Man Utd target Willian fuels Conte rift talk

first_imgTransfers Man Utd target Willian fuels rift talk by hiding Conte in FA Cup photo Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 23:29 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Willian Chelsea 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Willian Antonio Conte Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea FA Cup The Brazil winger appeared to take a swipe at his boss on social media following victory at Wembley over a side he could yet end up joining Willian has taken an apparent dig at Antonio Conte on social media in the wake of Chelsea’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester United.Brazil winger Willian has been one of the Blues’ most consistent performers this season, but has found himself out in the cold in recent weeks following a reported rift between himself and boss Conte, who is reportedly set to leave Stamford Bridge in the close-season.Willian has started just once for Chelsea since the FA Cup semi-final win over Southampton on April 22, a match in which he stormed down the tunnel after being substituted, and did not come on until the 89th minute in the 1-0 victory over United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Willian Chelsea Antonio Conte 2017-18And the playmaker seemingly took a sly swipe at his head coach, posting a picture of the Chelsea squad’s FA Cup celebrations on Instagram, but using several trophy emojis to obscure Conte.The pair have endured a fraught relationship during Conte’s two seasons at Stamford Bridge. The Brazil international – who was voted as the club’s Player of the Season for 2015-16 just months before Conte’s arrival – first struggled for playing time under the Italian manager before establishing himself as a key part of the side that lifted the Premier League in 2016-17. But despite being named Chelsea’s Players’ Players of the Season this term, he started just 20 league games as the Londoners failed to qualify for the Champions League next term. When asked recently by ESPN Brasil  about his relationship with Conte, Willian replied: “Oh boy, do you really want me to tell you?!”Let’s save it for another interview.”The rumoured rift comes amid reports that Willian could swap Chelsea for the team that lost out to the Blues in Saturday’s final, a move that would reunite him with the man who brought him to west London back in 2013, Jose Mourinho.last_img read more

Argentina making huge error in omitting Icardi

first_imgArgentina No Icardi, half-fit Aguero and off-colour Higuain: Sampaoli has got Argentina’s World Cup front line all wrong Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 00:30 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(41) Lionel Messi Mauro Icardi Argentina Getty Argentina World Cup Opinion The Inter star has been consigned to the reserves while the Albiceleste’s hopes rest on two players who arrive in Russia with doubts above their heads Shorn of quality in defence and in the middle of the park, Argentina’s hopes of repeating or bettering their run to the 2014 World Cup final hang largely on the team’s ability to put the ball in the back of the net. But after the squad for the Russia finals was announced, the omission of goal-getters like Inter star Mauro Icardi leave serious doubts over the Albiceleste’s firepower.Just two out and out strikers feature in the list announced by Jorge Sampaoli on Monday. Sergio Aguero starts in pole position to lead the Argentina attack, a logical move after yet another brilliant season for the all-conquering Manchester City.His deputy will be Gonzalo Higuain, uneven in form for Juventus over the course of the year and fiercely questioned for his recent Albiceleste performances. Alongside that pair, Lionel Messi and a relieved Paulo Dybala add creative thrust, while Boca starlet Cristian Pavon and Independiente winger Maxi Meza, one of the few players to come out of that 6-1 defeat to Spain with any credit, offer pace and trickery out wide to compensate their inexperience at the top level. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It is by no means an anaemic attack. At their best, all six of those players are capable of hitting the net on a regular basis. But relying on Aguero and Higuain alone is an unnecessary risk – particularly since two players who could add a new dimension to the frontline sit in Sampaoli’s reserves.Aguero has not played competitive football since March, when he sustained a knee injury in training that ended prematurely his City season. While the striker insists that he will be in top condition for Russia – “I’m feeling better every day,” he stated at the start of May – Argentina will nevertheless be wary.An injury prior to the 2014 finals severely affected his performances in Brazil, and in five outings he failed to score a single goal. Kun is a different, more complete and mature player than four years ago, but he will be under immense pressure to banish those dark memories of the last World Cup and give his best for the national team.As will Higuain. Perhaps no player in the Albiceleste ranks has been criticised more heavily than Pipita, with fans focusing on his supposed stage fright in the three finals contested with his nation. That underwhelming record in decisive games, however, is the least of his concerns.One must look back to October 2016 in order to find the last time Higuain managed a goal for Argentina, and another blank against Spain made it seven games without troubling the scorers in international football.In that context, the refusal to include Icardi – and, to a lesser extent, Racing’s Lautaro Martinez, a player who has been watched on numerous occasions by Sampaoli and who, with 14 goals in 2018 is outscored only by Messi and Aguero – is baffling.Not even 29 goals in 33 Serie A matches, a phenomenal strike-rate, managed to convince Sampaoli that Icardi was worthy of a place among the 23 who will go to Russia. Former Argentina star Hernan Crespo sees a veto on the part of Messi, close friends with Icardi’s sworn enemy Maxi Lopez, behind the decision.Mauro Icardi Lionel Messi magic circle Hernan Crespo“The national team is now made up of a magic circle, do you understand me? Icardi is not part of the circle and therefore, unfortunately, he will not go to the World Cup in Russia. This is my opinion,” Crespo said to Gazzetta dello Sport.“The team needs a striker like him, but [Jorge] Sampaoli and Messi think otherwise.” It is a tempting conspiracy theory, but one not borne out by the fact that under Sampaoli Icardi has had chances to prove himself that were not capitalised upon, as well as his place in the 35-man squad as a reserve.Crespo, however, is right about one thing. “In the penalty area, no other player in the world is as good as him. When he gets the ball, he’s deadly,” the ex-Parma and Inter star added. Icardi offers a mobility and verve in the box that few other Argentina stars offer, and his drive and professionalism in leading a mediocre Inter shows that he has maturity in spades even at the tender age of 25.That has not been enough to earn him a place alongside Aguero and Higuain. And while those two have a proven track record at the highest level it still represents the most curious decision in Sampaoli’s squad. The coach is staking the World Cup and his reputation on one half-fit striker, and another who has bombed for Argentina in recent years: he must now hope this gamble does not prove a terrible mistake in Russia.last_img read more

