About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz insists Chelsea in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz insists they’re in the title race.Chelsea are fourth in the table ahead of their match against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and go into the festive period looking to make it three league wins in a row.”Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” the Brazil international told Sky Sports News.”Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.”
Dalian Yifang attacker Carrasco in contact with Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium winger Yannick Carrasco has emerged as a target for Arsenal.Sky Italia says the 25-year-old left Atletico Madrid to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in February last year.Arsenal have made initial contact with the Belgian international, who has given his ‘approval’ to the move.Carrasco is said to be open to moving to the Premier League with the Gunners now favourites for his signature.Milan had been keen on Carrasco and the player even liked a social media post about a potential move to the San Siro.But there are doubts over whether Milan would be able to afford the deal, with Carrasco currently pocketing around £170,000-a-week in China. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valenciaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has no qualms about playing his Chelsea youngsters for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia.Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all started and scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves.And Lampard says he won’t change his selections for the club’s first Champions League clash of the season.”I won’t consider age,” Lampard said. “I don’t consider it because they’ve shown confidence, personality in the group. That’s easy. I just pick them on merit.”Confidence and momentum is great. It’s not quite momentum yet but it is a good feeling to see the team play how they did. We need more clean sheets and we continually need to work on that.”The Champions League is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason, Tammy, Tomori are all excited for it. All the players should be. I’m looking forward to it, my debut as a manager.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no money to spend in January.It’s been suggested Guardiola is seeking a new centre-half signing for the winter market.But the manager insists: “It’s not up to me, but we can’t buy anyone in January.”We do not have the money to deposit large amounts. That didn’t work in the summer, so not in the winter either.“We will do it with the players that we have. With Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia and the new players in the youth academy. We have young talented players that we can count on.” He added: “Vinny (Kompany) had a great personality and he was very helpful to me and the entire club. But he has decided to go to Anderlecht and we must continue.”
Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.
Power 5 programs not named Kansas usually don’t have much trouble with Group of 5 programs. However, that’s not the case today as Houston is currently destroying Arizona early.The Cougars currently hold a 21-0 lead after the first quarter of play. The Kevin Sumlin era in Arizona hasn’t gotten off to the start most people were expecting – with the Wildcats looking for answers after getting their doors blown off.Arizona also lost its first game of the season against BYU by a final score of 28-23. Despite employing a Heisman Trophy-candidate at quarterback in Khalil Tate, the Wildcats haven’t fond the offensive mojo just yet.It’s been tough sledding and the Wildcats who have ZERO points after the first quarter.End of 1st Q | Houston 21, Arizona 0 #HTownTakeover pic.twitter.com/vs62qJVgdd— #HTownTakeover (@UHCougarFB) September 8, 2018Tate and Sumlin haven’t gelled just yet after many thought they were a match made in Heaven. The former Texas A&M coach dominated with Johnny Manziel as his quarterback, but hasn’t gotten off to a great start with Tate.The Wildcats need to pick it up over the next three quarters if they want to avoid a 0-2 start.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s football program announced this morning the official decision to part ways with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, the younger brother of former OU head coach Bob Stoops.Mike Stoops served two stints on Oklahoma’s staff. He was most-recently the defensive coordinator from 2012-18.“I have great respect for Mike,” head coach Lincoln Riley said. “He’s a quality football coach, great man and a close friend. It became time for a change in our program and that happens sometimes in football, but we cannot lose sight of the accomplishments Mike had at Oklahoma. He was responsible for a lot of success and deserves the gratitude of everyone associated with Sooner football, not only for his role in the winning, but for coaching with integrity.”One of Oklahoma football’s top defensive recruits, four-star Jaden Davis, reacted to the news on social media.“I stand by this through it all, Boomer Sooner…” he wrote.I stand by this through it all, Boomer Sooner… https://t.co/HAtIW4w7K7— IV (@Jayd4_) October 8, 2018Davis was recruited by Stoops.The four-star defensive back is ranked the No. 27 CB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He chose Oklahoma over Florida and Penn State, among other programs.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A bad few days for USC football just got worse. Reportedly, sophomore linebacker Levi Jones has been kicked off the team.According to a report from 247Sports, Jones has been dismissed from the program for unspecified reasons. Jones has not played in the last two games and was reportedly not on the sidelines for Saturday’s 15-14 loss to Cal.Per the 247Sports report, Jones was arrested on July 8 and charged with a misdemeanor crime with a $250 bail. It is unclear if that had anything to do with his dismissal.Story on #USC LB Levi Jones being dismissed from the team. USC spokesperson would not confirm, so we should get an update after practice from Clay Helton. https://t.co/iZuPEpqx1R pic.twitter.com/ctcfQfNT2I— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) November 13, 2018Jones, a four-star recruit in the class of 2017, is the son of former NFL linebacker Robert Jones. He was the No. 93 overall prospect and the No. 6 outside linebacker in the 2017 cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.Jones saw extensive action during his time with the Trojans, recording 28 tackles.He is the third USC player to leave the program in the middle of the season, along with safeties Ykili Ross and Bubba Bolden.USC (5-5) continues its 2018 season against UCLA this Saturday.
The Sugar Bowl is facing some serious criticism for what happened before tonight’s Texas-Georgia matchup in New Orleans.We had one of the most-viral mascot moments in bowl game history, when Texas’ live mascot, Bevo, charged Georgia’s live mascot, Uga.It was scary.Bevo is not here for this mascot meeting. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/KXgaQzGm0W— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) January 2, 2019Thankfully, no one appeared to get hurt. It clearly could have been much, much worse.The big question: Who’s idea was it to bring two live mascots together on the field, with one of them being pretty dangerous?Where was Jack Hanna to tell ‘em it wasn’t a good idea?! https://t.co/Hmf1DhLKjE— Michael Castillo (@MichaelCastFS) January 2, 20191. Whose brilliant idea was it to have them in the same area?2. Will PETA complain about humans corralling Bevo? Or will FWAA complain about Bevo threatening the media?#SugarBowl https://t.co/UcC1oSwC77— Chris Yandle (@ChrisYandle) January 2, 2019Live mascots meeting each other on the field before a game is something that probably shouldn’t happen again.Texas and Georgia, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 8:45 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the best running backs from the 2018 recruiting class is back on the market, according to his Twitter account. Former four-star running back Brian Snead took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce his plans to transfer from the Ohio State football program.According to the school, the two sides agreed to part ways after Snead was suspended for most of the 2018 season – though the reason for his suspension is unclear.After seeing the field in Ohio State’s first two games, Snead didn’t make the trip for the TCU game. Head coach at the time, Ryan Day, offered no context for Snead’s absence.According to a report from 247Sports’ Ohio State site Bucknuts, Snead’s absence had something to do with an investigation by the school – not the football program.Snead announced the news via Twitter.pic.twitter.com/lspVV5i3GW— Campaign_B6 (@snead655) January 18, 2019Snead, a Florida native, was ranked the No. 3 RB in the country coming out of high school this past year.The running back totaled 37 rushing yards on 11 carries – including a touchdown in the season-opener against Oregon State.Ohio State’s running back room took a significant hit with the news and the departure of Mike Weber. J.K. Dobbins should get the lion’s share of carries for the Buckeyes next season.