensive coordinator job earlier this month.“Top candidates include Dana Holgorsen & Kliff Kingsbury, source said,” he reports.Major Applewhite has been fired at Houston, source told @WatchStadium. 1st reported by @38Godfrey. Top candidates include Dana Holgorsen & Kliff Kingsbury, source said— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 30, 2018Holgorsen has ties to Houston’s administration and is said to be a fan of the area, but would that be enough to get him to leave West Virginia?Kingsbury, meanwhile, has only been at USC for a couple of weeks.This will be a very interesting head coaching search to follow.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Karan Higdon #22 of the Michigan Wolverines is lauded by teammates after a touchdown against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Michigan football reached the Peach Bowl this year, but was not at full strength against the Florida Gators in Atlanta.Running back Karan Higdon was among the key players who skipped the game, ahead of preparation for the NFL Draft.Other Michigan stars who did the same included Devin Bush, Jr., Rashan Gary, and Juwann Bushell-Beatty.The Gators took full advantage and delivered first year head coach Dan Mullen a big 41-15 Peach bowl win.Ahead of the Senior Bowl, Higdon has discussed his decision a bit more.Skipping non-playoff bowl games has become extremely common among potential top NFL Draft picks, but players still have to answer to the decision.Karan Higdon says that Jim Harbaugh wasn’t thrilled with his decision to skip the Peach Bowl, but he thinks his coach understood.From MLive.com:“That’s not his favorite decision,” Higdon said. “He has a job as a head coach to win and wants all of these guys to help him win. He wasn’t happy about it, but he respected it.“At the end of the day, he can’t grab us and force us to get out on the field. But I think he has enough respect for us as players and the contributions we’ve had to the team, he’ll respect it.”Higdon finished the year with 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games.Obviously we’ll never know if Michigan would’ve won the game with Higdon, Gary, and the rest, but the Wolverines probably would’ve been a good deal more competitive.[MLive.com]
From 247Sports:“I’m going to Ohio State (Nov. 22),” Ricks said. “Ohio State was my No. 2 choice behind LSU and honestly if Urban Meyer never left, I probably would have committed there. It was really close and they’re still recruiting me really hard. I hear from coach Hafley (DC) almost every day so I’m looking forward to getting out there.“Coach Saban said he sees me as a Minkah Fitzpatrick type that he can move around and play some corner, nickel and safety. I’m not sure when my official will be, I have to decide on what game works best for my schedule but like I said, I want to visit a couple of times.”In addition to his visits with Ohio State and Alabama, Ricks is going to visit USC on November 2 to watch the game against Oregon.He’ll also spend another visit with LSU and his final trip will be either to Miami or Florida.Ricks has a busy fall ahead of himself.[247Sports] BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Elias Ricks announced his commitment to LSU back in December of 2018. However, that won’t stop him from taking visits with other programs.According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Ricks is the No. 2 cornerback and No. 16 overall recruit.Ricks is adamant that he’s a solid commitment to the Tigers, but he still wants to look around to see schools like Ohio State and Alabama. Both prestigious programs are on the five-star recruit’s radar, yet that doesn’t mean he’ll change his decision.Nonetheless, the Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide will have their chance to see Ricks during the season.