Centre for Development and Population Activities, India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 19, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). MHTF is supporting their project, Working on Integration Issues of HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: CEDPACEDPA will combat India’s high maternal mortality and morbidity rates by demonstrating the value of integrating maternal health programs into programs targeting HIV/AIDS. Using forums, workshops and consultations, CEDPA will evaluate existing programs of the government’s National Rural Health Mission, the National AIDS Control Programme and the National Health Policy Administration in the Rajasthan area in order to compile best practices and build consensus on a policy brief of recommendations for policy-makers.The team began a desk review of policies on integration and convergence of services as evident from various programs in progress, as well as a review of global and national best practices in integration of maternal health, family planning, and reproductive health and HIV services is in progress. In the next several months the team will undertake a number of activities including: collating secondary data on the basis of the desk review of global and national data highlighting the need, purpose and linkages in integration on MH-HIV issues, documenting global and national best practices in integration of maternal health, family planning, and reproductive health and HIV services. We will also develop a matrix and framework for documenting existing best practices and share the matrix with different organizations to receive specific case studies on the program.Share this:last_img read more

AUSTRALIAN JUNIORS SET TO SHINE

first_imgDay 2 of the 2006 Australian Under 18 Development Camp has kicked off at Runaway Bay, on the Gold Coast.Torrential rain has again wreaked havoc with Touch plans, forcing the group inside aerobics rooms for their planned mid-day skills sessions. Luckily, large portions of Day 2 were planned for educational sessions, so the group continued on as if the fields weren’t really underwater. Despite the rain, the enthusiasm and determination of this group of players is still high, with all keen to learn all they can from experienced coaches and Australian Open players.They have traveled from all across Australia for the camp, with selectors identifying these players as some of the most talented junior players, future Youth World Cup contenders and possibly even future Australian Open players.The players arrived on the afternoon of Day 1 and spent the time meeting and greeting each other, before being presented with their Australian gear.They were also given an outline of the days ahead before having dinner as a group.Day 2 started bright and early, with the players bustled out of bed for a group photo (pictured right).TFA’s National Performance Analyst Ian Stanley and National Youth Performance Analyst Peter Bell began the camp by talking to the athletes about elite attitude and representing your country.With Ian being a past Australian Men’s Open Coach and Peter being a past Australian Women’s Open Coach, there was certainly much experience to draw on for the future generation of Australian representatives.Ian Stanley and Cathy Gray (TFA’s Elite Programs Director) then led the group on the topic of High Performance and what it is, before Peter Bell and current Australian Mixed Open coach Gary Madders showed video footage of the Youth World Cup, identifying skill areas needing work.The middle of the day was spent indoors dodging the rain, with Australian Team Physiotherapist Lousie Eddy giving an afternoon lecture on recovery and injury management.With further skills sessions and games planned for the late afternoon session, camp co-ordinators will be keeping a close eye on the weather and looking at ways to manage the conditions and optimise the program for our Australian group. Keep an eye on the website for more information from the Australian Under 18’s Development Camp.last_img read more

