first_imgRangers boss Gerrard won’t keep Ejaria from returning to Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard won’t hold onto Ovie Ejaria against his will.The on-loan Liverpool midfielder could seek a return to Anfield in January.Asked what was behind the issue, Gerrard said: “That’s what I’m going to try and find out during the conversations. “At times, he has looked fantastic but I think his form has dipped slightly in the last couple of days, so I need to find out.”Ovie is a very quiet kid, he doesn’t give you much. I might have to dig deep to try and find out what’s going on. “He’s a young kid, he’s living away from his family. There might be other stuff going on in his life that I’m not aware of yet.”The reality is he’s a Liverpool player and Liverpool have almost got to take charge of this.”Yes, we’ve got a loan situation with Ovie but we wouldn’t keep a kid who was unhappy. I wouldn’t stand in any kid’s way whether he was signed with us or on loan.”I want players here who are committed and want to help and want to play here.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Brewster hauled off U23 pitch after just 15 minsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster was hauled off the U23 pitch yesterday after just 15 minutes.The Mirror says Brewster was substituted after just 15 minutes of Liverpool under 23s clash with Derby in response to Divock Origi’s injury.Belgium international Origi was forced out of the first team’s lunchtime victory over Newcastle with an ankle issue.While Origi limped off in the 37th minute at Anfield, Neil Critchley had already named Brewster in his starting XI for the youth side on the other side of Liverpool for the 3pm kick off.A message was sent to Melwood soon after to take Brewster off as a precaution ahead of the Reds’ Champions League opener with Napoli on Tuesday.Origi will undergo a scan in the next few days, but while Jurgen Klopp waits for the results he is ready to promoted 19-year-old Brewster to the travelling squad to Italy. last_img read more

first_imgPhil ​Foden happy to remain patient at Man Cityby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City youngster Phil Foden says he is remaining patient at the club.The young Englishman has struggled to get a start for the club in the Premier League this season.But he was impressive as he came off the bench in their 2-0 Champions League win against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night.And he hopes that his performance will lead to more opportunities in the coming weeks.”You have to show the manager what you can do each day in training, every young kid wants to play but you have to keep patient,” Foden told BT Sport. “You have to show the manager what you can do each day in training, every young kid wants to play but you have to keep patient.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden won’t leave – not even for €500Mby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made it clear that Phil Foden will not be sold.Guardiola says the midfielder will not be allowed to leave.”We did not accidentally sign a new contract with Foden,” he said. “He’s the only player who will not be sold under any circumstances – the only one. Not even for 500 million euros.”Phil is City. We will not sign anyone else for his position.” last_img read more

first_imgCoach Cal whispering something into Tyler Ulis' ear.LAWRENCE, KS – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Tyler Ulis #3 during the final minutes of overtime in the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 30, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Kentucky had little difficulty getting past Tennessee Tuesday night. After a close first half, the Wildcats (26-0, 13-0 SEC) blew by the Volunteers (14-11, 6-7 SEC) in the final 20 minutes, winning, 66-48. The blowout victory did not come without some physicality, though. Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Ulis appeared to take a hard shot to the face from a Tennessee guard in the first half. Check out this play: Did anyone see this except @BraxtonDsnyder? pic.twitter.com/BdzD94RdK0— Aaron’s Right Shoe (@AaronsRightShoe) February 18, 2015Was it a punch? A shove? Just incidental contact? It’s tough to tell. Whatever it was, it’s something you usually see a foul called for, and there was no whistle blown last night. [KSR]last_img read more

first_imgAvery johnsons smiles at alabama podium.avery johnson alabamaAvery Johnson turned in a pretty decent season in his first year as head coach of Alabama men’s basketball, leading the rebuilding Crimson Tide to an 18-15 record and an NIT berth. Johnson was previously a pretty successful NBA head coach, leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2006, competing against great head coaches like the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.After his first season in Tuscaloosa, Johnson thinks there are some pretty significant similarities between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Popovich, two of the great coaches ever in their respective sports. He discussed those similarities on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning. SEC Country transcribed the interview:“You look at Coach Saban, look at all the guys that are going in the first round this year,” Johnson told the show Monday morning. “Those guys, every single day — I’ve been on the practice field with those guys — Coach Saban gets after them really hard. But they listen, they take it and all of those guys are very competitive. Coach Saban and Coach Popovich, they have a lot in common.”…“They’re both about habits, and habits are formed in practice,” Johnson said. “When you look at what happens in the game, it’s a direct reflection on the discipline and details that their teams perform with in practice. Both guys are very, very competitive — I don’t think either of them wants to lose a game of checkers or chess — and they have a high level of expectation every single day with everything that they do.”At first glance, Saban and Popovich don’t seem that similar, but they definitely share a bunch of traits the more you think about it.[SEC Country]last_img read more

