Arsenal manager Emery: Ramsey must stay focusedby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery insists Aaron Ramsey must stay focused amid speculation some of Europe’s biggest clubs are fighting for his signature.The Welsh midfielder can negotiate with interested teams from overseas from January 1.PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus are among the interested suitors. But Emery wants the 29-year-old to concentrate on the Gunners.”The most important thing for every player is for the focus to be here,” said the Arsenal head coach.”It is not easy for Aaron but I have spoken with him and we need his performances for us.”He played yesterday with a good spirit. We did not win but he is working hard and I am happy.”I also need this focus for Liverpool on Saturday and then for Fulham [on New Year’s Day]. His focus should be to help us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Juventus chief Paratici admits talks planned with Man Utd target Mandzukicby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici admits talks are planned with Mario Mandzukic over his future.The Croatian forward is being tipped to join Manchester United this summer, with the Red Devils said to be confident of landing him in a £9million January deal to bolster their attack. “With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us,” Paratici said.”Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January.”In a separate interview with Sky Sport Italia, Paratici said: “We are evaluating, he is also evaluating. We need maximum calm, he is a great player.”It has been an added value in recent years, we must thank him. If he considers it appropriate to leave, we will satisfy him, otherwise he will consider other solutions.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel revealed midfielder Marco Verratti had suffered another injury setback in a blow to the Ligue 1 champions.The Italy international, 26, returned to training on Monday after being sidelined with a sprained ankle sustained last month.AdChoices广告That was a boost to PSG, who are set to be without Neymar until April, ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United beginning next week. 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? But after Verratti missed his side’s extra-time win over Villefranche in the Coupe de France on Wednesday, Tuchel revealed the midfielder had suffered a fresh injury.”Marco Verratti could not finish training yesterday [Tuesday]. He had problems,” he said.”I have to wait until tomorrow [Thursday] to decide if he can play against Bordeaux.”His new problem is something else, but I do not know too much.”PSG host Bordeaux on Saturday before making the trip to Old Trafford for the first leg of their tie with United three days later.
Iowa has released its hype video ahead of its battle with Nebraska.The Hawkeyes are set to do battle with Nebraska on Friday afternoon and they have released their hype video ahead of the Big Ten matchup.”To beat the man in front of you… that is what this game is about” #SwarmKinnick https://t.co/iksGaq1al6— Hawkeye FB Video (@hawkeyeFBvideo) November 25, 2016The hype video features highlights from throughout the seasons including the Hawkeyes’ upset win over Michigan just a few weeks ago.This game has huge implications on where these two teams will be heading for bowl game. A win for Iowa means a second place finish in the Big Ten West while a win for Nebraska and a Wisconsin loss to Minnesota puts the Cornhuskers into the Big Ten title game.Iowa and Nebraska kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST on ABC.
Liverpool have received approaches from Germany and Spain, as well as from the Premier League, for midfielder Marko Grujic.The Serbian international impressed during a season on loan with Hertha Berlin, and Goal understands the Bundesliga outfit are keen to extend that for a second campaign.Grujic would welcome the chance to remain in the German capital, but Hertha will face competition from both Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen, who have expressed an interest in signing the 23-year-old. 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? Frankfurt would welcome a permanent deal for Grujic, and have the funds to secure it having recently sold striker Luka Jovic to Real Madrid.Liverpool believe they will be able to command a fee in excess of £25 million ($32m) for a player who made 23 appearances for Hertha this term.An unnamed Premier League club have also enquired about the possibility of signing Grujic, who has played 14 times for Liverpool’s first team, while Atletico Madrid could make a move if, as expected, Rodri leaves for either Manchester City or Bayern Munich. The Reds will allow Ben Woodburn to leave on loan, with Championship side Wigan Athletic among those interested. Hull City had been favourites to sign the Wales international, but the departure of manager Nigel Adkins has changed the landscape in that regard.Both Herbie Kane and Ovie Ejaria are expected to join Woodburn in the Championship next season, with Brentford and Millwall having enquired about Kane, who spent a productive campaign with Doncaster Rovers in League One. Hibernian are also in the race.Ejaria, meanwhile, is likely to return to Reading, where he spent the second half of last season. The 21-year-old is also interesting Blackburn Rovers.Liverpool will allow two other youngsters, Taiwo Awoniyi and Anderson Arroyo, to train with Jurgen Klopp’s first-team at Melwood during pre-season. Nigerian striker Awoniyi scored 10 goals at Belgian side Mouscron during the second half of the campaign, following a difficult spell at Gent. He has attracted interest from a host of clubs, notably Schalke.Colombian full-back Arroyo also joined Gent last summer, but failed to make a single senior appearance. The 19-year-old has been at the Under-20 World Cup in Poland recently, helping his country to the quarter-finals, where they were beaten by Ukraine.Finally, goalkeeper Kamil Grabara is set to depart on loan once he is finished with Poland at the European U21 Championships in Italy. The 20-year-old finished the season with Danish side Aarhus, and has interest from Belgium and Germany, among others.