Vacant Regional Administrator Position

first_imgReports From: Delegations: Position Description (Direct) President(Direct) Management Committee Recurring Expenditure – $1000General Expenditure – $500 Primary Purpose of PositionThe role of the Regional Administrator is to:Develop and maintain administrative systems, processes and policies for the management and efficient functioning of the region Coordinate the day-to-day operations of BCTA as the major contact person for all matters relating to touch football in the Brisbane region. Examine, recommend and pursue opportunities to advance the sport of Touch Football in the Brisbane Region.  Devise and implement strategies to increase the quality and quantity of Touch Football in the Brisbane Region. Key Responsibilities / AccountabilitiesManage the operations of the region to promote best practice business management:Allocate and plan human, physical and financial resources to achieve outcomes as identified in the strategic plan. Control and oversee day to day financial management of the association including development of budgets and cashflow forecasts Maintain up to date records of the Association including:databases and contact lists of coaches, players and referees minutes of meetings lodgement of Fair Trading and other statutory forms Regional Administrator Nil To be advised Position Title: Status: Reports To: Permanent, Full-time PD Review Date: Liaise, communicate and nurture relationships with internal and external stakeholders including (but not limited to) other BCTA staff, committee members, QTA, TFA, Affiliates and prospective affiliates, coaches, selectors, referees, suppliers and sponsors as directed or as required. Organise and conduct Cobras Program including selections, muster days, uniforms and touring requirements. Make necessary arrangements to organise and attend BCTA Management Committee, General, Technical Panel and sub-committee meetings. Prepare and present monthly progress reports to BCTA Management Committee and Affiliates. Liaise with government departments, other Authorities and funding bodies as necessary. Prepare and lodge funding and other submissions notably Grant Applications. Negotiate favourable trading terms and considerations with suppliers. Provide advice and assistance to affiliates as requested and directed. Mediate relationships between affiliates to ensure harmony and co-operation between affiliates. Organise and administer a Regional Touch event once a year.  This format of this event may vary depending on the strategic direction of the region. Maintain and update content on the BCTA Web Site. Conduct any tasks as requested by the Technical Panel (including Coaches Director, Referees Director, Selectors Director). Other duties as directed by the President or Management Committee. Desirable Characteristics / Expectations / RequirementsTo be enthusiastic, motivated and committed to the development of the sport of Touch Football in the Brisbane Region. Undertake all dealings and matters in an ethical manner. Be familiar with, and follow the spirit of the following TFA documents: o   Rules 7th Editiono   Officials Code of Ethicso   Member Protection Policyo   Doping Policyo   Coaching Legal Responsibilitieso   Coaching Children & Youth in TouchThese documents are available at www.austouch.com.auA commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe work environment. To possess (or gain) a minimum Level 1 qualification in Coaching, Selecting and Refereeing of Touch Football. To possess a Positive Notice blue card for Child related employment. Selection CriteriaDemonstrated experience planning, managing and undertaking complex or multi-faceted administrative functions. Demonstrated experience with managing, monitoring and reporting financial activities, including preparing budgets and costings. Highly developed conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Demonstrated experience planning and allocating human and physical resources in a sporting context. Additional InformationThe standard number of hours per week is 38.  From time to time, this position requires work to be undertaken outside standard office hours.This position requires local and interstate travel.This document details the minimum requirements of the position.Any person wishing to apply should e-mail brendon@brisbanecitycobras.com.au or phone 0432386477.last_img read more

