West Ham make contact for Inter Milan defender Joao Mirandaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are eyeing Inter Milan defender Joao Miranda.Corriere dello Sport says West Ham have jumped into the battle for the Brazil international, 34.Miranda has been told he can leave Inter this month and he is in talks with interested clubs.Roma are keen to take the veteran on-loan, while the Hammers would be prepared to pay a fee to buy him outright.Inter want €20m to see the centre-half. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp admits he’s a fan of Aston Villa midfielder McGinnby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s a fan of Aston Villa’s John McGinn.Klopp says McGinn can ease the pressure on under-fire Scotland skipper Andrew Robertson.Speaking to the Daily Record, Klopp said: “I heard everyone expected to beat Russia and the first question in my mind was ‘Why?’They have five million more football players than Scotland! “And Belgium? Well, 95 per cent of the world will lose to them.“Scotland isn’t blessed enough to have 20 players from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh who are all world-class talents.“But they have always had a big heart, proper fight, a good defence and could score a goal. At Liverpool we have to create a situation where our team can perform and Scotland have got to do the same.“Expectations are too high. It’s not because of Robbo you don’t win. As a left-back, you can’t win a game alone. It’s just not possible.“He doesn’t have to though because you have other good guys – John McGinn, what a super player he is, Robert Snodgrass, a wonderful player, Scott McTominay has great potential. So let them play and let the manager have time to create a style of play, a Scottish style.“But don’t put the manager under pressure to deliver something so immediately that he can’t live up to it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez signs first pro contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez has signed his first professional contract.The 17-year-old joined at the age of five and has progressed through the academy ranks. His impressive work ethic has helped him to secure a professional contract.Azeez made eight appearances during the under-18s’ title-winning 2018/19 season, scoring twice and assisting twice. He already has one goal in five Under-18 Premier League appearances this season and made his debut for the under-23s against Derby in the Premier League 2 in August.An England international, Azeez has proven himself at under-17 level, scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances for his country.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Phelan admits Man Utd return had him nervousby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMike Phelan admits returning to Manchester United had him nervous.Phelan, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man during three Premier League title wins, left Old Trafford six years ago following the Scot’s retirement.He said: “I never wanted to leave in the first place. I had left the club, I think we had won the league by 12 points, so I thought going back was terrific but I was really nervous on the first day I went back in because I didn’t know what to expect.“But I walked in the place and it was like I had never been away.“It was really surreal, a lot had gone on but nothing had changed and I’d never been away. I felt right at home.”
Twitter/@DMoutonWWL Mike Thomas was a key to Ohio State’s 2014 and 2015 offenses, and the 2016 second round pick is already impressing with the New Orleans Saints. During a practice on Friday, Thomas made a phenomenal falling one-handed grab over the top of the defense, on a pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown.Mike Thomas’ tremendous catch. As shot by @sayneykid pic.twitter.com/WISeQWLTJw— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) July 29, 2016Mike Thomas has quickly earned the trust of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The future Hall of Famer praised him from the connection the two have developed in a very short time back in June. Brees gave an example of a practice rep, of a route the tandem had not run before, to ESPN:“In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever even talked about it,” Brees said. “But it was one of those where I’m just in the moment, and hey, he’s my guy over there at that position. So I kind of give him a look, give him a signal or whatever, and he goes and makes the play. And ran the route just like I imagined.“So that makes you feel good too. ‘Hey, we’re on the same page even though we haven’t even talked about that yet. You kind of know this offense, you have a feel for the game.’ So I like when I see that stuff out of young guys, where you kind of feel like there’s some instincts there.”Thomas came on strong for Ohio State in 2014, catching 54 passes for 799 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Buckeye national title. He followed it up with a similar 56 catch, 781 yard, nine touchdown 2015 campaign, despite some turmoil at the quarterback position for OSU. Now, he’s charged with helping replace longtime Brees-favorite Marques Colston, who was released by the Saints this off-season after 10 years with the franchise.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma fans have been treated to some pretty incredible quarterback play over the past couple of seasons. The same should be true this season, as long as Kyler Murray opts to stay in school and not leave for the MLB Draft.The future is looking bright as well. Oklahoma has a commitment from Spencer Rattler, the No. 1 pro-style QB in the 2019 class.Rattler might end up reminding OU fans of their previous star quarterback, Baker Mayfield.The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings tweeted out a profile story on Rattler this afternoon.It includes a great quote.