Celtic will begin the 2019-20 season in high spirits, having won the last nine domestic trophies on offer in Scotland.The target of Neil Lennon’s side this time around, however, is to equal history by winning a ninth-straight Scottish Premiership title, taking them to the brink of the elusive 10-in-a-row.The Parkhead side will have to prepare hard because across the city Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are mustering their forces to prevent another sweep of silverware from the East End, but there is little doubt that the Hoops go into the coming campaign very much the side in the ascendancy once more. 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? Here is your complete guide to Celtic’s 2019-20 pre-season and Scottish Premiership fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about their summer preparations.Celtic pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jun 26 SK Pinkafeld 5:30pm / 12:30pm Sportplatz, Pinkafeld, Austria Jun 29 Wiener SC 5pm / 12pm Sportclub – Platz, Vienna, Austria Jul 2 St Gallen 6:30pm / 1:30pm Stadion Kybunpark, St Gallen, Switzerland Jul 9 Sarajevo* 7:45pm / 2:45pm Asim Ferhatovic Has Stadium, Sarajevo Jul 13 Rennes 3pm / 10am Celtic Park, Glasgow Jul 17 Sarajevo* 7:45pm / 2:45pm Celtic Park, Glasgow *Champions League qualifierCeltic confirmed in April that they would be heading back to central Europe for their latest pre-season camp.They will jet out to Austria for a training retreat in late June and will play fixtures against SC Pinkafeld and Wiener SC before tackling Swiss side St Gallen on July 2.Sandwiched between two Champions League first-leg qualification games against Sarajevo, they have a home friendly with Coupe de France winners Rennes on July 13 to look forward to.Celtic 2019-20 transfer activity The chief area that Celtic are set to strengthen in the summer is the defence, and it is believed that they are looking to England for reinforcements. Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori and Ipswich right-back Dylan Crowe are two of the players they have been linked with lately.Patrick Roberts, the Manchester City winger, who has previously been at the club on loan and has a particularly strong friendship with Kieran Tierney, has been linked with a switch back to Celtic, but it seems likelier that they will be beaten to him.The Hoops have also been linked with a potential move for a centre forward this summer, with Bournemouth’s Lys Mousset and Rekeem Harper of WBA targets.Celtic are set to lose three players at the end of their loan deals, the most notable of which was Leicester centre-back Filip Benkovic. Meanwhile, right-back Jeremy Toljan will return to Borussia Dortmund and Ollie Burke will go back to West Brom.Dedryck Boyata, meanwhile, will make a Bosman move to Bundesliga outfit Hertha, while bit-part players Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Allan will leave at the end of their contracts. Allan already has a deal with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibs.Transfer activity inN/ATransfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date CB Dedryck Boyata Hertha Berlin free Jul 1 CM Scott Allan Hibernian free Jul 1 DF Cristian Gamboa Released – Jul 1 DF Mikael Lustig Gent free Jul 1 DF Emilio Izaguirre Released – Jul 1 GK Dorus de Vries Retired – Jul 1 Celtic 2019-20 Scottish Premiership fixtures Celtic’s quest for a record-equalling ninth successive Scottish Premiership title will begin on Saturday, August 3 against St Johnstone.By that point, Celtic will hope to have won through two qualifying matches in the Champions League.Participation in Europe means that Celtic are excused from the group stages of the League Cup, which they will enter in the second round. Meanwhile, like all Premiership sides, they will enter the Scottish Cup in the fourth round, which will take place in January.Click here to see Celtic’s fixture list for 2019-20.
