Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us breakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has hit out at the negativity of the media.The Scot admits he grows tired over the comparisons with past teams.Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “People talk about Newcastle’s history in the Premier League and it’s in a negative aspect.”The Press the other week said we hadn’t won on a Monday for such a long time, then we won at Burnley and the next week it was we hadn’t won a midweek game!”I was like: ‘Give us a break’.”The players don’t look into that, we focus on the next game being the biggest game.”We recover and prepare for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribersby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga Sports TV, the multi-sports OTT platform launched by Spanish football’s LaLiga, has reached 300,000 registered users, according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas who was speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, reports SportBusiness.LaLiga Sports TV offers free live coverage of various sports, including matches of the ASOBAL Handball league and Spain’s second-tier basketball division Liga LEB Oro, plus sports such as badminton, petanque and weightlifting.It went live in March of this year as a multi-sport proposition but also streams live games from Spanish football’s second-tier Segunda División, but behind a paywall. Short highlights from Spain’s top two leagues are also offered on the platform.LaLiga Sports TV was launched in March with the intention of boosting the exposure of Spanish sports, becoming the first European league to launch its own OTT service in doing so. Viewers can access it on mobile devices – both mobile phones and tablets – and smart TVs. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan attacker Nicolò Barella says they can leave Barcelona with their heads held high.Inter lost their Champions League tie 2-1, despite taking a third minute lead through Lautaro Martinez. Barca eventually winning via a Luis Suarez brace.Barella said, “We came here to play, the Coach told us that, and we wanted to win. We tried to fight back after the equaliser and conceded at the other end.“It’s disappointing, but we have another big game coming up and will start to focus on that.“We proved our character and put in a strong performance, but it’s always disappointing when we leave with no points. We are Inter, we’ve got Conte on the bench, so we want to win every game.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Richards has dig at Man City kids: Only Foden has right attitudeby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City defender Micah Richards believes Phil Foden is a class apart from the other promising youngsters at the club.City now possess one of the best youth teams in the country and Foden is the shining light of the club’s academy.”Phil Foden is an exceptional talent,” he told the Gloved podcast.”He is going to get games.”Whereas some of the young players are just happy to say they play for Man City.”They’ve got pictures on Instagram, they’ve got the nicest cars and they’re earning good money.”No disrespect to them, but they think they’ve made it already.”It’s only really Foden who’s probably going to get a chance within the current squad because he’s the only one who is showing the signs that he could play at that level.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle target Jarrod Bowen can’t rule out Hull exitby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City winger Jarrod Bowen admits he’d be open to leaving the Championship club.The 22-year-old’s contract is up in the summer, and is being linked with Newcastle United.“If I leave, I leave, if I don’t, I am loving it here,” Bowen told the Hull Daily Mail.“What will be, will be.”I have just got to keep my head down, I have got agents that take care of all of that.“I am playing football so I am not surprised that I didn’t leave.”It is out of my hands what happens off the pitch, I have just got to (perform) on the pitch.”
Steven Gerrard secured his first Old Firm Derby win as Rangers manager on Saturday as his side recorded their first victory over Celtic in over six years.The Gers won 1-0 in front of a fevered Ibrox crowd to move level on points with their first-placed rivals.Ryan Jack’s 30th-minute deflected strike proved enough for Gerrard’s men, their first victory over Celtic since 2012. 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? In 2012, the Gers won 4-2 and 3-2 in two meetings with Celtic, though they were also beaten by their rivals twice as they eventually finished second in the SPL.The season following, Rangers dropped into the Scottish Third Division after an investigation into a takeover attempt into the club.Of course, in the years since they have risen back to the top-flight, with Gerrard now looking to bring trophies back to Ibrox.Rangers’ latest win over Celtic broke a run of four consecutive home defeats to the Bhoys.And it also ended a remarkable record for Brendan Rodgers; the former Liverpool manager had never previously tasted defeat in an Old Firm Derby, with his first loss coming in his 13th game in all competitions.Under Gerrard, Rangers have won 12 and drawn six of their opening 21 league games, losing just three times.They subsequently sit second, with the same amount of points as Celtic, but their fierce rivals do have a game in hand.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.Puebla announced Wednesday it is once again turning to Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, better known as “El Chelis”, as it looks to get back to respectability in Liga MX. It will be the fourth stint in charge of La Franja for El Chelis, after the manager coached the club between 2006-2008, 2009-10 and in 2014.The manager most recently was working as a pundit but previously had a spell with the USL Championship’s Las Vegas Lights in 2018. 