“I definitely feel like I can throw with any quarterback in the country, high school or college-wise,” he says. “I won’t say NFL, but I can make some NFL throws, for sure.”Oklahoma fans might sense a bit of Baker Mayfield in their 2019 QB. And it’s not just because he can make the high risk throws… https://t.co/XR5yhRlGgp pic.twitter.com/XOskYPRsyi— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) May 31, 2018Rattler is 6-foot-2 quarterback out of Phoenix, Ariz. He’s ranked the No. 42 overall recruit in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Oklahoma’s 2019 class is the No. 2 class in the country.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State football recruits are among those who have reacted to the school’s decision to suspend Urban Meyer for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The Buckeyes have recruited nearly as well as any program in the country during the Urban Meyer era in Columbus, Ohio.Eleven Warriors reached out to several Ohio State recruits to get their reactions to the Urban Meyer decision.Two of those recruits are five-star commits.From Eleven Warriors:TEXAS FIVE-STAR WIDE RECEIVER GARRETT WILSON“It’s just good to have him back and have some normalcy again.”GEORGIA FIVE-STAR CENTER HARRY MILLER“It’s great and definitely a huge relief to have this settled.”Ohio State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 9 class in the country, No. 1 in the Big Ten.You can view the full reactions to the Urban Meyer decision here.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Week 2 of the college football season is in the books. There weren’t too many surprising results this week, as the top 10 teams all got the job done.With another week down, ESPN has updated its bowl projections. There aren’t too many changes, though a few tweaks were made from last week’s version.Here are the major bowl predictions from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman:CFB Playoff at the Orange BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Oklahoma Sherman: Clemson vs. OklahomaCFB Playoff at the Cotton BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State Sherman: Alabama vs. WisconsinTexas BowlBonagura: Texas A&M vs. Baylor Sherman: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&MCamping World BowlBonagura: Virginia Tech vs. TCU Sherman: Boston College vs. TCUAlamo BowlBonagura: Oregon vs. West Virginia Sherman: Oklahoma State vs. OregonPeach BowlBonagura: Notre Dame vs. Auburn Sherman: LSU vs. Notre DameGator BowlBonagura: Missouri vs. Maryland Sherman: Missouri vs. Michigan StateFiesta BowlBonagura: Boise State vs. Washington Sherman: Boise State vs. StanfordRose BowlBonagura: Wisconsin vs. Stanford Sherman: Ohio State vs. WashingtonOutback BowlBonagura: LSU vs. Michigan Sherman: Michigan vs. Mississippi StateSugar BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. Oklahoma State Sherman: West Virginia vs. GeorgiaCitrus BowlBonagura: Mississippi State vs. Penn State Sherman: Penn State vs. AuburnYou can view their full bowl predictions here.
7 Oct 2000: A view of the Florida Gators football helmet taken on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 11-9.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /AllsportFormer Florida and NFL linebacker Neiron Ball reportedly finds himself in a fight for his life tonight. The 26-year-old is in a coma and not responding to stimuli, according to a Facebook post.The Butts County Schools Facebook page shared the information on Bell Monday night, asking for prayers. Ball attended high school in Jackson, Ga.It is unclear as of now what is causing Ball’s condition.The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to see what can be done to help him heal and wake up. This young man has already been through so much in his life, and we know the family would appreciate your love and kindness.Praying for Neiron!The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to… https://t.co/sbq9Tn3H0F— Butts County Schools (@ButtsCoSchools) September 24, 2018Ball graduated from Florida in 2015 and was drafted by the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.He played in six games as a rookie, making two starts. In his only NFL action, Ball recorded nine tackles and a sack.Our thoughts and prayers are with Ball and his family. Let’s hope he is able to recover from whatever is ailing him.
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)On Saturday night, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats meet in the Big Ten title game. Ohio State enters the contest at the No. 6 team in the country and a shot at the College Football Playoff.Before Ohio state fans watch their team in action, they’ll have to sit and watch the other conference title games and hope a few teams lose. What will Buckeye fans be hoping for?Here’s what needs to happen for Ohio State to make the playoff this year.Alabama defeats Georgia – by enough that Georgia won’t be considered a top-four teamClemson defeats PittOklahoma loses to TexasOhio State defeats NorthwesternThose four things should create a playoff foursome of: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio state and No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame.The Buckeyes need Oklahoma to lose to jump the Sooners – or win convincingly against Northwestern, like they did against Wisconsin in 2014 (a 59-0 drubbing).If Alabama and Georgia play a close game, the committee could argue that the Bulldogs are one of the top four teams.Stay tuned.