NTL Update 28.01.2011

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In The Spotlight – Daniel Withers

first_imgIn the twenty-first edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Daniel Withers, speaks about what it means to him to be playing for Australia at the 2011 World Cup, and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career. Name: Daniel WithersNickname: Woody, DanAge: 28Affiliate: RockhamptonOccupation: Sales ManagementPosition: Link/MiddleDebut for Australia: 2009 Trans Tasman – WollongongCareer highlights so far: Pulling on my first Australian Jersey and running out in front of some of my family. Coming from well behind to win the 2010 Trans Tasman Series. Beating New Zealand Open Men’s as Central Queensland side in 2005.How you got involved in Touch Football: Throwing the ball around with mates at high school.Favourite player: Drumayne Dayberg-MuirWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means that you have been given the opportunity to represent this amazing country and to cement its place where it belongs at the top of the Touch world and that is a once in a lifetime event. On a personal note it started as a dream 10 years ago and now I get the chance to play for all the friends and family that have supported me over the years. Five of the six people that have influenced and supported me most over the years will be watching from the stands in Scotland and that means the absolute world. When I pull on that green and gold jersey they are the people I am playing for.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My parents for all their support especially in the early years, Gavin Shuker, Phil Gyemore, Jason Powell and my brother Clint.Favourite sporting moment: Knights 1997 grand final win versus Manly. What do you know about Scotland: Very little actually! Any superstitions: Nope, just get out and rip in.Funniest Australian teammate: (Anthony) Ziade is definitely the clown, closely followed by numerous others!Favourite quote: Nike – “just do it”.Any travel plans for after World Cup: Staying on for a month and doing the UK then to Europe to do Italy, France, Amsterdam, Greek islands and a couple of other places.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 33 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

Vale Jack Liston

first_imgIt is with great sadness that Touch Football Australia advises of the passing of Jack Liston. Jack was a former New South Wales captain, Flag Bearer and Australian representative and has been battling illness for the past few years.Jack represented Australia at the 1997 World Cup (Masters) and 1999 World Cup, recording 17 caps for the green and gold. Jack represented New South Wales from 1990 when first selected in Mixed Seniors through the divisions up to the Men’s 50s.He was also a stalwart of the Western Suburbs Magpies, as well as the old Region Eight and Sydney Mets.While his medical condition has been all consuming for his family as well as Jack, he was able to spend an afternoon recently with the many friends in the Touch Football community for a catch up and a beer.Jack was a great player, but more importantly to all whom he came in contact with Jack was a better person.Touch Football Australia sends its condolences to his family and friends. Thanks to NSWTA for the article content. Related LinksVale Jack Listonlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Man Utd crock Alexis ‘bet 20-grand on Mourinho axe’

first_imgREVEALED: Man Utd crock Alexis ‘bet 20-grand on Mourinho axe’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez has reportedly won a £20,000 bet on the sacking of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.The Sun says he sent a WhatsApp message to team-mates suggesting he had won a bet on Jose Mourinho’s sacking.The £505,000-a-week flop messaged the Manchester United players’ group revelling in Mourinho’s demise and claiming he was now owed £20,000 from Marcus Rojo.His message read: ‘I told you so!! Patience is all it takes. Rojo you owe me £20k’.Sanchez sent the message from Chile following news of Mourinho’s exit on Tuesday morning, the day before the South American’s 30th birthday.Instagram pictures of him celebrating with family and friends and having a birthday cake jokingly pushed in his face came out yesterday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea keeper Kepa warns against underestimating Valencia

first_imgChelsea keeper Kepa warns against underestimating Valenciaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga isn’t expecting to face a weakened Valencia outfit on Tuesday.The Spanish side recently sacked manager Marcelino and controversially replaced him with Albert Celades, who lost his first game in charge 5-2 to Barcelona over the weekend.But Kepa is expecting a stern test from Los Che at Stamford Bridge.”Valencia are always going to be a dangerous team,” the 24-year-old said at a Cobham press conference this afternoon.”The circumstances are probably not the best to prepare for a game like this, but at times those circumstances make you show the kind of rage you have inside, and make you a more dangerous proposition.”I am going to be expecting the best type of Valencia performance. I know the team very well, I know they have some quality players.”They are a compact team who defend very well. They know how to make the best of their biggest strength, which is their counter-attacking ability, and they have some world-class players.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Atlanta-Based Trainer Goes On Rant About Duke’s Coaches Regarding Derryck Thornton Transfer