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? His links with Puebla extend back to the second division, with Chelis helping the club earn promotion from the Ascenso in 2006 (though even during his time with the club in the second division, he was let go and rehired). From there, he achieved mixed results. Twice he has taken the team to the semifinals of the Liguilla but he also has led several campaigns in which the club failed to make the postseason.Puebla was the third club to part ways with its manager this season, letting Enrique Meza go after an uninspiring start of one win from its first five contests. However, the club sits only two points outside of the eighth and final playoff place with plenty of time to go.El Chelis, a colorful character known around North American soccer not only for his television appearances and time with Puebla but also for his colorful time leading Chivas USA in 2013, has some pieces to work with. Canadian international Lucas Cavallini already has a pair of goals on the season, while wingers Alejandro Chumacero and Christian Tabo help provide depth in the attack. However, the team already has conceded eight goals this tournament without an obvious answer to its defensive deficiencies. The 60-year-old will need to figure it out quickly, with a visit to Atlas coming Friday. Cavallini is suspended for that match after seeing a red card in the club’s 4-1 loss to Necaxa last week. He’ll have a bit more time to put his imprint on the team after that, though, with the club not in action again until hosting Pachuca next Friday.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Fox Sports personality Skip Bayless believes Michigan should be in the College Football Playoff.Skip Bayless is known for his hot takes. But chalk this one down as a lukewarm take. Many across the college football landscape believe Michigan is one of the four best teams in the country.However, when the selection committee released its final rankings, Michigan found itself at the No. 6 spot. That irked Bayless, who went on a semi-rant about Michigan’s omission from the playoff.”Michigan to me is clearly one of the four best teams in the country.” — @RealSkipBayless on the #CFBPlayoff pic.twitter.com/Y1JMME6vFt— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) December 5, 2016Michigan’s resume is impressive, but it also features two losses, both of which came in the last three weeks of the season. While the Wolverines trended downward at the end of the season, Penn State trended the opposite.Bayless hinted at the fact that the Big Ten could have three teams in the College Football Playoff, as the conference had been arguably the best all year.Their resumes will be debated for a long time to come, but two losses kept the Wolverines and Nittany Lions out of the final four.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)With yesterday’s release of the preseason Coaches Poll via USA Today, college football season is upon us. We’re less than a month away from kickoff.And really, putting out polls before we’ve seen any of these teams play is a silly exercise. Inevitably, one of the teams around the top of the poll will wind up going 8-5, and there will be some team that is unranked right now that will factor into the national conversation.If preseason polls are going to exist, though, we may as well evaluate them.Based on what we know right now, these are the most overrated teams in the preseason Coaches Poll: (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)3. Ohio State BuckeyesOhio State is undoubtedly one of the most talented teams in the country. Its placement on my list is 100-percent a result of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Urban Meyer. I assume many of the votes were submitted prior to the current situation surrounding the legendary head coach.Meyer was recently placed on administrative leave as the school investigates the Zach Smith situation. As of now, it is unclear whether he will be reinstated before the start of the year, if he’ll be suspended a few games, or if he’ll be fired. People have various opinions on that, but as of now, he isn’t coaching the Buckeyes.Ohio State has two former head coaches on staff in offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Defensive assistant Alex Grinch, who joined the staff from Washington State, was rumored to be the choice to replace Mike Leach if he had left the Cougars. And Ryan Day, who was selected as interim head coach, is clearly an ascendant name in the coaching world.Still, no one in that group is Urban Meyer, one of the two or three best coaches in the sport. If he isn’t on the sideline this year, Day may pull a Lincoln Riley and the Buckeyes may still be great, but I don’t have the confidence to be comfortable with them at No. 3. If Meyer returns, forget I wrote any of this. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)5. Oklahoma SoonersLed by Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Sooners had one of the best offenses that college football has seen in some time. With Lincoln Riley entering year two, the Sooners should be able to put up points, especially in the Big 12.However, without Mayfield, it is hard to imagine OU having a historic offense again. Kyler Murray is very talented, but he’s largely unproven, and expecting him to be Baker Mayfield is very unfair.The Sooners defense should take a step forward, but it struggled last season. The Georgia College Football Playoff semifinal game drove that home. Oklahoma will be very good. No. 5? That is an extremely high bar for a team that has a ton to replace from a playoff team.NEXT: 3 More Overrated Teams >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2
LAWRENCE, KS – OCTOBER 15: Head coach Turner Gill of the Kansas Jayhawks watches from the sidelines during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on October 15, 2011 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Turner Gill, who has been the head coach at Liberty the past seven years, announced his retirement on Monday. Gill, before coaching the Flames, was also the head coach at Buffalo and Kansas.Gill played quarterback at Nebraska from 1980-1983 and had a short career in the CFL. In 1989, he returned to the sport to become a graduate assistant at his alma mater.Gill had stops at North Texas, SMU, Nebraska again and the Green Bay Packers before taking the head coaching job at Buffalo. He parlayed that job into a Power 5 gig – at Kansas. But after just a 5-19 record in two seasons, Gill needed a new job.Gill then took the job at Liberty. In his seven seasons on campus, he had a 47-35 record. He also helped lead the program from FCS to FBS.#BREAKING: @LibertyFootball coach Turner Gill announces his retirement from coaching. Press conference to be held tomorrow, as program begins search for 9th head coach in team history. @13Sports @ABC13News— Dave Walls (@DaveWallsWSET) December 3, 2018Unfortunately, it looks like Gill is retiring to help take care of his wife. According to Brett McMurphy, she has a heart condition.Liberty coach Turner Gill has informed his team he is retiring immediately to take care of his wife, Gayle, who has a heart condition— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 3, 2018It’s unclear where Liberty will turn for its next head coach. The school will be entering its second year at the FBS level in 2019.