Bayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Tottenham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mats Hummels.Bild claimed this week that the Bayern Munich defender’s agent was in London to discuss a January move to the Premier League giants.However, Bayern’s chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has moved swiftly to deny Hummels will depart the Allianz.He said: “We had a conversation with Mats a few days ago and he will play for Bayern Munich in the second half of the season.”The Bundesliga side’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “We talked to Mats, it was a good conversation.”Mats feels very well in Munich, and if a player does not always play, it’s clear that there are discussions.”Mats wanted to talk to us. We explained our point of view to him and he explained his point of view.”I think that we came to a common denominator.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane: No more excusesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane says there are no excuses for their disappointing start to the season.Spurs have two wins in their past eight games, while their run of form looks even worse if you count games from the end of last season.They are already ten points behind top of the table Liverpool.And Kane believes they have few excuses for the malaise.”I’d say it’s been disappointing, I don’t think there’s any hiding behind that,” he said to Sky Sports. “To only win two games out of our first seven is not the standards that we’ve set in previous years.”Obviously the two draws at (Manchester) City and Arsenal are not terrible results, but being 2-0 up at Arsenal and drawing does feel like a terrible result.”We’ve put ourselves in good positions this season, we just haven’t managed to see the game out or find a way to win like we have in previous years.”It’s a disappointing start, but there are plenty of games to turn that around, starting with the game on Saturday [against Southampton].”[Game management] is something we need to get better at, when we go ahead in games we need to be more confident, to see the game out, whether we drop behind the ball or carry on playing, whatever suits that game.”We’re not inexperienced any more, we’re not young any more, the excuses aren’t there for us any more. It’s down to us players to take responsibility.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino admits relief after victory over Southamptonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Maurcio Pochettino admitted some relief after victory over Southampton.After a week where they had lost to Leicester before being beaten by League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup, Spurs’ spirits were lifted as £53.8m club record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored with a powerful deflected finish.Serge Aurier, who had already been booked, was sent off in the 32nd minute for a foul on Ryan Bertrand after Spurs felt the ball had gone out of play just before.But within five minutes of Danny Ings’ leveller, Harry Kane swept home what proved to be the winner after an assist by Christian Eriksen.Pochettino said: “We needed to work a lot with 10 men. We showed our spirit, that is the way we need to work to work together.”We have worked very hard for five years to put the club in the level that no-one expected. That is why now for some results that were not in the way people expected, we don’t give up, so we need to be strong to be stronger.”I think it was completely unfair for Serge to be sent off, but I accept the decision of the referee.”
LALIGA RECAP: Real Madrid go top; Ter Stegen assist; Valencia conquer San Mamesby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrom a new attendance record and assist-providing goalkeeper to another international award, here’s a round-up of all the latest LaLiga news.REAL MADRID MOVE TOP OF LALIGA SANTANDERWith a win and a draw over the past seven days, Real Madrid have moved to the top of the LaLiga Santander table on 15 points. Just behind them are Granada on 14 and, excitingly, these two teams meet at the Santiago Bernabéu for a top-of-the-table clash next Saturday.AN ATTENDANCE RECORD AT THE ESTADIO WANDA METROPOLITANOAtlético de Madrid hosted Real Madrid in the Madrid derby on Saturday night in front of a record-setting crowd of 68,302 fans. The highest capacity ever recorded at the Wanda Metropolitano, the attendance surpassed even that for the Champions League final back in June. AN ASSIST FOR TER STEGENMarc-André ter Stegen had a day to remember as Barcelona took on Getafe on Saturday. The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in his side’s 2-0 win, but he also finished the match with an assist after playing a long ball forward for Luis Suárez to score the opener. It’s not often that a goalkeeper provides an assist and the German will surely remember that moment for the rest of his life.VALENCIA CONQUER SAN MAMESAthletic Club hadn’t lost a game at home in almost a year until Valencia’s visit this weekend. Los Che travelled north to Bilbao and put in an impressive performance to run out 1-0 winners on Saturday, ending Athletic’s 18-match unbeaten home streak in LaLiga Santander which stretched back to October 2018. A DEBUT GOAL IN UNDER 100 SECONDSRea Madrid’s home match against