first_imgCoach K and Jeff Capel react to a call.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 28: Assistant Jeff Capel and head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils react during their game against the Syracuse Orange at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 73-54. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Derryck Thornton, the five-star freshman point guard who transferred from Duke today, wasn’t supposed to play college basketball this past season. He was supposed to be a high school senior. The former 2016 recruit re-classified into the 2015 class after committing to the Blue Devils after being convinced by Coach K that it was the right move. So, it’s understandable that there is being some criticism (whether it’s warranted is up to you) thrown at Duke’s program now that Thornton is transferring (even though it appears it was 100 percent his decision; he wasn’t “forced out” like some are saying). Some of that criticism is coming from Mark Edwards, an Atlanta-based trainer who calls Thornton his “nephew” (it’s unclear if he’s blood-related). Edwards says he was in the office when Duke’s coaches “begged” Thornton to skip his senior year of high school, as the Blue Devils needed a point guard for the 2015-16 season. I was in the office at Duke when they BEGGED my #Nephew to Skip his Senior year..give up a piece of his childhood for a great opportunity— Mark Edwards (@MEdwardsBball) April 10, 2016Funny thing about Duke is when I would see the Assistant coaches on the Recruiting Trail, they were not even friendly or cool…— Mark Edwards (@MEdwardsBball) April 10, 2016Duke Coaches walk by and don’t even give a #What‘sUp You gotta be better than that!!!— Mark Edwards (@MEdwardsBball) April 10, 2016I don’t know Coach K personally and this isn’t an all out attack on his personal Character, I’m just saying #TheyLied— Mark Edwards (@MEdwardsBball) April 10, 2016Young boy worked on Ball Screens against Pro Players, shot jumpers off the dribble for hours but was only used in Pick & Roll 20+ times?!— Mark Edwards (@MEdwardsBball) April 10, 2016I’m done with talk about what happened to #Nephew hopefully he will do an interview and tell people why he left…or not?! It’s his choice..— Mark Edwards (@MEdwardsBball) April 10, 2016I can’t say that Future Duke recruits will have the same experience as my guy, but moving forward I can say #YoungMetroDontTrustDuke— Mark Edwards (@MEdwardsBball) April 10, 2016Warning to all you College coaches, keep it Simple:#TellDaTruth pic.twitter.com/aGa2twBX04— Mark Edwards (@MEdwardsBball) April 10, 2016Coach K and Thornton released statements about the transfer earlier today. You can read them here.last_img read more

Pochettino reveals his huge admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has spoken glowingly about Sir Alex Ferguson, praising Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to have the legendary Scot involved again at Manchester United.Solskjaer was appointed interim boss at Old Trafford back in December and recently invited Sir Alex to the club’s Carrington training ground to speak to the players.There had been concerns over the former United manager’s health, with Ferguson undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage last year. 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? And Pochettino is delighted to see that the 77-year-old is back involved in football again, insisting he is a huge admirer of the man who guided United to 13 top-flight league titles and two Champions League wins.He told Sky Sports: “It is fantastic news because he is football, Sir Alex means football. For him to be involved is massively important.”Did I send best wishes when he was ill? Yes, I did. I cannot hide my admiration and relationship with him. He was one of the people I admired the most, an inspiration.”We had a very nice lunch in London [in 2016] and since then we have kept a good relationship. We are football people.”Has Ferguson given United a new energy? He is the best manager in the history of football. To see him every day is massive. He is an encyclopedia of football.”Sir Alex Ferguson Man UtdUnited face Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday in what is Solskjaer’s biggest test since replacing Jose Mourinho. Roy Keane once famously claimed that Sir Alex would tell his players “Lads, it’s Tottenham” in reference to them being so confident of beating Spurs in the past, but Pochettino thinks things have changed now.He added: “We’ve beaten them the last three times at home in the Premier League – twice at White Hart Lane and once at Wembley.”I don’t know what happened in the past but games like Tuesday’s semi-final against Chelsea please me a lot. Maybe our performance wasn’t the best but we competed very well.”The team is very competitive, that is true. I don’t know if that was the case in the past between the two teams.”Pochettino is the favourite to land the United job on a permanent basis in the summer, but,should they want to appoint the Argentine, they will likely face strong resistance from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.On Levy, Pochettino said: “He is not an easy person to do business with. You have to give him credit because when he came here 16 years ago Tottenham was a completely different club. They were mid-table, and mid-table for facilities.”But today we are in the top for facilities and for the last few years the club is fighting against the big sides.”last_img read more