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)It is June, so hope should spring eternal for most big college football programs. Virginia Tech is holding its breath with the situation regarding quarterback Josh Jackson, however.Jackson, a preseason second team All-ACC player heading into the fall, is dealing with an “academic-related issue.” It reportedly has his status in question heading into the season.Virginia Tech should know Jackson’s status soon, though, so there is time to prepare for the worst case scenario. The quarterback’s father spoke to the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the timetable.“As of right now, Josh is still a member of the Virginia Tech football team,” Fred Jackson said Thursday by phone. “We’ll know more in two days. It’s too early to talk about this.”Jackson is not suspended by the team, and still has access to its facilities and activities. If he cannot play this fall, though, it leaves a huge hole in the starting lineup for a team that was set to challenge for the ACC Coastal division.Josh Jackson emerged as one of the ACC’s most promising quarterbacks as a redshirt freshman in 2017.Jackson completed 60.3-percent of his throws for 2,991 yards, 20 touchdowns, and nine interceptions last year. He also rushed for 324 yards and five touchdowns.If he cannot play, Kansas transfer Ryan Willis is likely in line to start. He played for the Jayhawks in 2015 and 2016, throwing for 2,530 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 17 picks.The Hokies also have redshirt freshman Herndon Hooker, who was set to be third string this year. Quincy Patterson II also joins the team this summer, but was probably set to redshirt before the Jackson news.Patterson was a four-star recruit over at 247Sports, and ranked No. 13 among dual threat quarterbacks in the class of 2018.
Another week of college football is in the books and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the weekend of action. He named his top five performances for teams and players after week three.Herbie couldn’t stick to just five team this week after a slew of upsets rocked the college football world.Here are the six teams that impressed Herbstreit the most:LSUBYUOhio StateOklahoma StateTroySyracuseHere’s the full list.My top PERFORMANCES of WEEK 3Teams 1-@LSUfootball 2-@BYUfootball 3-@OhioStateFB 4-@CowboyFB 5-@TroyTrojansFB 5-@CuseFootball Players 1-Dwayne Haskins Ohio State2-Alan Bowman Texas Tech3-Drew Lock Missouri 4-Jerry Jeudy Alabama5-Grant Delpit LSU— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 17, 2018BYU shocked the Wisconsin Badgers with a 24-21 win over the weekend after the Badgers sailed a field goal wide at the end of the game. Meanwhile, Troy put in a memorable performance against Nebraska – a year after taking down LSU.Meanwhile, at Herbstreit’s alma mater, quarterback Dwayne Haskins tossed the rock for 344 yards and two touchdowns in Ohio State’s 40-28 victory over TCU.Herbie’s No. 2 performer of the week was Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman who threw for over 600 yards and five touchdowns.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 05: A general view as the Florida State Seminoles take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 5, 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida. NC State defeated Florida State 20-15. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)One of the fastest-rising recruits in the 2019 class has decided to open up his recruitment, he announced this morning.Renardo Green, a cornerback out of Apopka, Fla., announced on Twitter that he’s decided to de-commit from Florida State.The 5-foot-11 cornerback says he’s had a change of heart and has decided to re-open his recruitment.I put my trust & Faith into God ??and let him take the wheel?. Respect my decision‼️ pic.twitter.com/oZvii3HpyT— Renardo Malcom Green (@nado2times) September 25, 2018Several major programs have become interested in Green in recent weeks. Most notably, Ohio State is emerging as a potential destination.The Buckeyes will reportedly host Green for a visit later this season.I put my trust & Faith into God ??and let him take the wheel?. Respect my decision‼️ pic.twitter.com/oZvii3HpyT— Renardo Malcom Green (@nado2times) September 25, 2018Stay tuned.
Mayfield and his campers took part in the “horns down” gesture, which mocks the Texas Longhorns. The move is even more bold, given the fact that Mayfield held the camp in his native Austin.This isn’t the first time that Mayfield took shots at Texas, and realistically speaking, it’s probably not the last time either.Baker Mayfield and his campers practicing the Horns Down at his Lake Travis camp. Not kidding. I think he’s got it down.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) June 14, 2019When I kidded Baker about doing the Horns Down at his Friday camp, he said, “Always. That’ll never change.”— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) June 14, 2019It’s pretty clear that Mayfield still partakes in the rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas. In 2018, Mayfield had more than a few words to share on Instagram before the game.Both programs are entering this upcoming season with high expectations, making the stakes high for this year’s Red River Showdown.If the Sooners get the best of the Longhorns yet again, then Mayfield might have something to say about it. DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners waves the Golden Hat Trophy after the 29-24 win over the Texas Longhorns at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield certainly has the talent to separate himself from other quarterbacks, but the real difference is how he handles himself off the field.Throughout his football career, Mayfield has shown that he isn’t afraid to voice his opinion. Earlier this week, a handful of veterans on the Browns spoke to him about his comments on Duke Johnson.While the charismatic quarterback has made a few enemies in recent years, there is no denying his strong bond with Oklahoma.Although Mayfield’s playing days with the Sooners are behind him, he showed his school pride at his camp on Friday with an interesting pose.