Osasuna was a special moment for 18-year-old Brazilian forward Rodrygo Goes. The teenager came on for his debut and scored his first LaLiga Santander goal just 93 seconds after stepping onto the pitch. Not since Ronaldo Nazário scored 62 seconds into his debut against D. Alavés in 2002 has a Real Madrid player gotten off the mark so quickly.GERARD MORENO IS TOP OF THE SCORING CHARTSThe Pichichi award given out to the top scorer at the end of each season is currently in the hands of Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno, who has six goals to his name. Villarreal aren’t strangers to the award; former striker Diego Forlan wrote his name into the history books back in 2004/05. There’s still a long way to go but Moreno’s current form suggests he could be in with a strong shout at the end of the season. 20 MATCHES IN SEVEN DAYSEach LaLiga Santander team has played twice over the past seven days, including the first midweek round of the 2019/20 league season. 54 goals were scored over the 20 games. MESSI IS ‘THE BEST’FIFA held its annual awards gala in Milan last Monday night and Lionel Messi took home the most coveted men’s prize. The Argentine was named The Best FIFA Men’s Player for his performances across the 2018/19 season, finishing ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo. SIX LALIGA SANTANDER PLAYERS IN THE FIFPro XIAlso announced at the FIFA gala was the FIFPro XI of the year, which included six players from Spain’s top flight: Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Frenkie de Jong, Luka Modrić, Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi all making the list.PRESENTATION OF THE NEW LALIGA AMBASSADORSJosé María Gutiérrez ‘Guti’, Fernando Hierro, Denílson de Oliveira and Anaïr Lomba have been welcomed into the LaLiga Ambassadors family at a glitzy event in Madrid this week. They join the twenty-odd former stars of LaLiga who help to promote the Spanish league around the world. TagsLaLiga RecapAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
With the mid-season break done and dusted for many Italian sides, Juventus now get back to the business of defending their first major piece of silverware of the season.The Bianconeri are in action in the Coppa Italia as they look to retain the trophy they won in convincing fashion against Milan last season.They first must overcome Serie A rivals Bologna, who they downed with a pair of early goals in a 2-0 win in September – but the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara will likely prove a cauldron for Massimiliano Allegri’s side to contend with. 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? Will Juve be heading to the quarter-finals in comfortable fashion? Or is there an imminent twist in the tale set to foil their ambitions? Game Bologna vs Juventus Date Saturday, January 12 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available for streaming on the ESPN+ channel. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 3 and streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Bologna players Goalkeepers Skorupski, Da Costa, Santurro, Pirana Defenders Helander, Calabresi, Gonzalez, De Maio, Danilo, Paz, Dijks, Mattiello, Mbaye Midfielders Pulgar, Nagy, Donsah, Soriano, Svanberg, Dzemaili, Valencia, Sansone, Krejci, Okwonkwo, Orsolini Forwards Santander, Destro, Falcinelli, Palacio Bologna starting XI: Da Costa; Calabresi, Danilo, Helander; Mattiello, Svanberg, Pulgar, Soriano, Dijks; Destro, Sansone. Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro, Barzagli Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic, Kean Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Benatia, Spinazzola; Khedira, Pjanic, Can; Bernardeschi, Kean, Costa.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are priced as heavy favourites at 1/3 to win this clash at bet365. Bologna can be backed at 15/2, while a draw is on offer at 4/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview The new year is in full swing and Juventus return from the mid-season break, like the rest of Italian football, refreshed and raring to go.Before they can return to their defence of Serie A, however, they must first begin their defence of the Coppa Italia, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side aim to make it a historic five domestic doubles on the bounce.The Bianconeri have not exited the competition since a quarter-final defeat to Roma way back in 2014, with a virtually spotless record since.They face a trip to relegation-threatened Bologna looking to keep that intact and will feel confident of doing so against a side who have not progressed beyond this stage, bar once, for two decades.Filippo Inzaghi knows how to win this tournament though – the former Italian World Cup winner saw victory as a player with Milan in 2003.As a manager, he knows how to contend with the pressure of knockout football too, taking Venezia to the Coppa Italia Lega Pro final in 2016-17, defeating Matera.The visitors are the clear-cut favourites, of course – led by a fearsome attack that has provided last year’s marquee signing Cristiano Ronaldo with no shortage of opportunity to find the net.But could their imperilled hosts find themselves delivering a shock to the established system? The magic of the cup might be with them this weekend.