Barca target Mata has ‘many more years’ left him

first_imgJuan Mata believes he has “many more years” left him, with the Manchester United midfielder attracting interest from Barcelona.Goal revealed on Thursday that the Spain international is registering on the recruitment radar of those at Camp Nou.His contract at Old Trafford is running down and if no extension is agreed, he will drop into the free agent pool this summer. 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? The potential availability of a World Cup winner, even at 30 years of age, has piqued the interest of Barca, while Arsenal continue to be mooted as another possible landing spot.Mata has offered no clue as to where he sees his future, but he is intending to compete at the highest level for several seasons to come.He told the Premier League’s official website: “I’ve been playing football for a long time now but I still feel young, mentally and physically.“I still feel that I have a lot of football in my mind and in my legs, and hopefully I can play for many more years.”Mata has shown his worth to United again this season amid fierce competition for places.He has started only nine Premier League games, but has registered two goals and as many assists.Five efforts have been recorded in total across all competitions, with one against Fulham in December taking him to 50 in the English top-flight.Juan Mata Manchester United 2018-19That haul has been achieved across spells with Chelsea and United, with his account opened on his Blues debut against Norwich in August 2011.“It felt so far away,” Mata said of his half-century.“It was important for me to score in the first game. From that moment it was a bit closer but 50 goals is a good mark, especially for someone who is not a striker. I’m proud of it.“I remember also my first goal with Manchester United against Aston Villa, in front of the Stretford End at Old Trafford, which was a dream as well.”Mata hit 20 goals in his second season with Chelsea and has reached double figures on three occasions for United.He has often been a man for the big occasion, with memories of his stunning brace against Liverpool at Anfield in March 2015 still fresh in the mind of Red Devils supporters.“It’s always nice to score against Liverpool,” said Mata.“All the United fans remember that goal [an acrobatic bicycle kick] still.”Mata may be back in action on Friday, with United preparing to head to Emirates Stadium for an FA Cup fourth round clash with Arsenal.last_img read more

Everyone’s Laughing At What Urban Meyer Said In Front Of Jim Harbaugh Yesterday

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State windbreaker.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has owned Jim Harbaugh in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry so far. The Buckeyes’ head coach continued to own his foe on Sunday.The two head coaches were both guest speakers at a high school recruiting camp in Michigan on Sunday afternoon. There were other coaches in attendance, too, but it was Meyer and Harbaugh that made all of the headlines.Meyer decided to talk about something he’s familiar with – playing well against your rival.Of course, he made these comments right in front of his rival, who he’s yet to lose a game to. Harbaugh, meanwhile, has yet to win a game in that same rivalry.This is all very funny.The following tweet has been retweeted more than 1,000 times. Everyone seems to be enjoying it (except for Michigan fans, of course).Urban Meyer talking about being successful in rivalries while Jim Harbaugh looks on pic.twitter.com/BpSG5xKzlq— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) June 3, 2018Perhaps Harbaugh can get win No. 1 over Ohio State this November.Ohio State and Michigan are set to play in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 24.last_img read more