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Scott Van Pelt blasted Ohio residents who believe that Ohio State would beat the Cleveland Browns.Earlier this week, a public poll showed that 62% of those polled in the state of Ohio believe that Ohio State would beat the Cleveland Browns in a football game. The Browns, by comparison, got 23% of the vote. ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt took Ohioans to the woodshed on Friday night.Van Pelt, in a two-minute rant, argues that the Browns’ team is made up entirely of NFL players, while Ohio State, at best, will have 20% go on to play in the league. Check it out:”I call them silly because it’s more polite to call them that than idiots…” – @notthefakeSVP on those who say Ohio State can beat Browns pic.twitter.com/p2SXq2eTs9— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 8, 2016In short, he’s right. There is no college football team – and there likely will never be a college football team – that can beat an NFL squad on the gridiron. Even when it comes to the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes vs. the winless Cleveland Browns.last_img read more

first_imgVirgil van Dijk has said ‘the time has come’ for a defender to get the Ballon d’Or as speculation builds that he is in the frame to scoop football’s top individual award.The Liverpool defender has already collected the PFA’s Player of the Year award as his performances at the heart of the Reds defense inspired them to Champions League glory and a second-place finish in the Premier League.The Netherlands international said he preferred his team’s win in the Champions League to personal honours, but admitted he was pleased to be considered for individual gongs as well. Article continues below 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? “To get the PFA Player of the Year is a fantastic honour,” Van Dijk told Liverpool’s official website, “it’s the highest honour you can get because it’s voted by your fellow peers.“I said it back then as well, I would trade it for the Champions League. Luckily, I didn’t have to.“It’s an honour if people are talking about [the Ballon d’Or], but what can I do? I have no influence on anything.“I can’t deny I had a pretty good season last year, so the only thing I can do now is just focus on the new season, getting fit, stay fit and hopefully get an even better season than I had last year.“I can understand the fact that normally strikers or No. 10’s win these awards because it’s more attractive to see. But maybe the time has come to change it.”The last defender to win the Ballon d’Or was Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.Looking forward to next season, Liverpool’s skipper said his team was focused on challenging on all fronts.The Anfield club were pipped to the title by one point by Manchester City last time out, but Van Dijk believes his team have the drive and the ability to be in the hunt in 2019-20 as well.“As a team, we’re going to try to compete in every competition and obviously it’s going to be hard because there are so many and the league is so tough as well,” the 28-year-old continued, “but the only thing we can do is try.“We will give everything we’ve got and we have the quality as well. We’ll see where that leads us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgJesse Lingard has been branded “diabolical” and Anthony Martial a “fizzy drink”, with former Manchester United star Paul Ince also taking aim at Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez.A man who once marshalled the midfield for the Red Devils has questioned some of the decisions being made at Old Trafford and the collective quality of the squad.United were unable to secure Champions League qualification again last season, with another managerial change being made, and are now in the process of having to rebuild once more. Article continues below 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? Ince has suggested that is because too many players are not delivering to the required standard, with four international performers among those to have frustrated the most.”You’ve got Marcus Rashford who scored 11 goals last year and gets a new contract,” Ince told BBC 5Live.”Jesse Lingard was diabolical last year, he really, really was.”Then there’s Alexis Sanchez. They got nothing out of Sanchez whatsoever.”So as much as we’re talking about the defence and Chris Smalling and Harry Maguire, surely we’ve got to be looking at who’s going to be playing up top.”We need to be looking at that because attacking-wise they’re not great.”Martial? He’s a fizzy drink. He pops now and then. One moment he’s great, one moment he’s not.”United are in the process of trying to bring added quality onto their books during the summer transfer window.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given money to spend, with some of that having already been invested in Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.There is the promise of more arrivals to come, with Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Leicester defender Maguire among those said to be in the Red Devils’ sights.They have, however, been warned that the former will not come cheap, while the latter is drawing admiring glances from elsewhere.That could make it difficult for United to make all of the additions that they are looking at, which will pile pressure back onto those underperforming stars already on the club’s books.There may also be departures before the next deadline passes, with speculation continuing to suggest that Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba could be among those to move on. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray wasn’t the only star college football quarterback taken in this year’s MLB Draft. A top Big Ten QB was just picked, too.Michigan’s Shea Patterson, who’s eligible to play for the Wolverines right away this season after transferring from Ole Miss, was just taken in the MLB Draft. He was a 39th round selection.The Texas Rangers took the former five-star recruit with pick No. 1169, labeling Patterson as a third baseman.39 (1169): @Rangers select U Michigan 3B Shea Patterson. https://t.co/dm8BXIAdXv #MLBDraft— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 6, 2018Don’t worry though, Michigan fans, Patterson isn’t going anywhere.“We know he’ll be with us this season,” Michigan’s official Twitter account wrote immediately after Patterson’s selection.Shea Patterson has been selected in the #MLBDraft. ?But we know he’ll be with us this season. #GoBlue | #ProBlue https://t.co/b3lUglJKtG— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) June 6, 2018That’s good. It’d be pretty brutal for Jim Harbaugh to lose the star quarterback he had been wishing for before he played in a game.Patterson and Michigan are set to open the 2018 season on a big stage. The Wolverines kick off the year on Sept. 1 at Notre Dame. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC.last_img read more