Former Arsenal and Sevilla winger Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a car accident at the age of 35.The EFE agency in Spain reports that the accident took place in Seville at 11.40am local time and that “his car went off the road and caught fire”.Sevilla would later confirm that the former Spain international’s cousin Jonathan Reyes was also killed in the collision. Reyes left the Liga club in 2016 but was a popular figure over two spells with the Andalusians. He also played for Arsenal between 2004 and 2007, scoring 23 goals in all competitions for the Gunners and winning the Premier League and FA Cup.Most recently, he had been playing for Extremadura UD in the second division in Spain after joining in January following a brief stint in China.Confirming the tragic news, Sevilla tweeted on Saturday: “We could not offer worse news. Our beloved squad member José Antonio Reyes died in a traffic accident. Rest in peace.”Arsenal also took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness at the news: “Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain.”Jose Antonio Reyes: 1983-2019. Rest in peace, Jose.”Reyes won five Europa League titles over a remarkable career, three of which came in current Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s Sevilla side, having already lifted the trophy twice during his time with Atletico Madrid. Having won the Premier League title with Arsenal in 2003-04, Reyes would also go on to win La Liga during a loan spell with Real Madrid in 2006-07.The winger spent his final year in the Spanish top-flight at Espanyol during the 2016-17 season having left Sevilla at the end of his contract.Espanyol also paid their respects via social media, posting: “Today is a very sad day for the whole Parakeet family. Our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has passed away.”From RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, we want to express our deepest condolences and offer all our support to his family and Sevilla.”With two matches remaining in Spain’s second division, the Sevilla academy graduate was part of the first team at 15th-placed Extremadura and he spoke of his happiness when he signed for the club back in January.”A month ago I came back from China and I have been running on my own, this brings me real happiness,” he said, as quoted by Marca.”Last year everyone told me I was crazy with a team almost descended and it was a satisfaction, a pride to save that club and I come with the same desire here to contribute, help my team-mates and achieve the goal.”The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed that seven second division matches due to be played on Sunday, including Extremadura’s away fixture at Cadiz, have now all been postponed as a mark of respect.UEFA has also announced that a moment’s silence will be observed ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shouts on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)A former Ohio State football star is sounding off on the coverage of the controversy surrounding head coach Urban Meyer following today’s bombshell report by Brett McMurphy, in which the college football insider reports that the Buckeyes’ coach was more aware of domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith than he led on at Big Ten Media Days.“Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview w/the victim & other information I have learned shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew in 2015 of domestic abuse allegations against a member of his coaching staff despite his denial last week,” McMurphy reports.Urban Meyer and Ohio State have yet to officially comment on the allegations. A report suggested that Meyer was meeting with the Buckeyes’ athletic director earlier this afternoon.A former Ohio State football star has taken to Twitter to blast some of the coverage of Meyer and the controversy.Former Buckeyes’ standout fullback/linebacker Zach Boren, who played for Meyer in 2012, tweeted the following:“I can’t stand when people/media talk about something that they are so clueless on. Before opening your mouth or “reporting” something, know the whole story and know what you are talking about. Big problem in our world now a days. #digforbigstory #keepcoachmeyeroutofit,” he tweeted.I can’t stand when people/media talk about something that they are so clueless on. Before opening your mouth or “reporting” something, know the whole story and know what you are talking about. Big problem in our world now a days. #digforbigstory #keepcoachmeyeroutofit— Zach Boren (@ZBoren44) August 1, 2018The tweet has been retweeted by some other players who Urban Meyer coached.Ohio State clearly has a decision to make moving forward. Stay tuned.