Major College Football Coach Says Only 1/3 Of His Players Are Power 5 Caliber

first_imgCHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – SEPTEMBER 25: The Virginia Cavaliers play host to the Syracuse Orangemen during NCAA football at Scott Stadium on September 25, 2004 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Bronco Mendenhall is entering Year 3 of his tenure as Virginia’s head football coach. The former BYU coach still doesn’t appear to be satisfied with his roster makeup.The 52-year-old head coach made an unscheduled UVa Board of Visitors speech on Friday morning, during which he was highly critical of the players on his roster, saying only about 33 percent of his players are Power 5 conference caliber.“I believe we have 27 ACC-caliber football players on our roster today,” Mendenhall said.Virginia currently has 81 players on its roster. Having only 27 of those players be “ACC-caliber” doesn’t seem like the best thing.Mendenhall reportedly spoke for nearly 30 minutes, saying that he hopes to have 85 “ACC-caliber” players on the roster in a couple of years.From Daily Progress:“We have 85 scholarships to give,” Mendenhall said. “That means that with our [recruiting class of 2018] arriving, that we think that number [of ACC-caliber players] will jump to the mid-40s this year.”Mendenhall said by the time the 2019 recruiting class arrives, he’ll have “65-ish” ACC-caliber players.“By the time [the Class of 2020] comes, we will have 85 ACC-caliber players,” Mendenhall said. “In the meantime, my job is that I relish and I’m lucky to have to show a trend upward through success and winning with the existing resources we have — through motivation, culture and innovation.”Mendenhall is 8-17 through two seasons as Virginia’s head coach. The Cavaliers open the season on Sept. 1 against Richmond.last_img read more

Zach Smith’s Lawyer Apparently Sent This Text Message To Brett McMurphy

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An 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)A new report from college football insider Brett McMurphy alleged that former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith had sex with a staffer, sent nude photos from inside the White House and had thousands of dollars worth of adult toys sent to the Buckeyes’ facility.The full details of the report can be seen here.Included in McMurphy’s report was a text exchange he had with Smith’s attorney, Brad Koffel.Here was part of the exchange published by Stadium:Koffel: Sounds like extortion. Thanks for the texts Brett. I’d get a lawyer if I were you. McMurphy: Not extortion. I’m not asking for money nor have I received any money. I’m asking for your comment to my original question: what was the purpose of taking these photos and why were the items delivered to the Woody Hayes Center? And did Urban Meyer have knowledge of any of this? McMurphy: As a courtesy, as you said you would extend, here are my questions: what was the purpose of taking these photos and why were the items delivered to the Woody Hayes Center? And did Urban Meyer have knowledge of any of this? Thx u Koffel: You know these were accessed illegally. Another felony McMurphy: I don’t know how they were accessed. Can you answer my questions pleaseKoffel later took to Twitter to reveal one of his recent texts to McMurphy:Since Brett McMurphy published my texts to him that were off the record, I might as well share my final text to him tonight. pic.twitter.com/4FSgOifneY— Brad Koffel (@BKoffel) August 18, 2018Smith was fired by Ohio State in July.Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave at the beginning of August pending an investigation into how he handled the domestic violence accusations against Smith. That investigation is set to conclude today.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Star College Football WR Officially Ruled Out For His Career

first_imgA closeup of Miami helmets sitting on a bench.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Miami Hurricanes helmets sit on a case during the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)On Saturday, news broke that star Miami wide receiver Ahmmon Richards’ football career was shockingly coming to a close. Richards has been diagnosed with a debilitating neck injury.This season, Richards played in only one game, the season-opener against LSU. He caught one pass for nine yards in that game.Miami confirmed the sad news about Richards moments ago.“I’m extremely appreciative of the University’s athletic training and medical staffs for diagnosing this injury, and to the football coaches and staff for always putting my health first,” Richards said in the Miami press release. “I plan to continue working towards my degree at UM and look forward to the next chapter in my life.”The University of Miami football program announced Sunday that junior wide receiver Ahmmon Richards has been diagnosed with a disabling neck injury that will prevent him from ever playing football again.— Will Manso (@WillMansoWPLG) October 7, 2018Once the initial reports regarding Richards came out, Hurricane fans began showing their support. Richards acknowledged their kind words and gestures on Twitter last night.From the HEART I appreciate all of my fans— Ahmmon Richards (@AhmmonR2) October 7, 2018Richards was regarded as a likely future NFL Draft pick, so he has to be devastated right now.However, it is good that the diagnosis was made before it was too late and he wound up seriously injuring himself.last_img read more

Report: Jim McElwain Has Emerged As Candidate For This CFB Opening

first_imgCoach Jim McElwain wearing a Florida Gators pullover on the sideline during a game.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 5: Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators looks on before the SEC Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Michigan assistant Jim McElwain has reportedly emerged as a head coaching candidate for Central Michigan. According to Football Scoop, the Chippewas are hoping to land a big name and are now focused on the former Florida head coach.McElwain’s last season as a head coach was for the Florida Gators in 2017. He was replaced by former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen – who currently has the Gators ranked inside the top-10.The former Florida head coach currently serves as the wide receivers coach for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. Now, it looks like he might land a head coaching job sooner rather than later.From Football Scoop:Sources tell FootballScoop Thursday evening that former Florida and Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain has emerged as a strong candidate for the head coaching position at Central Michigan.McElwain owns a 44-28 record as a head coach with stints are Colorado State and Florida. Apart from this season with the Wolverines, McElwain has experience coaching in Michigan during his time as an assistant at Michigan State.Stay tuned.[Football Scoop]last_img read more

College Sportswriter In Critical Condition Following Car Accident

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonA longtime college sportswriter is in critical condition following a serious car accident on Monday evening.Terry Hutchens, a veteran sports journalist who covers the University of Indiana CNHI Sports Indiana, has been hospitalized in critical condition.The sportswriter was reportedly involved in a three-car accident.Longtime sportswriter Terry Hutchens was hospitalized following a three-car crash Monday night. https://t.co/Ja5YaHUGIj— News&Tribune Sports (@newstribscores) December 18, 2018News & Tribune had more details on the tragic accident:According to a report from the Fishers Police Department, the accident occurred at 7:11 p.m. on 116th Street at Interstate 69. The 2006 Toyota 4Runner driven by Hutchens struck the rear of a 2014 Ford Escape, pushing it into a 2009 Jeep Wrangler.All three cars were westbound, approaching the northbound ramp for I-69. The Escape and Wrangler were slowing or stopped in traffic when the accident occurred. Police did not provide an estimate of Hutchens’ rate of speed.The responding police officer found Hutchens slumped over in his car. After not finding a pulse, the officer performed CPR on Hutchens before medical personnel arrived and transported Hutchens to Community Hospital North.Our thoughts are with Terry and his family and friends.???to Terry Hutchens and family. Fight Terry.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) December 18, 2018Sending Indiana beat-writer Terry Hutchens our thoughts and prayers. ?? https://t.co/GDCydcgbNY— Purdue Men’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) December 18, 2018We’re thinking of Terry Hutchens and his family, as he remains hospitalized after a car crash. Terry is a frequent caller to the show on Friday and Saturday nights. https://t.co/zSpl8nGcda— Indiana Sports Talk (@indsportstalk) December 18, 2018Longtime IU beat reporter (and author) Terry Hutchens is in critical condition after a three-car accident last night. Sending good thoughts his way ? https://t.co/h1S8ctKFYf— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) December 18, 2018Say a prayer for Terry Hutchens. He is one of the most genuine guys in our cynical, wacky media business. Terry was in a car crash and is in critical condition. https://t.co/EWEFIISYRe— dave calabro (@calabro13sports) December 18, 2018last_img read more

Alabama Long Snapper Transferring To Another SEC Program

first_img Coming out of high school in 2017, Meyer had scholarship offers from Air Force and Army, but took a chance with the Crimson Tide in the end.He has snapped field goals and PATs for the Crimson Tide in his two years with the team.While Alabama head coach Nick Saban might not like having to replace his long snapper so abruptly, Meyer’s departure does give the team one added benefit: An extra scholarship.That scholarship could go to a new long snapper, or they could invest it at another position with a little less depth.As for Meyer, hopefully he’s prepare for the sacrifice that comes with leaving Alabama for almost any other SEC program. Vanderbilt might be able to offer him more snaps, but it’s doubtful he’ll see the College Football Playoff again. A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers at on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama long snapper Scott Meyer wasn’t always a scholarship athlete. He was a walk-on for the team when he initially arrived, but earned a scholarship in 2018. Now it looks like he’s getting ready to leave the Crimson Tide and join one of their rivals.According to Charlie Potter of 247Sports, Meyer is transferring to SEC-foe Vanderbilt for his final two years of college eligibility. The announcement comes after he entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month.Meyer would confirm the report on his own Twitter account later on Thursday afternoon.Excited for the future! https://t.co/hNmO1qtyJq— Scott Meyer (@scottbmeyer) May 30, 2019last_img read more