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum is down on two major College Football Playoff contenders heading into the final weeks of the season.Finebaum, appearing on SportsCenter this morning, said he’s not a full believer in either Oklahoma or Washington State.The Sooners and the Cougars are the favorites in the Big 12 and Pac-12, respectively, but Finebaum says they have issues.“They’re entertaining, but without a defense, they are not going to make a dent with this committee,” Finebaum said of Oklahoma.“Especially with an Alabama team out there that could lose and still get in there. That’s the problem if the Tua situation escalates. But Oklahoma still is not done yet. They should have lost earlier to Army. They barely got through this game yesterday against a middling Oklahoma State team. I’m impressed with the offense. The defense is really a disgrace unless so many things happen.”Finebaum sees similar problems with Washington State.“I think they’re outstanding and Mike Leach is the most entertaining figure on this side of Mike Gundy,” Finebaum said. “But the problem is the league. Where do you go to have a signature win that’s going to impress this committee versus a Michigan or a Notre Dame or the rest of the field and it’s pretty obvious with Clemson and Alabama. I can’t make a case. The Rose Bowl isn’t bad, though.”The new College Football Playoff rankings will come out on Tuesday night.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to their College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Oklahoma has been on a roll with quarterbacks – considering Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray are the past two Heisman Trophy winners. But the Sooners could now be in a tough situation at the position – even if it’s temporary.With Murray expected to either enter the NFL Draft or head off to play professional baseball, backup Austin Kendall was, in theory, supposed to be next in line to get playing time at the position. But Friday, it was revealed that Kendall is now listed in the NCAA’s transfer portal.It’s unclear why Kendall is exploring a transfer. It could be that he knows another quarterback (like a Jalen Hurts) is transferring in to Oklahoma. It could be that he thinks he’ll lose the job to incoming freshman Spencer Rattler. Regardless, if he leaves, Oklahoma will be short-handed this spring.If Murray and Kendall both leave, Tanner Mordecai is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster for the spring.Unless, of course, someone does transfer in to compete for the job.Tanner Mordecai is, most likely, the only scholarship QB left for spring football. Spencer Rattler comes in the summer time. Jalen Hurts is a potential transfer option, and we can’t forget about the seemingly unlikely option of Kyler Murray returning for another year. https://t.co/m5psq1SEou— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) January 11, 2019Rattler will arrive this summer, and there’s a chance he could be the team’s starter when the regular season starts, but that’s a lot to ask of a true freshman.Mordecai, a freshman this past year, is a class of 2018 recruit who was a four-star player in high school.As for Hurts – one of ESPN’s analysts thinks it’s down to either Oklahoma or Miami. It’s going to be an interesting week.
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)Michigan football landed a new commitment on Monday evening. This one comes courtesy of 2020 Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua.Mazzccua, a three-star prospect, chose the Wolverines over offers from Maryland, Syracuse, Temple and Virginia Tech. He is the second St. Frances product to commit to Michigan in this recruiting cycle.Four-star linebacker Osman Savage committed to the Wolverines one month ago today. That was the same day Michigan offered Mazzccua.The 6-foot-5, 289-pound lineman visited Ann Arbor earlier this month. With his pledge, he becomes the first offensive lineman to commit to Michigan in the 2020 class.“Blessed to say I am verbally Committed to The University of Michigan #goblue,” he wrote on Twitter.Blessed to say I am verbally Committed to The University of Michigan #goblue 〽 @CoachJim4UM pic.twitter.com/VEtTsMs69q— Micah Mazzccua (@MicahMazzccua) February 26, 2019Mazzccua is the 86th-rated offensive tackle in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Right now, Michigan’s 2020 recruiting class ranks second in the Big Ten and in the top 15 nationally.You can see the full 2020 team composite recruiting rankings here.